I’m type-A. As a result I suffer from a few, shall we say, quirks. For example, I’m pathologically early. It’s not unusual for me to show up an hour before a meeting or event is scheduled to begin. (Naturally, I chose as my business partner a woman that openly admits she was on time for her own birth but has arrived late ever since.) Secondly, I’m competitive. I avoid doing things that I’m not good at, although recently I have been trying to change that. Hence, I have joined a sports league, of sorts, where I consistently score dead last. Of course, instead of just enjoying the participation, I work hard to improve my ranking because, at the end of the day, I hate being last. Or second.
Next, I’m an introvert. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like people. I like people, but I lose energy interacting with people, the interaction exhausts me. Extroverts, in contrast, are energized by being around people. For many years I suffered from an anxiety disorder, which, combined with being an introvert, seriously affected my life.
Lastly, I’m a geek. I enjoyed math and science so much that when I was fourteen I announced that I was going to study electrical engineering. This was not a typical career choice for girls living in the mid-west in the late 1970’s. In fact, the guidance counselor at my small rural high school suggested that I might consider becoming a secretary. My mother seconded the motion.
Eventually, I did earn a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University. When I entered the program, I was one of only three women. In fact, the four story engineering building had no ladies room on any of the three classroom floors. The sole ladies room was on the first floor near the receptionist’s area. I began programming to earn money in college and by the time I graduated I was so successful at it that I continued in Information Technology for the next thirty years. Along the way I obtained a Master’s Degree in Project Management, married a wonderful man that thinks pretty much just like I do, and raised two amazing sons.
After years of IT contracting, I decided to settle down and took a job with the federal government where I was ultimately appointed to the senior executive service. Like many government careers, mine came to a rather tumultuous end at which time I started a small business. That turns out to be a pretty good fit for me. I really enjoy being a small-business owner and have recently launched my second business.
My sons are grown now and have sons of their own. In the summer of 2014, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis which pinches a nerve in my neck at the point where it branches off the spinal cord. With time and treatment, which doctors say will need to be repeated periodically and may eventually require surgery, I recovered most of the feeling in my left arm except for the index finger.
But none of this is what I plan to blog about. The most important experience of my life is my Christian journey, which really didn’t begin until I was in my mid-thirties and has just recently, now that I am in my fifties, kicked up a notch. (I forgot to mention, I’m also a late bloomer.) What does an introverted, type-A, girl geek have to say about Christianity? We shall see.