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Post #1: Who I am & What I do
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is R.S. Gunn. I am a wife, a mother, a veteran, an ordained minister and a writer. I have traveled the world (only 2/7 seas). I hold multiple degrees, licenses and certifications. I can design a website, manage multi-million-dollar projects, wire a data center, plumb a bathroom, build a shed and, in some states, perform weddings! I talk to myself more often than I should. I would describe my personal style as comfy/classy. That just means when I’ve spent a few days in pajama pants, I throw on some lipstick, because…. classy. But none of that is the point of this blog, I only mention it because some of it may come up from time to time. No, the point of this blog is to share with you some of the wisdom I have gained over the past 15 years, lessons learned the hard way throughout my adult life. With 4 very different kids in the house I have a combined 35 years of parenting experience which is impressive since, as of the writing of this post, I’m only 33…
12, 11, 10… 2. Though I do make plenty of simple mistakes on a day to day basis, I haven’t forgotten how to count, those are the ages of my children. One pre-teen girl and three stinky boys. I love them all with all my heart; remember that, through every post.
Some back story to what brought me to the place I am today. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. I graduated high school and went to New York with hopes for a life in high fashion. There wasn’t really a plan there, just what I assumed would happen based on some movies I had watched on TCM over the years. It didn’t work out that way. I didn’t stay in NY very long. I would call myself a failed model, but honestly, I didn’t try very hard. Soon I found myself back home and feeling a little lost, enter Navy Recruiter. I was instantly sold. I enlisted and began a very serious adventure. Boot Camp in Great Lakes, IL; “A” school in San Antonio, TX; and ultimately sent overseas where I would stay for the next year and a half. I have 3 stories I tell of my time overseas and they are all very pleasant; I’m sure they will end up in this blog somewhere. I feel like I’m taking too long to tell this story; let me sum it up: I married a Navy guy, had two kids, got divorced, years later married an Army vet, gained a step-son, quickly got pregnant and a few weeks before my 31st birthday gave birth to our youngest. Also, in there but not necessarily in order; I moved back to my home state, went to college and trade school, worked full time the whole time, moved a lot and rocked it as a homeroom parent at my kids elementary school (<-- easily the worst job I've ever had and that includes the time I sold toy pianos at a truck stop, more on that later).
Skip past all of that to May, 2018. Married, four kids (3 in school and a baby), working as a Project Manager at a University Research Affiliate, responsible for tens of millions of dollars in federally funded research; when my child care situation shifted. My mother, who has been my rock my entire life (I will probably talk about her a lot, sorry mom) started having some health issues which made it very difficult to keep my, increasingly rambunctious, toddler 10 hours a day and my older kids after school. That’s a lot to ask of anyone, I get that. My husband and I talked it over and we agreed; I resigned my position in Corporate America and went home to try my hand at raising my kids and following my personal dreams. I never liked Corporate America anyway, I was just good at it.
I now own a virtual Health & Fitness Coaching business, have finished my first novel (releasing Sept. 2019!), working on my second and now I’m launching a blog! Also, I have managed to keep the small people alive. My house is even clean-ish.
So that’s me in a nutshell, a blurb of how I got here; there’s way more to it, but that should do for now.
Stay tuned and I will share all that I have learned along this crazy path I walk…