Striving to promote kindness & bravery by encouraging imperfection.


About Kind & Brave

I was a preschool teacher for two years. Kids have this way of teaching you things no one else can; their passion for learning, shameless honesty, and untethered confidence are attributes to admire. Sadly, these qualities tend to dissipate as soon as little ones reach kindergarten. 

I loved that job, but quit it so that I could focus on my true passion: my art. I was bright-eyed and enthusiastic to continue my practices I had honed at school. I picked up a serving gig at a local restaurant to pay the bills, and not two months later, fell on broken glass and tore three tendons and the ulnar nerve in my dominant hand.

After 4 sets of stitches
2 surgeries
2 years of occupational therapy
more restlessness one can quantify
and 1 lengthy bout of depression,
I founded Kind & Brave
in hopes of allowing myself to heal

The drawings & blog posts you find on this site are all inspired by my desire to help others introduce a little more kindness and bravery into their own lives. I'm a believer: if we all lived a little bit more like the children I once taught, the world would be a better place.

These days, I am most often found hanging out with my sweet & talented man, Alex, or directing the Creative Team at The Guild - a new concept in hospitality. I am working tirelessly to build Kind & Brave's portfolio into a more expansive go-to site for those needing an extra dose of empathy. An INFJ personality type, my passions include essay writing, contour drawing, light studying, pie baking, and people watching. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, favorite sounds is rain on rooftops, and favorite body part is - not surprisingly - the hand.


Read, React, and

Writing has always been cathartic for me. I invite you to read my thoughts and comment as you wish. Perhaps some posts may act as prompts for your own essays, novels, or thoughts you simply jot down on sticky notes. The following are simply featured posts. Click here for the full blog.


Blog Categories

On Kindness
Small steps to building a kinder world

A small window into my spinning, turning, changing mind

Inspiration from others that makes you think

Studio Sessions
What's going on in my studio lately

On Bravery
Bravery is being fearful of something & doing it anyway

It's always a good time to slow down and meditate on what matters most

Catching Up
Summary entries - the best posts of the past few months

Just For Fun
Exploring inspiration, hobbies, and other interests


Featured Posts: On Bravery

20 Ways to Show Bravery
Bravery is always worth it

Allowing Simplicity
The world has become oversaturated. Time to simplify


Featured Posts: Mindfulness

The Move
Alex and I moved in together recently

Strip Down
Wishes for 2017 and the years beyond

On The Pursuit of Happiness
It should be called "The Pursuit of Fullness"

Small Pleasures
It's the little things that can truly make a difference


Featured Posts: Just For Fun

For Inspiration
My favorite pins on Pinterest lately



The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea
— Isak Denesen
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.
— Dr. Seuss
Hunger not to have, but to be.
— John Dewey
She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
— Rainbow Rowell