I’m a Mom…
My husband is from Philadelphia. Ya think I had some influence on him? You bet! I think you know where my roots are, right? Born and raised so blue is in my blood! Don’t hold it against me…just keep reading, I promise we’ll be friends! (insert smiley face)
So now I’m 50 and find myself caught in this sandwich generation of raising my teenage kids while taking care of my elderly mom who is slowly losing her memory as I slowly lose my mind while trying to manage it all. Oh, I know YOU know what I mean, don’t you? In all seriousness, my mom had a heart attack this past year that lead to open-heart surgery and she has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. Going back to a full-time corporate job is not an option. Can you relate?
I’m an Interior Designer…
I’ve spent the last 20 plus years designing office spaces & beautiful building lobbies & just in the past 6 years, I added residential design to my repertoire. So, why you ask, am I not writing a killer blog on the latest design trends? Well, something, actually, someone tugged at my heart. Falling into this sandwich generation didn’t give me much choice but to start my own business, which I sort of already did, but only part-time. In the search for how to promote my own business while managing my life better, I fell onto a website, Footprints of Inspiration, that focused not only on time-blocking (shamefully, I had never heard of this concept til now but it sure does work!), it also had inspirational scripture readings. Tammy is the creator of this inspiring blog. As a new member, I was asked to introduce myself and in doing so I started writing about how I was now stuck in this sandwich generation. It had never crossed my mind until now. Tammy personally wrote me back and asked if I’d ever thought about writing a blog? Nope! I never had until now.
…and now I’m a Blogger
Tammy shared this quote that truly resonated with me: “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.” I love this whole idea of paying it forward, don’t you? And then she also asked, ‘do you wake up thinking about design or do you wake up wanting to help others?’ Well, I guess you know the answer to that. This is my year to find purpose and passion. So here I am, ready to share my story in hopes to help you not make all the same mistakes I made! But even if you did, I’m also here to say “it’s okay“.