My Invitation

I am taking this opportunity to tell you something very personal and actually very scary for me. I have started a blog and all my posts will be to that end.

If you know me well, you know that I am an introvert – an extreme introvert. (Sounds like a confession of sorts, doesn’t it?!) What that means for me is that my energy comes from within. Interaction with others has always been on a surface level until I get to know you very well. Even then, I don’t share a great deal of myself on a personal level. Therefore, this blog is a huge leap of faith for me!

My blog is H.E.R. Life Hacks at https://herlifehacks.com. H.E.R. stands for Home Economics Reimagined. As you may know, my career began as a home economics teacher. Currently, the term Home Economics is no longer used. It is now Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). However, since I was a home economics teacher, I chose to keep that terminology and add the term “reimagined”, because the skills I learned throughout my education and career have continued to grow and evolve with changing times. And at this point in my life, I believe I have something to offer to others who are doing their best to juggle personal lives and careers, manage family responsibilities and live their lives with intention in an increasingly noisy and complicated world.

Home economics (or Family and Consumer Sciences) is so broad and encompasses so many facets of life that it is difficult to narrow the focus of my blog. On H.E.R. Life Hacks website, blog posts are categorized as Home Style, Lifestyle and Food. My goal is to address topics and tips that help you save time, money and energy.

I am looking to you, my readers, to help me narrow the focus to specific topics that meet your needs. That will help me write and share posts that will eventually define H.E.R. Life Hacks. Your continual feedback is needed to get to that point. If something doesn’t hit the mark for you, I’m asking you to share your thoughts with me. In addition, if a post addresses your needs, let me know if you’d like to see more of a specific topic.

If nothing about H.E.R. Life Hacks speaks to you and your needs, feel free to unfriend me. But if you see the beginnings of helpful information in H.E.R. Life Hacks, please go to the website, https://herlifehacks.com and join H.E.R. community.

There are three places you can sign up to join H.E.R. community on the home page. Click on Join H.E.R. Community underneath my picture or at the bottom of the home page. Or Claim Your Special Report on Self-Care Hacks in the right sidebar by submitting your name and email address.

Joining H.E.R. community is no cost to you. Joining simply means you will receive notices when articles are posted and free downloads are available.

And – if you enjoy what you read on H.E.R. Life Hacks, please share with your friends and family to encourage them to join H.E.R. community.

Thank you for reading this far! I look forward to getting to know you better and making H.E.R. Life Hacks a valuable resource to you.

Vicki Peel

Founder, H.E.R. Life Hacks

My Story

H.E.R – Home Economics Re-imagined is now my mission, sharing life hacks (i.e. shortcuts, tips and wise pronouncements) that help today's homemakers live their lives with intention. I want individuals to recognize when their efforts are “good enough”, which is something I am constantly working on. There is no such thing as perfection, as only One was perfect. So, knowing when to award yourself the satisfaction that an effort is good enough is a worthy goal.

In addition to being a wife, mother and grandmother, I am an educator. I began as a home economics teacher, which is something of an oddity since I don't really like to talk. But at the time, I saw that I had three options for a career: secretary, nurse or teacher. Well, I didn't want a career in which I answered to a boss all day (i.e. secretary). And since I feel faint at the sight of blood, nursing was out. Therefore, I became a teacher. And since I loved my high school home economics teacher, I became a home economics teacher.

Along that career path, I kept working my way toward administrative positions. First, I accepted the position of a local career and technical education director, which means I was in charge of all career and technical education for my county, not just home economics. Career and technical education included agriculture, family and consumer sciences (home economics), business, career, marketing and trades and industrial education. 

Then, as I approached my fifties (I am now on the cusp of my 70's!), I decided to get my doctorate. So, at 49, I started on my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. And now, I have a 232-page dissertation (and a diploma) to prove it 

Finally, I finished my education career as a regional career and technical education coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. I loved that job! It was one of service to all career and education teachers in my region, assisting with curriculum, teaching methods and management of allotted funds.

When I decided it was time to retire, the transition into retirement was not easy for me. It took me about two years to stop playing games on my iPad, putting together jigsaw puzzles and playing sudoku. I really needed a project – something I would enjoy, but that also allowed me to be creative and productive. 

So, my husband and I started a non-money-producing business to create furniture and home décor with reclaimed wood. We both grew up on farms with lots of old barns, which were beginning to decay. We started tearing them down board by board and turning those boards into mostly tables and picture frames. (You'll see pictures later on My Home page) 

I framed a lot of jigsaw puzzles with old barn wood and labeled the backs of the frames with plaques designating the origin and probable age of the wood. But I sold none of them. I gave them to family members or hung them in my home. I just hated to let go of something that was so much a part of me and my past.

Then, I started putting together ideas about sharing many of the things I learned through the years about living and homemaking. And thus – H.E.R. – Home Economics Re-imagined was born. And in my “perfectionist” state of mind, it took me another several years to be “ready” to launch my online presence. I have since learned that I am a procrastinator. The first step is to admit that, which I now do.

The home economics I learned when I first started taking those courses had to evolve to fit today's lifestyles. People are too busy to make their own clothes or raise and cook all their food. But many are seeking a simpler lifestyle, while going back to the basics of whole foods that provide nutrition that promote health. And many want to slow down and enjoy their lives in a way that is more intentional. They are tired of life being something that just happens to them as they react to situations that develop along the way. 

So, I hope you'll join me on this journey of a good-enough life lived with your own defined intent.

H.E.R – Home Economics Re-imagined is now my mission, sharing life hacks (i.e. shortcuts, tips and wise pronouncements) that help today's homemakers live their lives with intention. I want individuals to recognize when their efforts are “good enough”, which is something I am constantly working on. There is no such thing as perfection, as only One was perfect. So, knowing when to award yourself the satisfaction that an effort is good enough is a worthy goal.

In addition to being a wife, mother and grandmother, I am an educator. I began as a home economics teacher, which is something of an oddity since I don't really like to talk. But at the time, I saw that I had three options for a career: secretary, nurse or teacher. Well, I didn't want a career in which I answered to a boss all day (i.e. secretary). And since I feel faint at the sight of blood, nursing was out. Therefore, I became a teacher. And since I loved my high school home economics teacher, I became a home economics teacher.

Along that career path, I kept working my way toward administrative positions. First, I accepted the position of a local career and technical education director, which means I was in charge of all career and technical education for my county, not just home economics. Career and technical education included agriculture, family and consumer sciences (home economics), business, career, marketing and trades and industrial education. 

Then, as I approached my fifties (I am now on the cusp of my 70's!), I decided to get my doctorate. So, at 49, I started on my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. And now, I have a 232-page dissertation (and a diploma) to prove it 

Finally, I finished my education career as a regional career and technical education coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. I loved that job! It was one of service to all career and education teachers in my region, assisting with curriculum, teaching methods and management of allotted funds.

When I decided it was time to retire, the transition into retirement was not easy for me. It took me about two years to stop playing games on my iPad, putting together jigsaw puzzles and playing sudoku. I really needed a project – something I would enjoy, but that also allowed me to be creative and productive. 

So, my husband and I started a non-money-producing business to create furniture and home décor with reclaimed wood. We both grew up on farms with lots of old barns, which were beginning to decay. We started tearing them down board by board and turning those boards into mostly tables and picture frames. (You'll see pictures later on My Home page) 

I framed a lot of jigsaw puzzles with old barn wood and labeled the backs of the frames with plaques designating the origin and probable age of the wood. But I sold none of them. I gave them to family members or hung them in my home. I just hated to let go of something that was so much a part of me and my past.

Then, I started putting together ideas about sharing many of the things I learned through the years about living and homemaking. And thus – H.E.R. – Home Economics Re-imagined was born. And in my “perfectionist” state of mind, it took me another several years to be “ready” to launch my online presence. I have since learned that I am a procrastinator. The first step is to admit that, which I now do.

The home economics I learned when I first started taking those courses had to evolve to fit today's lifestyles. People are too busy to make their own clothes or raise and cook all their food. But many are seeking a simpler lifestyle, while going back to the basics of whole foods that provide nutrition that promote health. And many want to slow down and enjoy their lives in a way that is more intentional. They are tired of life being something that just happens to them as they react to situations that develop along the way. 

So, I hope you'll join me on this journey of a good-enough life lived with your own defined intent.