Hey guys! I launched The Honey Print on October 12, 2017, and I have had such a fun beginning to this blogging journey over the past few months. I have connected with inspiring, kind people and bloggers. I have felt supported by a new online community. I have created the opportunity to exercise one of my greatest loves–writing–in addition to having a full-time job. Blogging has been my key creative outlet, but more than that, too–it has become an intentional way to self-reflect, share, and connect.
As this pursuit grows, and I continue to meet others, I wanted to share a little more about who I am. Here are 10 facts to help you get to know me better as you follow my content.
1. I have a B.A. in English: Creative Writing. My thesis was a collection of poems.
I have been writing creatively since I was little, having written my first “novel” when I was 8 and my first real poem at 11. I remember getting to read aloud the poem at a “Cafe Night” hosted by my middle school. From that moment, I knew I wanted to be a writer, and I would continue to write my whole life.
2. I used to work for a magazine.
In addition to creative writing, I also enjoy creating content. My first job was at a magazine where I did marketing, social media, graphic design, and writing. I am grateful for that experience, and many of the skills I learned during that job I am able to use when working on my blog.
3. I have a Master of Education.
I left my job at the magazine to move back home to Nashville. I tried for a time to find a writing job. But then I became interested in teaching and started subbing in schools, and fell in love with it instantly. I also worked in the theatre of my old school, helping with musicals, as I pursued my teaching license and master’s.
4. I work full-time as a reading intervention teacher.
My full-time job is at a charter school where I teach small groups on students in K-4 who are behind in reading, and I help them to reach their grade level target. It is challenging, meaningful, hard work – but really fun, too. I love to read and love inspiring my kids to read as much as I do.
5. I was born and raised in Nashville, TN.
Nashville has changed so much from when I was growing up. Nashville did not used to be cool, and my friends and I all dreamed of moving to a big city. It is still crazy to me that Nashville is now a highly desirable place to live with tons of people moving here every day. Sometimes I don’t love it (the traffic, for instance), but overall, the growth is exciting. My whole family lives here, and I am so glad that it is now a place I want to stay, too! I am proud to call Nashville home.
6. I love theatre.
Another great passion in my life is theatre. I acted from middle school through college and in the past have interned for Nashville Repertory Theatre and Nashville Shakespeare Festival. I love watching productions just as much and have seen dozens of shows on Broadway and at TPAC here in town. I miss theatre all the time and hope to get involved again at some point in my life!
7. I am introverted.
Being introverted means something different to everyone. For me, it looks like this: I am social, but I need down time at home. I gain energy from having quiet time. Most nights, I would rather curl up on the couch with a good book and drink peppermint tea than go out. Or, I would usually rather host a few close friends at home for a gathering than go to a bar. I love conversing with people who I am close with, but making small talk with strangers is a big effort for me.
8. I love being outside.
On a warm, sunny day, I want to spend every second of it outside: hiking in the park, biking, having a picnic, walking around the neighborhood. Nothing lifts the spirits more than 70 degree weather, am I right? Walking in one of the numerous parks in Nashville is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. I particularly love Percy Warner Park and the Richland Creek Greenway.
9. I am a child at heart.
I get super excited about little things. I find joy in the every day. I make an effort to be aware and intentional through each moment of my day – Of course, the reality is that this does not always happen, but I think it is important to try!
10. I believe everyone should live their lives according to what fulfills them.
If you want to travel, then do it. If you prefer to be home, then stay home. I do not believe that living the most exciting or loud life suits everyone, and I do not think you should feel pressure to live as others do. It is perfectly wonderful to live quietly and simply. Do what fulfills you.
What resonates with you? What questions do you still have? Let me know it all in the comments!