I was born with the gift of gab (or so my parents tell me), and I’ve loved language for as long as I can remember. Growing up in South East Asia with time split between Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos and their respective languages helped spark my fascination with how words come together to create meaning.
I earned my B.A. in English and spent the early years of my career working in non-profit sector running memberships and eventually editing an association-wide publication. During this time, I had a chance to experience motherhood as a full-time working mom and a work-from-home mom. After the birth of my second child, I became a stay-at-home mom.
In 2013-14, I returned to school to earn my teaching credential while teaching 7th grade writing full time. My plan was to keep myself so busy while my husband was deployed that I wouldn’t have time to feel sad. It worked! I absolutely loved teaching, but I had to give up my position when the Army moved our family to Germany (poor me!).
In Germany, my then-second-grader asked me to homeschool him. I agreed to do it “for now,” but now I can hardly imagine a different path! I’m so thankful I found Brave Writer early on—it helped me to let go of my strict schedules and look at learning as it happens in every hour of the day. This reinvestment in learning and a commitment to awesome adulting inspired me to re-enroll in school and finish my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2020.
When I have free time, I fill it with a variety of interests I’ve picked up over the years. I love to dabble in a variety of ways to be active, and I also read voraciously, plow through podcasts, binge board games, and while away hours watching historical drama series. When I want to make something, I quilt, cross-stitch, paint thrifted furniture, and I recently learned to crochet! Just about everything interests me and I’ll try most things at least once, so I am never bored.