I'm originally from the Midwest, but I fell in love with Washington, DC as an intern and have been living in the area for almost two decades now.
I lived on a farm as a child and spent a lot of time outside and with all the animals. It gave me a lot of respect for animals and the outdoors.
I love fiercely and I’m passionate about the people and causes close to my heart.
My guilty pleasure is British panel shows.
As a teenager I discovered my future career. I started working for the local paper at 16 and I have worked in the media ever since. I truly love what I do. I'm proud to have an impact on the world around me.
I love to explore new places and experiences - whether it is locally or traveling around the world. My goal is to step foot on every continent (and as many places in between). It is something I plan to share with my future child. There is so much to discover in the world.
I have a very close knit family. Despite being spread across the country, we talk daily and visit often. I've also built an incredible group of friends here in DC. Many with children of their own.
I've always loved spending time with children and have loved being "Aunt Ellen" to my friends' kids over the years.
I have an especially close relationship with my best friends' son. I have been a part of his life since the day he was born. We've spent so much time together over the years and I've been there for the big milestones and countless little moments in between. I even helped teach him to read and tie his shoes. We also made blanket forts, raced Hot Wheels, built snowmen, constructed cardboard swords to battle imaginary foes and spent many hours reading - complete with different voices.
Even though he's almost 12 now we still have our own adventures together - lunch dates, hikes and lots of games. He's an Uno card shark! I treasure those moments together.
The life I hope to provide for a child is one filled with love, laughter and kindness. A life that exposes them to different kinds of art, nature, music, cultures and the world around them. But one where we play silly games, read together, go on adventures and I encourage them to color outside the lines.