Here I am… now what?

     Here it is. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time. I’m not an exceptional writer by any means, but I enjoy sharing things with others. Whether ideas, stories, tips and tricks, or just gabbing… I love to share. Where do I start? I’ll start with an introduction to me and if you can bear with me, you might enjoy hanging around for this journey!

     Hello! My name is Mindy. I’m 42 years old. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years. We have 3 beautiful children, almost grown. They are the light of my life. Literally, my whole world. Jacob, my oldest, is set to graduate college next year. My middle child, Megan, will be a Junior in college. Then there’s the youngest, Mallory. She just wrapped up her junior year in high school. So yes, that makes 2 graduations next year. One college, one high school. Not sure I planned that out the best when having these kids! They say you always want more for your kids than you had, or than you accomplished yourself… that is so true. I’m super excited to see what the future holds for these kids!

 To say that life will be changing drastically in the next few years is an understatement. The kids will be leaving the nest. Going on to finish college and start their careers and families. I’m working on me. My husband and I are working on us. For so long it’s been the family, the kids, the rat race, everything the parenting gurus warn you not to fall into. Yep. We did. But I really don’t regret it. I mean, how can you really regret enjoying your family? Raising your kids to be the best versions of themselves that they can be… I don’t regret it. Not at all.

     But back to me, a subject I’m not always entirely comfortable talking about. I’m quirky. I love my morning coffee. I love decorating my house, crafting, and creating. I’m completely obsessed with my dogs. I have 2 Lhasa Apsos. My kids say the dogs have taken their place and my need to nurture now that they’re almost grown. I cannot confirm nor deny that they could be correct! Lol! I also love being with friends and family, but I love even more the time I get to spend with myself. The older I get the more I realize that the uncomfortableness I have always felt in life has come from feeling the need to be everything to everyone. Being the social butterfly was something I thought I needed to be, but never fit in well with me. Now I understand that while there is a time and place for that for me, I also need to recoup with myself. My quiet time. Just me and my dogs.

     I worked full time in retail until my 2nd child was 1. Then, once the kids all started school, it was volunteer. I pretty much made a “career” out of being a volunteer. And you know what? I loved it!. I love organizing events, running fundraisers, and helping others. It’s always been a passion for me. There’s definitely a future blog post there for sure. I had a few odd jobs here and there while the kids were young. I was a candle lady in direct sales, worked at a Halloween store, and had various ventures in crafting, another passion of mine. For the last 9 years or so I worked at my daughters’ dance studio, which also happened to be my dance home when I was a child. I did office work, costuming, rhinestoning, fundraisers… anything that was needed. In 2013, ownership changed hands. I stuck it out for a while, until last summer… I then decided it was time to move on. I’ve since been working from home with my latest venture, Bits of Love Creations. Making outfits, accessories and adorable little things for the littles in other’s lives has been the primary focus. I do not know where this journey will take me. I do not know what Bits of Love will grow into, but I can’t wait to enjoy the ride!

      I hope you’ll stick with me on this crazy ride. Who knows where we’ll end up, but I hope you enjoy yourself and maybe learn something along the way!

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