Danielle Palli won her first creative writing award at the age of six, and by age fifteen, she had already been published in the Writer’s Journal. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Manhattan to attend New York University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Media and Global Communications with a minor in Theater. After becoming enamored with theoretical physics, Eastern Philosophy and martial arts in college, she began studying a mix of martial arts styles, drawn primarily to Tai Chi and Bagua, before eventually gravitating toward Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. For many years, her writing centered around philosophy and exploring the “what ifs” in the universe. In the fall of 2000, she began teaching yoga full time, later adding Pilates and meditation to her practice and classes. She then went on to earn her Master’s of Professional Writing degree from Chatham University.
Danielle relocated to Florida in 2005 and opened Birdland Media Works in 2006. Now in its eleventh year, she continues to provide feature articles, podcasts and videos on a variety of topics, including spirituality, business, writing, travel, dining and the arts. On the creative scene, Danielle is also a ghostwriter for online blogs and news articles and writes sci-fi/fantasy and mystery/suspense fiction. Along the education front, she publishes books and curricula related to business, writing, spirituality, health, yoga, and meditation. She is the author of the Acting Out Yoga series, contributing author for Yoga in America, and was the head writer for Inspire, Resilience, and Aging Through Ages – multi-session workshops developed by Masterpiece Living.
Danielle is probably best known as Metromix’s former “Traveling Food Girl” (2008-2012), where she has written fine dining reviews and conducted chef interviews. She has also been on location, reporting about concerts, festivals and other special events and made regular guest appearances on MAX 98.3 and Studio 10. Additionally, she spent several years as member of the WTSP 10 News team (2011-2014), reporting about anything and everything that helped shape the Tampa Bay community. Prior to Metromix, she may also be remembered for her work as staff writer for Positive Change magazine (2006-2008) and Senior Coordinator for Efest 2007. She has also been featured in other notable publications (byline/ghostwritten) such as the Huffington Post, US News & World Report, MindBodyGreen.com, Suncoast Living magazine, and Natural Awakenings magazine.
In 2013 she completed her 18-month long ministerial training and was ordained through the Wisdom of the Heart Church. Danielle continues to write, teach, and publish online courses about mindfulness, intuition and spirituality.
When she’s not working, she enjoys exploring new places, hiking and kayaking, learning the piano, hydroponic gardening and cooking, visiting art museums and the theater, singing and dancing, and – most important – spending time with her husband, cats, mischievous ferret, and one very energetic puppy.