I was with my parent visiting NAU, Northern Arizona University. Ryan was the bus driver and tour guide. I remember my parents saying, "Now that is a nice young man." Mom and Dad know best. :)
We got married at the end of my sophomore year and his senior year. He was a hall director so housing and meals were a part of the benefits. We both continued with our schooling, Ryan getting a masters and I finishing an undergraduate degree. Interestingly enough, my degree was not in art.
Before we got married, I had been studying art. I liked everything from drawing, painting, jewelry making and fashion design. Sewing cloths for myself was probably my favorite.
I remember the lined wool suit that I made from scratch and tailored it to fit me perfectly. My instructor strongly encouraged me to enter a contest with it. I was very shy and the thought made me anxious. I don't know what I was afraid of and I'm not happy at myself for not participating. At the time, I didn't know it was good to push myself outside the comfort zone; that the most growth occurs then. I know that now and have strategies that help.
So, now that I was married and had to get serious about a career that I could do from any place my husband would go for work, I decided to switch from art to Elementary Education.
I taught art for 15 years in many schools, staying at each place for two years before venturing to another campus. I had a restless heart and still do. I like experiencing new things and meeting new people.