Hi, I'm Kim!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm a long-time military spouse, mom of two teenage boys, and creative soul. I currently live near Fort Bragg, North Carolina with my family and our 3 dachshunds, but we are soon to be moving back to Texas! We're excited to be joining the Baylor University family in Waco, Texas.
Being a military spouse for more than 20 years and a mom for 18 of those, I know the struggles brought on by military moves, deployments, and having to start over with every move. I also know the need to find a way to earn income while being a stay-at-home mom and the worry that accompanies deployments and work travel.
I started working when I was in high school as a sales associate for JC Penney and worked there through part of college. When my hubby went off to Officer Training School, I passed the time as an office administrator for a mortgage broker who was also a travel agent. Then, when Paul was in pilot training I had the privilege of being an office clerk/accounting clerk for a Precision Casting Company. I am forever grateful for the Office Manager who took me under her wing and became a second mom to me. This was our first move so far from home, and it was definitely an adjustment. I have also been both a bookkeeper and office administrator for a medical software company and also a large church. I even worked reception for a pain management company and an optometrist. Needless to say, I have years of experience under my belt and LOVE people. These were all awesome jobs, but they weren't my passion.
I've been a crafter for many years and sign-maker for about 5 years. I'm excited to say that I am currently living one of my lifelong dreams. I was the co-owner of a local brick and mortar studio for over a year. At the studio we specialized in classes where people could come in, and we would help bring their Pinterest inspired ideas to life. After much thought and prayer, I eventually chose to pay my business partner so that I could leave our partnership and focus on being more present for our teenagers as they venture into adulthood. Looking back I know this was the right choice because my sons needed me more than I knew at the time. I am now traveling again to people's homes and/or public venues sharing my love of teaching others and helping them create beautiful home decor.
There were a few other jobs smattered through the years mainly direct sales related. I swore I would NEVER join another direct sales company. WELL…. never say never.
I am thrilled that God brought A Makers' Studio into my life. This company is very similar to another company I was previously working with, yet very different. I joined AMS in Feb 2019, and know I am where I am supposed to be. I love that AMS is about more than making pretty things. This company is about making a difference in people's lives, and we are making a difference. It isn't just about making pretty things, it's about getting together in fellowship and encouraging one another. The pretty things we create are an added bonus.