Stacey Leber, Mom, Writer, Dreamer
Since I could decipher words on a page, I have loved books, crafting stories, research, and, I promise it’s the truth- grammar. When my reluctant friends and I started conjugating sentences in school, I heard angelic music and floated to the chalkboard (yes, we used those back then) to proudly display my masterpiece. It’s then that I learned that I am weird. I have always loved being different. My love for writing and desire to do more of it has amplified in the past year. The real writing journey has begun.
Like most of you, I have several roles in life—family member (top positions-wife and mom), friend, team member, professional, and child refusing to grow up. Sometimes, I am completely fun and want to make you laugh. Others, I’m serious as a heart attack and hope to help to help you discover things to make your life easier, better, or equip you to try a new approach in any one of the roles you play.
I vow to tell you the truth; back myself with real experience, knowledge, and research; and do my best to never be boring. Besides my relationship roles (which will always be the most important), I’ve been working in one field or another for 30 years (I started early, quit doing the math) and can speak from the perspective of a lifeguard, server, teacher, leader (first and second line management), medic, tutor, superintendent, writer, course developer, public affairs director, volunteer, board member, morale/club association president or member, instructor, trainer, liaison, actress, and a plethora of other positions that have taught me immeasurably about people. The sources of this experience are varied: some positions were paid, volunteer, Air Force, Air National Guard, federal government, non-profit, education, civilian business, and a few others. I love people and hope to make more friends through this chapter and new life’s role. By the way, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Fortunately, I no longer see this as a problem as long as I continue to learn, grow, and do my best in whatever role I take-on.
I have to develop even more skills and manage my real life’s characters well on this writing journey. My full-time career, home, hobbies, desire for a healthier lifestyle, and most importantly, husband and two young sons all need focused love, attention, and time. I’m overflowing with love and attention. It’s the time I struggle with. And where will I find it? Part of the wind in my hair ride will be figuring that out.
I have finely-honed skills, decades of documented academic and professional success in a variety of forms, and a dedication to learning what I need to master to get where I want. Full-throttle.