In the spirit of having a bit of fun and opening up, I have decided to do a series of “Getting to Know Me” blog posts. As a wife, mom, mompreneur, writer, coach, and of course, the Princess of Positivity, I wear a lot of crowns…I mean hats! I’m often so focused on uplifting others, I forget that most of the people who visit my sites or read my material have never met me! So here goes. Look out for an accompanying video…there just might be one coming!
1. Are you named after anyone?
I am! When my dear mom was pregnant with me she met a lady named Chatone. She fell in love with the name and told my dad. He said if I was a boy she could name me Chatone. If I had been a boy I would have been called, Aaron-David Richard-William Curley. Talk about a mouthful. Guess I could have still been the Prince of Positivity! The strange thing is that I never liked my name. No one can ever pronounce it and I am often called something very close to a curse word. (grrrr) My dream name as a child was Priscilla. But alas, when I turned 14, just 2 years shy of the age my parents had agreed I could legally change my name, I fell in love with being the only person on the planet (at least it seemed) that had my name. And since I felt so odd and unique it seemed apropos. But then think of it… Priscilla, the Princess of Positivity. Can’t you just hear the ring in that?!
2. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
I notice eye contact and the facial expression. When I encounter people, I always make eye contact and smile right away. I want to see if I can get them to smile back. It’s probably a bit corny. But then again, positivity is my super power! I am looking for the like-minded ALL THE TIME. Warm eyes and kind faces get my attention.
3. Do you have kids?
Yes! Two kids, Katelin (15) and Levi (11). I also lost a boy and girl to miscarriage and one that was too early to know. Saddest time in my life I have to say…but it’s made me a stronger and more compassionate person. Isn’t it amazing that our scars make us beautiful?
4. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Oh boy…sarcasm is not a great thing. But the wit and quickness involved is something we simply cannot do without in our home. It’s so bad that when Levi was 3 years old he gave his first eye roll, head tilt and “oh pulease…” Enough said!
5. Scary movie or happy endings?
I hate like scary movies. I’m that annoying person in an action movie that actually screams when the guns come out. My blood pressure literally rises with suspense, and I cannot stand to be frightened! Like when someone jumps out of a corner or is standing in a dark room…nope! Not me. Not my thing. Hubby will be sat there enjoying it and I have a scarf blocking my eyes!
6. Do you have any special talents?
Music is my thing. I sing. Play piano and flute. And I love to dance. If you pay me enough I can rap free style – I mean spoken word poetry…
7. When was the last time you cried?
I cried really hard last weekend (7/29/17). I was at a themed convention called, “Don’t Give Up!” in Tampa with my family. There was a dramatization of a woman who lost her dad and how she coped with it by relying on God. It felt so real! Exactly how I felt when I lost my dad. Even though it’s been almost 20 years (October 1997), I still miss him. Full out ugly cry ensued.
8. What is your favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
OK seriously what a strange series of questions! Drink would be fizzy Pellegrino with lime twist. Animal is Portuguese water dog. Perfume is Belara Midnight by Mary Kay.
9. What phone do you have?
Currently I am loving my iPhone 7+. I was a super slow adopter of apple products. Old school lover of a blackberry until my friends all laughed me into submission. Now I am an Apple product robot. Sorry, I’m not sorry!
10. What was your favorite trip/vacation?
My hubby Mark is the “King of Travel” so we have had some great travels in currently 28+ years of marriage. However, one of the very best trips we have taken, was for our 10th anniversary. We went to the south of Spain. It was a 5 day trip; hotel, air, food for $500 per person. My brother-in-law saw a tiny add in the NY Times and we thought it might not even be a real offer. We called, found out it was legit and started our planning. I was super excited. A month or so later we found out we were pregnant with our first baby. Crazy! Even more excited. 10th anniversary. After only just trying to get pregnant for a short time – boom! We were flying high and all was right in our happy world…until it wasn’t. Imperfect life happened and on May 10, 1999, the same week we were supposed to travel, I miscarried our baby. The devastation was real! I never thought I would understand anything again, let alone laugh, have fun or have even an ounce of self-esteem or self-love. We called the travel agent and told our story. Without even asking for any proof from our doctor, and without insurance they allowed us to cancel, reschedule for a month after my surgery and honored the $500 price even though going in the month of June would have doubled the price.
So why was this the best trip/vacation ever? The endless days summer days when the sun set around 10pm, the blue waters of the Mediterranean sea, the pink mountains capped in snow all around, the warm loving friends we met, the tiny, smooth, multi-colored pebbles on the beach and the miracle of knowing only God could create an earth so perfectly beautiful, fostered my faith that I could feel good again.
And by the time we came home I was on the road to healing.
To commemorate that time in our lives and for my anniversary, Mark gave me “Breeze” a 5000 piece, limited edition Elisa sculpture. Ironically we got number 1999 without even asking. And until Katelin was finally born in 2002, Brisa, as she is known in Spanish, was my treasured daughter. Now I have the real thing to accompany my doll. Positivity really can be born during adversity.
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