Since before I could read I was mesmerized by books. I would “read” them for hours. Once I learned how to write I was creating books with cardboard covers and tape.

Today, writing and creating are my greatest passions, and I love nothing more than putting those skills to work with my clients. Whether it’s a profile piece on Dr. Sylvia Earle or showcasing a gorgeous dive destination with words and images, telling a story is at the heart of my craft.

When deadlines permit, I’m usually in the yoga studio or scuba diving. I grew up in Kansas but fell in love with the ocean at an early young age. During college at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!), I studied journalism and earned by PADI dive certification. The day after graduation, I flew to Italy to study photography … and my journey began.

After returning home, I moved to San Diego for a position as an edit/art apprentice at SouthCoast STYLE magazine. A year or so later, I packed up an headed to Los Angeles to freelance as a photo/production assistant. (And work the graveyard shift as a waitress.)

The best part about my tiny studio in Venice Beach: You could see the ocean from my window (if you stood on a chair).

That everyday access to the sea and my love for the water inspired me to become an expat. So I became a PADI Divemaster with dreams of moving to the Caribbean.

I took a short detour back to Kansas City where I had the opportunity to work as the studio manager for the award-winning photographer, Ron Berg. He taught me how to produce photo shoots which allowed me to fully immerse myself in managing schedules, hiring crew, scouting locations, and styling.

In the four years since graduating from college, I had already moved across the country twice and mastered the art of fitting all of my belongings in my Jeep.

That fall, I accepted a job as an underwater videographer in Grand Cayman where I lived on PB&J and rode a bike to work. A year later, Hurricane Ivan had other plans as I watched my house, possessions, and job, disappear. So, I sent my clips, one of the only things that survived the hurricane, to Sport Diver magazine and crossed my fingers.

A month later, I got the call from the Ty Sawyer, and before I knew it, I was on my way back to the U.S. It was there, that I coupled my love for photography with journalism and writing.

Since then, Florida has been my home. I’ve gone on to study Digital Marketing at Full Sail University and worked my way along the corporate ladder at Bonnier. I played the part of writer, editor, producer, stylist, beauty editor, and digital guru for brands that included Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Spa magazines. I even had my own “Ask Tara” column for a bit – silly caricature and all. I had officially tapped into my inner Carrie Bradshaw.

Today, I’ve ditched the 9-5 lifestyle to follow my passion for writing and creating as a freelancer. I’ve had the pleasure of working with great brands that include Organic Spa, AFAR, ROVA, Orlando Magazine, and PADI.

As a copywriter, my clients keep me busy with everything from food and beverage to health, wellness, fashion, travel, and conservation. Writing bios is the cornerstone of my work. And with each interview, I get to tell the story of another person making their mark in the world. It doesn’t get better than that.

But no matter where my assignments take me, traveling and writing is always on the agenda, and ready to fill the well-worn pages of my passport.