Hi! My name is Karen Wilson, and I am the owner of "I Luv Organizing," based in Los Angeles. I thought you might be interested in a little about who I am, so here goes....
I was an Air Force brat. We lived in Germany twice, in New Mexico once, and in Washington, D.C. for a spell before settling down in Maryland -- all before I was 7. Unfortunately, I was too young to get much of anything out of our stays in Germany, but my younger brother was born there and my older brother learned to speak some German. I did experience something in New Mexico: a sandal full of RED ANTS! I remember this vividly. My mother and father made life-long friends and really missed the comraderie when they returned to the U.S.
Once we settled in, my Dad became a volunteer fireman. It was another opportunity to build close friendships. He loved it. My grandfather and uncle had been firemen, my older brother became a jr. fireman, I became a majorette, and my mother joined The Women's Auxillary. This was such a fun time filled with trips to the beach and marching in fire department parades.
Of course, once in my teens, things changed as they are wont to do. I no longer wanted to "hang" with my parents and instead broke many rules, and spent a lot of time on restriction. High school was more of the same. But there was the Moon Walk!
I was lucky to be born when I was because I was able to experience "the 60's," which were really the early 70's. While I participated in peace marches and dressed like a hippie in my off time, I was definitely someone who liked working. My first job was as a stenographer at The Pentagon, and then I moved to Capitol Hill. I worked for the House of Representatives for a number of years. It was so thrilling and we were always in the thick of things. But salaries were frozen and I had rent to pay, so I took a more lucrative job as a legal secretary. It was there that I met my future husband. We married and moved to California. Such exciting times!
Two years later my son was born and 6 years after that I divorced. I went back to working in the legal field where I excelled. Once people realized how organized I was, there was no limit to the tasks I was given. I ultimately worked my way into the HR Department of a large law firm. I stayed at that firm for 19 years but moved on due to a change in management, and not a pleasant one.
Ultimately, I decided it was time to do something creative so after reflection, I studied, practiced, and became a working Professional Organizer. I am my own boss, can work at home in my pajamas, I arrange my own schedule, and I meet many nice people. My work is very rewarding. But I also have other interests and talents. People call me the grammar police because of my ability to proofread, edit, and write. I edit websites and blogs in addition to other documents. In addition, I love little kids and babysit regularly. I also do some work with the elderly. And I report to two cats.
So that's me in a nutshell. It's hard to cram so many years into a few paragraphs, but I think I included the high points.
My goal is to write about a myriad of topics -- organizing, of course, but other topics as well. I hope you will enjoy my thoughts and always come back to see what's new.