I left my New England home for college in Chicago in 2001, and here I remain. In the fall of 2017, I took leave from my much loved career as a high school English teacher after a decade on the job. Not long after stepping away from the classroom, I launched a boutique web promotion and professional writing business. I love working with my clients and using my professional skills in a new way, and, as a wife and mom of two, I deeply appreciate the flexibility that making my own work schedule affords. I am now able to be even more present for my kids and can more easily find time for the things that make life truly rich.
Why “Taking Leaf”?
Over the past several years, I’ve kept a personal blog. Sometimes, I’ve been great about posting regularly, but, during times in which life has been busier, I’ve fallen out of the routine. I live several hundred miles from most of my family, so blogging has always been a good way to stay connected to them while also satisfying my need to write. I’ve never had a particular concept or audience in mind, but I’ve enjoyed writing about small happenings in the life of our family as well as other topics that are important to me personally. I’ve never viewed my personal blog as an income source, more as a creative outlet where I can occasionally highlight products or experiences that I’ve genuinely enjoyed myself.
My career change last fall spurred the revival of my blog. It seemed to me that I was not only “taking leave” from my teaching position, I was also looking to “take leaf” in this new phase of my life– to grow and thrive as a mother, a writer, and a business owner. Thus, a logo was procured, the WordPress domain was changed, and “Taking Leaf” was born.