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Cara Strickland

Cara Strickland

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine

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Cara's work combines: Food, Writing, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Food Editor/Freelance Writer

I write and edit for a magazine and freelance.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Creative Writing

    Taylor University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Poets, Lyricists & Creative Writers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Writing, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Read and wrote constantly as a kid.

  • 2.

    Took a year off for "real world experience."

  • 3.

    Went to college far away, majoring in writing, started a blog.

  • 4.

    Got a job at a winery after graduation.

  • 5.

    Started my own social media marketing business.

  • 6.

    Started working part time for a library.

  • 7.

    Took a high-paying marketing job.

  • 8.

    Quit that toxic job, landed an editorship with a magazine I'd freelanced for. Wrote for free a lot.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should find a good job to pay the bills so that you can do what you love on the side.

  • How I responded:

    I was living the way everyone said I should. I had the job with paid vacation and business trips and insurance, and I had never been more miserable. I couldn't be creative, I felt so drained at the end of the day. The weekend was never long enough to recharge. I hit a dark place. I fell completely apart. It was only then that those around me, those I trusted, reminded me that I didn't have to continue. That gave me the strength to quit. I repeated that to myself over and over.