As a freelance journalist, speaker, and public relations executive in a wheelchair based in New York City, I write about my life, and try to explore parts of the world or stories that can often get overlooked. My life over the last six years has been an unexpected yet beautiful adventure, as I took a leap of faith and pursued a life and career in Southern California. I have lived in diverse cities across the U.S., chasing my dream of becoming a media relations specialist, but finding that writing is calling to me. I love to travel, am passionate about ethical and effective journalism and public relations, and helping non-profit organizations get the exposure they deserve.
My journalism focuses on my unique experiences and perspectives on many topics including travel, work, fitness, and relationships, and tips from the successes and missteps along the way. I hope to educate and inspire others with an honest insight to a variety of aspects of life, while making readers laugh.
The most important thing I've learned in the last 10 years, is taking the opportunities that are presented to you, and embrace them. Every unexpected path has lead me to amazing new friends, a better understanding of people that are different from myself, and an appreciation for the amount of beauty there is to explore.
In December of 199o, I was in a head-on car collision coming home from a day of ice skating with my family. I was sitting in the back seat, and suffered a spinal cord injury along with intestinal injuries. I am a complete paraplegic and have been in a wheelchair ever since, but have had a remarkable and normal life, thanks to amazing parents and a wonderful support system.
I use a piece of equipment to get around and still have to frequently deal with the ignorance of others, but my life is otherwise amazing and I feel incredibly lucky. In my case, life in a wheelchair has been something that I just need to make the most of it - from playing tennis to running a half marathon and having awesome travel experiences, I can't wait for what comes next. Chair and all.
After completing four years of music school where I studied oboe and music education, I realized a career in education was not the right path for me. After becoming Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts in 2009, I spent time at public events, raising awareness for the disabled and speaking on their behalf. The experience lead me to realize I should return to my dream path since I was in high school: becoming a press secretary.
I returned to school for Strategic Communications and have a career that I'm passionate about, and has lead me to where I am now.
I have been somewhat adventurous since a child - my disability hasn't really slowed me down, but has taught me new pathways for discovery. From London to San Diego, I've gotten to meet some of the coolest, kindest people and am discovering new interests along the way.
Perhaps the best trip I've been on to date, was a two-week road trip around Scotland including several distillery visits. The people and scenery were breathtaking and surprisingly diverse.
When it was time for me to move cross-country for a second time, I drove the 44-hour road trip by myself as an opportunity for discovery, meditation and reflection. My road trips (both solo and with company) always offer a fresh perspective, and provide me with answers to parts of life I don't often take time to think about.
I'm on a never-ending quest for the perfect sunrises and sunsets, and it's a top priority anytime I visit a new place. I also make a point to see equal amounts of cities and rural areas, having dinner and drinks with locals.