I don’t know about you, but I’m a type A personality. I love my planner, I require checklists to ensure I’m getting things done, I’m calm when my week is mapped out ahead of time, and I get extreme gratification checking those little boxes off! With the start of a new school year and a fifth grade student in a new school, I was feeling the pinch as a single mom to ensure our schedules matched up. Between both of my jobs, my commitment as a board member and Science Kid Caiden’s Tae Kwon Do classes, piano lessons and homework – I knew I needed a plan. Luckily for me, there are a few easy things I could do make both of our lives easier. Continue reading
I’m pretty sure the first time I walked into the then Town of Fishers’ City Hall I was in fourth grade. I decided that year I was going to enter the 4-H Science Fair’s community category and create a display board all about Fishers. Though the details are fuzzy to recall now, I think my presentation was about the different parts of my community. I included City Hall, the Fishers Police Station, the local barbershop, Archer’s Meats & Catering, and probably a few other things only my mom could recall on demand. Fast forward over 20 years (stop trying to guess my age!), and I’m quietly celebrating my third year working for the, now, City of Fishers. Continue reading
I’ve worked for the City of Fishers, Indiana for three years as the marketing and public relations manager. I love what I do. Partially because I grew up in Fishers and am raising my son here, but also because I’ve been employed by the city while we transitioned from a town to a city of the second-class. In my lifetime our population has grown from a mere 9,000 residents to what we estimate is now about 89,000 residents. Our leaders have had to create a vision for our community and help translate that vision to our 89,000 clients. All in a day’s work huh? Continue reading
For years, I’ve landed in situations that for one reason or another enabled me to provide advice to those around me. Sometimes it was due to paralleled tracks, the ‘I’ve been through it, here’s my experience’ type of thing. Other times it’s been due to my profession, I work full-time in marketing and public relations, and I also teach as an adjunct faculty member at a local university. I also had my son at 17, completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees back-to-back and tried to prioritize community and volunteerism along the way. Regardless of the role I played with my advisees, I was always reiterating the same sentiment, everyone will lay out what brush you should use, what color palate you should have, and what your end picture should look like. But you’re only going to be happy when you start dreaming about what that blank canvas could become. You get to choose what you want to paint with, how you want to paint, and what you want your painting to become… And better yet, if you make a mistake or don’t know what the finished piece looks like, that’s okay. You’re allowed to figure the picture out as you start creating it.
So, here I am, Canvas. A ‘painting’ that will highlight adventures with my little man, Science Kid Caiden, showcase how I work to balance life as a single mother, working two jobs. I’m sure you’ll hear about Einstein the rescue dog, my love/hate relationship with fitness, and how excited I am to create a future I’ve dreamed about. I’m excited to paint my picture with you along the way, and hope you’ll keep reading and commenting along the way.