When the idea for starting a blog on our website was brought up to me, I was bursting with all kinds of good ideas (at least I think they are good ideas.) Now that a couple months have gone by, I’m realizing that a lot of those great ideas are particular to a certain month or correspond to something that we have planned in the future. Apparently, I’ve left the whole month of March pretty wide open.

Than it occurred to me that some people may be wondering who it is that is writing all of these posts. To be honest, in my head I imagine that the number of people who actually read these much larger than it actually is. But, for the small group of people that actually read these, I figured I would use this empty week to introduce myself.

So, who am I? I am someone who has lived my whole life in this community. Someone who can’t think of a better area to raise my 8 1/2 year old daughter in. She is one of my favorite people in the whole world. She keeps me on my toes, but life would be pretty dull and boring without her.  I am also someone who tolerates our bitter winters so that I can be rewarded with our gorgeous summers.

I graduated from Whitehall in 2000; during the reign of some of the most amazing teachers out there. Boughton, Morley, Heeres, and Jahn just to name a few. There are some great teachers right now, but these 4 were legends.

I spent too many years at Muskegon Community College trying to figure out what I wanted to major in, and then spent a few years at Grand Valley State University, where I changed majors a couple more times. In the end, I decided that Hospitality and Tourism Management sounded fun.

Other than the many years I spent as a server at Pizza Hut, I’ve never really did much with my degree. The funny thing is, my husband is the one with a degree in finance and here I am, working at a financial institution.

Not that I would change it for anything. I think my years of slinging pizza have helped me out tremendously. If there is one thing I have learned in my short life it is this; there are 2 things that people take extremely seriously; their money and their food. If you mess up either one of them, it can get ugly.

I started out as a part time teller about 4 years ago and just over a year ago I moved into electronic/member services, with a little moonlighting in marketing on the side.

I love all things crafty. My dream is to someday open up my own yarn store. I’ve dabbled a bit in hand dying my own yarn and I want to learn how to spin wool.

Even though I’m pretty crafty, I am by no means a domestic goddess. I recently burned chicken in a crockpot. It’s a good thing that my husband of almost 12 years knew all of this before he married me.

I’m also a huge Harry Potter nerd. When my family went to Florida this summer, I basically abandoned everyone and spent the day in Harry Potter world drinking butterbeer and casting spells with my wand.

I love having somewhat freedom to write about whatever strikes my fancy with these blog posts. My goal is to somehow tie what I’m writing into financial knowledge or education. One of the core credit union principles is to promote financial literacy within the community. The more our members are educated, the better off we all are.

That being said, I would love to hear from the handful of you that read these posts. What would you like to know more about? What topics do you think would be beneficial to yourself and others?  Feel free to comment below, shoot us a message on Facebook, or send us an email. The last thing I want is to drone on and on about things that only I think are useful.

Until next time,

Stef N.