All the Passion Strings


When I’m not writing, you can either find me in my classroom (where I teach high school English) or in the mountains.  I began writing as a way to cope with my baby girl’s terminal diagnosis, and never stopped.  It has branched into more than I could have ever imagined, and now I write about everything that pulls my passion strings.

I promise you real, raw, honest, and hopefully humorous writing that will always direct you towards love and kindness.

My goal with my writings here on All the Passion Strings is to use my experience and passion to motivate and inspire you, and hopefully even get you to laugh a little.

Here are a few things you can find on this blog:

In the Neighbor Nate episodes, you can find short stories based on our true life events.  My husband is Neighbor Nate, and these episodes are loosely based on true events, and greatly exaggerated for your entertainment. There is never a dull moment in our household.  These episodes are written in a fictitious, short story format.  This is where you can find humor, sarcasm, and hopefully a lot of laughter.

Ayden Nicole depicts our journey with our little girl, Ayden Nicole, who was diagnosed with a terminal condition at our 20 week ultrasound.  This is where my writing journey began.  I began turning thoughts into words as part of processing the journey of carrying her to term, and continued after meeting and losing her.  She is one of my primary inspirations, and one of the biggest pieces of who I am.  We met her and lost her at 40 weeks 1 day, May 22nd, 2016. Ayden means Little Fire, and Nicole means Victory of the People.  Our Little Fire has taught us more than we ever wanted to know about life, love, humility, tragedy, and so much more.

Travel – from backpacking through mountain ranges scattering the Pacific Northwest, to following two strange men into a van in a dark parking lot in Iceland, to the tropics of Fiji, we love it all.  I will share our do’s and don’ts of what we’ve done.  Learn from our mistakes, and repeat our epic moments.  Oh, and food.  Food is basically my favorite part of traveling, so I will be talking a lot about food.

Word Vomit will be exactly what it sounds.  Words that I cannot hold in, that might not have a particular category they belong to, and will generally be on a topic that I find important and close to my heart.  I may say things in this portion that will inspire, offend, provoke thought, make you laugh, or make you mad.  Let’s talk it out, like reasonable adults.

That’s a little about me.  Now about you – I’d love to know who you are, and hear your story.  Shoot me an email, let’s talk!