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I am a serious curious dabbler. Throughout my life, dabbling has always been a great source of therapy and joy. It’s my happy place. The problem was, I did not have enough time to hang out at my happy place; the realities of life had a tendency to creep in. Killjoy! In February 1999, my life turned a very sharp left. I was in a terrible car accident. I lost my first husband and I acquired a spinal cord injury. In an instant, I became an unemployed young widow with two young children and an inability to walk among other things. First couple of years things were really sad, bad and lifeless . Depression, Grief, Guilt and Worries were my constant companions. It took me about two years to end that codependency. After, I went to work. I worked at Shepherd Center for 18 years, managing Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Department. In the process, I have gained more than I gave. I learned about resiliency, patience and what brings authentic Joy. My colleagues and the patients have taught me the difference between being alive and living.

Where am I now? I am taking a soft sabbatical. This is the first time in my life where my time belongs to me. Throughout the last 19 years I have always wondered what I would be doing now if I did not have the injury.... “Wonder no more”, said I. Thus, I am taking a huge leap of faith and putting “what brings me joy” out in public. Wear them, share them, gift them!

Carpe Diem!