Where are you from? I was born in Elizabethtown, KY. My family moved to Louisville when I was two years old so Louisville is where I feel at home.
How did you get started? I started writing in 2010. I wrote for a few online magazines that are no longer in existence. They were ahead of the game in many aspects but fell short due to mismanagement. It was a great learning experience that I was able to feed from and start blogging on my own. I was assigned with the “fluff” beat. It was all kittens, sunshine, and a bit of fashion thrown into the mix. I took that and created Lou Bella Vita. It was a passion project that fizzled out when my career as a marketer took off. I was sad to see it go but it’s what put me where I am today.
Is it hard managing your marketing company and having a blog? Yes, but with all things in life there is a balance. I believe in working hard and playing hard. If I have a hard day with work I love getting out to Cherokee Park and clearing my head. I also turn to writing; which you can find within the contents of this blog.
What do you do exactly? I wear a lot of hats and I love the variety each one brings into my life. I own and operate a marketing company, Bella Vita Media. With that company I manage social media marketing for topp’t Handcrafted Pizzas + Chopped Salads, NOVA Salon, Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, Unbridled Charitable Foundation, York Management Inc., IF Taste, Louisville Film Society, and a few others when they have specific needs for an event or campaign.
I’m a freelance writer for publications in the city of Louisville. My current and most frequent publication is Today’s Woman Magazine with the assignment to write about women and their passions; which is right up my alley.
I am also a volunteer for more organizations than anyone would care to read but I wanted to mention it because I think giving back is a fundamental component of success. Everyone defines success differently and that is what makes you content within your own life. I believe I’m successful when I help anyone breathe a little easier. Whether it’s a child that gets fed on the weekends with Blessings in a Backpack, an animal that’s rescued by the team at Animal Care Society, a city that grows from the culture and support in the arts communities with Fund for the Arts, et cetera. If I couldn’t give back to the world in the same way it’s taken care of me, I wouldn’t deserve the life that I’ve worked for.
Last but not least, I’m an insta-mom. The word “stepmother” makes me cringe, I had a few stepdads and they weren’t the best to me so I place that word on those experiences. It doesn’t help that Disney kind of ruined societies ideas of stepmothers being wicked. Thus I felt the word “insta-mom” is much more fitting for my journey.
The definition of the word mother is a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth. The action of being a mother, which is truly an art form, is bring up (a child) with care and affection.
All things considered, I’m a bi-weekly insta-mom that tries to the best of my abilities to be loving, caring, spiritual, compassionate, creative, empathetic, helpful, fun, hardworking, humble, inspiring, kind, and positive. I truly try to be the best me that I can be so they will allow my life to inspire theirs and I pray that their connection to me will allow them to seek guidance from me because they trust me and for them to lean on me when they need a friend or a mom-ish mentor. That’s what my role is in their life. If I’m at my best, then they’re going to be able to observe my life and my role in theirs; which will hopefully emulate the best parts of their existence one day.