One of the best moments of my life is when I caught a swarm of honeybees off of one of my beehives.
Breath on Paper is taking the next two weeks to share 30 Things About Me…. things that you may or may not know about us. We are uniquely and wonderfully made by a God who loves variety. You will get a glimpse of our personalities in this peek behind the curtains of Breath. Enjoy!
Are there any on the list that you can relate to? Let us know in the comments below.
1. I’m the oldest of 2 children and the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family. I have a younger brother who’s a bi-vocational pastor and physical therapist.
The Girl Who Lived….
2. When I was 3-½, I was in a lawnmower accident. Riding in my dad’s lap. Mower turned over. Mower fell on my head. I vividly remember the whole incident, through the point where, with my blood covering her shirt, my mom kept saying, “It’s going to be OK” as we drove to the hospital.
3. I love olives. Been eating them since I was a toddler.
4. My first career choice was wildlife conservationist.
5. I watched my beloved grandfather die of a heart attack when I was 5.
6. A few months after my grandfather’s death, I started first grade at a school where they didn’t care that I was months away from my 6th birthday. My teacher, Mrs. Allen, wrote on my report card that I had “great potential.”
7. Around the same time, I discovered a TV show called The Avengers. The character of Mrs. Emma Peel is still my role model.
8. I have always loved public speaking. I won my school’s 4th grade 4-H Club Speaking Contest with a speech on Aberdeen Angus cattle.
9. I wrote WGBH Boston asking how to be on the cast of ZOOM.
10. Like Sam Gribley in My Side of the Mountain, I wanted to run away and live in a hollowed-out tree in the Catskill Mountains, eat rabbit killed by my peregrine falcon, and wear deerskin jackets.
11. I learned to cook from scratch at a young age. Inspired by Sam Gribley (see above) and Euell Gibbons, I wanted to eat yogurt, whole grain bread, alfalfa sprouts, and buckwheat pancakes.
12. Played my first trumpet solo—Amazing Grace—at half-time in 8th grade. Eventually made it to first chair.
13. My favorite humans in the Bible are brought to you by the letter J: Jesus (God with Us), Joseph, James, Joshua, Job, John.
14. When I was 13, I prepared an “international” buffet for all my Grissom relatives in Frog Pond using recipes from the Foreign Foods from Foreign Lands cookbook. Ingredient improvisation necessary.
15. I abandoned the wildlife conservationist career idea in junior high. It didn’t seem feasible and I needed a ticket out. My main role models after Mrs. Peel were the founding fathers, so I decided to become a lawyer and president.
16. I was president of many organizations in my teens and 20s, including my high school senior class.
17. Seven years after law school graduation, I became the first woman shareholder in a well-respected Tuscaloosa law firm. But I sensed that was not my calling and destiny.
18. I gave up the successful legal career in 1997 to write and earn a Ph.D., planning to move into consulting in leadership, change management, and business communication. I’ve never managed to break through in those areas.
19. I stopped eating fast food on July 31, 2003.
20. I experienced bullying for the first time when I was 47. Although I’ve had plenty of refining, I’d never before encountered a colleague who wanted me out of the picture because I wasn’t his choice for the job. The scars and pain still surface, even though I forgave—and continue forgive every time the pain resurfaces.
21. I never planned to stay single and not have children. But it’s fine because I trust God knows what He’s doing with me.
22. In 2012 I earned a certificate in sustainable food systems leadership from the University of Vermont.
23. A wonderful counselor showed me 2 years ago that I had become too self-critical in response to setbacks.
24. Last year, the Highlands Freedom small group study reinforced this and showed me that I need to let go of self-judgment. I understand better now, but I’m still learning. I’m working on self-compassion.
25. One of the best moments of my life is when I caught a swarm of honeybees off of one of my beehives.
26. I love nature because God created it and said that it was Good. Plus, it’s just amazing.
27. I have never been bored.
The Happy Life Manifesto & Shine Vision
28. A few years ago, as I prepared to leave academia, I realized that I was happy–in spite of everything. I wrote the 95 Theses of a Happy Life and the Shine vision and values statement. Some say happiness is fleeting and joy is what Christians have. Last year I found Randy Alcorn’s book on Happiness, where he documents the theology that God is Happy and wants us to experience happiness, too.
29. In the 90s, I wrote a screenplay based on the story of Esther. The screenwriter who wrote screenplay for Gorillas in the Mist said it was very well-done. I couldn’t sell it.
30. If money were no object, I’d spend part of each day growing and gathering food, go for a long run or a hike in the woods, read, write, and cook. I’d lead and help others Discover, Grow and Shine through living generously, forgiving always, eating real food, moving around (not sitting), spending time in nature, sleeping properly, and living true to self.
Sheree Martin is a lawyer, entrepreneur and digital media consultant. She’s on a mission to help others Discover, Grow and Shine. Sheree is mom to multiple furry creatures and aunt to three awesome young adults. She loves spending time outdoors, especially at Shine Springs Farm, doing anything fitness related, and cooking real food for friends and family.