Isn't this always the hardest part? It's tough to try to tell others about ourselves without seeming to brag, be attention-seeking, or self-serving. But, oh well, here goes....
My Day Job
Professionally, I am a business consultant and hopeless entrepreneur. In my day job I am an advisor with the Florida SBDC (Small Business Development Center) where I consult with existing and prospective small business owners on any and all things small business. Here are just a few of the areas on which I work with my clients - marketing, finance, strategic planning, writing business plans, starting a business, social media, hiring and firing, getting a bank or SBA loan, and how to grow a business. One of the things I love about this job is that every day contains different sets of challenges and opportunities for my clients and I get to help them succeed and achieve their goals.
As An Entrepreneur
I have a passion for entrepreneurship and love all the activities involved in that life path. Helping others set and achieve goals is something at which I excel. And sharing great resources, "hacks", tidbits of information that can help others in their life journey is what gives me an adrenaline rush. As such, I consume quite a bit of information daily. In fact, due to my various activities, I am fortunate to have access to loads and loads of fantastic information and tools. I made my New Year's Resolution for 2020 to be better at getting that information out - hence I finally launched this website! My perfect small business is helping others take their dreams or ideas to fruition.
A few important things about me: 1) I am so blessed to have an amazing family and 2) my family is big and fun! I am married to Dirk, who I describe to others as "the world's nicest person.", and he truly is. Everybody loves him, I was lucky enough to get him. Dirk and I share five children between us and quite frankly we are so dang lucky. While each of us is very different in our own rights, it's a wonderful mix of personalities, wit, abilities, and love. Our children are all young adults and let me just say that having a family dinner together is one of the most enjoyable times one can have. Just try to get a word in edgewise and the belly laughs are guaranteed. Dirk and I love watching them grow and mature and we are so proud of the citizens they have grown up to become.
I spend some of my leisure time as a member of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. We meet at 7:15am one day a week and even at that early hour, they are a lively and fun group! And it's amazing the things we accomplish for our community and for others around the world.
Those who know me best know that I am a non-stop worker with a head for business and a passion for achieving goals. I am highly organized and I am a planner. If I have been given an assignment or objective, it is almost unbearable for me to not complete it (for work or for play). I like to work from facts and I love to learn.
My definition of a perfect evening is having a terrific dinner (that Dirk has grilled) with friends and family at our house and enjoying the lovely north Florida weather. We live on an island, which we truly believe is our own slice of paradise. And we simply adore our dog, Bear (seen below as a puppy and as the handsome and spoiled brute that he is today.