My father had a career in the Navy, so my family frequently moved up and down the east coast of the country. I think because of these moves and having to constantly lose friends and then trying to make new ones all over again, I turned out to be a somewhat shy and timid little girl. However, I loved to chase fire flies and little birds and pet anything with fur. I did have a bit of a daring streak because I once attempted to fly off a third story staircase using an open umbrella as a parachute (like Mary Poppins), but thought better of it at the last moment. Whew! I was a "Brownie" in the Girl Scouts, was in the school chorus, was on the gymnastic team, and was voted May Queen in 6th grade.
In high school I enjoyed being a member of the Future Business Leaders Of America Club and the Drama Club (in an attempt to overcome my innate shyness & also to meet cute boys). To be accepted into the Drama Club I had to perform on stage, so I memorized Juliet's balcony soliloquy from Romeo & Juliet. I was shaking like a leaf on stage, but I knew that soliloquy backwards and forwards. The Drama teacher took pity on me, and let me join the club. It did wonders for my shyness. I have always believed in facing my fears and doing the best I could to overcome them.
I graduated from Arizona State University Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Journalism. I then obtained my MBA, also from ASU, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Again, to improve my confidence and professionalism, I sought out Toast Masters, and was one of its founding members at the corporation where I worked. I ended up being the Marketing Manager for several financial institutions, many, of which, went out of business (especially the Savings & Loan institutions).
My main hobby is writing short stories, and a few of them have won awards and have been published. I also enjoy working on my family's financial investments, traveling, hiking, kayaking, dancing to rock & roll, reading, gardening, interior decorating, cooking, genealogy, lunching with friends and adopting stray cats -- but I only have one at present. I have not yet turned into "The Cat Lady" thank God.
Life has been good.
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