Diary of a Modern-day Gypsy
What is a biography anyway? It’s just the painful process of trying to jam decades of hard living into a few short paragraphs, leaving the best moments behind. These highlights only give a glimpse of what really lies behind the door.
Since we are a people of instant gratification and short attention spans, I am going to make this painless for everyone involved, I am going to try to sum up my life in less than 500 words. Okay, here goes:
My Dad was a Chiropractor and golfer, and my Mom was a dance teacher. I am sister to four siblings, born and raised in Leeds, Alabama, a place that may only be a dot on the map, but has the heart of an Atlanta, Georgia.
In my youth, I was a cheerleader, majorette, softball and basketball player, yard-roller, cusser, prankster, swimming instructor, avid reader, church member, volunteer, helpful neighbor, good daughter and trusting friend.
I rebelled in the 1970s, embraced for a time the Woodstock mentality, then wised up, got married and birthed Amy, my first daughter. Daughter Ashley came five years later.
I fell in love with Jesus when I was 30 and soon after founded Praise Toys, the first full-line Christian toy company in the world. Appearances on national and international Christian and secular television and radio talk shows quickly followed and we built a legion of dedicated Toy Missionairies. I was proud to distribute thousands of free toys to kids in need worldwide through the Friendship Toy Program.
I published “Women of Greater Atlanta” in the 1980s (a monthly businesswomen’s magazine), hosted “Women Want to Know,” a weekly Atlanta radio AM talk show, and produced “Dare to Dream” Empowerment workshops.
In the 1990s, I managed several restaurants in Birmingham while operating MarketPro, my branded apparel marketing company. I also produced “The Gospel Café,” an after-church buffet featuring local Gospel and contemporary singers.
I married Will, my soulmate, in 2005 and we produced “Have Mystery, Will Travel,” a mobile drama group which performed mystery dinner theaters around Birmingham. We moved to Cozumel, Mexico in 2009 and published “The Cozumel Islander,” the only English-language printed magazine on the island. The two years there, we raised funds for five charities with our bilingual calendar “Colores de Cozumel,” featuring beautiful island photos.
Nothing short of exciting, I have been mugged by a madman with a sawed-off shotgun, had my taxi stormed by angry Seoul college students, escaped an armed gang late one night, and ran a two-year poker league with Will. I smuggled Bibles into China in the 1980s, and served as an “attaché for a day” after losing my passport in Taiwan. I was blown out of my hotel bed by a guerilla attack in Guatemala City and drove a vehicle on the opposite side of the road in Scotland.
My life has been deeply fulfilling and I thank God for choosing me to tell so wonderful a story