It's funny how life turns out. I fell madly, deeply in love with the boy next door. We quickly became teenage parents (Whoops!). We were too young, too poor, too scared, but luckily still too in love to care. We found ourselves just crazy enough to go for round two, so we had our daughter. Somewhere in all that, I went to college...but just like life was working out for me thus far, it was bad timing. The effects of the terrorist attack on 9-11 took its toll on the economy and construction industry. I found myself graduating with an Associates of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting. There were a whopping ZERO jobs out there. So still we were too young, too poor, too scared...yet still too in love to care. Back up...A couple years before finishing school, I got invited to a friend's wedding who didn't have a photographer. They asked me to bring my camera. I had NO IDEA at the time...but I had just started my wedding photography adventure. So skipping forward...here I was after college...still too young, too poor, too scared, too in love to care...and started taking too many pictures. Obsessed with people and pictures!!! Slowly taking my hobby from a few portrait sessions, to deciding to make it a full time career in 2007. I've worked hard, played hard, stayed hungry to learn and evolve, built a business I'm proud of, and have always provided a service I believe in. I'm no longer too young, too poor, or too scared...but too grateful for bad timing. It's funny how life turns out.
Here's a few more things about me. :)
I am an optimistic realist. Sort of a "hope for the best, plan for the worst" type of girl.
I'm a firm believer in living life without regret. I fear looking back and wishing I'd done this or that. Sometimes I put a lot of thought and planning into my decisions...other times, I just have to jump into that cold pool without too much thinking or I won't get in.
I became interested in medicine when my husband became a paramedic in 2013. So much so, I decided to do the same. I became a licensed paramedic in January 2016 and work for Northland Regional Ambulance Service.
I try to stay fit and healthy...but I can also throw a healthy fit for some Oreos.
I'm married. My husband, Matt, proposed to me twice, I turned him down twice (only because we were the cliche teenage pregnancy story). So the final proposal was by me to him in 2004. Crazy man...actually said yes.
I'm the oldest of 4 children...so naturally, I'm my mom's favorite (she tells us all that though...can't believe anything that woman says.)
I have 2 children...Tate (15yrs) was born a grumpy old man, wakes up before his alarm like clockwork every morning, is a good kid, makes good grades, and has the best one-liners that have me cracking up harder than any ab workout. Niki (12yrs) is Tate's arch-enemy...and future best friend. She's my sunshine....she's self-entertaining, obsessed with books and annoys the crap out of us about going to the library ALL the time, and will literally dig through the trash to create some crazy-awesome art project. They make my heart full.
I have a dog. Marley (7yrs) was an abused dog we adopted from the wonderful Wayside Waifs...we picked her out, no joke, because of how she likes to lay on the ground...which is like superman. She's plays with each of us differently and knows which person she can play rough with...she has never pooped or peed in the house (THANK THE HEAVENS!) and only barks to let us know there's someone at the door. I couldn't ask for a better furr-baby.
When I was a young kid, I used to be bilingual and speak a form of Spanish called Castilian, so that I could translate for my great-grandmother. I moved to Texas for a year, and when I came back my Spanish was gone. They say it will come back to me, but after 6 years of High School and College Spanish classes...I'm going to call bullshit. :)
I love listening to all kinds of music, but never keep track of artists or song names. It drives Matt mad!
I only have one style of dancing...and it's pretty much just jumping up and down and throwing my hands up in the air. It's also the BEST calf workout in the world.
I have Apple computers, but have an Android phone....so please, for the love of the world...don't include me in a group text. I will never be able to escape.
I am a Cancer, born June 25th.
A handful of times a year I’m thrown into a laughing fit that takes me a long time to escape. Tears rolling, belly hurting, face sore, snot bubbles bursting out nostrils, bladder hard to control...that type of laughing fit. Embarrassingly enough, it’s usually around the wrong crowd of people, or in a professional environment...which leads people to wonder if I’m on something. To clarify...I’m drug free. Just have a defective giggle box.
For some bizarre reason, half of my friends or clients are named Sarah, Jennifer, or Ashley.
One of my favorite quotes: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi