About Me

Spilling drinks on myself and others since ’97

I’m Shelby Starace and this is not my first blog. I’ve been a writer my entire life, which means I have a graveyard of half-filled journals and deactivated blogs. Why would this be any different? Well, I’m hoping my recent graduation will leave a big enough whole in my life to squeeze a blog into.

On that note, I am a recent graduate from Drake University with an BAJMC in Public Relations, with emphases in English, Sociology, and Gender Studies. Originally from a suburb, I now live in the oh-so-sprawling metropolis of Des Moines, often times found at the martini bar on 4th Street or sipping coffee on Walnut. Other titles I have been known to occupy are bartender, barista, associate event planner, social media coordinator, and Capricorn. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but in my experience busy is the only way to be.

Intentions, Ambitions, Libations

For the purposes of this blog and digital portfolio however, I am mostly a Public Relations professional, activist, and plant-eater. My intentions here are to give a digital access point to share my work with potential employers or clients, as well as a space to exercise my writing skills and produce content that I find interesting.

My long term ambitions are a little all over the place, but I have my hands in some public policy work, non-profit, and small business. Professionally, I have big dreams of being published and maybe running for public office sometime in the next decade, but for now I’m only focused on figuring out post-grad life.

On a more personal note, I’m looking forward to having the time and energy for more live music, experimenting with vegan cooking, and traveling to visit friends.

If you aren’t getting enough of my various ramblings and rattlings, feel free to follow along on my Instagram or check out my incredibly time consuming Pinterest boards. Let’s hope this one sticks.