Thank you so much for stopping by! If you are finding my website via my Twitter, Facebook page, graduate blog project Love and Live Simply, Pinterest or an old website I’ve designed, welcome! I’m currently in a state of transition with my twin sons now in college, and I am in graduate school, trying (*keyword*) to juggle daily life with a full-time job. I do a little bit of everything it seems and have learned so much since I myself became an adult like my boys.
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Now that I’ve shared all the ways to stay in touch, you can read more, if you wish, about my journey below.
How It All Started
(Yes, I definitely need to shorten this.)
I wish someone had told me in high school to pursue the subject I loved (art/advertising) in college instead of the occupation of the coolest woman I knew who drove a Mercedes Benz. I loved her look and lifestyle and wanted it for my own. I guess it was a blessing I took accounting my very first quarter in college because that’s when I realized I absolutely detested my chosen major that went by the very same name. My boss at the time, the Director of Admissions at Valdosta State, suggested I pursue communications with an emphasis in PR, and that’s what I did. Much of what I learned then, I use now. (I also minored in journalism.)
After college, I followed my dreams and moved to Washington, D.C. where I served as the National Director for a newly founded collegiate non-profit organization. (My 10 minutes of fame was on C-Span, and, no, you do not want to watch that speech, lol.) Later, I was hired to become the Coordinator of Economic Development for my hometown before becoming the Customer Service Coordinator at one of Florida’s largest citrus manufacturers after getting married and moving to Central Florida.
After 14 weeks of bed rest before our twin boys were born, I had a huge change of heart – thank the Lord – about being a full-time career woman and chose to become a homemaker on a very tight budget instead. It was the best decision I ever made in my life, though it was a really hard transition, so I began blogging as a creative outlet. (My first two blogs were about gluten-free cooking and sharing personalized graphics I made for my friends’ stationery.)
While my boys were in middle school, I earned a Digital Media Certificate, which later landed me a job working for my alma mater as their first-ever Director of Development after starting a successful web design and hosting business and volunteering for years doing PR and working on special projects at our boys’ schools and in our county. I also freelanced as a writer and photographer for our local newspaper. (You can view my most current digital media work, news releases, photography, videography, and graphic design on these links aucilla.org, ACA Facebook, ACA Flickr and ACA YouTube.)
I have discovered over the years that I am passionate about communication and solving problems. In my job, I use creative projects to solve problems with photography, graphic design, organizing volunteers and storytelling. I’ve also used these same skills as a volunteer at my sons’ schools, for their athletic teams, at my church and anywhere else I have felt led to serve.
The one word that describes me these days is “simple.” Before embarking on any project, I do my research and simplify it down to the bare necessities, which usually saves money and time – the two things most people put a premium on. I will be sharing some of those tips I’ve learned on this blog, but, mostly, my blog is a creative outlet for me to share what’s on my heart and to encourage others.
I lost my 16-year-old brother to suicide when I was 11-years-old. It changed my life in ways I never thought possible, and I learned Romans 8:28 is very true.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NASB
Thanks for stopping by. Join me as I continue simplifying my life all the way to the finish line and find joy in each and every day! I hope to encourage you to do the same!
God bless you!