I grew up all over the world. My parent's work as missionaries took my family to a small mining town in Mongolia, a sugar cane plantation in Barbados and an ancient city in Malta. I also loved writing and telling stories, specifically true and amazing stories - maybe because my life was full of them. I studied journalism and became an arts and entertainment reporter for a local newspaper. Journalism is a tough field, especially during the recession, so I pivoted into marketing and design. I've been bouncing around those worlds ever since. I worked as a digital producer at a public radio station and most recently managed a marketing team for a journalism school. I just moved to Oakland and I'm learning more into my design skills through a six-month UI/UX program.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Finding employment in the Bay Area.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

-Robert A. Heinlein

Brene Brown, for her work as a shame and vulnerability researcher.

Turning mundane tasks into daring adventures.

Competitive karaoke singer.

Quotes from movies and obscure comedy sketches.

How to recognize and combat shame.

Melody hasn't saved anything yet.