When I onboard new clients I ask them A TON of questions. I have to know the in’s and out’s of their business in order to write good copy for them or keep their bookkeeping tasks in order. I have to know the deep ways they connect with their clients and what their brand means to them, so I can write in accordance with that.
Well, I figured it’s only fair if I share a little more about me so you know who is behind this computer screen. I will do my best to share details that wouldn’t otherwise be something easily known about me.
If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be:
Filet Mignon & creamed spinach
The best title I have is:
On my days off, the first thing I do is:
Make coffee and curl up on the couch
My go-to outfit is:
A gray Nike pullover and leggings
Someday I want to:
Drive my kids & their friends around in a suburban (haha so simple)
Most likely to binge-watch:
My drink of choice is:
(Morning) Tall Hazelnut Latte with Oat Milk; (Evening) Margarita
The type of books I read are:
Inspiring women biographies and essay-type non-fiction chapter books (I don’t know what genre those fall under)
Now the Good Stuff
- I am a recovering people-pleaser
I went through so many years of saying yes, yes, yes to people because I loved to help them, but also I didn’t know how to say no. I ended up making myself so tired and resentful of requests (even if they were really good). I had to learn to say no so that my yes’s would be to things that were really lifegiving to me. This came with a lot of “boundary work” but I am so glad I did it because now I know what I should spend my energy on and what I can pass on at this season of life.
- I work and think better in visually beautiful spaces
As a kid I always wanted to be an interior designer. I still have that passion but now I love it more so for creating my own spaces around me. I work best in a cozy, clean space with lots of breathing room. By breathing room I mean no clutter. Now that I work at home with two young boys running around, I have to make it a point to do a quick clean up around the house before I sit down and work or my mind is too distracted. I also love my copywriting & bookkeeping work to be crisp, clean and easy to read.
- I have struggled with anxiety in the past
Being a teacher for 5 years in a school that demanded us to be happy, and perfect all of the time it was really hard to have bad days. It was frowned upon in that environment to bring negativity. I also am not a negative person so I stifled a whole bunch of feelings for several years. It started manifesting itself as anxiety that would hit me at night or on Sunday evenings. It took me about two years to recognize what was happening and take steps in my mental health to combat the anxiety. I also had my son at the end of that which propelled me to make healthy decisions about my work-life balance.
- Relationships mean a lot to me
I work really hard to make sure I never disappoint people (cue the people pleasing issue paragraph). I have learned that it is impossible to not disappoint people sometimes, but overall I work really hard not to, just in a healthier way now. That being said, relationships are extremely valuable to me which is why I work so hard to give clients and friends a really nice experience when we are hanging out. One time in college a mentor of mine told me a gift I had was being hospitable and I haven’t forgotten that extremely nice compliment ten years later. It fuels me to this day to be hospitable to those around me. Now, Cody (my husband), and I try hard when people are visiting us to be “life-giving” to them. We want them to leave our home feeling more energized rather than when they arrived. I use this as a common business practice now too.
- I am really good at time-management
My husband and I always joke that having kids doesn’t make us later to events, we are still just always on time or early. I think it must be just a function of us as humans because even when we try to slow down and not rush somewhere we are still early or right on time. I love this trait about us and I am really glad I married someone like me in this way. People can always count on us being on time even if we have to do a lot of prep work the night before to make it happen.
- I battled deep insecurity about a scar on my face until I was 23
When I was six I fell out of a tree and landed on a metal pole which sliced my cheek open and required plastic surgery. The surgery left me with over 200 stitches. As a child the scar didn’t phase me or anyone around me. When I hit my teen years I was deeply insecure about it. People started noticing it more and more and asking questions. I also was with new peers that I hadn’t been as a child who weren’t as used to it. Even though it has healed beautifully now 24 years later, I still catch myself falling back into that occasionally. Overall though I think most people who know me would say they couldn’t picture me without it. I also have found connections with other people who have facial scars that I can help and give reassurance to, which I love.
- I only like to be away from home for one week or less
My parents were so generous to my sister and I growing up with lots of travel opportunities. International travel opportunities started when I was 15 and allowed us to see really amazing parts of the world. I realized though after a few two-week trips that I am happiest with one week and then heading home! I just love my own space, bed and community. I really look forward to unpacking my suitcase just as much as I do packing it. Now with children I am the same way. I love the adventure and getting out of the house for a bit but I am a homebody through and through.