My name is Marianne (aka marianney) and I am a web designer, fiancée, daughter, wannabe mother, reader, dreamer, cat lover, WordPress customizer, choir singer, hippie, small-business owner, traveler, occasional yogi and newbie blogger … I’ve also been known to swear like a truck driver.
I’ve Moved to a New Blog!
In case you didn’t know I am now actively blogging over at DesignYourOwnBlog.com. It’s a place where I share tons of free blog design tips and tutorials for women on a budget. Come on over and check it out, you won’t be disappointed!
Why Am I Here? (short story)
Well, all my life I felt like I was supposed to make a difference in the world. Something to help the environment, and/or something to alleviate the suffering of animals and children. In my teens, I had a mural on my bedroom wall that was sort of an eco mural: clippings of recycling logos, dolphins, whales, polar bears, trees, you know… In college, I was a hippie, living simply, no computer, no tv, few clothes, you get it.
All of a sudden, here I am at 36 with a full time computer job, tons of crap in my house, too many clothes, two cars, no time, lots of debt and tons of stress. How the hell did this happen? Everything I wanted to be and do was forgotten because I let life get in the way and I lost track of my values. Or come to think of it, I never even actually sat down to define my values…until now.
Marianne’s personal values
(not necessarily in order)
- family and friends
- making a difference for animals & people in the world
- the environment
- travel, new experiences and cultures
Ok cool. Now that that’s out of the way… my first goal is to get THIS LIFE out of the way and get back to living a life that I love and want to live, a life that leaves me feeling fulfilled. I’ve spent at least a good year contemplating what that would mean. And what it means to me (maybe not to you) is simplifying, consuming less, re-committing to the environment, being of service, and finally…. finding a means of making a living that allows me the freedom of time.
And if you STILL want to know more about me (long story)
My parents emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden and Belgium on a boat (no shit!) just before I was born in fabulous New Jersey. Prior to that, my father’s sister had moved from Sweden to England in the 70’s. Then my mother’s brother moved from Belgium to Ireland where my cousin is now settled. That uncle and my mother’s mother both live in Brittany, France now. Today my parents are in Florida. I have family scattered all over Europe and U.S., so it’s no wonder that wanderlust is in my blood.
So following in my family’s footsteps, I moved to Colorado in ’96 and after living in Keystone, Breckenridge and Boulder, have now been settled in Denver since ‘03. I live with my cute fiancé Eric and my cuddly cat Buster. Eric’s fun, sweet, and super-smart 12 year old son, Austin, comes to live with us every other weekend and every Monday night.
Denver’s a great city. There is so much to do and we ride our bikes everywhere (as long as it’s warm!) But after 7 years in this city, I am getting anxious for sun and water and now we are on a mission to move to Costa Rica by 2014 and then who knows after that! We just know that the possibility of retiring here in the US above poverty line is next to nil.
My background is in web and user interface design. I love XHTML, CSS and SEO too. I also have a passion for customizing WordPress sites and I have worked for various web companies since ’01.
Eric and I have a website that is soft-launched called CityVids.tv, which is planned to be a video magazine about Denver that will soon allow locals and visitors to contribute and share their own videos, photos, and stories about Denver. We also offer video services to small businesses in and around Denver at very competitive prices. Please check it out, we could use some love!