I'm a writer, award-winning blogger, essayist, and (sometimes) speaker.

My work has been featured online and in print internationally including magazines, two books, and my own various sites and projects. At age 17, I fought stage 4B Lymphoma cancer, the experience of which continues to shape both the way I live and the way I write. My work is part personal story, part skepticism, always respectful of the grit it takes to be an authentic human being, woman, and creative.  I've also worked as a fashion journalist, won 2012 Fashion Blog of the Year Award in Seattle, spent a few years as a fashion PR gal, and served a year in Americorp.

Below you'll find links to my work around the web, as well as my blog of weekly personal essays and short stories.

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Here you'll find personal stories of love,

growth and learning the hard way. Updated weekly(ish).

All things are collaborations - the mind and it's thoughts, music and the feet that dance to it, art & it's artist. But what does it really mean to collaborate?

Boy did I feel for the poor girl. I say ‘girl’ because it wasn’t the strong woman in her making a personal decision. It was the little girl in her anticipating trouble and desperately avoiding disapproval. Scared, wanting to please any and all authority figures, needin...

Heartbreak is never easy. And if we could leave it in the dust behind us, we would. Instead, it's important to transform it, channel it into other areas of life, and grow through it.

The stage was dark, only a few dozen seats lined up and half filled in the blackness, while Jane prepared herself to take the stage. Sweetly, light-heartedly she came out to the lights blasted and told us that should we need to leave, the exit was in the back, an addit...

There’s a crucial step in personal growth, the space between decision and result, a small but crucial phase that doesn’t get enough air time or attention. That little path one must walk between deciding to change or let go, and the actual conclusion of having it dispel...

We all set them: those big life goals we are certain we'll accomplish by 25, 30, 40...but what happens when we don't? And how can we cope?

Learning to overcome the feeling of being unworthy or undeserving of the dream job you're going after, and nailing that first interview.

Raul Herrera walked onto the stage humbly, taking the one step up onto the lit platform amid the claps, clicks, shouts of some strangers, some friends, some wine, some whisky. And just as this spoken word poet uttered his first sentiments, the room shifted. A magical n...

How I came to eat bacon and champagne every single day and not feel one bit guilty about it...Find your vice and let it be the small celebration of your pain.

I always find it a little ironic - a little pathetically hilarious - just how resistant to change we can all be to change, despite that change is the only constant in life. Even now, we're changing and growing, digesting and evolving. Of course I am no stranger to...

Once I had come clean, I realized why the act of talking things through with someone else is so vital to our concept of self, and to our growth through our own mistakes. Friendship requires that we foster the best in one another, while agreeing to take a long hard at t...

Calling all empaths! Get to clearing the negative emotions, feelings and energy of other people at the end of a long day with safe, releasing movement and dance.

Giving yourself permission to be creative, and to create (writing, painting, designing) without judgment or fear can be easier said than done.

When I walked in, she was sitting there alone, staring down at her feed painfully, sweetly, a bit sheepishly. I walked across the tiny room and sat down on the twin bed beside her, its colorful pillows propped behind us in the corner next to the window. I remember look...

One security guard, one pair of velvet pants, and one sleepless night lead to a startling revelation about respect, kindness, and why the way we speak to ourselves affects our entire lives.

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