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Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, from an early age. I am not that girl. When I was little I thought I’d be an ice skater (for the uniform), then a designer (but I can’t draw), then a lawyer (I’m an accomplished argument starter), but when I entered college I finally had to choose. So I chose two tracks to hedge my bets; pre-med and business. My junior year I decided I didn’t have the drive to do medicine, even though I had the grades, so I graduated with a degree in international business and marketing. I worked a job in sales for 3 years before deciding I was bored and fed up and I found the job I’m in now as a strategist which opened me up to the world of freelancing. I never thought it’d be the life for me, being in business I always saw myself as a 9-5er or business owner. Discovering photography has encouraged me further into this freelance lifestyle. By 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will be freelancers, so why not pursue my many interests and make money at the same time? So what do I want to be when I grow up? Anything I want. I’ll strive to be the best I can be and learn something new every day. For now I am a photographer, strategist, Etsy shop runner, blog writer, wedding planner, and cake baker. I’ll wait to see whatever else the future has in store for me.

• I am the eldest of four girls.

• I love to cook, have a food blog, and bake wedding cakes.

• I once won a rock climbing competition in the novice division.

• I was 12 minutes away from qualifying for the Boston marathon when I ran the Philly marathon in 2011.

• I studied abroad in Tokyo and the city stole my heart.

• I’m a singer and I sing in an Acapella group, In the Mix and at Epic Church on the worship team.

• My last meal would be my moms bechamel lasagna.

• My husband and I home brew beer.

• My sister and I just started a wedding planning business.

• I’m married to my better half and favorite person in the world.