I’m a freelance writer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, daughter, and our cute but slightly obnoxious mutt Max. I used to think training for marathons and triathlons was hard. Then I became a mom in my forties. I  still love working out and being active. But these days, I prefer shorter runs, longer hikes, and sweating in a yoga studio to training for races.

I’m writing a memoir inspired by my toughest–and most rewarding–endurance event, raising a child diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder. My essays and articles related to this topic have been featured on, or in, Brainchildmag.com, Fullgrownpeople.com, Goodhousekeeping.comGreatschools.org, The MightyMothering.com, NPR’s KQED radio, Salon.com and ScaryMommy. I was honored to win a 2014 Western Publishing Association MAGGIE Award for excellence in journalism.for my story “Bipolar at 5?”.

Though I’m passionate about helping to erase the stigma of mental illness through my writing, I enjoy writing about other stuff, too. I’ve written numerous stories about arts and culture,  health and fitness, lifestyle, travel and other topics for a variety of print and digital pubs, including Academy Art U News, 7×7.com and The Western Edition.