ZonaRoots has been in the works for some time now. The idea was planted in college, fertilized by my journalism and global studies majors. One semester was spent studying abroad in Italy and backpacking Europe, others were spent in classrooms and newsrooms reporting on the local community. Both my majors were extremely exploratory; I loved learning, deepening my breadth of knowledge, and watching my interests evolve.
I'm a writer by nature and found a passion for interviewing people, documenting scenes, and the connection to community that came with journalistic work. Feel free to explore my portfolio: a profile of my favorite coffee shop in Tucson; features about Holocaust survivors; polarized points of view on local immigration issues; a holistic look at University of Arizona Greek Life.
It is this kind of work that brings me a simultaneous sense of adventure and inner peace. This kind of work, and so much more, that ZonaRoots will feature.
In college, it can feel like you’re planning for the rest of your life. But all I knew I wanted to do was travel and write, write and travel. After graduation, I planned to backpack and blog about it. COVID-19 put those plans on pause, but that created space to cultivate ZonaRoots.
ZonaRoots explores soul - the heart of people and places and moments, so uniquely vibrant and vivacious that I just couldn’t help but try to document them. To express essence, to do creative justice, to honor.
ZonaRoots is my adventure - and although I’m not traveling yet (stay tuned for my 2022 Eurasian backpacking trip), it's a platform for present exploration of my Arizona Roots and the world beyond.
I am so happy you're here. I'm so happy that ZonaRoots is finally here. I can't wait to see it flourish.