Location: Chicago, Illinois
Hey Minis! I'm the writer and creator of Mini Penny Blog and I'm so stoked that you're here. Where do we start?
I grew up in rural Ohio as a sort-of child prodigy in my small home town. Artist. Scholar. Whatever. During my childhood, I spent my time at Northwestern University taking college-level biology classes and exploring Chicago. I attended the Columbus College of Art and Design where I majored in Illustration. My heart wasn't in it though, and I decided to leave college and find my way.
In my early years, I had many different types jobs. I've worked in bakeries, skateboard shops, the service industry, as a graphic designer for a realtor, IT, and retail management. After being laid off from my Apple Inc job in 2009, and jumping to freelance wedding and lifestyle photography, I picked up a part time gig with Urban Outfitters retail in Columbus, Ohio.
And so my journey began.
In 2011, while at Urban Outfitters, I started this blog with hopes to grow knowledge, community, and a resumé. In fall of 2011, I made the move with UO to Chicago — the city that I loved as a child and felt most comfortable in. I continued to work hard and network through Mini Penny, and eventually was promoted to Urban Outfitters home office in 2012.
I moved to Philadelphia in the later portion of that year as Urban Outfitters's corporate Social Media Manager. I worked hard and showed numbers, but was losing faith quickly in my surroundings and coworkers. I had sacrificed many parts of my life and ideals and was no longer happy.
After much thought and tackling my own internal struggles, I decided to leave my spotlight position at UO to focus on something that I hold much closer: Mini Penny. Since the fall of 2013, I have been writing full time on my blog and I'm so excited to be back in Chicago.
Lesson: Money doesn't buy happiness. Status doesn't buy happiness. Being in a positive mental state and being happy is absolutely priceless. PMA ALL DAY.
I love gadgets. And pigs. And I still draw from time to time. I'm a bit awkward and shy but getting over it. I have strong opinions and I'm not afraid to share 'em. I spend a lot of time in thrift stores and estate sales. And I'm lovin' every minute of my life in the midwest.
I currently work as the Shop Manager for Chicago Tattoo Company.
My work has been featured on ABC news, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, MTVStyle, published in Decibel Magazine and Instant: The Story of Polaroid, and more. I hope you enjoy your stay. If you ever have something you'd like to let me know, I'm happy to receive emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to building a community with you!
Everything that you see on this blog is from me unless otherwise noted. If you're interested in sharing content, great! Just be sure to give proper credit — please don't copy and paste an entire article! Feel free to post one image and a link to my original content. :)