For as long as I can remember, people have told me things.

All sorts of things. Not just superficial or fun stories, but deeply moving and honest tales that reveal what excites, motivates, scares, and attracts them.

And I love it.

I'm a naturally curious person, so I'm fascinated to learn what makes people tick. I find the spark in each person's presence and shine a spotlight on it so that others are drawn—like me—to their presence.

That said, I delight in finding unique ways to share someone's story. To learn mine, you can check out my biography, or read more about me below. 


about me

Let's be honest: most About pages suck.

Sure, they list bios, chronological work experience, and education but they’re often dry and personality-free.

Boring.

Worse, they really don’t help you understand the person you’re trying to find more, well, about.

I'd like to remedy that.

  • To me, writing isn't about writing; it's about listening. This is central to my creative being and inspired one of my most popular pieces.

  • My WHY (a la Simon Sinek) is Inspiring Transformation.

  • I’ve had a somewhat “accidental career.” (I even wrote a very popular article about it.) What I mean is that my career has been anything but linear. I’ve gone after things that seemed interesting and explored new opportunities when they presented themselves, even (and sometimes, especially) if they were a bit scary and challenged me.

  • I've worked in advertising, marketing, communications, branding and travel/tourism, and in every instance, my parents never quite knew what I did for a living. (They’re getting closer.)

  • I’ve always been in the middle. It’s the best place to connect and it's where I do my best work. From a very young age (and as a middle kid), I had to learn to be an excellent communicator. Observer. Facilitator. Collaborative and creative leader. This skill set has served me well.

  • My favorite thing to do as a child was to create. Still is.

  • I can’t snap with my left hand, but I haven’t let it hold me back.

  • I find inspiration in the everyday moments of life, connecting seemingly disparate things to create something new and wonderful.

  Me as a busy pre-schooler, creating a masterpiece. (You can tell I'm concentrating because my tongue is sticking out.)

Me as a busy pre-schooler, creating a masterpiece. (You can tell I'm concentrating because my tongue is sticking out.)

  I'm never too far from the water

I'm never too far from the water

  With my favorite beverage

With my favorite beverage

  With my furry co-pilot, Rigby

With my furry co-pilot, Rigby

Here are some things THAt I LOve:

  • Positive transformation in any form, especially when helping someone or something present their best selves

  • Expressing myself

  • Being told that I’ve inspired someone (the highest compliment)

  • Learning new things from interesting people I encounter

  • Water, in any form. Whether I'm drinking it, immersed in it, or gazing upon its beauty, I'm a fan.

  • Post-it® notes and whiteboards

  • Traveling the world and discovering new favorite places

  • Pilot® G-2 .07 blue pens and pads for taking handwritten notes

  • Witty banter with clever people

  • Chips and guacamole

  • Playing co-ed volleyball

  • Peet’s® almond milk lattes with cinnamon steamed into the milk (dubbed "The Amy" by my local Peet's®, which inspired this popular article on branding)

  • My awesome friends and family, including my yellow lab, Rigby

  • Always seeing the possibilities

And some that bum me out:

  • Closed-minded thinking ("We’ve always done it this way.”)

  • Pepperoni (Sorry, not a fan.)

  • Trying to be all things to all people

  • Event planning (Please don’t make me – it’s like you’re punishing me!)

  • Doing the same thing, day after day, week after week

  • Clowns (They're evil.)

  • Settling for good enough


Phew!

Don’t you feel like you know more about me now?

Psst… If you’d still like to see a more traditional bio, you can find it here.