From the Ground, Up









I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Theater (Performance) and English (Creative Writing) in May 2009. The following summer, I spent time in Madison teaching a theater camp for middle school children and interning for an arts and entertainment section of a newspaper. That fall, I moved home to Door County, Wisconsin, where I began writing for The Peninsula Pulse and working full-time at The Peninsula Players’ theatre in a garden.

The long, quiet Door County winters inspired me to visit far off places, countries I had dreamed of traveling to “someday,” like Costa Rica, Southeast Asia and India. Most of the time I traveled alone. It may sound cheesy or unoriginal, but I learned a great deal about myself when confronted with all the obstacles of backpacking. I have a few crazy stories up my sleeve as result. After a couple years of this seasonal lifestyle, my partner and I decided to take a yearlong sabbatical to New Zealand. This year I bring you stories from Auckland, the Kiwi city I currently call home.


I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, yoga and travel. My dream is to write, learn about food and sustainability, pick up new recipes and cooking methods, and to travel. I live to learn new things and meet new people. My blog includes a medley of travel stories, day-to-day musings, gardening tips, recipes and lots of pictures. Stay tuned.


One Response to “From the Ground, Up”

  1. Door County. It’s the thumb in the mitten that Wisconsin wears. We are a peninsula, with Green Bay on one side and Lake Michigan on the other. With so much shoreline, parks, arts and boutiques, the quaint littler Door Peninsula is a big tourist destination, and the means by which most of its inhabitants thrive. I grew up not far from the Cana Island Lighthouse (, established on a little island jutting out into Lake Michigan’s sometimes perilous shores. My sister, Samantha, and I would often bike ride down there for a summertime adventure. In high school I decided it was time to get up & out. My great escape meant attending a co-ed boarding school, Wayland Academy, founded in 1855. To Wayland I am thankful for helping me become comfortable in my own skin. Only a small jump away, into a rather large pond, was UW Madison, where I studied for five years. Last May I graduated with a degree in English (Creative Writing Emphasis) and Theatre (Acting Specialist). Now I have returned home to pursue a future in the Creative Arts.

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