When I was a little girl, I had big dreams of becoming a Harlem Globetrotter. Oh, yeah…this prissy girl from Mississippi was headed to New York. I was completely fascinated with all of those basketball stunts and tricks. My precious daddy was tickled to death by the idea and made me a very sturdy basketball goal, since the store-bought goals were “cheaply built”. When he mounted that monstrosity to a pole in the backyard, I knew we had the best basketball goal in the entire state. During all of this, my mama took me shopping, and I found the perfect ruby red, satin shorts and tube socks to match—or, I may have found this outfit first,  which sparked the need for the basketball goal (lol). Either way…. I was all set! The only thing lacking now was some athletic ability.  I had so much fun pretending, but that’s as far as it went (may I just say, I did have a really mean granny-shot).

Some dreams are a little more realistic….like the dream of owning my own business. When I was in college, studying interior design and art, I always knew I would eventually become a business owner in a field where I could express my artsy-fartsiness, my LOVE of art, and LOVE for all things related to interior design. So, my first real job after college…I was a claims adjuster. : ) Although, I wasn’t using my artistic abilities, I loved that job. It is funny how life’s paths take you to different places that you never pondered. A few years later, our daughter was born, and I knew that I wanted to be there for all of her “firsts”. I’ve always loved personalized gifts and decided that was the direction I would go instead of interior design and Globetrotting. When I mentioned the idea to my husband, much to my surprise, he didn’t hesitate at all, and told me to go for it. I started this business 13 yrs ago, when Morgan was about a year old. I will never forget the day she toddled into the room, handed me a tote, and said in the sweetest, tiniest little voice, “Mama, can you monogram it?”.

I am so thankful for parents that supported my little whim of being a basketball star. I am thankful for my husband that said “DO IT” when I told him of my dreams of owning a business. I’m thankful for my mama that was super excited and supportive of the whole idea. I’m thankful for my daddy, who once again stepped in to try to help me realize a dream, and invested in my business. Long before this, he gave me some really good advice. He said, “Find something you love to do, and figure out a way to make a living doing it…then it won’t feel like a job.” I took his advice and I LOVE creating each order for my customers. I truly appreciate your business and the trust you give to me to make the perfect gift. I believe Daddy would be so proud of how far Initially Me has come, and wish every single day he was still here with us.

I know I’m beyond blessed to be afforded the opportunity to be a work-at-home mom. My Heavenly Father gets all the credit for every blessing that has been given to me. I don’t deserve a single one of them, but I receive them abundantly on a daily basis. If you don’t know Him personally, I would love to tell you all about my Savior and King.

One of my best friends always says that having a conversation with me is like a roller coaster ride. You never know how many twists and turns it will take…you just have to hold on tight because there’s no telling where you will wind up. So, thank you for holding on tight during this story and making it all the way to the end. : )