Freelance journalist based in Fort Lauderdale, FL — Christie is one of our newest members and we love her!
Christie, as a Commune Member we see you quite frequently at General Provision. Tell us a little bit about your work in journalism — What’s the most challenging part?
I think the most challenging part about my work is the rare but still very real writer’s block. If the words aren’t flowing, I tend to go for a walk or read a book. I try to do something to take my mind off the story I’m writing and that’s usually when the inspiration hits me.
And the most rewarding part?
The most rewarding part of my work is being able to meet so many unique and interesting people. I love learning new things, and everyone I interview teaches me something.
What is one area you are trying to grow in right now?
I went to school for journalism and worked at different publications, but I actually went out on my own as a full-time freelance writer late last year so I’m still growing in all areas. I’m looking to cultivate new relationships with magazine editors and small business owners. I love writing for magazines and writing online content for small businesses is interesting as well. I also want to get more involved in our community.
Any productivity tips or secrets you are willing to share?
I love to sleep… but when I’m on deadline or need to get something really important done I wake up early – before the sun wakes up. In the dark hours of the morning no one is texting or calling or emailing me. Getting that one essential thing done early makes me feel productive and more motivated to keep crossing things off my list throughout the day.
What do you wish more people knew about you?
Besides that I love to sleep? I like meeting new people, reading, yoga and traveling.
Out of all the articles and stories you’ve written, which has been the most exciting to do and why?
Oh that’s a tough question to answer. I think I approach each of my stories with the same excitement. I never know what I’m going to learn or where the story will take me. I did just finish a story about Ireland for a local magazine. We traveled there earlier this year and so it was a really fun story to write about such a beautiful country.
What’s your take on the coworking infrastructure? And more specifically General Provision?
I love it! It’s an incredible place where creativity thrives and where the mentality is to work together and help each other. I’ve always liked the saying “A candle loses none of its light by lighting another candle” – and it’s so apparent at GP.
Plus I was starting to get tired of only talking to my dog while I was working from home so having the opportunity to meet new people, create new relationships and be in a cool environment is wonderful to me.
When you aren’t working hard at GP, where might we find you?
Enjoying some red wine & cheese with my husband and friends, at my laptop planning my next travel adventure or indulging in one of the many delicious dishes around town that I love so much.