If you’ve come to this page, you are at least somewhat curious about who I am.
I was born and raised in Kingsport, a small city in East Tennessee not far from the town of Jefferson City that my dad was born in. My mother was born in Tibás, on the outskirts of San José, Costa Rica.
I’ve always been a traveler and appeared in my first passport picture at the tender age of 3 months! By the time I was 18 months old, I had traveled to Costa Rica twice for the long yearly visits with my grandparents that would continue until I moved here as an adult.
I’ve lived, worked, been married, and raised children & pets in both places, and have dear friends and family in both as well.
I’ve dealt with building, buying, and selling houses and property in both Tennessee and Costa Rica, and I’ve shipped my belongings back and forth across the Caribbean more times than I care to admit. I’ve essentially brought an entire household to Costa Rica in hundreds of suitcases over the years. Give me 15 minutes and a few rubber bands and I can get an elephant packed into a carry on bag.
I’m a walking collection of contradictions. I’m happy setting my dining table with the handkerchief linen tablecloth and beautiful vintage silverware I inherited from my grandmother, and I’m content to grab a wooden plate piled with cold leftovers and eat it with my fingers while sitting in the grass with a dog laying on my bare feet. I believe wine can go with either meal.
I am into reading about quantum mechanics and string theory but my parlor trick is reciting Jabberwocky from memory. I read conventional science and medical journals and I clear my crystals under new and full moons.
I was raised Catholic, am drawn to some of the old traditions, and I love the current pope. I am knowledgeable and respectful of other faiths, but I’ve become decidedly nonreligious over the years while simultaneously becoming increasingly spiritual.
I’m open minded and becoming more nonjudgemental by the day. I’m a “live and let live” kind of person as long as you don’t harm the environment, animals, or other people. I love meeting new people and discovering unexpected connections. I’m a graduate of the school of hard knocks, but thankfully have never lost my sense of humor or my eternal optimism in the light at the end of every tunnel. I have learned to trust that something better always comes along in the next chapter.
My life experience resume includes (but is not limited to!) mother, daughter, sister, wife, multi-species pet owner, teacher, caterer, chef, holistic health & lifestyle counselor, business owner, author, speaker, caregiver, building contractor, house painter, amateur architect, cooking instructor, herbalist, researcher, nurse, lecturer, writer, crafter, organizer, scrapbooker, genealogist, organic gardener, and I like to think I will be learning something new until the day I take my last breath.
I think that about covers it! If I’ve left something totally out, it’s because I know I’ll be blogging about it at some point.
Photos above are of me and me with my parents. Gotta love that Kodachrome image of me in my typical Costa Rican “campesina” dress–still vibrant after all these years.