Words matter. Often, how we say something is just as important as what we have to say. Just as nutrition alone is not the measure of a good meal, so too best advice in the world won’t help anyone if it’s hard to understand. I have been in love with languages and words, since I was a young teen. I find the power words hold to change one’s mind, heart, and soul utterly fascinating. I am passionate about educating others. Editing is a way to help others find their voice and tell their story. I have been writing poetry, short fiction, and magazine features for many years, and am an active member in the Phoenix literary scene. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Graphic Design, with a minor in Spanish.

I met Maya, founder of Nuuaria, several years ago when she gave a wellness seminar at my place of employment. She casually mentioned she was writing a book, so afterwards, I asked her if she needed an editor. She did, and as long as I’ve known her, I’ve been dedicated to helping her craft her message in a way that is not only easy to digest, but ‘tastes’ good, too.

Half a dozen years later, in 2016 after years of digestive and other health issues, doctors discovered that I had type II diabetes and a non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I turned to Maya to help me figure out what to do. I am pleased to report that following Maya’s advice, within nine months, I had lost twenty pounds and reversed my diabetes. Last check, my A1c was 5.6, not even pre-diabetic.

When I am not reading, writing, or editing, you can find me hiking in and around the Phoenix Mountain Preserve or hanging out with a raptor (bird, not dinosaur) on my arm at Liberty Wildlife, an Arizona-based wildlife rescue organization that rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned wildlife.

"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

- Paulo Coelho 

Shelia 'Ceci' Hampson

managing editor