Screen Shot 2020-02-14 at 12.03.20 PMAloha. I’m so glad you stopped by.

I’m a “hapa girl.” That means a mixture of a whole ‘lotta things.

Chinese+Romanian+Scottish, I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. While I moved around (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Dublin)—my fiancé, cat, and I now hang our keys in mountainous San Luis Obispo, CA.

My favorite part of setting up shop here isn’t just year-round vitamin D. It’s that storytelling is in everything I do: poetry, local public speaking, hula dancing for Na Mele O Ke Kai, and UX writing.

As the UX Writing Manager for Mindbody, I get to coach a team of rather feisty, prolific writers. We maintain our company’s brand voice, create lovely content, and design copy that, in the true Horatian spirt, informs and delights. (Mama is still shocked I’m a writer with a retirement plan.) And because empowerment is endurance—I’m also an active member and former chair of our company’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) and Women in Tech programs, respectively. 

After hours, I write poetry, perform spoken word, and manage a local community of artists, Pulse Poetic. Oh, god why? Because I can’t squelch my appetite for the arts and teaching. I used to be an instructor at California Polytechnic State University and at the San Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall, where I co-founded three creative writing programs: Inside Voices (2013), HerVoice (2015), and Summer of Sisterhood (2017).

A loyal servant to the serial comma, em dash, and Kona coffee—I received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Arts in English from California Polytechnic State University. Insomnia included.

But I get it. Work isn’t everything. I’m also Hufflepuff and an incredible parallel parker. These are perhaps my more trustworthy accolades.

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