Jala is a true Floridian, she has lived in over ten cities throughout Florida. Her father was employed with the Florida State Park Service during her childhood, so she experienced all the wonders of natural Florida. She considers central Florida her hometown where she attended middle and high school but has now adopted Gainesville as home. Jala originally moved to Gainesville for college, met her husband here, and after they were married, they returned to Gainesville to start a family. Jala and her husband now have two boys and hoping to add a puppy to the mix soon.
Jala graduated from Santa Fe College with an Associate of Science in Graphic Design. She has designed for various industries including real estate where she handled the marketing and graphic design for a local Gainesville firm. In 2015 after her youngest son was born, she started her own graphic design business creating fun stationery for parties and events along with designs for other small businesses. She also found another creative outlet writing for a local parenting blog.
When she is not designing or writing she is out exploring all the natural beauty north central Florida and Gainesville has to offer. Outside space has always been important to her no matter where she has lived including pool and outdoor dining access and close location to walking trails and parks. Gainesville is filled with access to all and a close drive to either coast of Florida and bigger cities such as Orlando and Jacksonville for more adventure. She also enjoys photography, yoga, reading, cultivating her home garden, and all the Florida Gator sports- Go Gators!