A few things about me you should know.

 

I am a word monger.

Words bring people together. Words empower. Words are tools for empathy, for understanding, for exchanging ideas. I work with words for a living as a writer and editor. It’s pretty splendiferous.

I am an Empath.

I am strong advocate for therapy and mental health awareness. I believe we need to talk openly and honestly about our struggles, even if it means we experience discomfort. It’s in that discomfort where we find our bright spots.

I am a Podcaster.

With my life pal, Jessica, I created and host Joy Sandwich, a podcast about seeking out the joy in life, even in our dark moments when we just want to scream and cry into fuzzy Totoro pillows. I’m also launching You, Me, Empathy in January 2018, a safe space for everyday folks to talk about our struggles.

I am a Seeker.

I once buried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the backyard. The following day, I dug it up and ate it. There was also the pee on pancakes saga. I was an Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman for a summer. I also almost died once from a cocktail of anorexia, depression, and a real sad heart.

I am a Storyteller.

I love all stories. Tell me a story and I will love you forever. Stories are my jam, in every form. Even in jam form. Like if you share a story about jam, written in marmalade jam-based ink, I will worship at your sticky altar.

I am a Humanist.

I’m a feminist, a humanist, an atheist—which is to say that I stand up for equality, for humans embracing the goodness in each of us, for science and this wondrous, awe inspiring, magnificent pale blue dot.

 
 

YOU, ME, EMPATHY

Sharing our mental health stories in a safe space, embracing vulnerability, fighting the stigma that keeps us down.

JOY SANDWICH

Embracing joy in all things, from the books we read to the passions we pursue to the fluffy creatures we snuggle.