With spring nearly here, Scottsdale author Vickie Mullins is doing a little spring cleaning. “Garbage and Goodwill are my two favorite words,” she says, adding that “it’s time to bless someone else.” Already, she’s found “a ton of stuff to go to Goodwill,” including dishes, jewelry, knickknacks, and clothes, “lots of clothes.” If she’s not wearing something, she figures, “there’s no reason for it to be in my closet. What am I saving it for? Let it go out and bless somebody.”
Blessing someone else is nothing new to Mullins, who earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in advertising and marketing, from Northern Arizona University.
When a friend of hers, Shelly Reklaitis, was diagnosed with cancer, other friends and family pitched in to help. Some made scrapbooks, some ran errands, some did grocery shopping or cooked, some cleaned house or did yard work. As a business owner, Mullins felt she didn’t have time for those things, but she still wanted to do something. She asked herself, “If I were Shelly, what would I want someone to do for me?” The answer soon became clear.
Reklaitis was a 35-year-old mother of four small children. As a mother herself, Mullins knew what she would want was a way for her children to remember her, their mom. Accordingly, she developed a series of questions all about personal traits and preferences. What was her favorite smell? Was she a morning person or a night owl? Was her second toe longer than her big toe? Mullins paid her friend a visit, asking all the questions and taking note of the answers.
When her friend passed away, Mullins realized this was a project not just for Reklaitis but for everyone who wanted to create connections that last forever. The result was Mullins’ first book, I Want You to Know Me … Love, Mom & Dad, published by Azure Eyes Publishing Company. The easy-to-complete self-guided journal is the first in a series of seven books and is available in paperback at www.IWantYouToKnowMe.com. A portion of the sales of books from this website go to a fund for children who have lost a parent to melanoma. The books are also available at amazon.com.
Mullins is a member of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. She and her husband, Jack, have been married 32 years and live in Scottsdale with their daughter, Shannon. Her son, Jonathon, now lives in Colorado. Mullins and her husband are active in their church, La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, located in Scottsdale, and also volunteer for the American Diabetes Association.
Read more about Mullins at www.PerfectBoundMarketing.com, www.MullinsCreative.com, and www.IWantYouToKnowMe.com.
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