Good morning everyone!
Thanks for joining me on the first day of my blog! I am really excited about this part of the business because I get to speak with you every day! (Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I am really excited!)
I enjoy writing and talking on my favorite subject – ME! J But I also enjoy writing and talking about my passions (friends, family, pets) or a newsworthy item. But since it is my first day blogging on this site I’ll introduce myself.
I was born Peggy Lee Stern in Red Wing, Minnesota on July 27, 1957 at 3:02 a.m. My parents are Walter and Bernice and I have two older brothers and two older sisters—and that makes me the Baby. My family ran a small dairy farm that ended up being a three-generation life, beginning with my Grandpa Stern in the late 1930’s to early 1940’s, sadly ending during the recession of the 1990’s with my brother at the helm.
I have been married to my husband, Mark Hanson, for thirty years and have three children and a son-in-law: Katrina (Mike), Kyle, and Aaron. The boys still live at home but Katie has been living the past ten years in Pennsylvania; she attended what began as Allentown College, now DeSales University, from whence she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree. Aaron just finished the same degree at the University of Wisconsin—River Falls, in which the campus is almost out our front door. Kyle attended the same university for nearly three years, but has not yet received a degree. And I can thankfully say, all my kids have jobs and are working to support themselves.
Also thankfully, Mark has a job configuring databases to work with patient flow programs used in hospitals and clinics throughout the country.
Oh, and I must also mention another very vital part of the family, our dog, Thor. He has been with us for fourteen years and gives us joy each day. And he is my dog; I can’t even go to the bathroom any more without him trying to open the door to make sure I’m really in there! I guarantee you will hear more stories about Thor.
And then there’s me. Last March my 21-year career with Northwest Airlines came to an end as my position, along with many others, was eliminated. There were so many emotions related to this news that it had been the biggest and longest roller coaster ride ever.
But because my wonderful manager (she and two others left the same day as me) had prepared us well in advance that this might be coming, it wasn’t a total disaster—I had ample time to think about what I would do next if my position was discontinued. Oh, do not get me wrong—it was a very dark and gray day indeed. However, it was one spent with utter joy and the very real sense of accomplishment as we celebrated our manager’s iconic twenty-five years with Northwest Airlines and wished her well in her retirement.
Moving forward with my own “retirement” I was fortunate enough to have some time to reflect on what I really wanted to accomplish with the rest of my life and it all boiled down to serving others, especially individuals who were going through the same thing I was—am.
I want to do more than just help people with the emotional side of losing a job. I want to inspire them to explore paths never travelled by developing wanderlust; I want to encourage them to plan their trip down that new path by creating excitement anew; and most of all, I want to give my full support during the entire journey by instilling confidence.
All this is why I wrote the first book in My Life’s Adventure series, “fiftysomething, The Unknown, Dreams, and Paths”; why I created the website you’re reading this blog on, and why I decided to become a Certified Dream Coach in February—to help others succeed in what their heart desires—and begin “My Dream Architect” business (website in development), with the tag line, “let me help build your dream.”
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day. What is your dream?