Tammy Williamson–Advice for Problem Solvers

Welcome to the blog. Can you tell us your name and any nicknames?
Tammy Loescher Williamson.  Although not a nickname, my best name is Mom.

What do you do with your time?
For 25 years, I was a full-time stay at home mom. I guess I am retired from that job. I am currently a car driver for my school system. I transport kids with different circumstances to and from school.

What’s a challenge about child transportation? What’s a particular joy from it?
The challenging part of transporting children with special circumstances isn’t challenging in itself. It mostly comes from other people who might not drive safely and put my kids in danger. I love being the smiling face who greets them with a clean slate every morning and every afternoon. I can help the bad start to a day get better with some fun interaction and redirecting. I can also make the ride home after a long day at school refreshing.

How old are you, and where do you live?
I am proud to say that I am 51, but I don’t mind telling it because I don’t look it, yet. When I start looking my age, I am pretty sure it will really hurt my feelings. I live in Montpelier, Virginia.

Where can we find you on the internet?
I am a Facebooker. The place that people would get to know me best is my instagram accounts… tamalam1966, worship_in_color, and merrydoodledo.

What’s the most interesting place you’ve visited?
Cade’s Cove near Gatlinburg.

For someone who’s never heard of Cade’s Cove, tell us a little about it, and why you like it?
Cade’s Cove is in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area. It is an 11-mile drive-through loop that is situated in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It allows visitors to see some of the structures that were used during the development of the National Park…old and interesting. The valley is breathtaking. When I am there, I am in my zone of happiness. The slow atmosphere there makes me feel relaxed and grateful. I can stop and just soak in the beauty and the simplicity of just being alive. I have precious memories from times there…and am now realizing that I am far overdue for a visit.

What would your favorite meal be?
My favorite meal is fried okra, mashed potatoes with gravy, really good fried chicken, speckled butterbeans with okra, summer squash, sliced tomatoes, and homemade biscuits.

Pet peeve?
People just not being nice for no particular reason

Favorite movie?
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” I think most people have this secret life that they imagine they were actually living. They let life live them instead of the other way around. Many times, it takes some sort of serious crisis to bring the courage to bring that life to the surface. And, it is usually beautiful!

If people want to pray for you, they could pray for…..?
I could always use prayer for personal consistency in my pursuit of Christ

Tell us about your family?
I have been married for over 30 years…to the same man. I have three beautiful children…Jonathan is almost 25 and is living the life in California…Katie is 21 and is preparing to be a missionary (don’t know how that is going to look); she’s a modern day hippie who happens to love super heroes…Lynn-Lee is 13 and is a rules follower (won’t even go in the exit door); loves anything song and theater arts related; very creative and kind. My furbabies are Princess Yue (named after the character in the Last Airbender)…6 year old mutt and Rozy (pronounced Rozie…12 year old child chose the spelling) who is a beagle/Australian shepherd mix. And I must admit that I am still in mourning for the best dog ever created named Zipper…she will always take up a huge space in my heart.

Something most people don’t know you can do?
Most people don’t know that if I don’t know how to do something that I WILL FIGURE IT OUT

If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
I can honestly say that I use all of my time in a way that makes me happy…now, I could use a few extra lifetimes to do all the things that I wish I had years to devote to learning.

Tell us some interesting things that aren’t already covered?
I suppose that I don’t think of myself as interesting as such…but I do a lot of things that people seem to want to know about…I have lots and lots and lots of random information in my head and I typically don’t know why I know that particular thing.

Just for fun, can you give us a few random facts?
Random facts…I don’t usually have them until they are needed for whatever reason. They pop into my thoughts because of the conversation or circumstances.

Is there a question you wish I’d asked you?
I would have loved it if you asked what makes me useful in this world. I’ll answer that with I am helpful, love the planet and try not to make it worse, write little blurbs that make people think, and bring light to dark places.

I’m going to ask you to give some advice to problem solvers. Give us a for instance–you’re faced with something you don’t know how to do. What steps do you take to get it figured out?
Problem-solving involves getting to know why there is a problem in the first place and if it is, indeed, an actual problem. Once the problem is identified, I think of what I need to do to rearrange the circumstances that are contributing to the problem. Pointing out possible solutions is ok but helping a person to come up with their own solution is fabulous. The thing about problem-solving is that every single one of us can have what we think is a problem and solve it in just as many ways…with success. And then, learning from that problem is the cherry on top.

Tammy, thanks for being with us on the blog. Take care and God bless.