I love all things technical. Anything really. From the alarm clock, I took apart when I was six to the Plymouth Duster I replaced the engine in by myself when I was only 16. I take it after my father, even though I lost him when I was only 15, he taught me not to be afraid to take chances, but to own up to my mistakes when they literally blew up in my face and they did… often.
I like to fix things.
Good thing too because my husband…he tends to break things up. We’re a perfect match.
After a deer came through my windshield on a dark Saturday morning my life spiraled out of control. I went from being an active mom and wife to being bedridden for a year and then lying in the Intensive Care Unit barely alive. I left the hospital with a brand new diagnosis of Felty’s Syndrome ( a rare form of RA that not only affects my joints, but also my organs) and a brand new life waiting for me in South Carolina.
When my husband received a job offer with good pay and excellent health insurance we sold everything that wouldn’t fit in our car, rented a one bedroom apartment online (sight unseen from my hospital room) and moved 400 miles away from the only life we had ever known.
We moved to South Carolina 6 years ago and with a lot of hard work, penny-pinching, sweat, and quite a few tears we’ve built a new life. A lot has changed since we pulled up in front of that tiny apartment with our Chevy HHR filled to the brim with our whole life and an air mattress. I realized that I was going to have to learn a whole new way of life and after my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I also knew that I was going to have to find something that I loved and that could keep me from going insane from the isolation of being disabled, a 24/7 Alz caregiver, and being away from all of my friends & family.
I did what every closet writer does. I started a blog and while I love the writing and all of the friendships that I’ve made with women all over the world what really got me excited was tinkering around in the backend. If you know me at all or know of The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver you know that I change my blog design as often as some people change their underwear.
It’s an excitement I can’t quite explain, but I think my husband said it best. He says he can always tell when I’m working on a project because I hum, not like humming, but like an electric line and that’s exactly how I feel.
When I’m building something whether it’s a WordPress site, a graphic in Canva, ConvertKit, Leadpages, Clickfunnels, Mailchimp, whatever it is it gets me excited. My heart races, I can’t sit still and yes I’m going to admit this…but only to you. I make sound effects, lots and lots of sound effects! I know weird.
This year, I am celebrating 26 years with my husband, best friend, and soul mate. We have three wonderful adult children, 5 grandchildren two of which are 2-year-old twins (who are both miracle babies), a thriving business that I absolutely love, I’m managing my health, and taking care of my momma.
Anything is possible if you never give up! On TDAC and in my life I have a motto, “Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest” and that is exactly how I live every single day of my life.
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