The Words Begin To Take Form
In 1997, writing went from being a hobby to a profession as I embarked upon a successful career as a freelance writer, columnist and photojournalist for various magazines and newspapers. I decided to take my diverse writing skills a step further by accepting business clients to assist with their internal and external communications needs. This endeavor included conceptualizing and producing print media for business collateral, copywriting and direct mail to event planning and other public relations facets.
Moving Towards Excellence
In 2008, I decided to make it official by enrolling in college to obtain a communications degree. In doing so, my worst fear was that I would be told my writing ability was subpar. This is the result of the mindset of what I like to call a recovering perfectionist— someone who accepts the fact there is no such thing as perfect, but still strives to achieve it anyway. Of course, the concern over an inability to write never came to fruition and I can gratefully breathe a sigh of relief! What actually did happen is that I became an honors student with an earned GPA of 3.97 out of 4.00. Life is often filled with many interesting surprises.
Although I might not always be the first to finish a race, as was the case with my not obtaining a college degree immediately following high school, never underestimate my determination to cross the finish line. When I set out to accomplish something there are no obstacles great enough to detour my objective to perform with a standard of excellence and see a goal through to the end.
In 2010, I graduated with honors from the St. Louis Community College with an Associate in Applied Science Mass Communications degree. In 2013, I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations. I have been bestowed the additional honors of Phi Theta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa (national honors), Dean's List and Webster University Communications and Journalism departmental honors. Wow, I sure didn't see all that coming!
A New Chapter Begins
While attending college as a non-traditional student, I decided to embark upon another new adventure that would continue to challenge my wordsmith artistry— the status of author. I founded Butterfly Rising Productions, LLC in 2009. This is the business name under which my artistry of wordsmith is formed, shaped and produced. Over the years the company has expanded from authoring and transformed into the strategic communications, public relations and creative services agency it is today.
Butterfly Rising Productions, LLC is all about "Bringing words to life." There is a caterpillar-to-butterfly concept that serves as a central theme due to its symbolism for growth, change and rebirth— resulting in immense beauty with the remarkable gift and new freedom of flight. Why crawl around as a caterpillar all your life when you were destined to rise up and fly.
Current author based projects include IronButterfly Wisdom®, which is an original quote series penned under the name of the IronButterfly. The quotes are posted on social media sites such as, Facebook and Twitter. The production of a calendar is being considered, as well.
The other project is a motivational book titled "Tao of the IronButterfly— Gaining Strength and Wisdom through Life’s Experiences©." Each chapter offers inspiring life applications based on the origin of experiences that brought flight to the wings of IronButterfly Wisdom©.
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Although I was born and raised in St. Louis (Missouri) I am fortunate to have had many worldly experiences thanks to my culturally diverse family and Greek lineage. Because I was exposed to so many unique opportunities I developed a sense of inquisitiveness at an early age along with a greater understanding of the world and the ability to easily embrace the diversity of others. What a boring life it would be if we all thought in the same way and had identical perspectives.
From the time I can remember, I held a strong desire to express thought through artistic endeavors and the written word. Perhaps some of my more philosophical musings about life can be traced back in ancestry with the likes of Aristotle and Socrates. Communications and writing truly are an innate passion of mine, which ultimately have become a fulfillment of destiny.