From the time I won an essay contest in the second grade, I can’t remember ever remember wanting to do anything else but write.
My prize was a strawberry-shaped notebook. It might has well have been a Pulitzer.
I was forever hooked.
After graduating from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana with my B.A. in Mass Communications, I took my first job as an education reporter at a weekly newspaper.
I served as a healthcare staff writer and later as an account executive at a major marketing company. For more than 20 years, I worked as a freelance writer, creating marketing and public relations materials for hospitals and physician groups.
About seven years ago, I began writing primarily about my faith. For three-and-a-half years, I co-led an online blog and ministry called Mothering From Scratch. The blog gave birth to my book, co-authored with Kathy Helgemo, Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for Your Family (Bethany House, 2015). In August 2016, I’ll release my first self-published book, Invisible Wounds: Hope While You’re Hurting.
Today, my writing and speaking ministry is currently focused on encouraging and giving hope to those in seemingly unending pain — whether physical, mental, spiritual or emotional.
My work has appeared in Focus on the Family’s Focus on Your Child newsletters, Clubhouse, In Touch, CBN.com, Lifeway’s Journey devotional magazine for women. My work has also appeared on The Mighty, Mom Babble, Mamapedia, Bonbon Break and For Every Mom. I’m a Regular Contributor to The Mom Initiative and iDisciple, Family Christian Bookstore’s app.
I regularly attend blogging and writing conferences to continue to increase my knowledge and hone my skills.
I received my professional life coach training from The Christian Coach Institute, a program approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the industry’s “gold standard” governing body.