It’s the 1st of another new month, it’s another new season (fall – my favorite!), and it is once again the month for the Ultimate Blog Challenge! I successfully completed my very first UBC back in July, and then introduced my new series on August 1st, on the topic of Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Priorities, and Pursuing Purpose.
Photo credit: Kim Gardner (my sister).
It seems like I have had to “practice what I preach” ever since then, as I continue to overcome procrastination and tackle priorities, so I can get back to blogging and finish my series! I have once again joined the UBC in hopes that the commitment and accountability will help me to accomplish that goal. It’s kind of ironic that I’m joining a challenge to accomplish the challenge of completing my blog series!
So one of the ideas for this first post of this month’s UBC is to introduce or re-introduce myself to readers…so here you go:
Photo credit: Dave Banks (my hubby!)
My full name is Karen Lee Banks, but I have been going by K’Lee for business purposes and as my online persona for a long time. I am happily married (third time’s the charm!) and living in Maine with the love of my life, Dave, and all of our “fur babies” – this includes one almost one-year-old hound puppy, and six cats (five of whom showed up in our yard four years ago this month – likely the topic of another blog post this month!)
I was born and raised in New Hampshire; that’s also where I raised a family of four kids (one son and three daughters) and homeschooled them for 11 years out of the 20 or so that I was married to their father before eventually divorcing.
I met Dave through online dating back at the end of 2002; we met at the beginning of 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history. I moved to Maine in May 2003 and we got married in 2006. Dave supported and encouraged me to pursue whatever I wanted to do with my life (after being “only” a homemaker for all those years), but even though I was “all grown up” – I really didn’t know what I wanted to do or what career to pursue!
I discovered the world of freelancing, specifically in writing, editing, and instructional design, in early 2008. This followed a series of mostly social services positions, including speech-developmental therapist. After earning my Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology in 2008, I was hooked on the challenge and reward of curriculum design as a specialized area of writing. At the end of 2009, I took the plunge to pursue the highest level of education: a doctorate degree, specifically a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning. I am now in the dissertation phase of that journey.
In addition to all that – I continue to write and currently have somewhere around 2,500 published articles online for numerous clients and companies.
I should note that my kids are all successful young adults now, between the ages of 24 and 32 (as of 10/2, tomorrow). I also have one son-in-law, a son-in-law next month, potentially another son-in-law as well as a potential daughter-in-law, and one adorable granddaughter who just turned one year old last month.
I also own a home-based business called K-Lee’s Kreations, one that I am striving to devote more time to, especially with the holidays coming up. I create customized products–such as quilts, pillows, and bags–and specialize in imprinting photos on them. My new endeavor, by popular request, is to create a line of ready-to-sell products, which I plan to call K-Lee’s Kollectibles. This will be a line of about two dozen items including bags, pillows, lap quilts, and wall quilts, with imprinted photos, basically along the lines of items like these:
So there you go! Thanks for reading and following my blog. Please feel free to share a little about yourself. Are any of you readers also freelancers or crafters?