When Mama Kat published her weekly writing prompts this week, I put the five options into the Random Number Generator, and came up with a prompt that would have been interesting to write to (In what way were you labeled as a child and how did it affect you?). However, prompt number two kicked me in the procrastinating butt and reminded me that my BigGreenPen webpage is still under wraps, primarily because I haven’t finished doing the writing to flesh the page out. That is why tonight I will be writing to this prompt (and getting a step closer to activating my web page in doing so): About me. Do you have an about me page? Because people want to know. Write a page that describes who you are and what you’re about or spruce up your current about me page!
Introducing myself through these one-dimensional words on a computer screen seems so impersonal! However, you are there and I am here, so we will give it a shot.
In a way, my Twitter profile says it all:
Wife of one, Mom of two, friend of many
The beauty of a website is that I can use more than 140 characters to introduce myself.
My husband, Wayne, and I got married in 1992. (We met on a blind date!) We had our daughter, Tenley, in 1996, and our son, Wayne, in 1999.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations from Florida State University. My master’s degree, also from FSU, is in Counseling and Human Systems.
I took my “bite of the Big Apple” from 1989-1992, when I coordinated the internship program at Fordham University.
When Wayne and I decided to get married and locate in Tallahassee, I worked in communications for the Florida Department of Education’s Comprehensive School Health Program.
In 1994, I moved to the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, which at the time was a fledgling program designed to insure uninsured children. “Fledgling” would never describe Healthy Kids now — we have more than 225,000 enrollees, federal funding, and 30+ staff members. I have done pretty much every task there except for accounting.
Throughout the years, reading and writing have always been a thread running through my life. In New York, I proofread professionally for Ballantine Books. I am a voracious reader who actually still communicates via snail mail with some people. I am the “go to” girl for friends who need “one more eye” to tighten up and clarify their writing.
There are other things that I like to give my energy to also: acting, running, being with my church family, and mobilizing volunteers.
I also love quotes, and have chosen this one to sum up my approach to the things I do:
You don’t have to get a job with a famous company or hot-shot industry in order to have a spectacular career. You just have to do what you do with reverence.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.