Since you’re here, I thought I would take a few minutes to share a bit more about myself.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a passion for storytelling and a sense of curiosity that could give “that cat” a run for his money.
Raised in a bilingual/bicultural Franco-American household, my love for storytelling blossomed around the kitchen table (in my family, mealtime is taken very seriously; we all sit down and break bread and drink wine for hours). It was during these meals that I learned the power of storytelling. On one side of the Atlantic my French grandfather shared his stories as a Jewish teen during World War II being forced to go into hiding and change his last name. On the other side of the Atlantic in a house surrounded by corn fields, my American grandfather shared stories about growing up during the Great Depression, his “real-world Huck Finn education,” as he dubbed it.
I was stuck between two cultures – accepted fully neither as French nor as American. To make matters a bit more interesting, by the time I was 18, I had moved more than 13 times due to my father’s military career. Constantly being thrown into new environments, different cultures, and meeting new people, I got used to being the ‘new kid.’ Every move was an adventure — new places to see, people to meet, and things to learn. Since I realized at an early age just how powerful a tool storytelling could be, I figured, well, why the heck not use it for something I’m passionate about?
Most recently I worked as a Video Producer for the U.S. Navy which gave me the opportunity to research, write and produce more than 50 high-quality promotional videos for the Navy’s Energy Campaign – a campaign that highlighted alternative energy-efficient initiatives and innovative projects developed by the Navy to help secure our nation’s energy future. It was during this time that I realized how I could combine my professional Department of Defense experience, love of storytelling, and passions for all things sustainable and cultural. I had the opportunity to interview and learn from some of the leading scientists and engineers in the Department of the Navy, as well as high-ranking leaders, sailors, and marines all the way from the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. to aircraft carriers out at sea. Now, I just needed the guts to branch out on my own, find my own voice, and to share my passions. Finally, I decided to launch The Wise Consumer and, here we are today.
Welcome to The Wise Consumer!
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