Every once in awhile, I like to veer away from the DIY projects and share a little bit about the person behind the power tools. So here are a few random things about me:
1. I left a great corporate job to be a stay-at-home mom and blogger. A lot of folks probably think I’m cuckoo for doing that. Heck, sometimes I think I’m cuckoo for doing that (especially when I check our bank account). The truth is, I feel like I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’m doing work I am passionate about and I know I’m operating in the center of God’s will for my life. Don’t get me wrong, this is the most challenging job I’ve ever had. It is forcing me to grow in so many ways. I’ve discovered I am not nearly as self-disciplined as I need to be. I am not as physically fit as I need to be. I’m not as organized as I need to be … the list goes on. But I’m learning; I’m growing; and I fall into bed each night feeling so fulfilled and blessed to be able to do this.
2. I’m not the brains behind this operation. If I had to figure out all the technical aspects of this website, I would have long ago curled up in the fetal position, cried and probably quit blogging. My husband (who offers amazing video tutorials through his Lecture Snippets website, by the way) has helped make my vision for Living Rich on Less a reality. When I get a hair twisted and want to change something, add a complex plugin, fix a problem, etc., he takes care of it for me. In so many aspects of my life, I have no idea what I would do without him.
3. I’ve been a DIYer my whole life. That is partly why I’m so passionate about this blog and why I believe I’ve found my calling (I explain how to find yours in Chapter 3 of my e-book.) When I was about eight years old, I was already sewing my own headbands and Barbie clothes. I remember looking through JCPenney catalogs in elementary school and planning my bedroom re-do using stuff from around the house. I altered my own clearance rack prom dress. I’m grateful we didn’t have a lot of money. It kept me humble, fostered my creativity, and helped me learn to solve problems and overcome challenges.
4. I have a brown thumb. Seriously. Only one plant in my house has survived my reign. I’ve pretty much given up on gardening and am now just working on not killing my shrubs. At my former job, I wasn’t allowed to water, touch or even breathe on anyone else’s plants for fear of killing them. I totally envy you green thumbs out there with your little wagons and floral gloves and colorful flowerbeds and bountiful vegetable gardens. My yard is easily identifiable in the neighborhood; it’s the one that looks like it’s been in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
5. I’m in the military. Actually, the hubs and I were both on active duty in the Air Force for four years, stationed in South Carolina (fist bump to all the Shaw peeps out there). We got out after our first enlistment to pursue civilian careers but, since then, I joined the Air National Guard and continue to happily serve my country as a public affairs specialist. Please pray for those who defend the freedoms we enjoy!
6. I’d rather stick a fire poker in my eye than get up before dawn. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. I mean I never sleep in super late or anything. I’m usually up between 6:30 and 7 a.m. But I really need to start getting up earlier to meet some personal and professional goals I’ve set. For some reason, this is so stinkin’ hard for me. The mister hops out of bed every morning at 5:30 a.m. and I should be getting up then, too. If any of you have tips that really work, please share.
7. I lead praise and worship at my church. Growing up, my dad played the guitar, so we always had one hanging around. I was your typical angst-filled, bored teen, so I started tinkering with the guitar and eventually kind of taught myself how to play. I even wrote a few songs (they probably sounded a lot like Phoebe’s “Smelly Cat,” though). Now I have the amazing privilege of leading my church’s praise and worship team. It’s been a blast!
8. I’m on a weight-loss journey. I gained 40 lbs. while pregnant with my son. While that is not necessarily an earth-shattering amount, it’s safe to say it’s a hefty bit more than I should have gained. Being in the military, you can’t really go around with a lot of extra junk in the trunk. So I’ve been on a mission since December to, literally, run my butt off. I’ve lost 37 lbs. so far and I’m going to keep whittling it off even after I reach my pre-baby weight. When I do reach PBW, I’ll be sharing all the details of my journey with you, so stay tuned for that.
9. I’ve experienced major setbacks and loss in my life. I share this because I never want you to think I have this perfect home and this perfect life and every day I wake up to the smell of gourmet coffee and fresh flowers (it’s probably more like poopy diaper and bad breath). My husband and I have been through difficulties that nearly ruined our marriage. I’ve lost close loved ones long before I thought it was their “time.” I’ve been through a miscarriage. Our family has experienced financial strain and job loss. I’ve had low points in my life that sucked every ounce of energy and creativity out of me. I’ve asked God “Why?” more times than I can count. But through the disappointments and circumstances that were out of my control, I have witnessed the hand of God always working in my life, showering me with His grace and blessings. He has always provided for and never forsaken me, which leads me to …
10. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Of course I am not naive enough to believe that everyone reading this shares my faith. And I always welcome feedback and questions about it from anyone, especially those of you with differing opinions. 😉 Maybe you think I shouldn’t talk about a sensitive topic like Jesus on my blog. But here’s the raw truth: My faith affects every area of my life. It is the reason I go to bed with peace of mind and wake up every day with joy in my heart. So it’s something I’m going to talk about. I can’t help myself. 🙂
On a side note: Regarding Friday’s post, the three $1 yard sale objects on my DIY patio table were the basket, napkin rings and lemonade pitcher. Pam P. hit it right on the nose!
I’m sharing this at Graced Simplicity.