“Be somebody that makes everybody feel like somebody.”
- Kid President
LET'S GET PERSONAL! HELLO & WELCOME
'm a Woman, a Mom, a Wife, and a Friend - among other titles.
On the journey that is my life, my trials taught me I built a toolbox and unique skillset - and I always found a silver lining. In the trials and moments I didn't think I could carry the load, I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I built a life I love from the ashes of what I initially believed was failure.
I learned that we all carry an internal compass that can be used to move us forward with gratitude and joy. My internal compass has been my faith in Jesus Christ and my innate ability to find the good even in tough situations.
I learned to embrace all the parts of who I am - including that I am often a dork (see picture to the left), which not only gave me more confidence but the ability to share who I am without reservation.
FAMILY IS KEY!
18 children have blessed my life. That’s not a typo – Eighteen. I went through infertility, seven pregnancies (which contradicts infertility, I suppose), and have 12 years of foster parenting under my belt, plus a few more working with a non-profit with foster kids recruiting and training foster parents.
I've been a stay-at-home Mom, homeschooling, breastfeeding and making baby food from scratch, a Mom working in the corporate world and an Entrepreneurial Mom. I’ve been divorced, and a single mom and I've also experienced life with a blended family.
In the end, I was blessed to end up with kids from everywhere. More than “Yours, Mine and Ours” – an amalgam of foster children who aged out, adopted children, step children, biological children and even a foreign exchange student.
It. Is. Awesome. And hard. But worth it.
BEING HEALTHY IS A PRIORITY
I’ve been active in many ways, but the one thing that was always a part of my life off and on since college was running. Inexpensive, portable and done in any weather, running not only keeps me in good physical shape, it gives me a chance for my head to clear. Running is a place where I can be the diva that I am, while at the same time it’s perfectly natural to snot rocket, pee outside, sweat profusely and swear. I’ve allowed my kids to map out routes driven by their buses. I’m not afraid to get lost. I’m strong. I’m confident. I have instilled in my children the value of cooking your own food, staying healthy and being active. Running is a time to think, problem solve and plan, but mostly it’s time for me.
We've learned that less is more…. We embrace a minimalistic lifestyle. Keeping up with the Jones’ doesn’t exist for us. We now have a clutter free home – which has been an enlightening and ongoing journey. Our "less is more" lifestyle continues to create an environment with less stress, less spending, less stuff and better relationships and adventures, less consumerism and more memories.
Having strong family ties, being healthy and building memories are some of the things that are most important to us. The kids have grown up fast, we’re happy to enjoy the journey.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND
My business took things I love – raising powerful humans, being a partner and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, podcasting, writing, speaking, coaching, and a desire to give back, and has created beautiful stories. That is blissful. Join the journey to living life to the fullest!
Enough about me. Get in touch so I can learn about you.
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