I was seeking a surf and nature-infused life where I felt free to be entirely me. I wanted to live simply and in harmony with my environment. I was looking for a place that would make my soul sparkle. I have always known that my place in the world would be in a forest by the sea. That is where I knew I would build and maintain my relationship with inspiration. The first time I went to Costa Rica was when I was seventeen years old. That is when the spark was lit. I moved to Costa Rica in 2010 right after I graduated from college and never looked back.
After ten beautiful years in Costa Rica, and with a new decade on the horizon as 2020 approached, I decided it was time for my next big adventure. In February 2020, I packed up all of my belongings and drove to the tropical rainforest archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama, where I now currently reside off-grid in an open-air, sea-view house on a sand street with sloths, toucans, monkeys, and plenty of tree frogs as my very close neighbors.
In my heart, I always wanted to be a writer. I’ve kept journals and have written creatively since I was a little girl. The reality of being able to make a living doing what I deeply love to do seemed like a far-fetched dream for most of my twenties. It wasn’t until I was nearing thirty that I realized if I didn’t take a leap of faith in myself and full-heartedly pursue a life as a writer, I would likely regret it for the rest of my life.
So, I started over. I quit my job as a teacher, gave up a steady paycheck, and began writing 300-word fictional scenarios for an insurance company based somewhere in the mid-West for two cents a word. I had no portfolio or any proof other than my spoken word that I could actually write. I knew that I had to start somewhere and after applying for dozens of jobs online, this became my first real writing job.
Since 2015, I have been working and thriving as a professional writer. I have since built a portfolio of hundreds of travel, surf, lifestyle, wellness, nature, conservation, current events, and culture articles for a variety of online and print publications and businesses. I have also recently started writing my first book. The written word has long been my most natural mode of communication. Writing is my way of connecting with the world.
I love the journey I am on, both on and off the page, and I foresee a future of collaborations and independent projects of words. I also enjoy documenting my travels and observations through photography and have become especially passionate about nature photography.
These days I can be found living in and traveling around Central America, visiting my family in Florida, frolicking in the forests of Vancouver Island, and in the surf, wherever that might be.
I will continually be updating my online portfolio as I continue to write and have my work published.
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