I began my journey with Barefoot Books by purchasing their books as gifts. Barefoot's values of cultural diversity, compassion, as well as pairing beautiful art with rich language resonated with what I wanted for all the children - especially those in this next generation. I started in Massachusetts (Cape Cod) and moved to Oregon with my family of four in 2014 where I travel between Eugene, Newport, Bend, & Coos Bay for book fairs, events, fundraisers and educator conferences. I am also a Certified Substitute Teacher in Eugene's Bethel District where I often pop the deck of Mindful Kids and a Barefoot Book (or two!) in my teaching bag!