I remember very distinctly being the first kid in my kindergarten class able to read through an entire book without assistance. Words I understood and I could get lost in them, build alternate worlds with my imagination, and roam them all day.
I grew up loving language. From a very early age, I felt compelled to write and to play with words, syntax, and semantics. Though admittedly my first ramblings were rough around the edges, I kept writing throughout middle school and high school.
Then at the age of 18, I co-founded my first business, which satisfied my need to problem-solve, my enthusiasm for open-source software, and my passion for writing. And though the business eventually dissolved to allow the co-founders opportunity to pursue other projects, the time I spent there was invaluable in fostering the skills I continue to use today.
I spent the next couple years working as a copywriter and editor, building my own brand and a stable clientele that consisted primarily of international eCommerce companies. In that time, I graduated with my degree in research psychology, which only strengthened my ability to contemplate various problems and find solutions.
I then went on to complete an AmeriCorps service year, working with a local non-profit to alleviate poverty in my community. In this position, I became familiar with non-profit operations, grant writing, and administration management. After my service year ended, I was promoted to a full-time position as the acting Director of Administration at age 24.
I’m currently working as a product development specialist, copywriter, and novelist.