Tricia Smith, Company Ambassador/Receptionist greets our guests, answers the phones, and generally keeps the office running smoothly. Though, if you were to ask her, her job description is more like office mom, school nurse, finder of lost things, and conference room enforcer. In her free time, she makes specialty handmade cards. Below, we get to know her a little better.
Tell me about yourself.
I am one of six kids and an IPS graduate. I graduated in June 1988, turned 18 in July, and married Michael in August. We just celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary! I guess you could say that was a big summer for me.
What inspires you?
My faith is very important to me. I want to allow the Word to be my guide and fill my heart and be an example in my life. My family is also an inspiration to me, filling me with love and laughter.
Tell me about your craft.
I feel like the gift of encouragement is a part of me. I have always been a card sender, that catapulted me into making my handmade cards. There is nothing like getting happy mail vs. junk mail and bills.
I truly believe that there is a part of me in in every card. When I make a card, typically, I make it specifically for someone. I consider personality, interests, etc. I make a different style of card based on each receiver. Though I have a few for sale that are premade, my inventory isn’t large. Each card is unique and made with love.
Aside from cards, what do you do in your free time?
I am a gamer. My son says I became an official gamer when I got a headset. I also really enjoy geocaching. Mostly though, I just enjoy time with my boys (husband, Michael and son, Andy). I love my life. I love them.
Do you keep anything special at your desk?
I guess my two most special things are a picture of three generations of Smith’s—my father-in-law, Michael, and Andy—and a clock with a picture of the ark that says “God Keeps his promises.” My family and faith mean so much to me, I keep reminders of them everywhere.
What’s one thing not everyone knows about you?
I have an irrational fear of tipping over in a vehicle. That was never more evident than when I was on a medical mission trip in Kenya, where the roads aren’t quite the same as they are here.
If you ever get the chance to say hello or need a special card made with love, stop in and see her or visit her Facebook page. As Tricia always says, you know where to find me—at the front desk of Schmidt Associates!