Dear Fellow Bees:
I love the fact that I am getting to know more about YOU through reading, sharing, and conversation! I have read some dynamite interviews by and about my fellow bees, and I want to share a little about me.
Undoubtedly, you are familiar with the word bio, which is the shortened version of the word biography. Well, I am going to do my best to compile a shortened version of my life, bio vs. biography. Mind you, this post covers only a few highlights.
Born and raised in Orlando, FL before the mouse, meaning before Disney World. I obtained my education up until college, in Orlando. I am an only child with parents that hailed from Detroit, MI and New Orleans, LA. My mother passed away when I was 23, a devastating life event for me.
My first husband and I were married for nine years; we went our separate ways the day I turned 30. On that same day, which was also my birthday, my father passed away. The handwriting was on the wall that I had to toughen up and move forward.
There were a lot of good times, so no regrets. I learned a long time ago not to look back. I had the experience of living in Orlando while Disney was taking shape. These were exciting times. Disney created the opportunity for many modeling and acting jobs. I was involved in modeling and worked as an extra in a few commercials. No big-time jobs but it was a helluva lot of fun.
It was obvious I wasn’t going to eke out a living in modeling or TV so I landed a job at an insurance company. After 40+ years in the insurance industry, I retired. This past July 1st marked my 3rd year of retirement.
I left Orlando when I turned 30 and lived from one end of Florida to the other (Tampa to Daytona Beach and Miami to Jacksonville). Due to happenings in my past, it became obvious to me how quickly life can change. I was determined to enjoy life to the hilt.
Other than attending college in Fulton, MO, and living in Marlton, NJ for a few years, I lived most of my life in Florida until 2012. My insurance career flourished. I was co-owner of my own agency for nine years in Hollywood, FL. This led me to many great experiences including travels to London and several U.S. cities over the course of nine years. It also led me to the finality of my career, via transfer to Atlanta, GA, where I retired.
Yes, there is a lot more to my story but this will have to serve as a shortened summation of many years and experiences. Currently, I live in Roswell, GA with my husband, Paul, and our cat, Amanda. Neither Paul nor I had children, so it is just the three of us. To say the least with all three of us on Medicare, life is anything but dull. I must say, the three of us are currently healthy and I am at a very happy time in my life. Whoops, we have a new edition to the family, Sally Sue. She brings with her a lot of memories and great fun. Car shows, here we come!
Why I write: After retiring, I had a huge void in my life. My position, as a commercial insurance underwriter, required a lot of writing. The insurance industry refers to it as documentation, and anything we enter into a file can be used in a court of law. So I am accustomed to writing, but a different way of writing. And I am pretty decent at operating a computer. I thought what better way to fill some of my time than to write. I somehow stumbled on WordPress, which was the start of my blogging experience.
I believe the blogging phenomenon is fantastic! It is a wonderful opportunity to be creative by expressing yourself with words, photos, and art. For me, the most fulfilling part of blogging is the camaraderie within my group.
I have no set goals or visions of grandeur relating to blogging/writing. My need is to fill my time and feel useful. I find it is taking some time not to write like an insurance underwriter, meaning dry and factual with no flair. Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts – know what I mean? Yep, one step at a time is my new motto.
“Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life's hard.”
My typical day begins early. I am an early riser because I enjoy the mornings. After putting myself together, breakfast, and playing with the cat, I am on my computer. I check our email and then access my favs. I spend a lot of time in beBee and WordPress, and now I just dabble in LinkedIn. I also enjoy playing games on Pogo.com.
Yes, I do other things besides look at my computer all day – the usual cooking, cleaning, and shopping. My husband and I share in the household duties. Amanda, being a long-haired cat, keeps us busy.
Regarding any future plans, there is nothing carved in stone except frequent local travel. I don't fly anymore due to inner ear issues thus we take a lot of road trips. We visit these quaint little cities, Helen, GA and Blue Ridge, GA frequently. In fact, we have even contemplated moving to one of those cities.
beBee and WordPress keep me busy; beBee being #1 and WordPress runs a close second. I migrated from LinkedIn to beBee because I was not pleased with LI’s continuous confusion and lackluster attitude. I have Paul “Pablo” Croubalian to thank because it was one of his posts that led me to seek out beBee. I was bored with LinkedIn and I don't like Facebook, so beBee here I am!
My attitude toward life has always been positive. I’ve had my share of bumps in the road and feel these life events make me a stronger person. I love to reflect my moods in poetry, where I can be creative, whimsical, serious, or even melancholy. I also love reading poetry because it is intriguing to me to see feelings and emotions so beautifully expressed in flowing words.
So there you have a little more knowledge about me. I can’t express how thrilled I am to be connected with YOU. My experiences on beBee are truly delightful and it's because of YOU!
-Franci Eugenia Hoffman
Life is like a dream
It can be good or bad
It can be happy or sad
Death is like a dream
In-between is like a dream
But still remains unseen
As experiences of your being
Life may be pleasant
Death may be peaceful
No shows won’t know
In-between may be troublesome
But, isn’t it what you make it?
Wise up and don’t forsake it
Franci Eugenia Hoffman
beBee.com - It's a way of life.
Franci enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for Franci to follow her dreams by doing things she enjoys…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling, and writing poetry. Franci’s writing and creative endeavors can be found at her blogs, Eugi’s Causerie and Eugi’s Milieu. Franci has authored eBooks Fanciful Delights and Mama, me and Mother Nature, and also has writings at Spillwords, PoetrySoup, and beBee.com.
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