Lives: Outskirts of Gettysburg
From: Carroll County, Md.
Educated at: North Carroll High School and self-taught Web Developer. I have no college education, but managed to make a career for myself through self-education.
Family: Engaged for a little more than a year, no children (yet), but have been taking care of my disabled father since I was 23, so he lives with me.
Job: Self-taught web developer, just started a new local business called Misfit Interactive. Also run a local blog called Gettysburg Wire focused on supporting the local economy. Also play music/sing locally.
Job's reward: Helping other small businesses grow and the economy in Adams County stay strong
What I hate about my job: Nothing I really hate about any of it, I am building my dream. Well, one of them. I will be happy when finances stable out completely, though.
Very first job was: Working at my uncle's motorsports park in Buck, Pa. doing food concession at 14.
Favorite food: Home-grown meat and veggies straight off of the farm.
Pets: Lots of chickens and rabbits we raise for food. An adopted pitt mix from the local SPCA.
Hero: My dad. He suffered a lot, so now it's my turn to take care of him.
Hobbies: I absolutely love playing music, both guitar and tribal drums. I've played at Pippinfest and local open mic nights. I also garden sustainably, love cooking nutritional home-grown foods from scratch, camping, blogging, and most anything outdoors.
Pet peeves: False accusations, unreliability, and lack of personal responsibility
You collect: I used to collect rocks, now I plan to collect instruments. I love playing tribal drums and plan to collect as many different varieties as I can.
Best friend: My fiance, we do most things together and like to go on adventures.
You would like to have witnessed what event in history: The first time women could vote.
Event that changed your life: I took control of my health, lost 200 pounds, studied nutrition, and completely changed the way I view food.
Your scariest moment: When I had to testify against someone important in my life in order to protect someone else.
Your first memory: When my grandmother's farm burned down when I was about 4.
Trait inherited from parents: Independence and the courage to not always follow the pack.
Piece of advice that you live by: "Live simply, so that others may simply live" - Ghandi
Who needs a hug? Whoever needs one, I give them away for free.
Favorite reading/author: I actually have an affinity more towards reference books than novels. I read a lot on history, science, nutrition, wilderness skills. I plan to never stop learning.
Favorite spot on earth: It used to be my grandparents' farm, but since that is gone, my favorite future spot will be when I have my own 100 acres somewhere in Adams County where I can have a bed & breakfast and live sustainably.
Website you visit most: My own! Gettysburgwire.com
Would like concert tickets to see: Alison Kraus, I think her voice is angelic. Anything Bluegrass or Metal.
One bad habit: Sometimes I take on too much. I am learning to curb that this year, however.
Three items on your bucket list: Travel the world, especially northern Europe, drive a monster truck, make an album
Five minutes with: Kris Kristofferson or Robert Redford. Their insights into the world would be enthralling.
What skill or lesson would you like to learn? Leatherworking
What would people find surprising about you? I've never smoked or tried an illegal drug. Mainly because I knew I wanted to go further than my initial path was directing me to and I didn't want anything to prohibit that. Growing up was hard enough as is.
What would make this world a better place? If people would stop using religion as an excuse to harm anyone or deny a basic human right like owning land or simply being alive.
What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? More and more people are spreading word-of-mouth about me and recommending me to their friends and associates. Meeting all these new people and organizations makes me incredibly happy.
How would you like to be remembered? I want to be remembered as a positive example and role-model for what can be accomplished with nothing but willpower and passion, and as someone who walked her talk. Nothing has to stay the way it is, anything can be changed.
- By Alex J. Hayes, Times Managing Editor