How did you turn your dream of being a travel writer and freelance journalist into a reality?
I got my start in daily newspapers, working for both The Denver Post and the Boulder Daily Camera. In 2013, I won an award for investigative reporting, which gave me the idea to pursue a career as a background investigator, contracting with the federal government. I thought it was the “safe route” to take because of the financial instability of newspapers. I got my Top Secret clearance, wore a lot of blazers, and I was working 60 to 70 hours a week in a job I really, really didn’t like. I missed journalism. I missed writing. I missed satiating my curiosity. The best way I can describe it is feeling like I was homesick, but for a career. A close friend of mine who is career-savvy told me that my “talent was my safety net” and that was the nudge I needed. I decided to quit the “safe job” and build a career around what I loved. I feel lucky to say I enjoy what I do and that my talents are once again aligned with my job.