Free Spirit On The Loose
It took me most of my life to figure out who I am. I wish I had figured it out a lot sooner. It would have made life a lot easier. My words of wisdom to others is know who you are.
My Life in a Nutshell
I love being a free spirit. Free Spirit might mean different things to different people, but to me it means I don't have to follow anyone's schedule, I don't have to work at a "real" job anymore, and I can do what I want when I want, assuming that it's legal, but then, I've never really wanted to do anything illegal. My definition of a real job is one that requires getting up to an alarm clock, having to be someplace at an exact time and working with people that are backstabbing meanies. To top it off, an insecure person on a power trip tells you what to do. I don't consider staying at home in my sun-shiny office, earning money by writing on my computer with my dogs and cats by my side a "real job". That's my "play".
My Mother Birthed Me
My mother birthed me in California. I grew up there pretty much all over the state. Mom came from Kentucky and moved back after my brother and I were grown. My father hailed from Oklahoma. There's quite a bit of Native American on his side of the family. It made him tall dark and handsome. It made me tall and dark and pretty in my younger years. My brothers turned out blond -- it figures.
Three days after I got out of high school, I moved to L.A. and got married to get away from my mother. (I'm leaving out that part of the story.) Twenty-five years and three children later I got divorced. The first 14 years of my marriage were the easiest. I tell people my marriage was the best thing that ever happened to me, and the second best thing was the divorce.
I earned a B.A. degree in English with an option in creative writing and an M.A. in special education with a specialty in learning disabilities. I taught as a resource specialist for 12 years. I then ran my own educational therapy business which is a fancy name for specialized tutor. The money was fantastic.
I'm a writer and an artist now. I paint in oil, acrylic and colored pencils. I especially like painting portraits. I love learning new things, and I want to do everything related to art. When I win the lottery, I'm going to art school.
I also crochet and knit. I'd like to get a blog going on those two topics.
Where I'm at Now
I moved to Kentucky six years ago to care for my elderly mother. We live in Louisville, Kentucky which is a beautiful city....if you like lots of green trees, historical homes, friendly people and very little traffic.
I lived in L.A. for most of my life. It's my favorite place due to all the sunshine. I miss it terribly and moving is only one of many mistakes I made while journeying through menopause. I'm trying to move back to California where my three children and five grandchildren live. It's hard to do if you have to drag an 89 year-old mother, four dogs and two cats with you. Moving is expensive and the cost of housing in California is outrageous even if it has dropped about $300,000 dollars.
That's All Folks
I forgot to tell you that I'm a do-it-yourselfer. Visit me at www.do-it-yourselfhandywoman.com