Welcome back to Words of Encouragement! Who knew that “soon” — as in my last post on 12-12-12 — would mean nearly a year later? Not I! But now that the 11th anniversary of my Dad’s death has passed, as of September 2nd, and it’s already October 2013…
I feel the need to return to this blog and fulfill my original intention for creating it. That is, in some small way, to honor my Dad’s memory and carry on his legacy of encouragement and inspiration, to help others as he helped all of us in his family, extended family, church family, and so many others during his lifetime.
Photo Credit:(my sister).
Over in my primary blog, K’Lee Banks, Freelance Consultant Services, I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the suggestion for the first post of the month (even though it’s now after midnight here and therefore, technically October 2nd) is to introduce or re-introduce myself to blog readers. That seemed like a good plan, considering it has been so long since I’ve blogged here, so I’m borrowing that post to restart this blog!
Photo credit: Dave Banks (my hubby)
My full name is Karen Lee Banks, but I have been going by K’Lee for business purposes and as my online persona for a long time. I am happily married (third time’s the charm!) and living inwith the love of my life, Dave, and all of our “fur babies” – this includes one almost one-year-old hound puppy, and six cats (five of whom showed up in our yard four years ago this month – likely the topic of another blog post this month!)
I was born and raised in New Hampshire; that’s also where I raised a family of four kids (one son and three daughters) and homeschooled them for 11 years out of the 20 or so that I was married to their father before eventually divorcing.
I met Dave through online dating back at the end of 2002; we met at the beginning of 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history. I moved to Maine in May 2003 and we got married in 2006. Dave supported and encouraged me to pursue whatever I wanted to do with my life (after being “only” a homemaker for all those years), but even though I was “all grown up” – I really didn’t know what I wanted to do or what career to pursue!
I discovered the world of freelancing, specifically in writing, editing, and instructional design, in early 2008. This followed a series of mostly social services positions, including speech-developmental therapist. After earning myin in 2008, I was hooked on the challenge and reward of curriculum design as a specialized area of writing. At the end of 2009, I took the plunge to pursue the highest level of education: a doctorate degree, specifically a (Ed.D.) degree in a dual concentration of and . I am now in the dissertation phase of that journey.
In addition to all that – I continue to write and currently have somewhere around 2,500 published articles online for numerous clients and companies.
I should note that my kids are all successful young adults now, between the ages of 24 and 32 (as of 10/2, tomorrow). I also have one son-in-law, a son-in-law next month, potentially another son-in-law as well as a potential, and one adorable granddaughter who just turned one year old last month.
I also own a home-based business called K-Lee’s Kreations, one that I am striving to devote more time to, especially with the holidays coming up. I create customized products–such as quilts, pillows, and bags–and specialize in imprinting photos on them. My new endeavor, by popular request, is to create a line of ready-to-sell products, which I plan to call K-Lee’s Kollectibles. This will be a line of about two dozen items including bags, pillows, lap quilts, and wall quilts, with imprinted photos, basically along the lines of items like these:
So there you go! Thanks for reading and following my blog. My intention is to blog daily and share words of encouragement and inspiration through stories, verses, devotions, and other thoughts.
Please feel free to share a little about yourself. Are any of you readers also freelancers or crafters? Do you enjoy a daily dose of encouragement?
*NOTE* I’m participating in an Article Writing Challenge on this blog – one article/blog post each day for this month!