Get to know my story.
I was born in a barn one starry night.
Growing up on a small farm in rural Western USA, I read so much that taking books from me was my punishment.
"But I confess they would have no charms for me—I should infinitely prefer a book."
-Mary Bennet, Pride & Prejudice
My youth was a collection of funny accomplishments—a benefit of small-town childhood.
Speech and debate state champion and 2x national qualifier
National honor society student | student council and student body "Head Girl"
The role of Cecily Cardew in the dramatization of "The Importance of Being Earnest" Ttrack athlete | all-girls choir | key club | piano, trumpet, and French horn player
National Western clogging champion | majorette
4H blue ribbon rabbit showwoman | a fast typist (142 wpm)
Babysitter of a current NASA scientist | director of middle school plays
Memorized all major USA zip codes while working my hometown amusement park.
The summer after graduating from high school, I worked at a rafting company to my parents' chagrin.
My life dramatically altered its course.
I fell in love with the river and became a river guide.
I moved to a tiny ski town, population 600, with a BA in English Literature*.
Even though I loved skiing, it was a hard winter. It snowed 300 inches. The sun didn't hit the valley floor until almost 11 am. I began a book club, but it petered out.
I swore I would never come back.
*Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society member
© 2023 by Lizzie Kost. Proudly created while consuming loads of ice cream. I am now lactose intolerant and swing a lot of kettle bells
Never say...you know.
I started an adventure outfitter company the following fall in that tiny ski town at 23 years old.
And then I hustled.
Marketing copy, web design, customer experience, wrote resumes, white papers, social media content, editorials, speeches. I put my English degree to work.
For the business, we bootstrapped. And so I also managed the bookkeeping, logistics, even worked on equipment maintenance. You name it, and I had a hand in it.
I became the general contractor, owner, and manager of a new restaurant and, at the same time, expanded to a second adventure outfitter company.
I successfully lobbied in Congress with Trout Unlimited. I was the president of our local chamber of commerce, among many other volunteer efforts. I started a second book club, The Ladies Athenaeum.
I discovered human-centered design and decided to focus on my passion for writing—becoming a twice-certified UX writer.
But most importantly...