Scrapbooking, camping, Hiking, Traveling, Scuba Diving, Family BBQ's.
For alI out fun, I'm a scrapbook designer. My work has been featured in books, product packaging, QVC covers, TV shows, conventions, idea pamphlets. I authored a book and hands on training for foster parents and social workers on how to make scrapbooks for these children.
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I'm a high achiever and when I set my mind to something, I work at it until I conquer it. I've very driven and determined. I'm not one to settle for average or struggle. I totally believe everyone has greatness within themselves and should strive for the best life each of us can live, touching others in a meaningful way along the journey.
As I was growing up, Mom and Dad never talked about me working or going to college. I was raised in old school ways (be a homemaker and mother, have a dog and a white picket fence) and was taught to cook, clean house, sew, take care of kids, the whole nine yards.
However, I found myself graduated from high school and no husband in the wings. It hadn't turned out the way I was told it would and boy, did I need a job! I hired on a receptionist at an appliance store.
After I married, we had two children (boys) and had tons of fun with all the little league and soccer, collecting baseball cards, all the boy stuff.
For 15 years, I enjoyed being a foster parent. Out of that, came the adoption of my beautiful daughter.
Time for Pursuing My Hobby
When I was just 11 years old, I took an interest in making my own scrapbook. Today, it remains a passion of mine. I love both the creative aspect as well as preserving our family memories.
My hobby and passion has opened many unexpected doors through the years. I was invited to be on the design teams. My work has been published in hardback books, on the cover of QVC, product packaging, idea pamphlets, in-store billboards at Michael's Crafts others and I've been invited as a television guest on craft shows.
As a foster parent, I received children into my home with nothing but the clothes on their back (sometimes a garbage bag filled with whatever possessions they had), no sense of belonging and very low self esteem. My greatest joy was making a "lifebook" (scrapbook) for every child that passed through my home.
I authored a book and live hands-on training for social workers and foster parents called 'Loving Through Lifebooks" which provides instructions on how to make these special books. I taught this at state and national conventions.
A Foster Sister to Over 400 Kids
Speaking of fostering, I've had the honor of being a big foster sister to over 400 kids! My parents, Mike and Bonnie Wilcome, have been foster parents to over 400 children. My parents are amazing... just amazing... and my best friends.
My Parents are my Best Friends
My Mom and Dad are my very best friends & there's nothing I wouldn't do for them. Every day with them is precious. I don't want to live such a busy life that I turn around one day to discover they're gone and have regrets about spending time with them in their retirement years.
My Career Background
I was a legal secretary for 6 years to prominent Las Vegas attorneys and a family court judge. I found myself at the top of my pay scale and realized if I wanted more financial and time freedom, I would need to find another career.
I went back to school and became a Realtor. I did that for 13 years and enjoyed the fruits of my labor until the end of 2007 when the market took a nose dive. I recognized I needed to change careers again but this time opted for a home based business where I could trade my business suit for shorts and t-shirts and throwing away my alarm clock.
Failing Forward - Expensive Learning Curve
I was totally gullible and bought into a home business opportunity with an automated system (pie in the sky - just turn it on) that I believed would take me to the moon. However, as it turned out, about 9 months into it and $35k later, I realized I had chosen not only the wrong mentor but in reality, there was no product or company to speak of.
Instead of falling apart, I looked at this as an expensive learning curve and set out to make better decisions this time.
My Road To Success
And that's what I did. I reached out to mentors who exposed me to attraction marketing, who showed me how to be a leader, who helped me think about what I really wanted to do and to systems that could help me get there.
I Love Being A Confident Entrepreneur
That was back in 2007 and 2008 and today, while I've had life happen, my business path is strong. As a baby boomer, I don't have to wonder how to support myself the rest of my life. I got this one! :)
Throwing Away My Alarm Clock
What a great feeling to get to the point where you can do this! When I was able to cashflow in my business, I retired my alarm clock. I really do go to bed when I'm tired and get up when I'm done sleeping. I never knew such freedom in this.