Back in college, I remember talking about “who I am” on retreats. For me it’s a fluid answer, as life changes, so do I. Don’t we all?
I try to keep this page up-to-date as the definition of me changes, but hey, it’s life so we’ll see how good I am at that.
I like to say I’m a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. To keep myself interested and entertained I dabble in a lot of things. I’m a creative at heart, and I LOVE change.
In the end, I hope to live a long, prosperous life with a focus on faith, hope & love. If everyone does that, can you imagine what a wonderful world it could be?
I hope you take something away after reading my thoughts, and go out and change the world for the better.
I am a designer — I’ve always had a passion for art and design, drawing, painting, you name it, so when I was introduced to graphic design, I knew that was the “career” for me. And, as I got older and had my own homes to decorate, I fell into a passion for designing spaces as well.
I am a wife — Over 10 years ago I said “yes” to Nic after he got down on one knee by the volleyball court, just outside Gardens D at Loyola College and asked me to marry him (after 4 years of dating). It hasn’t always been easy, but I can definitely say I married my best friend, and this journey wouldn’t be the same without him.
I am an entrepreneur — I don’t work well for others (ie. I don’t like being told what to do). I like to be my own boss. Since I was a kid I’ve always liked to tell people what to do (some people call that bossy – I’ve learned to embrace it). 7 years ago I started a web design business, 5 years ago I started a Beautycounter business, last year I started this blog and currently I’m working on a couple other unique projects. Who knows what I’ll be doing next year?
I am an advocate — I LOVE to read, after having kids, I’ll admit I don’t read as much as I’d like to, but I’ve been trying for a book a month (I did hit it in 2019, but failed in in 2020, thanks COVID!). If I could continually take classes on different topics, I would. That’s why when I learn something I dig deeper, and then I tell the world. That’s what happened when I learned how the sunscreen you find in stores was carcinogenic. It led me down a rabbit hole of research, eventually finding Beautycounter, falling in love with it, and leading me to become a passionate advocate for safer personal care products (ie. Clean Beauty, the new buzzword).
I am a mother — This is my number one job right now, raising my 4 children (3 boys and a girl), and teaching them how to be leaders, how to love others for who they are, and how to have compassion, strength, hope & faith. To live without fear and with a contagious energy. Some days are not so easy, but who ever said it was an easy job?
Treat others how you would want to be treated.
Stop and try to imagine walking in someone else’s shoes.
It makes life interesting, teaches us to experiment and gives us an outlet.
If we don’t have hope for a better future what would move us forward?
We’re all on our journey trying to be the best version of ourselves.