My story


2013 5

I’m just a nature-loving, self-proclaimed philosophizing, writing, travelling, rock n’ rolling, fun-loving 21 year old extraordinaire. As an English major at Truman State University, it goes without saying that I love writing. I love writing anything, really, but mostly creative prose. I work[ed] for the university newspaper The Index and a Midwest travel guide Detours as well. I also like to dabble in scenic photography when the mood (or right light) strikes.

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24-year-old Danielle still loves writing, traveling (did you see I dropped an l in traveling? I’ve learned you that can do that now, because English makes no sense mostly, that’s what my degree taught me), and rock and rolling just as much, perhaps just with much more coffee added into the mix. I graduated last year and currently work for Adventure Student Travel as the lead writer and occasional freelancer for Missouri Life Magazine’s Dining Worth the Drive section.

Currently, I am deeply involved in the ideas and outlines of two amazing novels, as well. I am using this blog as a creative outlet and sort of ‘linked in’ with fellow writers and photographers, so feel free to connect and start a conversation!

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26-year-old Danielle will always love writing, traveling, and rock and rolling, and she may be the most involved in each as she ever has been. I have been working for Adventure Student Travel for 2.5 years now, loving every moment of advancing in my career. Not only have I had the pleasure of traveling to Riviera Maya, Cancun, Albuquerque, Orlando, and Chicago with them, but I also will be attending a travel blogger conference (TBEX) in NY this fall. I spent my last year freelancing for Missouri Life as well, though I am trying to shift my focus to bigger fish (Nat Geo).

My free time is spent wandering around in my head, enjoying the outdoors with my camera, and most recently, planning a wedding with the man of my dreams. (2 more months, April 21st).

Any questions? Bring em’ on!

Update Update Update: 2019

I have gained a year of wisdom and experience, and most importantly, I have gained a new addition to my family. Having a daughter has changed the way I think and feel about many things, but overall at 27 I am still a passionate writer, lover, rock and roller, and coffee drinker. Now there is simply an added bonus of having a tiny human to come home to!

While my personal blogging has been slacking, I still keep up in the writing world with my travel blogging! Check out this cute little thing I made! l.PNG

69 Comments Add yours

  1. Danielle, thanks for visiting my blog and following. I have very much enjoyed your posts. ~Mary

  2. araneus1 says:

    Thank you for the follow, it’s most encouraging.

  3. Alice says:

    GREAT photo.

  4. bonesnsnow says:

    Danielle- thanks for following “Oldbones”. I wish I’d had your expressive energy when I was 21 (which was a depressingly long time ago…)



    1. Thank you Jeff, you have some seriously inspiring words on your blog, thanks for the new motivation(by the way things only get better with age) 🙂

  5. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks for following ZimmerBitch: much appreciated.

  6. Aena Zoraya says:

    The photo looks like a Lemony Snicket book cover if this was taken during night time. I find your posts very interesting. Keep writing!

    1. Thank you Aena, I did always love those books!

  7. Marianne says:

    wonderful picture. best wishes on your future in writing

    1. Thank you, Marianne!

  8. Hi Danelle, it’s great to connect. Your photo could be on an Irish country road, very similar landscape. All the best with your writing, enjoy what you are doing. 🙂

    1. Thank you Jean, I’d love to be able to take another in Ireland and compare some day 🙂

  9. celtics345 says:

    Hey Danielle nice blog look forward to reading it. I am a writer myself very prolific and creative. I have worked in all genres I have written over a 1000 short stories and over 30 books. I love the horror genre. I wrote some childrens stories for a while and enjoyed that. I am very happy for your success and look forward to connecting!

  10. Sounds like you are on a good trajectory in your writing career. Thanks for following my blog.

  11. Asha Seth says:

    Happy to meet you, Danielle.

  12. Danielle, I love the “jump to present” because it is definitely a happy ending. I wish you well in a career that will take you on many journeys. clare

  13. awass7712 says:

    Thanks for following my blog 🙂

  14. milliethom says:

    Thanks for the follow, Danielle, and it’s nice to meet someone of ‘old hag’ status at 24. 🙂 I wouldn’t mind being that age again. Your new career sounds a lot of fun and I wish you every success in it. 🙂

  15. Thank you for your follow, Danielle. I wish you a long and fruitful career, and much happiness. ❤

  16. Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™ says:

    Thank you for the follow, Danielle-I’m greatly honored. Your photos are lovely, by the way. 😀

  17. Thank you for the follow, its always amazing to meet fellow bloggers who have similar passion!
    and… I have nominated you for the Sunshine Bloggers Award, Please visit to check this out. Thank you Once again!

  18. Danielle, thank you for visiting my blog and following. I like your layout and your content is great. ~Caroline

    1. Thank you, Caroline, have a great day!

      1. Thank you, have a good one too.

  19. The Warrior Artist says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I’ve only just begun, so it is very encouraging to have such a wonderful writer follow me.

  20. Spiritus says:

    Cheers to you for popping in to peruse my thoughts and life, unless you’re a spy, or a mind-reader, or a relative wanting funding. Aside from that Thank you! Please feel free to poke about (please tread lightly as I’ve just had the carpet cleaned).

    Ah, and drinks are at 4.

  21. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the follow. Looking back from my vantAGE point, 20-24 seems like a single frame. It’s good to see the perspective of someone in the moment.

    1. Not a problem, I love both your photos and your words! I hope I do the age justice, so much happens/can happen/needs to happen in such a short time!

      1. Dan Antion says:

        Oh, you have plenty of time, but a sense of urgency is often beneficial.

  22. Thanks for the follow.Hope to see you around.

  23. Tony Burgess says:

    Thanks for the follow my new blogging friend. Have you ever been on Tumblr? Anyway, have a great day and keep on blogging.

  24. th3platform says:

    Hi Danielle, nice to meet you! I look forward to your future posts. Great blog!

  25. Hi, thanks for stopping by What a lovely blog. I love the presentation. I am a 60 something #old hag#, still learning the ropes about how to set up a blog. Yours will be one I look to for inspiration.

    1. How kind of you, Jamie, I wish you luck in your blogging endeavors and will be stopping by often! 🙂
      (By the way, 60 something is the new 30 something!)

  26. mastout says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed my poem “Leaves” and will be following my blog. I’ll be back to visit your site.

  27. Danielle,
    Thanks for following my blog. Love to connect with other writers. Good luck on your writing journey!

  28. Rivenrod says:

    Thank you for taking the time to visit Much appreciated.

    I am fascinated by the marvels our tiny planets offers, as well as the glorious and outrageous antics its inhabitants get up to, so you can be sure I’ll catch up with what you’re doing as often as I can.

    I look forward to our next encounter.


    Psssst. My latest novel, Swell, click here for reviews

  29. Lesley says:

    Nice to meet you 🙂

  30. Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray

  31. HC Maree says:

    Loved the pic, and the writing. Looking forward to reading more of it.

  32. Thank you for following me on aspiblog 🙂

  33. Jackson says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog and the follow! It’s cool that you work for a student travel company. I think any student should take the opportunity to travel if they can!

  34. authormbeyer says:

    Ah,lovely! As a former junior high and high school writing teacher (now retired) I am always thrilled to find a new and inventive young writer to follow… and stalk… and steal ideas from. I am at present an ultra-goofy blogger and failing independent writer of silly, pointless fiction that costs me more to write than it makes. And I truly appreciate any writer who has stumbled on the secret that the formal rules of writing English are absolute nonsense. I intend to scrutinize your coming prose output to find any and all creative ideas and borrow them…. borrow, not steal. That’s different, right?

    1. I fully expect a proper scrutinization and stalking now! 🙂
      Nice to meet you, Michael. I look forward to chatting with you.

  35. lifegoeson292 says:

    (24 now, old hag status). lol hardly!

    1. haha, well, my mind feels like an old hag at times!

  36. Brian says:

    ‘Old hag’ caught my eye as well. Too many Regency romances w/ on-the-shelf spinsters at 24. Hardly that, hardly that.

  37. That’s a very nice photo – you got the angle just right. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to stand in the middle of a roadway to take a picture, even if there wasn’t any traffic!

    1. Thank you, it was an almost-forgotten road I had found, very light traffic 🙂

  38. adegrandis says:

    Love the picture – keep writing it’s a grea tthing to do. Thanks for the visit and the like. Good to connect with others on a similar path though I’ve a few more years on my clock.Have fun.

  39. Miriam says:

    How awesome and lovely to meet you Damirlle. Look forward to sharing adventures. Cheers from Australia.

  40. Teensy Weensy Gal says:

    Hello there! Thankiee for following my blog! Have a blast! 😀

  41. Vox Populi says:

    Thanks for following Vox Populi. I love your photographs!

  42. hailangeliccreation says:

    I wanted to stop by and let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
    You can find the rules here:
    Happy writing!
    -Author S

    1. dbreshears91 says:

      Thank you so much 🙂 Hope you are doing well!

      1. hailangeliccreation says:

        I’m doing pretty well in blog terms, thank you! You deserve all kinds of awards!
        -Author S

      2. dbreshears91 says:

        So glad you are doing well! Collab when we both get some time? Maybe next Tuesday?

      3. hailangeliccreation says:

        My internet is gonna be pretty sparing over the summer, but I’ll try!
        -Author S

  43. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours.

  44. hailangeliccreation says:

    I wanted to stop by and say I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, and you can check out the rules here:
    Have fun!
    -Author S

  45. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!

    1. dbreshears91 says:

      Thank you so much!

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