Since you have made time out of your day to visit my humble little website, the least I could do is properly introduce myself.
Hi, I am Shiketa!
1. I was born in Georgia in 1977, that makes me an elder stateswoman of the Xennial generation. I turned 40 in October, and in a later post, I will share how Xennials are using social media to document how we are “fabulously” entering this milestone decade.
2. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia. 2018 was a banner year for my beloved alma mater. For the first time in 38 years, the Bulldogs (and 2018 RoseBowl Champions) made it to the National College Football Championship…in Atlanta of all places, but we lost to rival Alabama. It still hurts months later. UGA and the Athens community have special meaning to my family. My husband and I met in college and had a very UGA-centric love story, documented here in our alumni magazine. We celebrated 15 years of wedded bliss in September 2017.
3. My dad is an Army veteran, and our family was stationed in Germany for eight years (from ages 5 to 14). Sadly, I do not speak German. AT ALL. Because of this, I am a proponent of Language Immersion programs for children. Both of my children have participated in some type of dual language immersion program.
3a. My family is blended. My mom married my stepdad (the aforementioned Army vet) when I was 5. I have 8 sisters and brothers between my mom/stepdad and father/ex-stepmother. I’m the oldest of the bunch. My siblings range from 21 to 36. So many generations, so little time.
4. I have two incredible, lovely, healthy, smart, and fun loving children. My son, JD, is the oldest and our diva superhero, Lola. I will have a lot to share about the honor and blessing it is to be their momma. JD was diagnosed with ADHD in 2016, I will use this blog as a platform to share latest advances and how our family copes with his diagnosis.
5. I work in Sales and Marketing in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry. The CPG landscape is rapidly shifting, and shopper behavior has changed significantly as the result of digital advancements, the introduction of the smartphone and the explosion of social media. The Xennial Generation is uniquely poised to navigate this new landscape. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on this subject in a future post.
6. My superpower is reading. No really! My high school offered an SAT prep class that focused on speed reading. I read between 400 to 500 words per minute, depending on the content. The average reader reads 200 wpm, and the world’s top 1% of readers average 1000 words per minute. In addition to the bible and other devotional reading, I average three books a month. From time to time, I will review books I’m reading. I consider reading a form of self-care.
7. I am passionate about financial literacy. My husband and I wiped out $70K in consumer debt and student loans in 2 years. I look forward to sharing our story to inspire those of you that may be struggling with debt.
8. I live in San Antonio, Texas. We love living in Texas. San Antonio consistently ranks as one of the best places in the US to live and visit. I look forward to highlighting the best of this great city and state.
9. Last, but not least, my husband and I are very involved in our church and the local community. My husband serves as a minister at our church, and I am active in several ministries and local organizations. Pew Research studies show Xennials and Millenials are shifting away from organized religion, and are motivated by a passion for bettering the world. Crowdsourcing sites, such as GOFUNDME, are the beneficiaries of this generational shift. While I am also motivated by uplifting my community, I am ultimately driven by demonstrating Christ’s love and compassion to my fellow neighbor. In today’s supercharged political climate, I think it’s vital that Christians lead the way in this area.
So that’s Shiketa 101.
Hopefully, through this post, you have a better glimpse into my worldview, the types of topics important to me and a preview of what’s to come.
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