Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Finding My Way

So, how did I get where I am today?  I've asked myself that many times and then look back at this journey called life.  As I was growing up I was always trying new things, I wanted to experience everything; dance, baton twirling, arts & crafts, sports, band, scouts and I'm sure there are plenty more.  After high school, I went to college for a while, then fell in love, got married, had kids and so on.  I felt pretty blessed being able to stay home with my kids, but I felt I needed more.  I never could figure out what was missing, but I just felt that there was more to life.  Don't get me wrong I absolutely loved being a stay home mom.  So the journey of trial & error (failing) began.  I started off with scrapbooking and had a ton of fun with that, so much fun that I needed to sell it!  It was my first time at selling something through having "home parties."  I was meeting new people, scrapbooking and making money, plus I could still be a stay home mom;  what could be more fun?  Oh wait......I forgot to mention, yes, I was making money, but it doesn't quite work out when you are spending way more than you're making.  So I quit selling.  Hmmmm, what to do now?  Well, why not try selling something else, I'll sell makeup!  I love makeup and I could make enough to get my own makeup "free" and even get a pink car someday, hahaha....NOT!  I spent too much money trying to make more money, YIKES!  Had to quit that.  So, on to the next direct selling company, and the next, and the next....on and on.  I think I finally realized that I didn't make a good sales person; I was too nice and not pushy enough I guess.

After realizing direct sales wasn't my thing, I tried other part-time jobs.  I knew I loved being at home with my kids, but I also knew I needed to get out of the house once in a while.  So, I tried a few different things; one of them was personal training.  I went through the certification process and got a job at a local gym.  I loved it; I was helping clients learn how to be healthy and exercise.  I knew this was it. I got to pick my hours, work around my kids schedule and I made great money.  Everything was awesome, except this wasn't God's plan for me because he kinda slammed that door for me.  We had gotten a new owner and he pretty much fired everybody to start with a clean slate.  I believe that getting fired is a big fat NO in God's plan.  Subsequently, on to working very part-time at our taekwondo studio (we all took taekwondo together as a family); I worked in the office and thoroughly enoyed it.  I was meeting new people and learning a lot about all of the families at the studio.  USMAC is the studio I worked at in Lacey, WA; and let me tell you.....I will never forget my time there because I learned so much about myself.  The family that owns this business is the most generous, caring, respectful, protective family I have ever met.  They are so involved in the community and made such a positive impact on every family involved at USMAC.  Here are some of my fun times at work:

                                            At a community school event.

                                                  Halloween safety seminar

                                   My family at our Karate Kid demo at the theater.

                           USMAC supporting the breast cancer Race for the Cure.

                                            Fun in the CPR/First Aid training.

                                            Mom's & kids at USMAC
As you can see, I was involved in many things with this job.  Everything was going great and life was very fulfilling at this point.  Even though I thought things were great, God had other plans.  Something I had thought would never really happen; my husband was being transferred to a small town, let me rephrase that, a VERY small town.........Stay tuned for the rest of my story; it gets better.


  1. What a beautiful and happy place to visit. This looks like a great place for you to combine all of your passions and creative ideas. You definitely have had amazing experiences in the past that will help give your message depth and heart!

    So nice to meet you and I am grateful as well for the way blogs can speak to people's hearts with God's love, grace, and peace.

    I will stop by soon to see what you are up to~
    xo Junelle

  2. I'm holding my breath!!!!!! Welcome to Blogland and the Mixed Media world! It's very theraputic!