Nice to meet you!
I do my best to have a growth mindset. Carol Dweck, the researcher who presented this idea writes of how this idea has been misused and misunderstood. It's a good article.
Growth is most usually uncomfortable. Darn it all. Why's it gotta be that way?
Writing, storytelling, solo adventuring are all places I've been extremely uncomfortable.
Also being a mom and a daughter and a friend.
I've felt so afraid so many times before stepping into unknown territories. I reach out and someone I love is there to tell me I can do it.
A few of those territories from the last few years...
A 50-day road trip, camping in a tent, ten days solo.
Telling a story rather than reading it
Working on a Fringe show
Emceeing RAW Storytelling the first time
Hard conversations with family
Falling in love
Querying a book
Trying to make teenagers laugh
What a grand life.
stuff with i've done with words
RAW Storytelling Creator/Producer
National Writing Project
Writing teacher, 7th grade-College. 2002-2023.
Telling Favorites national storytelling April 2022.
Scott Whitehair's epic Storytelling Class, Spring 2020.
KC Storytellers leadership, 2019-2022.
RAD Grad Storytelling, Marketing/Teller, June 2019.
Greater Kansas City Writing Project, 2017-present.
Ozarks Writing Project, 2009-2017.
Editor, Springfield Lifestyle magazine, 2013.
blevins & co. communications, 1990-2000
Public relations and freelance writing. Clients included Mercy Health, Midwest Sports Medicine Center, Springfield Parent magazine, Midwest Sports Medicine Center, and many others.
Something Better magazine. Multiple stories. Print & digital. 2017-2020
School & Community magazine. Multiple stories. Print & digital. 2010-2016.
Springfield Lifestyle. Column, features, b2b. Print. 2013.
Springfield Business Journal. Print & digital.
Teaching Tolerance blog. Digital. 2011-2012.
Great Educators, 2011. Print.
MORE magazine. Digital. 2010.
The Mirror. Print. 1990-1996.