Obsessed knitter, podcaster, maker, mindfulness junkie. That's me.

In May of 2014  I discovered podcasting kind of by mistake. Each morning after my run, I would be gushing with ideas. I started taking notes on my phone, but realized that wasn’t the most practical way to capture them. As a result, I started recording “notes to self.” I soon came to the conclusion that it was time to stop talking to myself and share my insights with the world. As a result, the Morning Cool Down podcast was born.  Click here to listen to the latest episodes.

My journey in life has always been a creative one. From an early age, I was told to follow my dreams and I never thought any differently.

 

In my professional life, my experiences have been diverse: as a 20-something, I pounded the pavement working in the New York City Garment center.  I later embarked on a freelance career as an  illustrator, knitwear designer and editor with a quirky spin– I worked by day as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, while running a successful nutrition practice. I was eventually offered a full time role as a knitting magazine editor, which has been going strong now, for nearly 5 years.

Looking back on my life, I see an interesting configuration of stepping stones, and by looking back, I can see that they have all been placed there for very specific reasons.

I hold the faith that choices in life lead us in the right direction, even if it sometimes does not seem that way at times. When I paid attention to my inner “Passion Compass,” I knew the path was right, and I had to keep going, especially when it was uphill.

 

I believe there’s no blueprint to what we should pursue in life, and the hardest course can sometimes be long and dark, but it’s in the darkness that we can often see the light.

On writing, blogging, making…

I’ve been passionate about writing for as long as I can remember through the medium of a written journal. As a little girl, I’ve gone from the Hello Kitty variety to the more grown up Moleskine version that I use today, which often includes written and visual elements.

I believe journal writing reveals clues to uncover data about ourselves. Writing in a journal is such a personal and uninhibited act, and spending time reading past entries is a tiny gift in the form of a constantly whispered reminder of the blueprint of who we are.

On blogging…I first heard about it in 2002. I was a “dabbler” for the most part. I was intrigued, but back then, I only considered the medium as an outlet for my personal writing and didn’t understand the power of using a blog as a vehicle to create a platform and build a community. Let’s just say, I started many blogs, and forgot about many blogs. 

Today, my mission has become to essentially mix mediums and use the best that both journal writing an digital blogging have to offer. The Common Thread Blog has become my outlet for doing just that. Read the latest posts and ramblings here

I believe that all of our experiences in life are like little stepping stones and sometimes it’s hard to know where they lead, and during times of uncertainty, it can be hard to trust that they are leading us down the right path.

I can see that these stones do in fact lead somewhere and every one of them has been instrumental in getting me where I am today. I used to look at them as obstacles, and would disregard them and look way ahead at the stones in the distance.

In my forty(ish) years on this earth, I’ve gained just a teeny bit of wisdom that shows me that in fact I am on the right track and I always have been. All those stones matter.

 

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. 

-Leo Burnett