I felt a calling to my purpose through a glassy, bright smartphone. A tiny device with scribbles inside resembling hand-drawn loons and screenshots of accompanying text. It was paging out of Singing Wilderness by Sigurd Olson, sent to me by a new friend who lived in a land I’d never heard of: Ely, Minnesota.
What was this dreamy lake country? What were these enchanting forests northwest of Lake Superior? I was immediately drawn to the phrase, ‘out-of-doors.’ I read it aloud. I felt it on my tongue. I marinated on the cadences. How simple, how luxurious these three words felt when intertwined. It felt like a state of transition, a transformation and a shift in perspective. Most of all, it felt familiar.
After graduating from the University of Missouri with degrees in Geography and English, I was working in mid-Missouri making maps. My creativity was restless, stifled in a world of data. I wanted to inspire people to action through stories.
Soon enough, I was shuffling belongings into my car, bound for that small northern Minnesota town to tell tales of a downtown revitalization. Before I knew it, community gathered. Memories surfaced. Building histories turned into living entities all their own, sparked from stories of transformation.
Within weeks of planting my feet, I was, quite literally, unearthing the town’s foundational narrative. I recognized the power of writing that endures, that moves people, that involves them in the process.
The everlasting value of the written word has fueled my interest in working with brands and small businesses all over the midwest to the west coast. Now, I’ve settled in the high desert of Bend, Oregon. Whether you’re a creative entrepreneur, designer, maker or adventurer, you have a story of considerable enduring.
Your business is more than your offering – it’s a culmination of time and experimentation, an intricate architecture of old and new ideas, a shape-shifting entity. I’m here to showcase those essential qualities of your craft and translate it into a feeling through my words.
When creative humans (like you!) declutter their message, find their voice, and create consistent content that invites, magic happens. Your audience moves. Your value builds. My customizable offerings will show you and your community that your business is one-of-a-kind, and the intuitive passion behind it makes for one hell of a story.
At the end of the day, real stories attract real people. This personal exchange between customer and brand story is the pillar of all content. Lead with vulnerability and empathy for your community, and you’ll be serving with confidence and value and from a place you feel empowered.
I believe that the best brands are timeless and exist on a strong foundation capable of adapting with the future. Powerful, minimal copy leaves room for ‘a-ha’ moments, and sustainable content that grows with you positions your brand to make a bigger impact for longer.
Remember the last time you read a piece of content that just clicked? I’m willing to bet it wasn’t muffled by lofty phrasing. Clarity is a must. In stripping down a story and strategy to its essence, you build up a brand that turns readers into loyal customers.
Just as I constantly strive to write from a place of paired down, intuitive honesty, I encourage you to create a truthful evaluation of where your business stands in your industry before you begin building the home.
— Jesse & Sam Bodine, Scout & Nimble
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I’m convinced that I’m here to help you navigate your narrative, nurture your stories and build a timeless, unforgettable business. I’m here to inspire you to action with my words, to engage, uplift, provide a seat at the table, a space to sink in and share.
Part narrative forager, part customer advocate, part archaeologist.