It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
I met this brilliant women in February when I went to visit my family in Fortworth TX. I was enchanted, she found a beat up old camper (this caught my attention from the start given my camper dreams) remodeled it herself, completely retrofitted it and turned it into a photo booth for events. How cool is that?!!! Her can do spirit is inspiring.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. Yikes…where to begin? I am the seventh of eleven children born to a Greek immigrant and a sassy New Yorker. I’ve been married to my high school crush for 12 years. I’m also a mom to a 9 year old daughter and 5 year old boy/girl twins. I was a picker and DIY junkie before it was cool. I learned carpentry/construction basics from my father, 6 brothers and husband.
Q. What is your work?
A. I run Smile for the Camper, a vintage camper/photo booth. I also “cook the books” for my husband’s remodeling company
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I’m starting a restore/repurpose project on a 1930’s Zenith Radio. My plan is to turn it into a small bar.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Now that I look back on it, starting my own business was daunting. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was doing and had no concrete plan. I wanted a way to share my vintage finds with like-minded old souls and figured that my little canned ham camper would be a fun way to sell items without any real overhead. My sweet friend Kelly Blackall (Blackall Photography) inspired me to turn Coralee into a photo booth. Without her guidance and support, I’d be up to my ears in ceramic parakeet salt and pepper shakers.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I can’t think of anything that I’d rather being doing! I go junking whenever the mood strikes me and pick up anything that catches my eye. I can’t drive past an old barn or house without stopping to ask if I can poke around. Most women won’t leave the house without makeup and their phone. I don’t leave mine without work gloves, a head lamp and crowbar!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Nothing….I wouldn’t listen anyway!
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. “It is well with my soul”
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. That’s never happened to me. I can’t imagine not working things out in my head or in my hands.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Pigeon Pose-anything to open up my hips
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I have an absolutely amazing family, a small handful of incredibly dear friends and my health. I’m at peace with the gifts that God has given me.