A plane ticket home I grew up in a lot of places: New England, the Great Lakes, and Louisiana. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life after finishing my undergraduate degree. As a …
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A plane ticket home
I grew up in a lot of places: New England, the Great Lakes, and Louisiana.
I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life after finishing my undergraduate degree. As a graduation gift, my Dad offered me one airplane ticket anywhere in the U.S. where I might want to live.
I chose Denver, Colorado. I loved it. I loved the hiking, the culture, the climate...everything!
I spent a few weeks living in a youth hostel and then started researching jobs and places to live. I moved out a couple of weeks later with my dog, Chloe, and the rest is history.
I had a lot of odd jobs when I first moved to Colorado: telephone surveyor, warehouse worker, retail worker, art model, landscape foreman, etc. I was willing to try just about anything so I could afford rent and procrastinate figuring out what I wanted to do with my life.
Some help finding a path
I’ve never been good at making long term plans with my life, but I’ve been lucky to meet some incredible people who’ve believed in me enough to encourage me down a good path.
I applied for a job as a math tutor at The Tutoring Club of Westminster. I had an incredible boss named Trish Manning who saw something in the way I worked with kids. She mentored me, encouraged me to go to graduate school, become a teacher and then later sold her business to me.
I own two Tutoring Club locations: one in Westminster and one in Fort Collins. I work with parents and students to come up with educational plans to help children succeed in school and build confidence in themselves.
I’ve owned it for 10 years now.
I get to watch kids grow up and become the people they were meant to be. People are born to learn and I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being a part of that.
I once tutored a mom in college statistics and I now tutor her son in middle school. I’m incredibly proud of both of them.
One of the students I tutored years ago is doing a Semester at Sea and I get to read about all of her wonderful adventures via email. I try to go to all my students’ graduations and keep up with them to see where life takes them.
Things I’ve done that make me proud:
Getting my scuba certification and going on my first two open water dives. My husband and I have done a couple of cross-country motorcycle trips.
I split my time between Fort Collins and Adams County. I love the Lac Amora open space and Josh’s Pond in Broomfield. I love watching the eagles, snakes, and prairie dogs that live there.
I play a lot of video games. Especially good story games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Night in the Woods or strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization series. I’m in two book clubs. I look forward to seeing my friends each month and either praising or complaining about things we read.
Losing Mom to suicide
I used to feel embarrassed to talk about it with other people for fear of what they would think of me and because of the stigma surrounding it. I don’t have that reservation anymore. I’ve learned a lot about depression and trauma since then and I believe that normalizing conversations about mental health help us humans understand and care for one another better.
Commuters head home, northbound along Sheridan Boulevard just past 107th Drive Feb. 3. A sunny weekend was replaced with a light storm on the 3rd, followed by a much stronger storm on February 7.
The Apollo 11 landing, but only if I could watch it from the moon.
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