Have you ever described yourself as “overcommitted”?
Have you been in a hurry since approximately 1997, and do you still feel like you are perpetually running late?
Do you currently have a meeting agenda, a package of crayons, Happy Meal toy, and a name tag in your purse right now?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then pull up a chair and let’s grab a coffee! My name is Kathy Oaks and I’m so excited to be one of the founding contributors for Lubbock Moms Blog.
First and foremost, I’m a mom and a wife. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have an 8-year old daughter and a 7-year old son. Between baseball, ballet, cheerleading, swimming, work, and school we are always on the move!
Like many of you, I work full-time outside the home (but ALL the props to my SAHM Sisters – you ladies are the real MVPs!!). Professionally, I work for the American Cancer Society’s Volunteer Care Team – we handle all the onboarding, training, compliance, and placement for new volunteers at the American Cancer Society.
If I’m not at home with my real family or at work with my work family (ha), I’m probably at a committee meeting. ? I am a member of the Junior League of Lubbock, serve on the board for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball, and I am active in the Parent-Teacher Organization at my kids’ school. Volunteering for me is not optional; as Muhammad Ali put it: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” I LOVE volunteers and volunteering, so if you have questions about how you can get involved, hit me up!
A few of my favorite things, in no particular order: Texas Tech sports, coffee, memes, books, cooking, and staying in my pajamas all day.
I grew up in Abernathy (shout out ‘Lopes!) and went to Tech so for me, Lubbock is just home. I tell people all the time, “Lubbock is the biggest small town there is.” No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’re probably only 2 degrees separated from the person next to you at the grocery store. Lubbock has such a sense of community; we may not all agree on every topic or issue, but when things get tough, our community pulls together. We’re the “friendliest city in America” for good reason because people here look out for each other and actively try to improve our city. I know I sound like a walking billboard, and I totally am. I love Lubbock! (I sure do have one of those “Lucky me, I live in Lubbock” stickers on my car – ask me where to get one of those!)
If I could change anything about our fair city, I wish that people from the rest of the state would see Lubbock the way we do. As Texas Tech Chancellor Dr. Tedd Mitchell likes to say, we provide the food, fuel, and fiber for the rest of the state, but to me, our people are the most precious resources. When folks downstate think of a dynamic, thriving community I hope they think of Lubbock.
My wish is that Lubbock Moms Blog becomes a valuable resource for Lubbock families and we use this platform to connect and engage with each other, to make Lubbock an even better place to work, play, and raise a family.
What about you? What do you love about living in Lubbock? What kind of things can LMB do to bring Lubbock moms together?