History: By now you're probably bored of hearing about all the history at Wild Dingo, and all the skills I bring to the table, so I'll just skip to the fun facts.
Storytelling is my passion. I love telling stories that encompass more than words. I use photography, composite images, sounds, music, and movement in all of my storytelling. My education in psychology prepared me for storytelling. Understanding human behavior and motivation is a cornerstone skill in storytelling. It's interesting to note that, today, any creative skill coupled with psychology will land you a very nice gig at most any company.
I'm a tech geek. I love tech tools. I was an early-adopter of WordPress. This site has been operating on WordPress since 2007 (or earlier). Other tech tools I use for storytelling:
Affinity Designer (similar to Adobe Illustrator)
Affinity Photo (similar to Adobe Photoshop)
I'm in love with movement. Moving my body makes me feel alive.
My first love is dancing. I minored in it in college, focusing on modern dance and ballet. I also studied ballroom dancing. Sadly, I have not continued much of it as life and Lyme disease got in the way. I recently returned to it and am trying to make up for the lost time.
Other movement activities that I enjoy: cycling, hiking, yoga, aerobics, and pilates.
I think everyone should try lots of jobs, even if it's outside their goals and ambitions. Jobs I've had outside of my writing and communications career (in no particular order): Waitressing, Grocery Store Deli Clerk, Vocational Trainer for Mentally Challenged (HARC in Connecticut), Librarian, Aerobics Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Volunteer for American Heart Association, Teacher's Assistant, Child Psychologist Intern at a Children's Hospital, Stress Management Intern Aetna, Receptionist, PR Assistant, and Clothing Store Cashier.
I never thought I'd get married, as I had no reason to and nobody ever floated my boat. Then I met Mr. Wild Dingo. He's pretty awesome.
I have Lyme disease. I spent 5 years treating it. I'm recovered but still considered to have it. I manage the fall out of it, which includes autoimmune symptoms and a damaged nervous system. I may have Lyme disease but it doesn't define me.
Did I tell you we lived abroad in probably the most beautiful country in the world? Yeah, there's an entire section dedicated to our ex-pat lives in Switzerland.
Everyone on LinkedIn seems to have some sort of award or list of big accomplishments. I'll just give myself a certificate for recovering from Lyme because nobody else will. Anyone who has Lyme will tell you recovery is a major feat.
My industry focus on writing and communications has been in two areas: healthcare and tech.
Tech companies I worked at: Claris (a subsidiary of Apple, now FileMaker), SuccessFactors, Etak, TeleAtlas.
Healthcare companies I worked at: The Healthcare Forum, Camino Healthcare, Aetna Life & Casualty