Company/Job Title: The Penny Hoarder, Senior Editor of Freelance
How I got into my career: I’ve always loved to write, but when I was younger, I was very shy. I thought journalism would allow me to hone my writing skills plus force me to get more comfortable talking to people, and it has. I started with my college newspaper in 2009 but got my first full-time job in 2012. Prior to my current job, I was a reporter, then editor, at the Daily Commercial.
What makes me passionate about my career: I truly believe journalism is crucial for a healthy society. I also love people, so being able to tell others’ stories has been an immense privilege. Administratively, I enjoy managing and helping people identify/reach their goals. I consider their successes mine, too.
My advice for the younger generation: I love my job. It’s stimulating, fulfilling and fun. But it does not completely define me. It’s taken me too long to realize how important it is to keep a distance between my identity and self-worth versus what I do, especially when there are professional setbacks. I am a journalist, but I’m also a whole human with relationships, responsibilities, needs and interests outside of my work.
In my spare time: I’m a spin instructor at an area gym, I love craft beer, fancy cocktails, good food, and I’m a thrift store enthusiast. My husband and I are working on updating, restoring, and decorating our mid-century home.
Life after 40: I got married recently, and I’m excited to start that journey. I hope by 40, I’ve got a kid or two and I’m still a good boss at a company that values its employees.