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 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 and Disney kind of ruined my ideas of stepmothers and insta-mom seems 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.
I’m the 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 and hopefully emulate the best parts one day.