I remember when I first got into writing, I pitched my article to over 100 publications. Most of them ignored me, some said no and some told me that I wasn’t experienced enough. But, one editor gave me a chance. That was the 24 Hours Newspaper and five years later, I am still writing for them. That process taught me a very valuable lesson: be resilient. Don’t let rejection discourage you. You only need one person to give you a chance. Today, I have a bi-weekly relationship column for the 24 Hours newspaper and I blog for the Huffington Post and The Vancouver Sun.
My work has also been featured in FASHION Magazine, The Georgia Straight, Jetsetter, and Ming Pao Magazine. My essay “The Infinite Chase” was published in the book “End Sex Trafficking” along with notable authors such as Seth Godin and Danielle LaPorte.
While I moonlight as a writer, I daylight as a marketing maven. I have been in the marketing and advertising industry for over a decade, working with national brands such as the luxury hotel reviewer Kiwi Collection, Canadian telecom company TELUS and one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, DDB. Today, I head the corporate communications for a publicly traded biotech company.
I’ve also been involved with various speaking engagements. Last year, I was part of the closing keynote at the Beyond Pink Young Women in Business conference, I participated in a panel alongside Pamela Martin at the MissRepresentation screening, and I provided career tips to youth at Douglas College. I believe in giving back to the community and was honoured to be shortlisted as a nominee for the 30th Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
I write as an outlet to express, to help and to share. The topics covered on this site range from love, loss, and heartache to self-esteem and personal development. Often, these topics can come with a lot of shame and, as a result, they aren’t discussed. But these are all very real human experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly — and it’s important we have these conversations in order to evolve, to empathize and to understand.
If I can help one other person feel a little less alone, a little more understood and provide perspective that can create positive change, then to me, that is success. So here are my experiences, my observations, my research, my stories… my heart.
To my readers, my friends, thank you for all your support along the way. Thank you for being a part of this ever-evolving journey and for letting me be a part of yours in some way. I hope you enjoy the read.
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