I am a Boston-based teacher, and I absolutely love reading, writing, and running.
As a kid, my books were some of my best friends. I’m not sure how I would have gotten through middle school without Harry Potter, Anne Shirley, Mia Thermopolis, and Ella of Frell. My love for reading quickly evolved into a (secret) love of writing; I scribbled stories in old notebooks, carried a diary everywhere with me, and even dabbled in some HP fanfiction.
By the end of 9th grade, I’d completed my first novel-length story; it’s still unpublished, of course, and long lost on the archaic hard drive of my family’s 1998 Compaq Presario PC. I’d also discovered that despite being a mostly non-athletic child, I could run fairly slowly over fairly long distances. I looped around my neighborhood after dinner every once in a while, and found that my best ideas always found me when I was running.
I became a special education teacher straight out of college, first in New York City and now in the Boston area. I absolutely love working with students, helping them overcome obstacles, and pursue their own passions.
Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career, but it’s also a stressful one! I work hard each and every day to make sure that I maintain a balance; I can’t only work with my students to achieve their goals, and not also work towards my own!
Nowadays I still write fiction for fun from time to time, and I still consume books as if they’re some kind of necessary nutrient I need to survive. I’m also still a runner; 13(ish) half marathons, 3 full marathons, and another full on the horizon! Reading, writing, and running have helped me push through so many challenges over the years, and I can’t wait to see where they take me moving forward. In June 2017 I developed a stress fracture in my left tibia, so I’ve been documenting my post-injury training here:)
In 2018, I trained for and ran the (incredibly cold and rainy) Boston Marathon to raise money for Brigham and Women’s Hospital here in Boston, Massachusetts. I was treated and cured of Thyroid Cancer at Brigham and Women’s in 2007, when I was just 18 years old, so it was especially meaningful to be giving back to a hospital that gave so much to me:)
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, a nutritionist, or any kind of expert in anything. I am just a mediocre but very enthusiastic hobby runner who wants to practice her writing skills:) I occasionally use a stock photo here and there to spice things up, and occasionally I post an affiliate link.