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It's funny - how life happens. I moved to sunny Austin, TX after graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. About two years in, I quit my day job as a preschool teacher 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 four sets of stitches, two surgeries, two years of physical therapy, more restlessness than I can quantify, and a lengthy bout of depression, I founded Kind & Brave in hopes of allowing myself to heal. The drawings, blog posts, and crafted goods 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.

These days, I am most often found hanging out with my sweet man, Alex, or managing 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.


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