Hi! I'm glad you found your way over to my little corner of the internet. I'm originally from the Midwest, spent my growing up years in the South, and recently ended up in sunny Southern California. I started writing in the 5th grade and traveling cross-culturally by the time I was thirteen. I don't think I'll ever get my fill of too much adventure and typically spend my Saturdays finding new places to explore.
I grew up in a predominantly white suburban neighborhood in small-town Kansas, but always dreamed of living in a big city around people much different than me. After being exposed to diversity in college, I started the journey of learning to truly see people no matter their skin color or background. Last year I completed a certification program with the Cultural Intelligence Center on Unconscious Bias and to say it wrecked me would be an understatement. The self-awareness I gained through this training opened my eyes in a way I can't un-see. So I had to do something about it.
My goal is to train others to become self-aware in order to build bridges in community, specifically between racial and economic lines (both visible and invisible). And my intention is to lead with my own bias, understanding that each of us are a product of where we came from. Most days I try to talk myself out of this dream, since after all, I am a white girl from Kansas. Yet, there's something beautiful of learning to go first, even if I don't have it all figured out.
By trade, I'm a writer, and at heart I'm a social entrepreneur meets activist. I'm currently studying Race, Culture, and Reconciliation at Fuller Seminary and creating original content centered about the topic of unconscious bias. I've traveled all over the world and have had the unique privilege of being a minority more times than once (which I would highly recommend by the way). You can download my upcoming work guide soon and stay tuned for more content coming your way!
In my free time I enjoy baking (and dancing) in my kitchen, traveling to new places, studying different cultures and marketing trends, and having good conversations over a glass of red wine. Please do say hello!