On paper, I’ve been in the corporate world for 30 years. In my heart, I’ve always been right here.
I have spent the majority of my life feeling a little out of step with everyone else. I’ve spent way too much time dwelling in fear and depression, and far too little time living in joy. And when the joyous moments came, I couldn’t fully embrace and enjoy them for fear of the other shoe dropping. In an odd way, the thought of lasting joy felt a bit odd and uncomfortable to me.
I grew up in a chaotic home and at various times in my life I’ve experienced emotional, verbal and physical abuse. Through a series of events in my life that literally brought me to my knees, I realized with every fiber of my being that I deserved better. I realized that although the events of my past had long passed, I was still living in a prison of emotions that I had created for myself. I was sitting in a prison cell that was created by my experiences, yet all the while I was holding the key.
Then I woke up. I began the work of self-discovery. I credit my faith in God for opening up my heart and my mind to the possibilities that surround me. I also credit Him for sending me my ‘prince’ of a husband to whom I have been married for 10 amazing years. I never knew love and marriage could be this wonderful and I’m reminded every day when I look at him that it’s never too late to find true love.
Getting past the past is hard work and not for the faint of heart. But, if I can do it, so can you!
The real me:
- A mom with two grown children who I adore and am so proud of. I raised them as a single mom and we were the “Three Musketeers”.
- A ‘young’ grandma of three of the cutest, smartest, most amazing and incredibly talented children in the world (along with yours, of course! 🙂
- Fiercely loyal – if you are in my tribe, I’ve got your back.
- Always on a diet.
- Addicted to chocolate (see the bullet point above!)
- A book worm who needs more space for bookshelves than closet space for clothes!
- I tend to identify with Ethel instead of Lucy, Melanie instead of Scarlett, Mary Ann instead of Ginger.
- I love old movies from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
- Cary Grant. Enough said.
- I love the whimsical - fairies, leprechauns, gnomes, trolls – and have miniature ones tucked away in unexpected places in my home for unexpected smiles. 🙂
- My most important treasures are the irreplaceable, sentimental things – the tiny clay pot handmade by my daughter or the tissue paper flower on a pipe cleaner made by my son – each made over 30 years ago by little hands full of love.
- I love making and creating things – crafting, jewelry, re-purposing things, sewing, painting.
- My heroines are women who stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves - Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, and all of the millions of women whose names we’ll never hear who stand up in the face of fear to advocate for the rights of others every day.
- My bucket list: seeing the Northern lights, traveling to Ireland, publishing a book, being a back-up singer for Tina Turner (OK, stop laughing), winning the lottery and building a ‘compound’ with separate homes for family. (We will all need a minimum of two miles from each other’s homes. 🙂 Close, but not that close!)
- I always cry like a baby when watching "Charlotte's Web", "Terms of Endearment" and the "Notebook".