Wife to my hubby for nineteen years, mother of two high school daughters and an adorable AussieDoodle, book addict, and self-proclaimed foodie. That’s me in a nutshell. Welcome to my life, where a little bit of chaos is the norm and design is my kryptonite.
Our family started in Seattle (#Seahawks) and we now live in sunny (and HOT) Phoenix, AZ. We are a family of entrepreneurs, DIY’ers, and chronic renovators. On any given day you will find a number of crazy projects going on in our house. The hubs, Rimmel, once made his truck run on hydrogen. True story. He taught one of our daughters to sew when she was 7 years old. Not that he knew how to sew at the time but according to him a sewing machine is nothing more than a power tool. He taught our other daughter how to paint pretty much anything. She makes custom X-Box controllers and sells them on eBay, along with other valuable items. Stuff goes missing around here all the time.
Me? After 10 years of working for non-profits as a Director of Operations and Event Planner I decided to follow my entrepreneurial dream. My education is in interior design and I am a licensed real estate agent as well. From commercial buildings to residential, I have remodeled and decorated anything I can get my hands on. I love the creative process of moving walls, building new ones, and making it all look pretty. I love putting my design passion to work flipping houses and doing renovations for design clients.
If you’ll allow me to be real with you for a moment, I want you to know that life has not always been perfect picture for us. I’ve battled chronic depression, anxiety disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and underlying insecurity, deep-seated fear and grief most of my adult life. I’ve had moments of what felt like very real insanity and have experienced, according to my therapist, a nervous breakdown. I didn’t know it at the time but looking back I can see how pain upon pain and loss upon loss built up to what felt like completely losing my mind and all rationality.
I suppose you could call this blog a celebration of life as, not just a survivor, but an overcomer. Every day that I am able to live with emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health I want to celebrate, moment by moment, day by day. I hope is that you, a reader and hopefully friend, will have the courage to overcome your pain and the faith that joy really can be abundant.
And now…meet my monkeys!
Introducing the hubs, Rimmel. AKA my East Indian, Milk Chocolate Delicacy! Jack-of-all-trades, master-of-it-all…he could build you a house AND a car. Rimmel has been painting cars since he was 13 years old. He started by building himself a paint booth in his parents backyard and has turned his expertise into a business of his own, MyMobileBodyShop.com. He has worked in IT, multi-media, and marketing at a director level. Plumbing, electrical, drywall, carpeting…there isn’t anything he hasn’t built or fixed. With a business management and marketing degree to boot, I’m telling you, this guy is a heck of catch! And pretty good-looking too.
This is my Madison, my first born. She is 16 years old and is a die-hard sports fan. From watching him in his college days, Madison knew Russell Wilson was bound for greatness. Nailed it! Madison plays club baseball. Yes, that’s baseball, not softball. She is the only girl on her team and she tears it up. Ridiculously funny, happy-go-lucky, and just plain fun to be around, Madison is our official family entertainer. And she’s incredibly smart too! We watched her intelligence unfold at an early age when she took an old VHS tape and a light bulb and made a flashlight! Madison was accepted into an elite high school program where she is learning engineering by designing with industry standard 3D software programs and 3D printers, and building robotics. This girl gets her smarts from her Dad.
And this is Hallie. My baby. My 15 year-old baby. Hallie started her own business selling scarves and DIY projects after learning how to sew. A leader in her own right, Hallie was asked to give the commencement speech at her 8th grade graduation. She brought the house down with her incredible communication skills and poise. This past summer she learned video editing. After college, Hallie intends to work for herself as a professional Event Planner. She plays club volleyball, gets fantastic grades, reads about 4 novels a month and is a major fan of Shark Week. Green eyes, soft brown hair and sweeter than pie, we call her our Hallie-Berries. Her friends call her Hal Pal Gal.
Photo Credit: Bree Marie Photography