Time for some randomness today. I love getting to know our community members and readers better, so I thought I’d kick off the party by sharing some things about me that you probably don’t know, and look forward to you sharing a tidbit or two about yourself.
1. I love (red) Red Vines, but detest Twizzlers.
2. I’ve named my dogs after some of my favorite places I’ve lived: Denali (Alaska) and Geneva (Switzerland). I thought the next one could be Bozeman (Montana), though I knew it might be a losing battle, as my husband has named all of his dogs after Washington Redskins players (HTTR for you fellow ‘Skins fans!) and our kids had some interesting suggestions as well. We recently adopted a female pup from the pound and decided on Anastasia, Ana for short. (Isn’t she adorable?)
3. As long as I can remember, I’ve felt the call to adopt. It hasn’t happened yet for our family, but it will, perhaps in the next few years. We don’t care if it’s foster-adopt, international or domestic – just that we can give a child in need a loving home.
4. I love to travel. I’ve been to 39 states and 18 countries. My top 10 travel wish list (not in any order) is Australia, Fiji, Scotland, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania, Israel, Greece, Uganda, and Russia.
5. I’m fascinated by most things French. I studied French in high school and college, have visited multiple times and look forward to helping my husband retire early so we can move there for a year (at least) and become fully immersed in the culture. It helps that we’re still close to our French exchange student from high school so we’ll have the start of a support system in country!
6. I ran a marathon once, eons ago when I was just out of college. I’d like to run another someday, just to know that I still can.
7. One of my big travel-related bucket list items is climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Hubby has NO interest in going, so I haven’t pursued this adventure yet. But as I near 40 (in just over a month!) I’m being more purposeful in how I design my life to include, embrace and afford these types of adventure and memory making. I have a feeling this will be crossed off my list in the next few years.
8. I’m a bestselling author. I dreamt of being an author for a long time and finally published my first book, Essential Soap Making (co-authored with Mary Humphrey) in 2013. Since that time, she and I co-authored Advanced Soap Making and I have co-written one other book and written 3 more on my own so far. I also have another non-industry related book coming out in Spring 2015. Most of these books have been on the Amazon Best Seller list, and I’m now very outspoken about my belief (and proof!) that self-publishing a book can benefit your handmade business in a number of ways besides being another income stream.
8. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I was an oncology social worker and worked with patients in cancer clinical trials. This was some of the most rewarding and at times, heartbreaking work I’ve ever done. Cancer remains an extremely important issue to me and I continue to fundraise to help find a cure for and support patients and survivors of this terrible disease. I’m also passionate about adoption and domestic violence/rape / sexual assault prevention and support programs.
9. I have two tattoos so far, with my next 3 already mapped out. Perhaps some commemorating my next marathon and Mt Kilimanjaro climb will be added to that list!
10. I was born to be an entrepreneur – my tendency to rebel and do things my own way goes back a long time, just ask my parents! 🙂 The journey hasn’t always been easy and there have been many struggles along with successes. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Writing this blog post as my kids play in the next room and the pup at my feet, I feel so blessed to do what I do. I don’t think I could ever work for someone else again.
Hope you’ve had fun reading and learning a few things you may not have known before. Please share a tidbit about yourself in the comments!