I am 41 years young. I grew up just two miles outside of Boston, MA, in a large, loving family with eight crazy siblings who I am happy to call my friends. I currently live just outside of Concord, NH with my husband of 20 years and two amazing teenage boys, ages 16 and 19. There are days when I wonder how I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so much family and love.
My first career path was in the world of fashion merchandising. I managed a variety of women's clothing stores until I met my husband and had my first son. It was financially difficult, but I stopped working full time to be home with my children. During that time, I sold hand crafted items, became a licensed manicurist, day-care provider, and personal trainer (not at the same time). As the boys entered school, I purchased the health club I was currently working in and ran that for 6 years until the "giant franchise" of fitness moved in less than a quarter mile down the road from my location. As the saying goes..."When one door closes, another one opens." If my gym had never closed, I would have never found what I believe is my true calling; teaching.
With an enormous amount of debt from the gym, I needed to find a job quickly that was still flexible enough for me to be home for my children. I immediately applied to school districts. I was accepted at a small, rural high school with a low socio-economic status and a reputation for having troubled students. As soon as I entered, I fell in love.
After 3 years of working as a paraprofessional, I went back to school to earn my degree in special education. I have been teaching for 3 years now. I love teaching. I love being a part of a student's day. I love learning from them as much as I love teaching them. However, I despise the politics that go along with teaching and I am often a little too vocal about it but, I am working on that.
I have always loved to write. When I was young, I would write poetry and make up little stories. I didn't know it then, but it was a form of therapy. A way for me to get my feelings out without having to share them out loud with anyone.
Blogging has done the same thing for me. I began blogging last year when my oldest son was leaving for college. It opened a whole new world for me. Reading other's blogs was comforting and enlightening. I love reading other's views and sharing my views on world topics, family, and social issues. I hope everyone who stops to read one of posts can take something away with them that makes a difference in their day.