I am an ordinary southern girl with a passionate heart. I have a loving and inspiring family that keeps me busy. My children teach me more about myself and life each day. My biggest passions are motherhood, writing, running, and crafting. I am one blessed girl!
2. What made you decide to start this blog?
I love writing and expressing myself. I've been putting off writing for months and months and was worried I would lose touch with it indefinitely. I hope my blog is a place to make people laugh, a place for me to share things I love, experiences I have, and hopefully inspire some creativity in others.
3. When did you realize you had a passion for writing?
I remember sitting in my bed as a child writing a story about a hamster that gets lost in a big city. (I think my mom still has this story!). I was a child that loved to write and eventually had a high school english teacher express my ability. I am grateful for the chance to be able to express myself in this way. Writing is something one can do anywhere in the world as long as your mind is working and you have a pencil to write with. (or in these days a technological device!)
4. Did you go to College?
College was never a choice for me. It was one of those things that was expected after high school. I'm so grateful that my parents pushed me to complete college because I have no idea where I would be today! I got my undergraduate degree from Auburn University and am a HUGE Auburn fan! I got my Masters Degree and my Educational Specialist from University of Mississippi. My heart belongs to Auburn though.
5. What is your profession?
Besides being a mom to (soon to be) 3 children and having an Etsy jewelry shop, I am a high school guidance counselor. I absolutely love my job and having the opportunity to watch my students grow and mature into adults. I am able to help them succeed at their future goals in life.
6. How and when did you meet your husband?
My husband and I were set up on a blind date to go to the Talladega Nascar Race. Seriously...I can't make it up. We fell hard and never stopped loving each other more each day. My husband is the most level-headed, compassionate, loving husband and father. I can honestly say God picked the right man for me. We are two of a kind.
7. Have you always wanted a large family?
I always envisioned having a little nuclear family. Once I had my first child, I became instantly amazed at the power of motherhood. It is beyond my understandings how God allowed us the ability to make such pure beings and the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow. I simply can't get enough. This spring we had a sweet surprise with the discovery we were pregnant with baby #3, which will make his or her arrival in late December. Although I would love to have a house full, I believe this child will complete my family.
8. You say you're crafty, what do you do?
I originally started knitting hats in the winter of 2009. I couldn't stop attempting to create more and more. I went from plain baby hats to flapped hats to headbands with flowers. Then summer came....why didn't anyone need hats anymore? I needed something new. I tried to think of a product that I could make all year round that people loved to wear and accessorize with. Jewelry. My best friend and I started out doing a small booth for about 6 months. I then ventured out to continue my own small business online through Etsy. I branched out and began to try an array of different jewelry items. I LOVE trying new things. I named my shop Nifey Designs after a nickname my parents use to call me as a child. I now have been on Etsy since November 2009 and have sold over 400 items. Feel free to check it out at www.nifeydesigns.etsy.com .
9. Where do you get your craftiness from?
My mother and grandfather! My grandfather did woodworking and was amazingly talented. He built my sister and I a dollhouse from scratch, furniture and all. My mother has done woodworking for decorating her house in the past but has focused on sewing and quilting for some time now. I really look up to her for inspiration. I truly believe that creativity and craftiness is certainly something that can be taught. I believe observing so much creativity has helped mold my interests in life. For those who don't think they are creative...think again!
10. When did you start running?
I ran track for a short time in middle and high school but really started running longer distances after that. I had a group of college friends that became running buddies and encouraged me to "keep going". I started doing 5K as an adult and fell in love with them. There is nothing like being competitive with yourself :). 5Ks have become a bonding experience for my husband and I. A time away from our kids to be healthy together. We will call it a date night if you will. Before I found out I was pregnant with #3, I was running 6 miles a few times a week. My goal after this pregnancy is to train for a half marathon!