Recent Work

Hi there! It's been a while since I have posted here, so I thought I would take a few minutes to sip my cinnamon tea and share a few recent updates that I'm especially proud of.

Collaborating with two of my healthcare clients, Briand DNA and Your Dynamic HealthLynn and Sharon are both extremely knowledgeable health professionals who have teamed up to provide amazing recipes and nutrition tips. I am thrilled to be able to put their work together on the Briand Blog and to share the information on their social networks. I can't wait to see where this collaboration takes their businesses in the future! Who knows - I just might be adding "cook book editor" to my resume someday!

Combining two of my main passions - blogging and momming - at BuffaloMoms.comI launched the Buffalo Moms Blog in early March of this year and it has quickly become my well-loved brainchild. The site has grown beyond my greatest expectations in the last two months and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with other moms in Buffalo and WNY through the site. If you haven't checked it out yet, please head over and see what we're up to! Our team of contributing "Mom bloggers" is improving by the day! 

Connecting with new clients. When it rains, it pours, and I have been enjoying the showers of freelance projects and clients that have been coming my way! I have recently signed on a new client for social media work and I'm still open for more business. If you or someone you know is looking for copywriting, proofreading, content development, public relations, or any other marketing work, please feel free to send them my way!


I am so close to my ultimate goal of becoming a full-time freelancer/work at home mom that I can almost taste it. (I imagine it tastes a whole lot like lukewarm coffee!) Thanks for stopping by and as always, thank you to my wonderful clients who make this dream possible! 

A Freelancer's Birth Story – Part III

[Part I . Part II]

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Sticking the landing

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I jumped head-first into my new part-time/work at home mom life. It took some getting used to, but eventually I fell into a good rhythm. I credit much of my early success to a supportive husband, a well behaved baby, a hefty supply of graham crackers, and a lot of Barney on Netflix.

After about a year of my freelance PR work, along with working retail and marketing at the gift shop, I ended up accepting a part-time position elsewhere with more normal hours and a set schedule. With my new designated days "off" to work from home on client work, I was able to commit more time to my freelance business. Slowly, after submitting my resume and writing samples to almost every agency I could think of, the work started trickling in and I started picking up more and more projects. 

Now, three+ years after taking my leap, another baby (our son, Henry), a new house, a few consistent clients, countless hours, and a lot of hard work later, I can truly say that I feel like I am exactly where I am meant to be - both professionally and personally. I currently partner with clients in health, wellness, retail, and with multiple advertising agencies.

My daily routine is anything but routine. My time is spent proofreading, changing diapers, writing, chugging coffee, posting to social media, putting cartoons on Netflix, writing blog posts, tucking my kids in for their naps, managing websites, creating editorial calendars, and "burning the midnight oil" every once in a while. 

It has been an exciting journey watching my business grow, and I count my blessings every day that I am able to spend time with my children while they grow at the same time. They say never to mix business with pleasure, but I have to disagree. 

Write on is truly my labor of love.

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A Freelancer's Birth Story – Part II

[Read Part I here]

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Office life

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My internship experience at Quinlan was everything I hoped it would be. The days were fast-paced, the work was constantly changing, and the people I worked with were creative, kind, and always willing to help me build on my talents. My internship eventually turned into a part-time freelance position the following spring, acting as Kelly's "#2" – a role I happily performed.

In December of 2010, two weeks before I was set to graduate a semester early, Kelly took me out to lunch and told me that she had accepted a position at a different agency and would be leaving Quinlan. As such, she had suggested to Gary (the owner/president of the agency) that I should be the one to fill her role. Gary offered me the position later that week, and two days after I graduated college, I stepped into my new office for day one of my dream job – the sole Copywriter/Social Media Strategist at Quinlan. (Side note: I also got engaged the weekend prior. It was truly a December to remember!)

My full-time position at Quinlan was great. I was able to express my creativity every day working on concept development, advertising campaigns, social media campaigns, and public relations work. I spent time at recording studios for radio spots, wrote scripts for announcements at professional sporting events, and saw my words come to life on television commercials. It seemed like the perfect place for me.

Until it wasn't anymore.

Two years into my career, my husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world. When I returned to the office after taking an extended 10 weeks off for my maternity leave, the job that once made me feel so fulfilled was now holding me back from my true "dream job" of being a mother. I started to dread my alarm clock going off each morning, feeling guilty every time I had to buckle our baby girl into her car seat for my hour long commute, and even more guilty when I had to leave her for nine hours at a time five days a week. I started feeling like I never got to spend time with her while she was awake. The mom guilt quickly consumed my every thought. 

I knew that something had to give.

Two months after being back at work, after a lot of sleepless nights spent praying and soul-searching, I walked into my boss' office with tears in my eyes and butterflies in my stomach to put in my notice that I was leaving. Gary wasn't surprised at all with my decision, and he even offered to have me help with some PR work on a freelance basis to get me started, which I graciously accepted. 

With nothing else but a part-time retail job and a few hours of marketing work at a gift shop lined up to take the place of my full-time salary, leaving the agency was a total leap of faith – but I was determined to land on my feet.

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To be continued... (again)