Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I went to college, met my husband, and had a baby at 21, which changed everything. Before that, I thought I might join the coast guard or be a paramedic.
I had another baby and I decided to go back to school to do my premed requirements.
I matriculated into medical school for a year, but at the same time, I had another baby and ended up feeling like I wasn’t giving my attention fully to anything.
I decided to leave medical school and began volunteering at my son's school.
I became the full-time admissions director there and taught Latin in the middle school; spent 15 years working there and had two more children.
For my last project, I took the school through accreditation and helped create that 100 page document.
Because I was writing for work every day, I figured I’d challenge myself to try to write something creative every night.
By the end of the year, I finished the project and had a draft of a novel. I decided that I could put my head down and do this writing thing full-time, so I did.
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Career

Self-Published Author & Managing Editor

I’m a published author, managing editor of a writer's blog, and I write short fiction for podcasts.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Entrepreneurship
Being Creative

Day to Day

I’m a huge planner. I get the big stuff on the calendar and do the prep work for those blocked in events. I have to write my weekly blog, so I make time on a weekly basis for that. There’s a rhythm to what I do; I do the busy work in the morning like emails and ad campaigns and editorial projects that aren’t my own. After that, I like to leave a big stretch of a couple hours in the afternoon time for creative writing and generating my own content.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

You have to find that magical blend of something that you love, something you’re passionate about, and something that you are also good at. Examine yourself and be honest about your strengths, weaknesses, shortcomings and the lifestyle you want to have.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You can't craft an entire novel."

Challenges I Overcame

Work/Life Balance
Financial