Creative Director and Editor // 13 years at TUT //
Zodiac sign: Libra (I am balanced and indecisive).
Favorite reads: Gift from the Sea (Anne Morrow Lindberg), The True Secret of Writing (Natalie Goldberg), Herself (Madeleine L'Engle), Life of Pi (Yann Martel), The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman), Out of Africa (Karen Blixen), Unaccostomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri), Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle), Walden (Henry David Thoreau).
Favorite music: Alexi Murdoch, Ben Howard, Sanders Bohlke, Lord Huron, Brett Dennen, Ray LaMontagne, Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Garrels, Norah Jones, Adele, Amos Lee, Florence and the Machine, Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Michael Franti.
Favorite food: Yellow cake with chocolate frosting, anything with chocolate.
Three things most people don’t know about you: I was voted “most likely to be an actress” in school (I always loved theatre), I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (I used to want to open my own school and call it KIKS – Koppelman Institute of Karate Self-Defense), I’m a gypsy at heart (I’ve traveled to over 15 countries including Egypt and Kenya).
Things you love most: Writing, practicing yoga, reading, traveling, exploring, spending time with friends and family, cooking with all the windows open and music playing, fruits and vegetables, waking up at dawn to write, falling asleep outside, anything that can be enjoyed slowly (sushi, wine, anything you can eat with your hands), the beach, staring up at the stars at night, deep conversations about life, the process of everything.
How do you like to recharge? I practice yoga 3 times a week and that allows me to recharge. I also cook and listen to music which energizes me. I take “writing walks” every morning (slow, casual strolls with my notebook). So I would say I’m pretty well charged.
What kind of impact do you believe you have on people? I like to think I give people permission to be themselves (their truest and highest selves), by being my (truest and highest) self. That’s my hope.