I left Los Angeles in 1989 and moved back to Illinois to be with my family again, since I had moved to LA in 1978 I figured that would be a good thing to do. Well, that lasted about four months! While the Quad City area is a great place to grow up, I had outgrown that area shortly after I left. I usually say "I was born and raised in Illinois but I GREW UP in California"! That says it all. I will add that it was purely awesome living in Los Angeles in the 1980's when I was in my 20's. And throw Playboy in the mix? All I can say is that I am wowed at the thought of my life having taken this path. I believe my (positive and negative) experiences in my life so far has made me the strong, independent and unstoppable person that I am today.
I now live in the lush and humid state of North Carolina! North Carolina is great and in some ways similar to California. Am I crazy? No, you can make it to the beach in two hours and you can get to the mountains in about two hours. Therein lies the only two similarities between North Carolina and California. It's completely different here on the East Coast than it is on the West Coast and that's why I moved here. We have the four seasons, we have laid back two lane roads with lakes and ponds and creeks and rivers. The winters aren't as harsh as in the Midwest but cold enough that you can change out your wardrobe. You can't wear sweaters and parkas in Los Angeles for long. We have people that say "aint" and "y'all" and splay double negatives all over their conversations - enough to make me thankful that I speak "TV English" and enough to rub me the wrong way and make my hair stand up on the back of my neck, and to give me something to complain about. When I moved here I didn't know the difference between a "redneck" and a "country boy" but now I do.
But in all that, North Carolina is one fantastic state - a great place that I now call home and a great place to be when you have a family. And yes, we have an international airport so I can get out of here and experience metropolitanism whenever I want. I made up that word, just to let you know. I don't know that I'll live in North Carolina forever as I have dreams of wearing turquoise and living in New Mexico, wearing a grass skirt and coconuts over my breasts on the beaches of Hawaii, of learning to flyfish and living in Alaska and of being young and very blond again and living in Iceland, among many other dreams. But for now, it is home and it's where I've lived since 1989.
After surviving many years in the corporate culture I have finally spread my wings and am now in business on my own. I have literally made millions of dollars for other companies, ranking #1 as an account executive for several companies and in another position as Director and Founder of a new business venture for an adult products company. I'm not saying that corporate stuff is all that bad, but my personality usually runs full steam ahead and I like making the decisions that will deliver the outcome of my financial future! When you insert another level above me that I must report to and one that determines the level of my success, it just plain ol' pisses me off! (Can you tell that I'm probably much better working for myself? LOL)
I've had two passions in my life and one has always been organizing and helping others. The other was working with adult products and helping people learn about sexual health. Unfortunately, today that field is saturated with websites, stores, home party plans, etc. I started an organizing business many years ago and am currently revisiting that as there is a strong need for that in many ways - there are many baby boomers downsizing; many people are too busy to do what it is they need to do, have to do and want to do; seniors need assistance and so on. I am hoping that someday I will have the time to get certified in holistic health coaching and add that to my resume' so I can help others in that aspect as well.
What isn't a secret is that I have one gorgeous son! My son is well, well - can I brag? He's a handsome young man who is vying for a career in professional baseball and is working very hard at it. If for some reason he doesn't make it in baseball, his mother thinks he could have a successful career in modeling because he LOOKS JUST LIKE HIS MOTHER!!!
Peace, Love, Happiness and Health to all of you. You have no idea how much you are appreciated by me.