I grew up on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico and had something of an unconventional childhood. I was the only member of my class from third grade through high school and helped run our family business with an international clientele since I could laugh (which by all accounts was quite early). I had pet alligators, German pen pals, and an obsession with books.
My little school had only two other students: my brother and sister (and our very brave Mom who doubled as our teacher). One rule of this school? We had to be best friends. Now that we are adults, we still start companies together, vacation together, and hang out over coffee all the time so I suppose it worked:)
One of my dreams was to work for the First Lady….and it came true. While studying Public Policy at college, I was given an internship with Laura Bush in her Projects and Policy Office. Here my fascination with government was affirmed but outdistanced by my long-standing fascination with people and passion for writing.
After my time at the White House, I finished up my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I continued to write, focusing on the wonderful world of children. I started a company to license the products I create. I also started thinking about health from a more holistic perspective, eating a largely organic, plant-based diet and realizing that without vibrant health, it is difficult to pursue or enjoy our dreams.
My passion and purpose is to inspire others (especially those amazing people we call children) to think big thoughts, find the positive in every situation, to find creative solutions to problems, and to live abundantly in the context of love and joy.
This year, 2012, is the year that I hope to publish my first picture book, “Do Bees Sleep?” This is also the year that I take a cooking tour of Tuscany with my favorite people and immerse myself in the delicious beauty that is the Italian language and culture. I plan to become a better writer, a better chef, a better listener, and a better friend.
As Natasha Bedingfield says, “The rest is still unwritten.”
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