Here are ten things you probably don’t know about me…
I grew up in a rural farming community in Michigan. My hometown is about 900 people big. Both of my parents were teachers. From a young age, I dreamed of becoming an interior decorator, a writer or a professional musician.
One of my childhood hobbies was making lists. I have always had a passion for rearranging furniture, creating schedules and organized lists for everything. Spacial is my specialty, you could say! I have used these interests to help me function my way through life – organizing spaces, time, circumstances and paper lists… of course, the lists themselves always have to look organized too!
I have been a historical museum tour guide. For two summers during college, I dressed up in 1800-ish dresses on hot summer days, recited the same script numerous times a day [probably just as much in my sleep] and have many fond memories.
While in college, I earned two Bachelor’s Degrees. I entered college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Saxophone Performance. However, [like most music majors] I realized I wasn’t going to graduate in four years. So, what’s a girl do? Well, make the best of it and add a major junior year! With the addition of a couple of summer school classes, wonderful professors and a lot of hard work, I graduated with an additional B.S. Degree in Art (Graphic Design).
Do you remember the Yellow Pages? Not the search engine online… the real paper book with pages. I designed ads for the Yellow Pages in Nashville, TN the first year after graduating from college. Other artists called it “factory art”. I may agree. When I left, I was producing an average of 32 ads a day!
I served as adjunct faculty at a university. For two years, I was a faculty member for the Department of Communication at a Liberal Arts college near Columbus, Ohio.
Every summer, we vacation with college friends. I don’t think we have missed a summer in nearly 20 years. We started out as 4 couples and now we have named ourselves “THE 25”. Yes! That is 17 kids… and we vacation in one house some summers. I can say, “hashtag blessed.”
I collect books. My obsession has now moved into e-books, I’ll admit. However, I still think there is something comforting about shelves lined with books. There is something inviting about practical decoration. (Although, I taught grade school library for a couple of years and it was very difficult for me to not follow students around, pushing all the books back to even.)
I have four children. Although I loved the baby stage, it is a humbling experience to walk through life with growing children. They keep me on my toes, honest about myself and a little more willing to step out and do the things I really want to. Life is precious.
I love organizing. Not only do I love organizing, I worked for a nationally respected speaker/author Professional Organizer. I think my sense of organization comes from a need for visual space and peace. I have always operated on the thought that organization is a process to an end. However, the more life I live, organization and productivity are ever changing – it’s how we change with them that allows us freedom to create, enjoy life and smile.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plan.”