Dog Lover

I have always been a “dog person”, having grown up with them all my life. Shortly after graduating college and finding a job, I started volunteering at a local pet shelter, Homeward Pet Adoption Center. It was a great answer to not quite being ready to own a dog of my own. To make a long story short, I met and fell in love with, Goldie, one of the dogs at the shelter who had been marked as “the trouble dog” and was nearing a 6 month stay. I then found myself altering my life so that I could keep her. Click here to read Goldie’s full story.

I could never have asked for a better dog. I wouldn’t have ever thought that my “perfect” dog would be the trouble maker of the group (she thinks it’s her job to let other dogs know when they’re acting out), but she’s taught me patience like I would have never believed. She’s also taught me an important lesson in perfectionism: it doesn’t exist. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to fix something it just doesn’t work, but that’s okay. She’s always by my side with a wagging tail and giant smile, and she’s always up for a new adventure.

Outdoor Explorer

I’m naturally a very curious person, and I feel this need to know as much as I can in life or in a given situation. I’m also a very visual person which has led me to satisfy curiosity.

Aside from hiking, I love the water. When I relocated to Southern California in 2012 I knew I had to stay along the west coast. To further satisfy my need to explore in November of 2011 I took my first long-distance road trip by myself; read more about my road trip down the west coast here.through exploring the outdoors. For a hiker like me, the Pacific Northwest was one of the best places to live. It doesn’t take more than a 30 minute drive outside of the city to find good trails.

Some of my favorite places to visit in the Northwest: Mt. Si, Discovery Park, Alki Beach, Orcas Island, Sun Valley, Newport (Oregon), Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier, Lake Coeur d’ Alene.

Arts and Crafts Junkie

I have just about any craft tool or supply that you would ever need to do an art project (including two different sizes of hot glue guns), and as many cooking gadgets that I can fit into my kitchen. I’ve always loved making things myself and challenging myself to learn new projects.

The weather was not always “outdoor friendly” growing up in Seattle so I was able to take on a number of indoor hobbies including: cupcake decorating, quilting, sewing, pottery, scrap-booking, and writing (to name a few).

After many years of wanting to get into photography, I purchased a digital SLR (Nikon D90) camera and have been teaching myself how to use it, and how to enhance photos with Adobe Photoshop. While I feel like I’ve gotten a good grasp of the basics, I’m continually improving my skills to better share how I see the world.

In the late summer of 2014 I started renovating our recently purchased 1920′s house. As a first time homeowner, I quickly learned that all of the DIY shows, blogs, and videos cannot prepare you to do it all yourself. But I love the designing piece, and I’m a very good project manager :)

Still want to:

  • learn to paint
  • write a book
  • master another language
  • finish learning sign language
  • make a piece of furniture

Social Butterfly

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve enjoyed talking to strangers and meeting new people (or so my parents tell me). In fact I enjoy learning about people so much that I decided to add a minor in Psychology to my Business degree at Gonzaga. I love hearing different peoples’ stories and learning about what’s happened in their lives that have made them who they are today.

I love staying connected and making new connections. Please connect with me on LinkedIn.