When I was asked to write a “personal” blog for our website, I found myself bumping up against resistance…big time! I heard myself saying things like, “I’m not interesting”….” I have nothing to share”? So I started jotting down things that tug at my heart strings, my personal interests and what lies ahead for me.

For anyone who knows me, they know that I LOVE my kids and grandkids. While that’s a pretty common statement for most, in our situation it always comes with layers of complexity. You see, my husband and I moved to the Burlington area almost 40 years ago; I guess you could say we’re transplants of sorts. With no family close by, it was always a big deal and special when we went to visit the grandparents and family. I guess history does repeat itself. Our children don’t live close by either so we make a lot of trips to see them. It’s always a fun time, with many special outings being planned so we make the most out of every moment spent together. We have two beautiful daughters, two fun loving sons-in-law, and 4 adorable grandchildren ranging from7-12 years of age. Their lives are pretty hectic, so it’s easier for us to go to them….in most cases. While our youngest daughter lives in Waunakee WI, our oldest daughter lives much farther away, in Tasmania Australia! Yep you can’t get much farther away than that (maybe Antarctica). So you see pre-planning for spending family time is a must. There’s never a dull moment when we all get together to catch up, which is something that definitely tugs at my heart strings often.

My personal interests include my friends, who we are blessed to have an abundance of; yoga, which strengthens and grounds me; reading, traveling, and enjoying my husbands’ cooking! My husband is an awesome cook, and I’m happy to say that he prepares the majority of our meals. I’m definitely spoiled!!!! And of course, along with that cooking I tend to enjoy a glass of wine…or two.

In addition to my Office Manager duties at Mangold Insurance, I enjoy working with individuals who are preparing for retirement. I help them understand the options available to them when entering the world of Medicare. This has been a very rewarding experience for me because I can relate to where they are at this point in their lives, and I can honestly say that it has helped me as much as I have helped them. It is immensely rewarding to support people’s transition into this exciting stage of their lives. I am looking forward to my own retirement in a few years, and with that there will definitely be more traveling, family, yoga, food and wine ahead of me!