Artists Roxanna Parker  
 
Artist Insights
What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be an actress.

What is your wildest dream? I dream that someday I'll run again.

What time is your alarm clock set to? Don't use one - I suffer from
insomnia.

What is your idea of a perfect day? One that starts after a good night's
sleep.

Where do you get design inspiration? Everything inspires me; colors,
artwork, seasons. I have to try not to force it.

What is your favorite indulgence? Spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips

What is your favorite TV Show? CSI and Dateline

What food do you dislike? Meat

What characteristic do you despise? Dishonesty

What is your favorite item of clothing? I love my t-shirts and hoodies!

What was your most memorable birthday? My 21st.

Are you a morning or night person? I really almost never sleep, so I'm
cranky all the time.

What is your favorite iTune?I like all kinds of music, but I don't use
iTunes.

Would you bungee jump? No way

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Pralines & Cream

What is the first thing you notice about a person? Their smile
  Biography
  My name is Roxanna Parker, and I live near Charlottesville, Virginia. I'm a 1991 graduate of the US Air Force Academy; I met & married my husband Chad in 1993, and we have 2 beautiful children, Ethan & Autumn. Many of the things we do in our spare time involve just hanging out together (thank you, Nintendo!). I LOVE to read, although lately my pile of books has been pretty neglected!

For many years, I was an administrator in the real estate industry and in my spare time worked as a fitness instructor. In December 2003 I was involved in a very bad car accident and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. I was in bad shape; my level of injury was C6/C7, and most of the doctors who treated me were fairly certain I'd be completely paralyzed, and possibly dependent on a ventilator, for the remainder of my life. My family and I were pretty devastated by this news. I was always very active - I ran, taught aerobics, and was constantly on the go - so like most people, I couldn't imagine never moving again.

I had two things going for me, however. My spinal cord wasn't severed; although it had been twisted and severely damaged, it remained intact. Most importantly, however, was my faith in God. I'm not exaggerating when I say He saved my life the night of the accident, and I believe He has guided my recovery since. I AM walking again, and continue to make progress every day.

When I was still in rehab, about 8 months after the accident, one of my therapists showed me a little cartoon she'd found. I don't remember the drawing - some little doodle - but I do remember those words. "Move Without Fear." Really seemed appropriate! I loved those words, put 'em everywhere I could! Tried to use them as an email address, but there were too many characters, you know. So, movefearlessly was the natural progression. When I discovered the world of digital scrapbooking and began posting in various forums, movefearlessly became my user name, and when I began designing - well, you can figure that out!

I see this name every day, and it reminds me to keep moving, in spite of all the pain and frustration. It reminds me that, if I rely on God, there's nothing for me to fear.
 
 
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