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, Excavive with Jennifer M. Blair, Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, Unbridled Charitable Foundation, York Management Inc., IFtaste, 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.
Do you volunteer? I’m currently volunteering for more organizations than most but I know it’s my destiny. I am blessed to have the life that I do in a country where I am free to live the life I desire as a woman and make an impact. I’m a current NeXtGen board member with Fund for the Arts and I’m working on their 2018 capital campaign with Tammy York Day. I’m on the planning committee for Unbridled Charitable Foundation. I volunteer my services of social media management for more nonprofits than I dare say; you’d think I was a lunatic with no life. I’m trying to learn how to say the word “no” and not feel guilty. Wish me luck!
Additional Deets: 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 ruined societies ideas of stepmothers being wicked. Thus I felt the word “insta-mom” is much more fitting for my journey and relationship with my three amazing insta-kids and one quasi-adopted son. They’re all wonderful and I’m grateful to have a life that includes each of them.
Another one: I’m extremely excited to be on a the dream path for my career. I’ve wanted to become a professor and positively impact the world the best way possible and I finally put my money where my mind is and applied for a Communications graduate degree at the University of Louisville. I found out that I was accepted and cried while smiling because I’m bring brave and following my dreams. It sounds silly to be so joyful for it but I am.
Takeaways: I truly try to be the best me and live a life worth following. I may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I am someone’s and I am grateful to have the chance for that someone to follow me and be inspired by anything, even if it’s just one post of a blog I’ve written.