Arizela ran away to Vegas in the ’97 to marry her true love and hasn’t regretted a moment since. In 2006 she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in nursing and immediately went into the specialty of neonatal (newborn) intensive care nursing. In 2009, she developed a debilitating heart arrhythmia. After two years of complete disability, her heart got better, allowing her to return to her career and continue with plans to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
With an addiction to tote bags, a deep social conscience, and a love of travel, she lives in small town Ohio with her wonderful husband and son, both of whom own more wireless devices than shoes. Her time is carefully divided between work, school, playing games with her guys, feeding the menagerie of four-leggers who have invaded the house, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse… just in case.
The name Arizela was the result of a constructed language (conlang) my husband created in college with a friend, meaning “guardian of the desert.” It is shared with a genus of moth (thank you wikipedia) and a handful of folks who’ve sprouted up on the internet over the last 20 years since I started using it.