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As a kid, I spent hours in my backyard. We were lucky enough to grow up with a huge yard that backed up to a hill. I was only a Brownie Girl Scout for a year and while I bridged to Juniors, I didn’t get to participate that full year. Being outdoors is my happy place. I really enjoy the fresh air and the scenery.
Hiking and exploring new areas is about my favorite thing to do. I really ought to do more of it. In 2020, I’d set a goal of going on 20 hikes. Of course, we all know how 2020 went. I do want to hike and explore more.
I also enjoy kayaking – in fact I like it so much I got certified in Small Craft Safety so I can take my Girl Scouts out in kayaks and canoes and introduce them to the kind of peace that can be found while in a small boat on water. One of my bucket list items is to kayak around Greenland.
I’m a level 1 certified archery instructor, and I have a lot of fun out on the range. I’m not that good, but I can teach how to get good.
Because I didn’t get a lot of outdoors time as a kiddo outside of my backyard and then hiking as a teenager, I feel like there’s still a whole world of the outdoors to discover.
When I feel stressed out, the best way I’ve found to clear my head is to get outside and move around for a while. Where’s your happy place?
Published by Ronda Bowen
Hello there, and welcome to my page! I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.
I strongly believe that it is important to work to make the world a better place – one project at a time. I’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program to construct living quarters for those in need, written content for Stonewall Alliance, and edited the newsletter for my local natural foods cooperative. One of the blogs I founded, Activism My Way is dedicated to helping people get involved with causes they feel passionate about.
Although my academic background is in philosophy and social and political theory, my heart has always been in writing fiction and poetry. I have a novel in progress, and I am working on putting together a collection of short stories to share with readers. I also worked as part of a creative team on a project with a hip hop artist that involved world-building and creating an amazing back story to a concept album. I have worked with several authors to edit their novels (as well as dissertations, children’s books, journal articles, and non-fiction projects).
Non-fiction topics I have written about include pop culture and philosophy, project management, business startups and management, insurance, technology, and much more. I also have created web content for a wide variety of clients (ranging from gas station owners to hotels to lawyers), and I’ve had an opportunity to interview some amazing people (Michele May, Kevin Sorbo, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Mark Victor Hansen to name only a few). Needless to say, I love what I do.
I enjoy photography, and my subjects these days are usually my children as well as food, beverages, craft projects, and other such things for my blog, Wining Wife™. My favorite subjects are landscapes, nature (particularly clouds, flowers, and trees), and architecture.
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