I grew up in a small town in the Midwest where I lived for co-curricular activities and friends. As a grade school student, I participated in everything from choir to theatre to musicals to band to forensics (public speaking) to Destination Imagination. I have always loved being productive and creative. In childhood, I had dreams of being an actress. But—those dreams changed as I grew older and started college at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where I graduated in three years with my bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in media studies. I was eager to start my career and took summer and winter classes to graduate early and start my "adult life." I worked several service jobs throughout this time to pay my way through.
Quickly after graduating, I followed another dream and relocated to the New York City area, where I learned a lot about myself (and the world) in a short time. Due to the fast-paced culture of the east coast, I had several jobs while there, including digital marketing roles in wholesale fashion, niche beauty, and entertainment/publishing. I returned to the midwest after two years to be closer to my family again, where I first did a variety of freelance gigs in the marketing and events space until eventually finding a part-time role at a local magazine. I stayed there until I found a full-time position, working for a professional services firm specializing in CRM (customer relationship management tools like Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Salesforce) and marketing automation implementations.
I worked at Ledgeview Partners for four years, wearing many hats, working on social media marketing, marketing automation processes, email marketing, paid advertising, content marketing, writing, editing, website development, analytics, blog management, digital strategy, video marketing, and brand strategy. During my time there, I was honored by the community in receiving the Brooke Webb Smith Memorial Award for my contributions to the CRM space as a digital marketer. As a part of the (then) two-person internal marketing team, we were recognized by the Microsoft Partner community for achieving excellence in digital marketing in 2019/20, ranking eighth overall among 39,000 global partners. This expansive role and flexible work culture allowed me to learn more about myself and what I might like to focus on in the future.
In November 2019, I was honored to represent the U.S.A. as an independent diabetes advocate, where I spoke about insulin affordability and accessibility at the Change.org All Team Retreat in front of a staff of more than 200. In late December 2021, I was grateful to have the opportunity to become a part of the (amazing) team at Beyond Type 1, where I now work as a content manager. Having contributed to the diabetes space in a freelancing and volunteer capacity since college and feeling so passionately about it, this move felt like the best, most natural step.
In August 2021, I self-published my first children's book, "Rosie Becomes a Warrior," and later turned it into a series. Both these endeavors allow me to fuel my passion and serve the diabetes community in more impactful ways, as I had long envisioned myself doing.
My greatest aspiration is to use my time, talents and skills to affect positive change and make people's lives better. I want to help people feel empowered to conquer life's greatest challenges, like chronic illness. If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I care about others, and I put my whole self into all that I do. I am a lifelong learner who prioritizes mental health and is dedicated to being as present and joyful as possible with each moment I have.
I hope the work and writing I do can contribute to you finding your gratitude and joy.