I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, the actual middle of the country. First things first. No, Kansas is not as bad as you may think. I was surrounded by an entrepreneurial and creative family that encouraged me to find my creative outlets. I found that at 16 when I picked up a camera. From there I ran a full-time photography business shooting weddings and portraits until I attended the University of Kansas, initially for photography.
While attending KU, I realized I wanted to combine my love of writing + visual storytelling and I changed to Strategic Communications as my major. It was the perfect way to combine all of my favorite creative passions.
Today I reside in Wichita and I work in marketing. When not blogging or doing my full-time thing, I do freelance consulting for photographers and collaborate with local creatives. I love baking, Drake lyrics, lettering, photography, podcasts, sassy people and shoes. Not in that order.
I believe in sharing all of life’s moments. Good and bad.
I create The Adored Life while attending the University of Kansas as a creative outlet. The purpose was to be able to look back post-college to show myself how I’d grown through difficult semesters and hard work. I had no idea that anyone would ever read the blog. Yet, here we are! College was not something that was expected of me. I actively chose it and I had to work very hard to be able to attend it while I paid for college myself. The money I receive from affiliate links goes towards student loan payments, you can learn more about how blogging helps pay for my student loans, here.
After a year of blogging I realized people were reading what I wrote. Cue freak out. Then I found my stride and blogged full-time while also working and attending school full-time.
Graduated the University of Kansas, Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications. It’s one of the proudest moments of my life.
However, life after college was not the rosy patch that I expected it to be. In fact, life after college sucked and I wasn’t quite as in love with my life. Two years later, I was finally in a better place and I wrote a post that I wish I would have been able to read when I was graduating.
I returned to my hometown of Wichita, Kansas in the winter of 2015. This was also while I was experiencing my first depression, and also lost my first job, so the transition back to my hometown was not ideal. I had to re-learn my hometown as an adult and see what makes Wichita (and Kansas) the right place to be right now. The Midwest has so many wonderful people and opportunities and I love where I am. Also, we really love Kansas basketball and apologize excessively, sorry.
I started my current job in Wichita, in February of 2016, after doing full-time freelance and working for a creative agency. I was hired as a Marketing Communications Specialist and created sales programs, marketing campaigns. In 2017 I was promoted to Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist at ADT where I get to take part in product launches, national campaigns, manage print production and creatively find ways to enhance the ADT brand.
Also, as my boss and I always say, it’s hard to say what we do because sometimes it’s seeing if we can get 5,000 candy bars custom wrapped in a day all the way to worked on product launches. And in-between, I get to do a lot of random and kick-ass things.
It’s not a shock to anyone who knows me that I run on Vanilla Coke Zero and perpetual anxiety that fuels me. 2017 was the year that I realized I was exhausting myself mentally and physically by not dealing with my anxiety. Then it escalated one summer weekend and I realized that I was not alone. The wonderful community (YOU!) I’ve built through the blog surrounded me with love and it was then that I decided to be more open about anxiety and the ways I’ve learned to deal with it.
After 5 years of blogging, I re-evaluated where I wanted to take the blog. Instead of focusing on stories + style, I transitioned to life + style content that fit my current life stage. Currently I am focusing on creating content that encompasses the things I care about and my life experiences
For the first four years of the blog, the design centered around my love of pink and polka dots. While it was very true to who I was (and am!), in late 2017 I realized that in order to feel like I was truly putting out who I am, I needed to leave what was “safe” and and what everyone knew me by. Something was off with the then format and design of the blog. Out went the pink and polka dots and I started 2018 off with a new look on the blog that reflects much more accurately who I am at 26.