I grew up in a household of mixed messages: anything was possible, but everything would probably go wrong. Financial security was a constant worry, yet we lived extremely well. Ours was a black and white world, seen through rose-colored glasses. Needless to say, it was often quite confusing.
I have 50+ years of life and work experience, including raising three sons, getting married at 24, divorcing at 42, and getting married again at 49. I worked at a big company, left to raise my three sons, wrote a book, produced a movie, and then became a consultant. As a strong-willed romantic idealist and worrywart, I'm a work in progress (and sometimes I feel like an exploding cigar).
My 15 1/2 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Scooter, died in 2018 and I miss him. My mom died in 2010 at 66, and I miss her even more. My dad is a conundrum. My sister and I hang on to each other for dear life (when we hold too tight, we dig into each other, and it hurts). My husband is my best friend, my rock, my love and my joy. I am an empty nester, and watching my sons - who I love beyond words - spread their wings to take flight is exciting, but also petrifying. (Did I mention I like to be in control?) I've been dubbed as a "bonus mom" by my stepkids and their SOs, which means I am very lucky to also have "bonus kids." All my kids, by birth or by bonus, are in their 20's and 30's now and are incredible individuals who I feel lucky to have in my life.
I have some stories to share about all of it. I hope they strike a chord with you (in a good way!). Most of my projects share a common theme of determination, searching for love, making choices, and trying to make this life we are given not only tolerable, but worth celebrating. I choose joy, even if it means taking a leap of faith and braving a little pain. I invite you to join me.
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