Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog. My initial idea in creating this blog was for it to be more of a visual journal where I could keep a record of my papercrafting makes, and inspire myself to find time to let myself enjoy the process of creating. In an attempt to get out of myself, and possibly help or inspire another human being (which I have found is a big part of why we are on this earth in the first place), I decided to make it into a public blog, and possibly include other inspirational thoughts and ideas. I know that I tend to believe I’m most comfortable by myself, but that probably stems from an irrational core belief that isolating/hiding equals safety. As I journey through this life, I find I am more fulfilled personally and spiritually through connecting to others, and I find a greater well-being by helping others in their journey.

I grew up in Rochester, New York, being the smart one, the rule follower, the quiet “wall flower”, although I felt like I was more like the “wall weed”. I excelled in school, especially science and math, which was not cool for a girl in the 70s and early 80s. My first career was in Computer Science, followed by motherhood, winemaking, addiction, finding recovery, and becoming a substance abuse counselor. I have two wonderful adult children, and a loving husband who has been by my side through it all. At the time of this writing, we had just celebrated 30 years of marriage.

I hope you find something here that inspires you to live your best life. I’ve adopted a mantra, which is “connect, contribute, and grow”. I stole it from someone else, so feel free to do the same. I find greater peace in trying to check those three boxes on a daily basis.