April 2017 Art Collector of the Month: Becky Hohensee



Becky in her Houma, LA home by her "La Flor #3" and "La Flor #14".

Becky is one of the most caring and fun people I know and I am proud to call her my sister-in-law. She was so kind to share with us her most important moments in life and I am very grateful that she was willing to do so. I've learned so much from her.

I love to get to know my art collectors a little bit more, so every month I will be sharing with you the profile of one of them.

The purpose of these interviews is to provide examples of women who have had the courage to follow their heart, some to become mothers, wives, stay at home moms or wives, professionals or entrepreneurs. They did it by overcoming fear of criticism, failure, or both. Each person measures success according to their own dreams, so it is very personal. There is no dream too big or too small. For the month of April, my art collector is: Becky Hohensee.

-Age: 48

- Location: Houma, LA

- Marital Status: Married to Garett Hohensee for 25 yrs

- Kids: 3 sons - Gabe: 17 Hayden: 14 and Jack: 13

1. What is your correct position?

I am currently a homemaker and an aspiring children’s book author.

2. How did you get to where you are professionally? Is it what you always wanted to do?

My professional employment history is that of a social worker with a primary focus on children. After my first son was born, I had the opportunity to stay home and become a full time mom feeling that this was very important to me. Without a doubt, this is what I really wanted to do. And yes, I’ve always wanted to be a full time mom.

3. Did you ever have any doubts that you would accomplish it?

Yes, I had several miscarriages. At one point, I had major doubts that I’d ever have children.

4. When you were little, did you have any dreams about who you wanted to be when you grew up? Did any come true?

I did always dream of having a large family, a great husband and a full family life. This is exactly what my life has become. But, I did picture myself with more children. In many ways, my dream came true.

5. Hobbies?

I have so many hobbies & interest. I feel like there isn’t hours in the day to do all of the things I am interested in. My current ones are: yoga, walking/running, cooking, reading, writing, traveling, swimming, and going to the theater.

6. What are you passionate about?

My 1st passion is caring for my family and spreading love to family and friends. Other things I feel strongly about are: social justice for children, politics, and books!!

7. Give us three instances that were particularly hard in your life?

I lost a sibling when I was 24 yrs old. It was sudden and unexpected. By far, it was and continues to be the saddest day of my life. I also underwent infertility treatment for two years and suffered several miscarriages. Most recently, I was diagnosed with melanoma and had a surgical procedure to my L cheek to have it removed (which left with a permanent reminder to stay outta the sun and be grateful for my life everyday).

8. Do you now believe that they were life lessons for you? And if so, what were they?

I certainly do believe from storms comes rainbows. I do believe the glass is half full. Internal strength and closeness to God were gleaned after the loss of my brother, and infertility treatment was an extreme practice in patience. So the adage “Good things come to those who wait” has a special meaning for me. My children are by far the best things that have ever happened to me. Hands down , no comparison. And the cancer thing, I’m still trying to reconcile my love for sunshine on my skin and it being potentially harmful to me. It’s been 7 months since my surgery and my scar is still very noticeable. It’s a struggle since the sun has always made me feel good...the jury is still out on the take away (to be continued I guess).

9. Mention three events that have been the happiest in your life so far?

This is easy: Gabe, Hayden & Jack.

10. Have you discovered your mission in life? If so, please share.

I think one’s life mission is always evolving. At one point, my mission was to get my education and practice social work helping children. Next it was having, parenting, and raising children of my own to the best of my ability. Currently, I’ve written 2 manuscripts for children’s books which I’m trying to get published. Both have a helping focus for kids, parents, and teachers. Advocacy is and always has been a mission in my life’s work.

11. Provide your three top values in life? Example: honesty, passion, etc.

I actually have 4: love, kindness, knowledge, and adventure

12. What plans do you have for the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I will have published my manuscripts and hopefully have written more. My sons will be grown and either graduated from or in college pursuing their dreams. My husband and I plan to travel a lot and enjoy those we hold closest.

13. (Lucky #13 😉) What kind of advice or words of encouragement do you have for other women who want to follow their passion?

A favorite quote of mine is from Rumi, a 13th century poet. “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” This transformative sentence has colored how I see anything that happens in my life knowing that I will benefit from the experience in some way. I believe this approach can help everyone who is willing to embrace it.

Blossom. Grow. Love.

Nadjah

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