So how to describe me?
- Mother — I have three imaginative, energy filled children: twin boys (March 2003) and another boy (October 2013). They keep me on my toes. It is fulfilling beyond my wildest dreams.
- Stampin’ Up Demonstrator — In 2014, I became an independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. I’ve loved their products for years, but never thought seriously about joining the company. With the release of a collaborative line between SU and Becky Higgins’ Project Life, I had to join. This year is all about building my personal side business and rediscovering the fun of crafting.
- Thirty-One Consultant — In 2015, I became an independent Thirty-One Consultant. I love the design and quality of all there products. Check out the website here.
- Teacher — I taught high school social studies for three years. Although I have moved on, I still consider myself a teacher at heart.
- Reader — I have always read. I love sitting somewhere quiet getting engrossed in a great book. Over the past few years, I have branched out into almost every genre. I’m really reading all kinds of books and loving it. Of course, anything with zombies is a no brainer (hee hee!).
- Blogger — Currently I write for two blogs (this one, duh!) and a crafting blog highlighting Stampin’ Up and Project Life products (The Craft Sea). In the past, I also wrote an education themed blog called The New Athenian.
- Student — Much like reader, I have been a student my entire life and will continue the trend for the rest of my life. I want to be that 80-year-old women in your college class learning about art or design or biology. Whatever as long as I am learning.
- Project Manager — For most of 2013, I was a project manager for a company involved in educational technology. It was definitely a learning experience. I found that I am very knowledgable of the project management process from my days as a classroom teacher. I also learned more about visual design and user interaction design. I did’t love the job, but it’s given me a ton of different experience to add to my resume.
This blog started out as a way to document my reading, but it has become so much more than that. This is my catharsis my place to be me, my place to lay bare my soul. Okay, I usually don’t get that heavy, but I definitely feel more comfortable posting personal things here than saying them out loud. My blog is entitled “Wading through the Ocean of Life.” The title came from this image that always popped into my head: me wading through an ocean of crap, life, everything we have to do. I was surrounded by deadlines, chores, kids’ needs, family obligations, fun stuff, etc. The only way to deal was to keep wading. So that’s what I’ve done. I’ve been wading through the ocean of life. What does Dori from Finding Nemo always say? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. It’s become my life philosophy.
- All Jane Austen (#1 favorite — Persuasion)
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Autumn series by David Moody
- His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
- The Magicians series by Lev Grossman
- The Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
- The Fables series by Bill Willingham
- Newsflesh series by Mira Grant
- Anything by Neil Gaiman
- Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
- Anything by Sarah Addison Allen
- A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson