Name a woman who has shaped Alabama for the better. What difference has she made in the lives of those around her?
That’s the question Alabama Media Group posed to readers for its second annual search for the Women Who Shape the State. I am honored to announce that I was one of the more than 100 women nominated and one of the 30 women selected to be recognized this year!
People ask me this question a lot despite the fact that this is usually asked of career women with kids and I have no children. But I suppose the question is valid because I do quite a bit: I run See Jane Write, which includes hosting monthly events and offering coaching and consulting programs for women writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs. I teach English at a local fine arts school (so maybe I do have kids — 100 of them!). I blog (obviously) and I freelance for several local publications. I’m a wife, daughter, sister and friend. I’m active in my community and church. And I try to exercise regularly, too.
Because of all of this, people are always asking me how I manage my time and some even ask, “What’s your secret?”
A year ago today I was at the Clubhouse on Highland being honored by Girls On the Run Birmingham as one of the city’s “Women Who Inspire.” I walked through the door and was greeted with handshakes, hugs, and a hot pink sash that read. “Inspirational.” I draped it across my body noting the nice contrast with my grey dress. I smiled as my proud husband took my photo for the obligatory Facebook and Instagram posts.