My name is Omayra Acevedo. I am a journalist at The Mountain-Ear, but I often call myself a photojournalist. I help Ms. Barbara Hardt cover a variety of topics and columns, including articles, businesses, my favorite, Discover Colorado, and anything else she might need help with.
I started working for Hardt in the spring of 2018 upon my return from Europe, where I lived and traveled for two years. Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium were good for me, but living in another country taught me a lot about myself. One of the things I’ve learned is that I’m not ready to give up the Colorado Rockies for anything or anyone. So, I went home.
I’ve never been married and have no kids, but I’m in love with Centennial State! It’s part of how I became a writer for The Mountain-Ear. I came across an online ad for a mountain newspaper looking for reporters. I have requested and submitted some of my published pieces. The rest is history.
In addition to writing, I went back to school. I have a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English literature, and now I’m getting a master’s degree in communication. What can I say ? ! I love school, especially since I can attend full time from the comfort of my home. Education has been the foundation of the endless possibilities I have experienced. If I can, I will go to school forever.
I’m very transparent and I don’t mind confessing who I am. I’m very introverted, which means my energy runs out when I’m around groups of people. Sometimes even one person can feel like a big group. It’s never personal, it’s just part of what makes me who I am. Some people confuse being introverted with being shy, and that’s not the case. Being shy and being introverted are two different things.
I also have a mild case of autism, which for a very long time I thought meant I was broken. I’m not broke. I just treat things differently than most people. That’s all. These two traits are mine, and I fully possess them. They also make living in a secluded cabin ten miles from Estes Park the perfect home.
I hope to pursue a career as a photojournalist, blogger and author. I can’t see myself doing anything else. In my free time, if any, I enjoy painting, crafting, reading, hiking, camping, skiing, photography, exploring Colorado, and working on my book. Working for great people is something that rarely happens. If the possibility of writing full time for The ear of the mountain get up, I’ll take it with pleasure.
I believe in the power of gratitude. I’m honored and grateful that Hardt saw something in me that deserved to make me a part of his team. I am also grateful to Ms. Sara Sandstrom, the most amazing editor I have ever worked with. Of course, I am blessed to have you, my readers. I appreciate you all very much!