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Writing saved my life. When I was in college and the world came crashing down, as most of our worlds will at sometime or another, I wrote. About nothing. About everything. When it all fell apart, it was the pen that held me to the ground and brought me to my truth.

I continue to swing between the companion arts of Life and Writing.

I write, teach, and speak about the power of writing and personal leadership throughout the Twin Cities, including at the University of Minnesota and the Loft Literary Center. My writing has been featured in Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMPR’s Public Insight NetworkMamapediaMinnesota Women’s PressMinneapolis Star TribuneTinybuddha.com, and here at www.theartoflifeandwriting.com.

I have also written two novels: Blue, a young-YA literary novel, and Phoenix, a young adult literary novel for which I was awarded the 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. I am currently drafting 1996, a memoir about the year I went to Australia and New Zealand with $500 in the back pocket of my Levi’s, a work permit, and no clue.

When I am not teaching or writing, I am on an adventure with my husband and kids, roaming around the woods with my dogs, or riding my bike.

Clients Include:

PEASE Academy, Minneapolis, MN

Simpson Housing Services, Minneapolis, MN

St. Anne’s PlaceMinneapolis, MN

Minnesota Social Services Agency

MN Association of Mental Health Programs

Minnesota Transitions Charter High School, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Public School’s Teen, Pregnant, and Parenting Program (TAPPP), Minneapolis, MN

Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

Blooma, Edina, MN

Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL), Minneapolis, MN