I am a mother to three daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Having faced many challenges both great and small, I suffered many hardships along the way .... all of which has made me stronger and more independent ... and I am grateful to be alive.
My life has taught me to be courageous and confident. Where others have turned negative, I have remained hopeful and positive ... traits that I instilled in my girls ... in which I am so very proud of them.
Life is a journey and I have not been afraid to explore many of the possibilities that came along the way. Life has also been a puzzle, a maze and a mystery filled with experiences and adventures, which has inspired me to write a book about some of them. Writing has always been a part of me, including a published work of nonfiction in 1990. I suppose it always shall ...
I discovered graphic design and web site building in 1996 and have enjoyed exploring my creative side which I built up into a side domain hosting business that continues on to this day ... although with all the free social media it has slowed down greatly.
I am retired from a 30 year career in the real estate industry, beginning in 1991.
I have lived in California, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii and Arkansas ... having uprooted dozens of times in my lifetime ... a true roller coaster ride in every sense of the word ‘adventure’. And although It’s been amazing to have met people from all over the world, I am inescapably grateful that I and my daughters survived the ups and downs and twists and turns ... but more because they are so beautiful souls, strong and independent, successful and intelligent. They make this mother so very proud because they didn’t have it easy most of their growing up years. I am very blessed purely for their blessings.
A great bit of my life has been investing in real estate. It has given me the opportunity to own 7 homes, having sold 6 (living in the 7th). In 2016 the time came to care for my mother and step father. I moved them from California to my home in Oregon. My step father passed away in 2018 at the age of 91. In January 2020 my mother went into an Assisted Living Facility and remains there living a joyful life among her own age.
The experience of caregiving gave me a better understanding of aging ... and I dread it so! Yet it is a reality each of us has to find acceptance ... and when you get there it comes clearer that aging is life’s greatest challenge ... the most depth of life’s happiest and saddest memories in all moments of times passing ...
As I look back now I can’t help think “What a ride!” and “What’s next?”
because there is always a next.