Snippet about me . . .
I am just an ordinary gal finding my way through life. The road for me has been a twisted path and many times I have felt lost, unsure of what to do next. Thankfully, I have a loving and supportive husband and two great daughters that cheer me on no matter what mind-boggling turn I choose to take.
Finally, I am following my passion. I am combining my obsessive need to organize things and people with my desire to make a difference and live a fulfilling life. The status quo has been tossed and I won’t be looking back or giving an iota to what others think of my endeavors. Yet, I will love them still the same. 😉
The blog . . .
This blog is the first step in the right direction for following my passion and the foundation for what is to come. It is meant to be inspirational and supportive to those who want more in life, especially families. I will share the process our family has used for creating intentionality in our lives. Included in this process are:
- The structure and tools our family developed to keep us organized and on track, and
- The thought-provoking life lessons we have experienced or learned. Many will come from the works of impressionable life teachers we admire and respect.
- With reader participation, we’ll learn how others have traveled through their journey as well.
I sincerely hope you will find value in what I offer.
Why I blog . . .
You may be asking why I would want to share this personal journey with you?
I believe I can spark a difference in the lives of others. So often life is like a blur. It goes by so fast and we feel like we have no control of what happens to us. We should be living life; living shouldn’t be sucking the life out of us! If you are a parent, you may have experienced the same realization I did.
- I was investing more time in growing those I worked with than I did with my own kids.
- In my pursuit to improve who I am, I was kicking myself for not reading more of these self-improvement books sooner. The heartache I could have saved myself, if I had learned these lessons years ago! And then I began to wonder how and when will my kids learn these brilliant lessons? Do I just let them learn as I did? Would they be almost forty years old like me? Yikes!
That is when it hit me! My kids have the potential to experience more in life if we simply started applying what I was learning in our daily lives now. We would all develop good habits by letting the principles we value guide us to be our best, live by our own choices, and find great strength as individuals and as a family.
So, why not share such a beautiful thing? Life is a glorious journey filled with the gift of today. When I saw it working for us, I knew it could help others too.
I will also write occasionally about quality of life in our golden years. This too relates to intentional living, just applied in a different way. Instead of expecting older adults to adopt new habits of intentional living, I hope to see changes in how we serve and care for older adults, so that they live the best life possible, regardless of age and/or limitations that come along with age. Aging numbers are growing and will skyrocket as the baby boomers continue to age. We need to be ready to take care of them and we also need to think about our own aging process and how to prepare for it so that we can continue to live our best life!
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The “oh sooo hard to write” biography . . .
I am not an expert in this field, but an eager student of life. I am happy to say, I was born an Army brat. My step-dad taught me well enough to respect what the military does for us. Both my father and my step-dad gave a career of service in the Army. I couldn’t be more proud or honored. Mom stayed at home when she wasn’t working as a beautician. She was always available for us kids.
I married my high school sweetheart two years out of high school. He too served in the Army, as a national guardsman. My dear husband, Shawn, has been working for UPS since college. UPS has taken good care of us and I am thankful that Shawn has been committed to his job for so long.
Four years after marriage, we welcomed our first daughter into the world, Alyssia, Ally for short. She had a lot of beautiful dark brown hair and truly is a blessing. She has a big heart and an unshakable devotion to the things she loves. Nearly two years later, Izabelle came along. She added spice to our lives in a good way. Izzy, is a mover and a shaker. I have so enjoyed watching them grow over the years and look forward to the amazing things they will do in life.
I graduated from Kansas State University in December 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I had already had Ally and was pregnant with Izzy when I crossed the stage. My college graduation was delayed after I had left school to open a bridal shop in town, stemming from the absence of one when I was getting married. I had to let that dream go just under a year in when I couldn’t make the money necessary to stay opened. Got pregnant and thought I had better get back to school before any more time went by.
From there, I had many jobs in our home town of Manhattan, KS. I’ve been a bookkeeper, property manager, financial software consultant, steel salesman, medical practice administrator, accounting firm administrator, project coordinator, financial advisor, and operations leader for a retirement care community overseeing multiple areas of business and business operations. I got bored at each one of these jobs, with the exception of the retirement community, since my responsibilities there where ever-changing. Had I been self-aware and not concerned what others thought of me, I would have realized long ago that I wasn’t meant to work a traditional job. Now that I know, I have been faced with the dilemma of how to find a job that changes constantly and challenges me in small town America? Well, I guess I create it. This leads me here, sharing all this with you. What a roll coaster! At least I can say that I have grown with every climb and dive. 😉
How to find me . . .
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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes