I love to spend time with my family and friends having fun and laughing a lot. I also love to read and watch movies. If I could figure out how to make a living reading books and riding roller coasters that would be my dream job.
I am very involved in my kids activities, basketball, baseball, 4H and Yugio Card Tournaments. I also enjoy playing cards with my friends and neighbors. A nice bonfire and a beer is another fav.
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About me...well those that know me, know I could talk about this forever. I just love my soapbox. But I also know that everyone can learn at least one thing from me. Which also leads to knowing we all can learn at least one thing from each other. That being said here's a brief synopsis about me.
Born in the early sixties I was raised with 3 younger brothers in the suburbs of Detroit. We made the big move to the "country" in the mid-seventies. Grew up roaming the woods and fields with a ton of friends. Most people tell me I grew up in BeaverCleaver land and for the most part that is true. Graduated in 1981 and immediately started a small junior college. Got an Associates in Business Administration and went to work as an assistant manager at a Pizza Hut. Realized pretty quickly that in order to really get ahead I would need my Bachelors; so I headed off to Western Michigan University and graduated cum laude 1.5 years later with a Bachelors of Business Management.
I got married the following summer to my first husband who decided he wanted to become a pilot. He found schools in Florida and California he could attend. The company I was working for had an opening in the CA office and they were willing to transfer me so we moved to Northern CA. I loved it; he didn't; we ended.
I spent the next 7 years growing my skill set as an Operations Manager and working with startup to medium sized companies in Silicon Valley; mostly software developers. I worked for the first company to release a game on Sony 3DO which eventually became playstation. Kinda cool. I really loved this period in my life. I was traveling and having a ton of fun. This was during the first .com growth spurt and there was a ton of money in the Silicon Valley so things were good. Notice my career was my world at this point.
I met my current husband, Derek; in 1993 while I was engaged to someone I will never forget. My fiancé passed away in December of 1993 and my current husband who was a friend of Ken's really helped me get through that first year. Next thing you know Derek and I were a couple.
We married in October of 1995 in a park at the center of the historical area of Monterey CA. To this day people still talk about our wedding. It was something. Sit down dinner for 80 people in one of the most beautiful towns in America on the perfect California fall day all for under $4000 (oh yeah this included the honeymoon in Lake Tahoe). It still is one of the best days of my life. I still say if I didn’t have to work every weekend I would love to be a wedding planner.
I got pregnant with our first child 9 months later. Our Daughter was born in April of 1997. I was a MOM! Notice how my career has now taken a back burner. She changed my life in ways I, even today, don't completely understand. I was still working full time. Luckily it was for a company who allowed me to work from home most of the time the first 3 months. But she was definitely the center of my universe. Her birth definitely shares the top of my best days ever list.
I kept working but now spending 3-4 hours everyday in my car commuting was such a pain in the... So I mentioned to my husband that I knew of a great place back east to buy a home and raise a family. In addition the company I worked for at the time "MySoftware Co." had done pretty well with their stock and I had stock options. So we sold everything; including the stock and moved back to Michigan. We settled in the same place I grew up, bought a home and immediately found out we were expecting our second child. Our Son was born in February of 2000. This is the other day that shares that top spot of best days. Life truly couldn't get much better.
I was working for a small children's board game developer who let me bring my son to work. Derek had found work with Belle Tire a local tire distributor and all was well. Unfortunately, life tends to want to shake things up during times like this. That's when we found out my Mom had a reoccurrence of breast cancer. We fought a good fight and enjoyed every minute we had with her to the fullest for the next two years but we did lose her in May 2003. I don't think I ever fully appreciated all she meant to me till she was gone. I miss her each and everyday especially knowing that my children didn't get enough time with her.
It was also during this time that the board game developer was failing so I had to find another position. I looked and looked and finally found this unknown, never heard of little company called Netflix. They were looking to open a hub in MI and needed a manager to run it. I spent the next four years with Netflix. Learned a ton of stuff, met great people, traveled to Sundance and overall really enjoyed it. And although Netflix paid really well and gave unheard of amounts of vacation and benefits the hours (50-60+ per week every week) got to be too much if I wanted to spend time with my kids. So Derek and I decided to give me the time to try to start a business from home.
For the next year I tried to build a home business but had no clue what I was doing. I even looked into network marketing at that time but everything I looked at was a scam. After a year I had to go back into the work force. The next year was the worst year of my career. I won't waste anymore time on that other than to say it forced me to take a hard look at who and what I want to be going forward.
I realized I was going on 46 and I have known since I was very young that I was going to live to 92 so I was half way there. Now was the time to recreate myself and really live my life like I always wanted to. So I began looking into opportunities to work from home again. Since I knew I wanted time with my kids. It is just a few short years and they will be off to college. I found a really cool little startup and began writing Google ads for them but their venture capital fell through. Then I tried working with a great heating and cooling guy drumming up business for him but due to some personal things that fell through. Finally, I found a person who made me believe they would help me grow an internet business. Holly introduced me to Platinum One Destinations (my travel membership site) and through her other partners I was introduced to Sponsor Daddy.
Now I spend my days taking the kids to their various activities. My daughter plays basketball and shows horses. She is a member of our local 4H club and hopes to do something with horses when she heads out into the world. My son also plays basketball but also enjoys baseball and couldn't live without his Yugio Cards and tournaments. For those that don't know Yugio is a card strategy game. I live in a fantastic neighborhood where I know and am friends with 75% of all my neighbors. We spend a lot of time with each other just having fun. Very similar to how I grew up.
My passions are spending time with family and friends; developing myself and improving my spirituality and learning all I can about network marketing. Things are really interesting, creative and fun in my life and I feel the most focused and alive that I have in a long time. Finally, I was raised by a teacher and a coach; I am truly a blend of both. That is why I plan on being the teacher who opens up doors and the coach that leads. I want to leave a legacy of hope and the belief that anyone can achieve their ultimate life!
I am a Jackie of All Trades (Master of quite a few), Teacher and Coach all wrapped into one.
I had a fantastic career for 20 years as an operations manager working primarily for startup to small businesses especially in the software development niche. My last position was with a little unknown company called Netflix. (I started with Netflix before anyone had really heard of them and enjoyed helping them grow into the household name they are now.)
I am now concentrating on my new life path and passions. I want more time with my family and friends so I have started a home based network marketing business and I am on the fast track to success. While still being a newbie I am a quick learner and taking advantage of all the wonderful people who are so open and willing to share their knowledge. (THANK YOU TO YOU ALL-YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE)
I believe and excel at creating relationships and sharing no cost and low cost ways to grow your business. I am working on Zero marketing dollars right now and slowly but surely creating wealth and prosperity both financially and personally.
I love spending time with family and friends enjoying each other or looking for an adventure. I am an avid reader (currently reading The Passion Test by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood; check it out it is a fantastic read.) I watch a lot of movies and LOVE going to concerts. I am a true blue rocker but love most kinds of music.
I blog as much as I can http://ccruniverse.sdword.com so it is a great way to learn more about me and my ventures.
Share with me; teach me; show me how and I will do the same for you!
My Location: MichiganUnited States