I’d like to think that I’ve always been a writer. I never was really very good at keeping up with a journal when I was young, and to be honest, it can be a struggle to keep up with one now. But, I was always writing. If I wasn’t writing, I was usually reading, or at the very least, I was telling a story. So, I guess some might think of me more along the lines of a storyteller than a writer. Then again, what’s the difference?
I was born and raised in the quaint and oh-so rural Southwest corner of Minnesota. My brother and I spent much of our childhood roaming around on our grandparent’s farmland until our parents moved us into town, and they opened a bookstore. This early introduction to the open prairie as my backyard, paired with being surrounded by books day in and day out, gave me deep care and passion for all things outdoors and literature.
After studying Teaching Communication Arts and Literature in Duluth, MN (the outdoor mecca of MN, of course), I moved west to Colorado and pursued teaching. I soon discovered that the lifestyle of a teacher didn’t truly suit my personality. So, I continued to journey west to Utah. The Utah desert forever changed me, and I feel an irreversible draw to all desert landscapes. I’ve moved around a bit since then, but wherever I am, I’m always exploring.
I’ve worked in multiple facets of the outdoor industry, including being a wilderness therapy guide, backpacking guide, rock climbing instructor, and even working as an organic market farmer. Alongside these various job pursuits, I’ve always been writing. At first, I would just write for myself. It was a way for me to digest and reflect on my experiences and learn more about who I was and where I wanted to go.
Then, almost six years ago, I decided I should share my knowledge with others.
I started out my freelance writing career working in the health and wellness industry, but I slowly shifted my gears to focus on outdoor and environmental writing. Health and wellness are still a large part of my daily life, but I feel specifically drawn to the mission to share the outdoors with others. Not only that but to share introspective ways of perceiving our world and the environment around us.
Now I’m here, I've lived in numerous places, and continue to explore as a digital nomad. It’s crazy for me to think about my journey to this place. I have experienced so many landscapes, people, and cultures. I couldn’t be happier to be here as I continue to learn and grow as a writer and editor.
As a part of my journey combing environmentalism and writing, my first book "Outdoor Minimalist: Waste Less Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking" will be published on September 1, 2022 with a partner podcast title "Outdoor Minimalist" launching Monday, October 4, 2021.
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