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Peggy's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Freelance Marketer/Content Strategist

I capture the essence of an organization & use online vehicles to present it to the right audience.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Sociology and Anthropology

    Oberlin College

  • Graduate Degree

    Social Work

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus

  • Certification

    Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists:

High School

Graduate Degree

Bachelor's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I loved studying anthropology in college, but after I graduated I didn't want to work in that field.

  • 2.

    I had a period of severe depression after I graduated because I wasn't sure what to do with my life.

  • 3.

    My dad told me, "All you need to do is go out there, find something you like, and stick with it."

  • 4.

    I started volunteering at a drug/addiction treatment facility, which inspired me to get my master's.

  • 5.

    Even after I'd finished my master's degree in social work, I had difficulty finding a job I liked.

  • 6.

    My partner and I decided to adopt two children, both of whom had learning/attention issues.

  • 7.

    I started freelancing and working from home so I could give my children the care that they needed.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    Boys can be just about anything; girls have to be mothers, wives, teachers, or nurses.

  • How I responded:

    Growing up before Title IX was passed, I heard these kinds of limitations being placed on women all the time. I've realized that to push through negative feedback, you just have to keep a small piece of faith inside of you and find something that grounds you. My faith in myself and my abilities trumps any negativity I hear, or any hardships I may go through. Change is the most predictable thing that there is, so you just have to remember that any bad situation that you're in won't last forever.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • In raising my children, I've had to learn a lot about my own impulsivity, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving abilities. Developing deeper empathy and better people skills has translated into huge growth in my personal and professional life.

  • I have two adopted children that are living with a host of learning and attention issues, from dyslexia to severe anxiety. I made some career moves to get them the right treatment, but those changes have helped me grow and learn so much about myself.