In addition to both of us being bloggers, Abby is also a mom, and she was a former teacher (as you'll read below)! What a small world! There is a link to her blog at the bottom of her post, so definitely check it out, after you're done reading! There are so many fun posts! I know that I have enjoyed reading them!
Ms. Abby Fereday
I currently work as a Program Success Manager for an education service provider based in Boise, Idaho. That's a mouthful, I know! But basically, I am on a team full of folks who used to work in schools- ex teachers, school principals, etc. and we work together to support schools around the country as they implement our educational program. I've been working there for 2.5 years and prior to that I was a middle and high school English teacher!
1. What would you list as your best quality?
Determination and persistence. It can be both a blessing and curse; I can get too hyper-focused at times. But for the most part, these qualities are what make me a good wife, mother, worker, blogger, and more!
2. When do you feel your strongest?
I probably feel strongest when I can clearly see a forward path. When I am able to tell the direction things are going or know with confidence the next move or decision mine and my family's life should take, I feel very strong! :)
3. On your most difficult days, what keeps you going?
It sounds weird, but I'm totally a "light at the end of the tunnel" kind of girl. I don't always know exactly what that light is, but I always remind myself to stay persistence, push toward my goals, keep loved ones close, and things will all happen as they are supposed to. Also, my daughter is a major source of inspiration, particularly for my blogging. I am determined to get to a place where my blog allows my family to have a more flexible lifestyle and more time to invest in each other.
4. What do you value the most in yourself and your family?
Time. I think it is so important to spend quality time together with people you love.
5. So far, what have been your greatest accomplishment(s) in your life and/or career?
This is a funny tidbit that not many people know about me, but in 2012, I was playing soccer professionally in California. I don't necessarily think it fits the bill of "greatest" accomplishment, but it makes for a fun fact. I would probably consider my daughter my greatest accomplishment. I honestly did not know it was possible to love a little human the way I love her!
6. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Oh boy. Where to begin? I would tell myself to be more confident and have more self-respect. Other people's opinions mattered far too much to me, particularly during my college years. If I could go back, I would focus on being more true to the real me and to be proud of who I am.
7. What do you look forward to the most?
I am really excited about the potential the blogging pathway might have for me and my family. Like I mentioned, I would love to have more flexibility and I think blogging might be the thing that could open that door!