I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, though I'm Canadian by birth. I am the oldest of 8 kids and learned about chaos firsthand from my siblings. Seriously, 8 kids, and add in a dog, two cats, several lizards and snakes, and a rabbit. We have crazy stories of kids well-known in the ER for concussions we gave each other, broken bones from dumb stunts, and lots of home maintenance to keep us from destroying the house. I learned early on how to plan and organize everything from my mother, who had a housework schedule, chore charts, a meal rotation, you name it. Just to maintain sanity for 13 years of always having someone in diapers. I also learned about managing the details, about technology, and entrepreneurship from my software-developer father. I began my filing initiation in his home office at the age of 12.
I lived in Utah for 10 years, moving there to complete my college degree after the birth of my first child. Single parenting and full time school is hard, and also requires an advanced level of organization, as well as a severely depleted level of sleep. Shortly after I got my first real job, I remarried and had a second child, and lost my job to the economy. I then learned both my children had autism, and dove headfirst into research, creating systems and charts and visuals, and homeschooling. Then my disabled mother-in-law moved in, and I started creating altered meal plans, chore charts, family schedules, etc. Finally in 2013, after a very chaotic year, I moved to Vancouver, arriving with my two children as a single mom for a second time.
I have been bringing order to chaos in multiple environments for over 20 years. My professional experience includes roles in retail, food services, software development, and private education. I brought my need for order, and my skills with me to every job, even when it wasn't required. I've shared my skills with my family and friends, helping them reduce and organize their stuff, helping with cross-country moves, planning family events, anything I could think of. This also includes my rather complex home life, managing two children with diverse and complex needs, as well as my business and other interests. I love to serve, and I offer my skills wherever they are needed, in business and volunteer settings.
In my rather sparse free time, I can be found singing at karaoke or with the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, reading voraciously, tending my garden, and baking up a storm. Oh and working on a half a dozen side projects including education advocacy and songwriting. I love to create in an effort to connect with people and the world around me.
Copyright 2015 Adrienne Sweat