HI! Welcome to my little corner of the internet.balloons sidewalk

I’m a mid 20-something writer living in Newport Beach, California with a passion for staying active and exploring all life has to offer- the good, the bad, and the messy…. usually doing it all while wearing yoga pants.

Nice to meet you!

This blog was born back in 2011, a little over a year after I’d moved to D.C. I have grown dramatically since then and I think my blog is a tribute to the idea that, well, life happens. Here you’ll find a collection of personal essays on life and relationships, as well as inspiration for healthy living.

Some background… In June 2013, I moved back home to the west coast, after six years back east: first in New York City (my favorite city on earth), where I earned  a Masters in Journalism and was gifted my typewriter (a gift necessary for a writer), and then in Washington, D.C., starting my big girl career. I’m now in southern California and enjoying every ounce of sunshine.


I believe pancakes are the only food that matters, and storytelling is my heart.

I also am one of those weirdos who enjoys working out, and in 2012, I was named one of Washington, D.C.’s top fitness bloggers according to Washingtonian Magazine. It was an honor that they’d recognize little ol’ me.


Running was my first sweat-tastic love, but I’m also a bit obsessed with barre, crossfit, hot yoga, hiking… you get the idea. I love to stay active and encourage others to live their healthiest lives. As of 2015, I am a member of the board of directors for Girls on the Run Orange County. I also served as a race ambassador for the 2015 Fit Foodie 5K in San Diego (race series sponsored by Cooking Light and Health magazines), and am a race ambassador for the 2016 OC Marathon.

Sometimes I post recipes and reviews (of books, events, fitness studios, or products), but all writing and photography are always 100% mine and a result of my own experience, unless otherwise stated. I am always interested in discussing freelance writing opportunities and/or chances to work together with like-minded organizations on special projects. Visit my blogging partnerships page for more.

I am also a freelance writer, and my essays have been published by a variety of publications/media outlets, including the Huffington Post; please check my portfolio for a complete list.


I’m friendly.. leave a comment on the blog, reach out via social media or drop me a line via email:



Thanks for reading! 

22 Comments on About

  1. dukiesmith
    June 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM (7 years ago)

    I just saw your post on Carrots n Cake– I’m in exile in DC as well and mourn my beloved NYC all.the.time.

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      June 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM (7 years ago)

      Haha i feel your pain- it’s not the same here.. Thanks for stopping by the ol’ blog! 🙂

  2. Nick Weidmann
    June 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM (7 years ago)

    I doubt you’ll ever eat more than I do “Pancakegirl.” Hope all is well!
    ‘Ack-attack Master’

  3. Kimberly
    July 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM (7 years ago)

    Hi there! Found you courtesy of Jenna’s blog and the Whole30… I am starting 8/1, after I get back from a trip home (I’m a frequent flier out of DCA as well), but I just thought I’d say hello, from one DC-er to another!!! If you’re ever in need of a local wannabe-paleo (for now) friend, I’m open to it! (Though I have to say, those pancakes you’ve got up there look deeeeeeeeeeeelish and might be on my menu this evening! How’s that for “faileo?”)

    Best of luck with the Whole30…I’m not far behind!

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      July 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM (7 years ago)

      Kimberly- I’m so glad you said hi! Thanks for stopping by, and yes- pancakes for dinner are always a great idea. 😉

  4. Kelsey
    August 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM (6 years ago)

    I so adore the title of your blog! For the past few years I’ve been a Baptiste [hot power flow] yoga kind of girl — I recently purchased an unlimited month pass to my local Bikram studio. I’m completely unsure if I like it or not. Every time class is over I feel confused. I don’t feel exhausted, I don’t feel stretched out, I don’t feel relaxed. I do feel like I got a good workout in — but in a weird way that I can’t explain. What are your thoughts/favorite things about Bikram? Just curious. Cheers!

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      August 2, 2011 at 8:42 PM (6 years ago)

      Hey Kelsey! I’m obsessed w everything about Bikram (except for the hefty price tag of classes in my area), mainly because I do feel like I get such an amazing workout. I got into it as something to do instead of running that is always killing me haha and it’s made me more flexible and seriously cleans out my system (all that sweat!).. it even made me run better. Plus I feel so unburdened and ready to hug the world when I leave, also a plus. 😉 My advice, though, would be to make sure you’re at a good studio where they correct your form and have it heated to a proper temp, bc it makes a huge difference w how you feel afterwards. If it’s not hot enough or you’re getting into the motions wrong, you’re essentially doing nothing but standing in a sticky room; you should feel more stretched and i’m always sort of tired, but in a good way (if I hydrate enough after). Ok, i just wrote you a novel but feel free to email me w more on Bikram!

  5. Meg Roberts
    August 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM (6 years ago)

    Just found your blog and I’m so glad I did! I’m a Florida-transplant living in DC who also bemoans the cold weather. My boyfriend lives in Florida. In college, I studied mass communications, journalism and PR. I’m also training for my first 1/2 marathon. Eerieeee.

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      August 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM (6 years ago)

      Meg: Haha that is kind of freaky- are we the same person? What part of FL? I’m alwaaaays on the panhandle, aka lower Alabama. 😉

  6. Amy-Nutrition by Nature
    August 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM (6 years ago)

    Found you over at Yes, I want cake. I have enjoyed reading your blog!

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      August 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM (6 years ago)

      Amy- Yay, thanks so much for reading AND saying hi! I love when people comment. 🙂

  7. Life's a Bowl
    August 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM (6 years ago)

    I stumbled upon your blog and sounds like we have a lot in common! Look forward to reading future posts…

    P.S. I graduated in May and moved back home to the DC area- are there ever any local blogger meet ups? That would be fun!

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      August 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM (6 years ago)

      Hey! Thanks for reading and saying hi.. There really aren’t that many/barely any but I’ve been thinking one is necessary ASAP! Let’s do it.:)

      • Life's a Bowl
        August 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM (6 years ago)

        Sounds great to me! I found some other locals that I’ve mentioned it to too and they are interested 😀

  8. sweetmarcella
    October 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM (6 years ago)

    We have so much in common! I am a foodie, runner, and yogi! I am trying to find a balance between the three and how much they all cost :/ Running- I’m pretty set on because all I need is a good pair of shoes and an open road. Yoga- a little pricey unless I practice on my own (I try but I’m not quite there). Food- that is just a whole other conversation of itself! I can talk days about food (I guess that’s why we have food blogs Haha)!

    Anyway, I’m lovin your blog!

  9. suzysausagehead
    November 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM (6 years ago)

    Although you COULD be quoting a few others, I am hoping that your ‘have love will travel’ is a reference to the black keys 🙂

    Love the blog. I’ll be following!

    • On A Pink Typewriter
      November 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM (6 years ago)

      Suzy- I LOVE the Black Keys.:) Thanks for reading!!

  10. Chels R.
    December 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM (6 years ago)

    Love your story. And that pink typewriter is lovely! Look fwd to reading more about you!

    • joelle
      December 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM (6 years ago)

      Chels- Thanks! I’m so glad you stopped by. 🙂

  11. Brittanie @ Three Bracelets
    April 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM (6 years ago)

    So glad I came across your blog! I agree with the west coast = the best coast! I’m from Idaho, made a pit stop in Colorado for a year, and eventually moved for love to the heart of Charm City aka Baltimore. We’re pretty close and I love venturing to DC so perhaps we’ll have to meet up!
    P.S. Love the pink typewriter!

    • joelle
      April 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM (6 years ago)

      Brittanie- Yay, thanks for reading! So glad you said hi, from one west coaster to another. 🙂

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