I was born a suburban Chicago girl to an introverted mother who loved to tell stories and share dreams. I am certain that my love for turning thoughts and words into art is because her stories captivated me as a child. We are a duo, a dreamer and a talker, both writers and speakers. She shares joy with the world and I share encouragement. Together, we are a force fueled with love. There is no way I could write a bio about myself, without giving credit to my best friend, the woman who raised me.

I have a very long-winded, ineloquent and quirky way of capturing my audience. The magnitude of the words and thoughts racing within me, minute by minute, can be draining to others. Not only do I love to talk, but I talk fast and my husband once told me that when I tell a story it’s like trying to follow a ‘choose your own adventure’ book. If you can’t keep up, you have probably long ago unfriended me. I have learned over the years that being among my inner circle people is a survival of the fittest task. Because of this, I deeply treasure the friendships I have. And even though an hour spent with me can leave you walking away dizzy and confused, woven into each word is my legacy of hope. My people have not only stuck by me through my many adventures, but they are still around to listen to the crazy dreams and always, always helping to make sure those dreams become my reality.

Just like my readers, I am muddling through life and praying about how this season of life will shake out. I am passionate about many things; offering hope and encouragement in this yucky and sometimes lonely world is at the top of my list. And because I am in the middle season of life right now, I am half put together and half mess every day. I am at the point in my life that I am trading in my high heels for hormones, care less about what people think of me, and care more about what I think of myself.

I am married to my college sweetie, a farm boy from rural Indiana. Simply put, he makes me want to be the best version of myself. Together we drink at least 8 cups of coffee each day to keep up with our four kids. Aside from my husband, kids, writing and coffee, I love Jesus, pizza, chocolate, reading, running, and wine. Sometimes in that exact order, sometimes not!