So, Gabby, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
I’d have to say my love of talking – whether that is out loud, rambling about on a piece of paper, creating stories on my computer or sending a text that is too long – is something that is engrained in who I am. My fate was a pretty-sealed deal when my parents decided to name me Gabrielle, and call me Gabby. I got in trouble countless times throughout my school years for talking, texting and passing notes in class, but now I can confirm that it was just preparation for my career.
I’m currently the editor-in-chief of both Uptown and Scottsdale Health Magazines, where I spend my days finding the perfect features (holler at me if you think you’d be a fit!), assigning stories to our hard-working writers and photographers, and – you guessed it – doing lots and lots of editing. I just had my one-year anniversary on this crazy journey I like to call “my dream.”
I graduated from the University of Arizona (Beardown!) in 2013 with my undergraduate degree in journalism and communications and moved back to Scottsdale, where I’ve called home for the past 12 years with the exception of my four-year stint in Tucson. There, I freelanced for all three of Richman Media Group’s magazines (including So Scottsdale!) while I pursued a career in marketing.
About two years after graduating was when it hit me – journalism was, and always will be, my first love. So when the career opportunity of a lifetime hit me in the face, I (half-scared, half-excited) took it! Here I am a year later, a little less scared and even more excited.
When I’m not sitting on my computer, editing away, I spend a ton of my free time with my family, who I also happen to work with on a daily basis as Richman Media Group is a family-owned publishing group (Yes, my dad is my boss!). I have a niece who is just over two that I see practically every day. She’s a little red-headed fire cracker whose personality is larger than life. Now, if I can only figure out how to make her stop growing and stay two-years-old (minus the tantrums) forever…
I also spend my days working out, trying new Valley restaurants, “brunching” with friends, scouring the local boutiques and malls, and traveling with my boyfriend. This year we’ve been on a U.S. kick, visiting tons of places I’ve never been before – D.C., Seattle, the Grand Canyon (yes, it’s true) and Montana, to name a few.
Thanks for taking the time to read about my story. If you want to share yours, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always looking for new restaurants and bars, fashionable men and women, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, and fitness and health professionals to feature in our monthly publications.