I’m an entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist, with a focus on careers. All of my work falls under one umbrella: helping YOU create the life you want to live.
I’m fascinated by the new world of (online) work and how we can use it to our advantage. But I don’t just write about this topic; I also live it.
How? By creating digital guides and courses that help go-getters achieve their dreams. I also help small businesses with email marketing, social media and blogging, including serving as managing editor of Brazen Careerist’s blog. I’m transparent about how I’m making a living on my own terms, so you can figure out how to do it, too.
Keen to work with me? Learn about my services here.
Until mid-2011 I worked full time as a journalist, most recently with U.S. News & World Report, where I covered hiring trends and job-search strategy. Previously, I spent three years reporting for the Houston Chronicle, covering city hall, then the health beat. My work has also appeared in Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, USA Today and The New Zealand Herald, as well as Mashable, Problogger, Gawker, Copyblogger and Lifehacker.
Though I no longer work in a newsroom, that journalistic background still influences how I think, write and communicate. Problogger named me as one of their 20 bloggers to watch in 2012.
I’m also working on a travel memoir about backpacking solo through Africa. After years of dreaming about traveling, I left my reporting job in Houston in mid-2008 and backpacked through West Africa, Cameroon and Madagascar, freelancing for various publications along the way. The book’s about what it was like to explore those places alone as a woman, and the dichotomy between my 20-something desire for both independence and companionship.
I learned to love journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where I completed the master’s-degree program. I’m also an alumna of Colby College and have completed writer’s residencies at The Hambidge Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I live in the Washington, D.C. area. (at least for now), and I grew up in upstate New York.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How exactly do you make money?
What's the latest with your travel memoir?
My literary agent and I couldn't convince a publisher to buy it, so I'll probably self-publish... eventually. Here's the whole story.
What advice do you have for...
- Travel writing? My too-honest advice here.
- Social media consulting? All my posts on that topic here.
- Taking a career break? Lots of posts here.
- Landing freelance blogging gigs? Join my database of writers.
- Learning to use Twitter? Take my course.
- Launching a side hustle? Watch this webinar.
Do you still travel a lot?
I do travel occasionally, since I can work from anywhere. I spent two weeks in South Africa in early 2013, and a few weeks in Nicaragua in 2012. But these days I appreciate having a home base and use my location independence more for long weekends and to visit family.
How did you transition from a full-time job to working for yourself?
This video interview at Radical Tribe is a good primer.
Do you work full time for Brazen Careerist?
Brazen is one of my clients, but I don't work for them full time. I manage and edit the blog.
How do you have so many clients?
I like to think I'm super efficient, but the real reason is my 10 or so awesome team members. They're not employees of my company, but loyal contractors.
Is your business an LLC?
Sure is. Here's how and why I incorporated.
Why don't you have a services page on your site?
I have one, but I don't display it prominently. I'm moving toward building a site just for my business that will do a better job of showcasing my services.
What's your favorite digital tool?
I'm a Rapportive fan.
Do you like working a non-traditional job?
HELL YEAH! Creating my own career is the best thing I've ever done for myself. And this is only the beginning.