Phoenix, Arizona


See this? I do more than lift the big cheese; I write about it, too. With a degree in journalism, I'm a generalist who focuses on the topics of RELATIONSHIPS, WELLNESS and TRAVEL. I write CONTENT for newspapers, magazines, websites, trade publications, and more. I'm also author of a travel guidebook, BACKROADS & BYWAYS OF ARIZONA. When you need the "write" one, I'm just a click away (links at the bottom of this page).



Need motivation? Focus on “I CAN”

The “I CAN” Project began with a simple online conversation early one summer morning in 2015. A friend writes: “I don’t know whether to feel sorry for myself or liberated, but [my husband] is going out of town…and I’m stuck at home.”. I tell her: “You’re definitely not stuck. Time on your own? She says, “But there’s still that part of me that wants to GO somewhere.”.

Life in the Desert

Want a lesson in sustainability? Come to Tempe, Arizona. Population in the Phoenix area has soared by 41% in the last decade. A construction boom has taxed the area's infrastructure, natural resources, and transportation system. Add to that a perpetual drought, and life in the Sonoran Desert seems hardly possible at all.
Fast Company Link to Story

Nothing to keep you up at night like taxes.

I had to file an extension this year. But five days before my appointment with my tax accountant, I still hadn’t fully compiled all of the information I needed. Though I am generally a sound sleeper, I kept waking up at 3 a.m., worrying about all the work still ahead of me, not knowing whether I would be able to afford the result.

Don’t Make These 5 Financial Mistakes After Divorce 2

The most common phrase you might hear post-divorce is: "The best revenge is living well." But if you take it too literally, you can destroy your financial future. Here are five common post-divorce mistakes and expert advice on protecting your hard-earned assets right now. The biggest mistake people make, says Rosemary Frank, a certified/advanced divorce financial analyst and registered investment advisor, is doing nothing with their money: no investing, no saving, no seeking financial advice.
DailyWorth Link to Story

8 Little Things You Can Do to Empower Yourself

You don't need to win an arm-wrestling match or get a promotion to feel powerful. Try these easy, intuitive tricks, instead. My yoga instructor gave my class the best piece of advice recently when she told us the story of how her normally short commute to work was made long by an accident on the side of the road. Link to Story

8 Biggest Excuses That Kill Your Motivation to Exercise...

...and the easy 10-minute tips that will help you get started. Let’s face it: We all want to look good and be healthy, but none of us wants to exercise. “It’s too much work,” “It’s hard,” “I don’t have time,” the list goes on and on. But here’s the bottom line: “The secret to slowing the aging process is to move,” says celebrity trainer Sean Foy, author of the new The Burst! Link to Story

8 places to find a discount massage

While I was getting an expensive four-part body treatment at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale �— offered to me free of charge — I thought of that saying, “Do more of what you love.”. The quote generally applies to work. How can I do more of this?”. Well, if you’re like me, I’m lucky if I splurge on such treatment once a year, let alone monthly.
Living on the Cheap Link to Story

Time to Say No to “Jerry”

I’m no football fan. It’s not a game I understand. But I am familiar with the latest rule from Penn State’s playbook: “You can’t say no to Jerry.”. Thanks to Penn State football, “Jerry” now symbolizes a predator who molests, sodomizes or otherwise victimizes our children. And we’re not empowering our children with the voice, the instincts or the inner strength to stand up to “him.”.

Raising military kids

The first time Sean Lively’s dad, Army Reserves Capt. Steven Lively, deployed, Sean remembers being 8 or 9 years old. At the time, the family lived in Folsom, California. “It was hard,” says the now 18-year-old. “Being so young and naïve, you don’t understand how safe [the soldiers] really are.

Unearthing a small town's future

come from an unexpected invitation to visit an impoverished village in southwestern Guatemala? My invitation came from Earl de Berge ’64 and Suzanne (Sonderegger ’65) de Berge. They run a non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO) in Antigua, Guatemala, to help the indigenous and impoverished people of a tiny town called Chocolá move beyond subsistence and into sustainability.

Model Event

PRODDED THROUGH A CATTLE CHUTE INGRESS at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa (Arizona) hotel, guests had no idea they’d be branded. But as they entered the ballroom—some dressed in suggested Western attire—a volunteer "cowpoke" stamped the backs of their hands with the association’s oval logo. They were also handed a Bingo card.
The Meeting Professional Link to Story

Backroads & Byways of Arizona: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions (Backroads & Byways)



_Brainstorm ideas for an editor at the last minute.
_Speak to writers on strategy for selling their books online.
_Organize a writer's group to help members find more work.
_Learn how to navigate the latest social media craze.
_Pitch short verse for a greeting card company.
_Help a client write his white paper and then find the graphic designer to create the finished product.

This is a peek inside my life as a freelancer.

Since I was a little girl, I've been drawn to words, reading them in books, writing them in journals. I understood early on words can heal. They were my escape. Today, they are my career, and if I specialize in anything because of them, I specialize in resilience. In the more than 20 years I've been in business, despite the many changes the industry has experienced, nothing has stopped me from using words in the way that best served me as child. I use them to heal--and, when I get it right, to make people laugh. Whether telling my own stories, the stories of others--or making stories up--I write to heal...wounds, curiosity, hunger (my own, if the pay is good), wanderlust...and also to fill editorial holes. My work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including a few favorites: Arizona Highways, Fast Company, Wine Enthusiast. I'm also a bicycle enthusiast, a seeker of adventure, and I laugh. A lot. If we get to work together, I hope you do, too.



  • Idea generator
  • Problem solver
  • Responsive