It’s that time again. It’s the end of the week, the beginning of the weekend and time for Let’s BEE Friends !
You know you’re excited!
Today, I have Shannon from the blog, My New Favourite Day! She’s a whole lot of awesome which is why she’s hanging with me today.
She’s hear to tell all …. but if you think you know her already, she’s scrounged up 10 new facts you might not know.
There’s always stuff to tell … so lend her your eyes and read, read, read!
10 Things about Me.
I am so excited to be here today with Bruna. The whole “Let’s Bee Friends” concept is right up my alley, so thank you so much Bruna for hosting me and to all of you, I do hope we will “Bee Friends!”
10. I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A paradox in quaintness as a picturesque hometown and people that drink sulpher water on a regular basis (nope, not even kidding, we know how to get our crunchy on)
9. I speak Japanese. I was a Japanese language major in college and without having ever been to Japan I moved there for 2 years after college to teach English to Junior and Elementary school minis as part of the JET program.
8. I have the heart of a small town country girl living in the big city of Los Angeles. My husband KSP calls me a country mouse because of my tendency to like and trust most people and my belief that hospitality is a nice thing to do, is not something that should make you suspicious of motives!
7. I am the oldest of 4 girls. I most definitely subscribe to the birth order theory as I always over-achieved and tend to be somewhat of a mother hen. If you are need of nurturing, advice, a non-judgemental ear, someone to shop or drink wine with, I am your gal
6. I LOVE fashion, wine, food and all things fun and fabulous. Pinterest may have been created for someone like me; except for the crafty part, I so want to be crafty but alas I am not.
5. I am pretty sure I would win the amazing race. I am competitive, love to travel and am adventurous (except for eating, I am not really a big fan of eating weird things), and if the 3 are combined forget about it, I am likely the first in line to dive off a cliff.
4. I believe in hard work. I grew up in a single parent household where chores meant being part of a family. I paid for my own college and graduate school (make that still paying) and when my dad said to me in the car my sophomore year in highschool that one day I would be glad I had to work hard for what I have, tears streamed down my face as I questioned him. Now, I couldn’t be more happy for knowing what this means as it’s helped me have a great career working on some of the most amazing shows in TV History (from a business perspective) such as American Idol, The Apprentice, Rockstar, X-Factor, The Price is Right, and now I have been able to start my own consulting company to help others while working from home with my minis.
3. I whole-heartedly believe everything happens for a reason. The last 3 years have been the hardest years of my life. Having our twins Q and E 3 months early and nearly losing them several times has forever changed my perspective and outlook. I start each day being grateful for their lives. I give kisses and hug freely and constantly. In moments of frustration I ground myself in the thought of how far we have come. In the last year, my daughter E has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (aka brain damage) which has opened up a completely new world for our family. Advocacy, acceptance, finding my own voice and working with others to find theirs has become my passion and my anchor. My minis, as I call them, are my greatest gift and if my entire lens of my life is focused through our experience with them, I will have priorities straight and my heart and voice in the right place.
2. My husband KSP are better together now than the day we got married 4 ½ years ago, although it feels like 20! Making decisions together about the medical health of our children forced us into a new realm of communication and made me realize I had to process externally more instead of internally. Starting ‘Mynewfavoriteday’ helped me to do this as I tend to keep and process feelings inside, but when you are talking about life threatening and altering procedures, this internal processing no longer becomes an option and I had to change my behavior. Through this change and my ability to process through my blog, my love for him has deepened in a way I could have never expected.
1. I deeply and wholeheartedly believe that there is something in each day that can make a day ‘anewfavoriteday.’ It may sound cliché, but if it’s nothing more than the fact you are alive and breathing, that’s a good place to start. I do not believe that any of us are defined by one thing but rather the sum of our parts. The experiences we have are our parts, and most of those experiences will never be seen by the external world. They build up to make us who we are, how we react to things and the choices we make. Somewhere in there are little bits, little nuggets of things that we can grab onto to make the day good. Breathing in and out, a roof over your head, the heartbeat of your child, the smile or touch of your partners, the love of a pet, the laughter of a friend, the support of a co-worker. The moment may be fleeting, but we can take those things with us to be grateful, grateful for the moment and ultimately grateful for that day and that day alone. No need to look back or forward, just that day.
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