Architectural Decorator, Designer & Healthcare Advocate in love with life
Born in 1960, Yes, I am a just-on-the-fringe “Baby Boomer”. This weekend I am flying home to the small village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts for my 40th high school reunion. Which begs the question, “Have I found answers to any of the questions I had as a 17-year-old?” Truthfully, I’m not sure I even remember what any of those questions were.
I do remember that I wanted to be successful, but successful at what?
Let’s see, I’ve been a model, student, pageant contestant, production assistant and network programmer at ESPN. I am now a wife, mother, volunteer, an entrepreneur and soon-to-be published author of a new children’s book series “Little Miss Adelaide and the Muttketeers”.
I’ve definitely had some hits and some misses. I believe I am most successful at taking bits of houses apart and putting them back together again, only stronger and more appealing. Hmmm, stronger and more appealing, I guess that’s how I would describe myself.
Why stronger? Today I celebrate eight years of new life. Eight years since Friday, the 13th of August, 2010. On that day, Dr. “Q”, an amazing neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital removed a brain tumor which had been discovered just a few days earlier. There were some complications that caused additional surgeries, but I am here today, stronger for the challenges I have had to face. I have become an educational Healthcare Advocate and in 2015 was named an Ambassador for the Brain Tumor Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Why more appealing? By appealing, I mean way, way more chill to deal with. I used to be a perfectionist. Now I know not to stress over the things I cannot control. I’ve learned to enjoy the journey, not the destination. That’s made me a better listener, a better wife, mother, businesswoman, friend, and caretaker. Just not always in that exact order!
1. Favorite dessert?
Well, I guess we’re going for the heart and soul of who I really am with this one. My absolute favorite dessert of all time….wait for it….drumroll please….is the decadent
Yes, most of my family members are still huge Harry Potter fans.