A photo of a woman smiling.

A smile can warm a heart and mask a myriad of struggles.

Thrive-Mindful is a culmination of the past few years of freelance writing for online publications, such as XO Jane, Hubpages, and Rolling Without Limits. I have also written and published photos for a local newspaper in my small, Ohio town.

My educational experience includes sociology at Ohio University and graphic design at The University of Akron and I still have interests in art and sociology, political science, lifestyle, and spirituality. I wish to focus my energy on mental health/wellbeing and personal development at this juncture.

I have an affinity for drawing random portraits from whatever pictures I can find of people. The 1980s and 1990s are my favorite eras and may be reflected in my drawing or writing, but hopefully not too much.