I love cats. I am a news junkie and drink too much coffee. I find moments of Zen in lifting free weights. I recently started taking piano lessons after 15 years of being away from it and discovered that I still read music. I just gifted myself with a John Legend songbook -- an early birthday present!
In 2007, I graduated from the University of Michigan with an honors B.A. in English and Creative Writing. While a student, I won the university's Hopwood Writing Award three times. After graduation, I worked as a journalist, both freelance and as a staff writer. In 2014, I won a Michigan Press Association Award for News Enterprise Reporting. I now work as a communications coordinator for a small nonprofit.
And I have bipolar. My life with the illness has been marked by grief, pain and loss, but it also has been lit up by wonder and creativity. I would not change who I am -- my struggle has taught me too much, shaped me as the storyteller I have become. I now serve as a support group leader for a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter.
I hope to tell my story -- and others like it -- on this blog. Welcome along for the ride.