Isabel Calkins Mata

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Isabel Calkins is a freelance writer who is passionate about mindfulness and mental health. She also frequently covers travel, home, sex, and other lifestyle topics. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Yahoo, CNN, and more. Isabel previously worked on the marketing teams of L'Oreal's Urban Decay Cosmetics and Maybelline New York. She has also held editorial roles at CNNMoney, Her Campus Media, and Cosmopolitan. She now blends her branding and content direction experience as the founder and CEO of Rumination Storytellers, a creative marketing agency, while continuing to craft compelling editorial content. Originally from Rochester, New York, Isabel is a proud alumnus of New York University's School of Global Liberal Studies and currently lives in Seattle with her husband, Richard, and their three cats. * Host of the mental health podcast Being Yourself Loudly * 5+ years of experience working as a writer and marketing specialist * Received a bachelor's degree in global liberal studies with a concentration in contemporary culture and creative production from New York University

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