I am The Gateway Guru because the main themes in my life story have to do with addiction and abuse. I wish I were kidding. But I’m not, and that’s why I created DRINKS*. The majority of my time on this planet has been spent figuring out how to heal from various shhh—other people’s, my own, or both—all the while attempting to live a whole-hearted life and pursue my passions. And I don’t have time to devote my entire life to healing from what ails me. The Walking Dead is not going to watch itself.
Over the past four years, I have forged my path as a writer and teacher, working tirelessly to convince my mom that I do, in fact, have a job. In 2013, I published Wild Goslings, a conversation on engaging with kids and God. In 2012, I spoke at the Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference on teaching kids creative nonviolence in the face of oppression. This past February, I spoke at PYM—Progressive Youth Ministry—in Dallas, TX. Occasionally, I speak at churches—like the time my daughter and I gave a talk about why she doesn’t believe in God right now. It was amazing. Presently, my husband and I have the privilege of mentoring the high school group at our church in Maryland. It’s sort of weird because I’m pretty awkward around the youths. But I do have two of them, so I guess I’m hoping for some kind of osmosis.
By day, I am a freelance writer, blogger for HuffPost, and highly-coveted coffee connoisseur. I can often be found reading about climate change, or how the U.S. presidential election is affecting our chakras. If you’ve decided you like me—I think you should!—and you want to schedule a meeting or a speaking engagement, feel free to email me. I love email. It looks like real work. See, Mom? I’m checking my email. Go ahead, I am refreshing my inbox as we speak.