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My affinity for writing started as a child, writing arguably overly emotional letters to family, friends, and boyfriends, and even an anonymous poem to a widowed neighbor...

maaaaaaybe also sent a poem to Prince William & Harry when their mother died.

(And no, sadly they didn't respond. Hence why I'm not a Princess right now.)

The first paper I wrote in college was nominated for a first-year writing award yet still I didn’t think to pursue writing as a career. I spent years successfully wandering through jobs but always trying to figure out “what I want to be when I grow up.” As my career path zigged and zagged, writing was always there, lurking in the background patiently waiting it's turn. Then at 32 years old, the patience ran out. I didn’t sit down to write this book. It jumped out of me at perhaps the worst, best, most confusing, and most liberating time of my life. 

I find the contradiction between my 30s vs. my 20s entertaining and at times unapologetically cliché. I wake up to work out at an hour I used to stumble home. Hangovers and road trips were my go-to excuse to eat fast food, and now I peel my tomatoes (because lectins). I’ll talk to you for hours about energy and the universe after I spent years making fun of The Secret. My mantra was “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” and now I’m two dreams down by 10:00pm. I used to be a news junkie and now a podcast maniac.

My life is calmer and quieter these days, but it fits. I watch the sunrise every chance I get. I have a ridiculous amount of powdered plants, roots, and herbs in my kitchen (all of them legal). I love to be barefoot outside and I buy more books than I have time to read. My mind is creative yet analytical… and shockingly inappropriate. I rarely miss a “that’s what she said" opportunity.

While my big picture thinking has evolved, most of my little quirks have remained... I collect pennies I find on heads and refuse to touch the ones on tails. I love movies with large beasts (a la Jurassic Park, Godzilla, King Kong, Deep Blue Sea) and I'm proudly team Star Wars. I love elephants, dragonflies, and I'm fascinated yet terrified of sharks. I avoid odd numbers when setting my alarm or adjusting any volume. I have a strange aversion to typed capital letters and handwritten lowercase ones.

It's easy to look at my life now and think it's boring compared to my days of bar hopping, beer bullying, and dubious decision-making. But really I've just found different entertainment. I'm fascinated with humans – mind, body, and spirit. I crave deep conversations and new understanding.

I'm all about real talk.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell
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