Jennifer Montana (photo credit Jack Hutch)
I am thrilled to spotlight my lovely friend, who also happens to be a very talented artist, Jennifer Montana. Now that her four beautiful children are young adults and out of the house, Jennifer is filling her days with her passion of creating beautiful (and meaningful) jewelry via her newly launched company, Jennifer Montana Design (website under construction). The best part, a majority of the proceeds go directly to the Montana Family Four Rings Foundation.
What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Raising four loving, compassionate, respectful, giving children.
Do you have a prized possession? What?
I do, In fact I have many. In our bedroom is a beautiful Italian table that holds all the ceramic art work our children have made through the years. With out a doubt these are my most prized possessions.
What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
I think it would be my sense humor and my joie de vivre, to look at life through joyful eyes. As far as others, I hope it’s transparent enough to leave them with a feeling, “I like to spend more time with her.”
If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
An artist, in the sense of a Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci. They were geniuses, and seemed to have no limits to their imagination.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Express my gratitude to God through prayer.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Be with friends and family; cook together, then play word, card or board games.
What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
At this stage in my life, with all our children grown, I am in a position to help others. I’m launching a casual jewelry line, Jennifer Montana Design, that not only is meant to spread a positive message but also employ people who are economically disadvantaged and at the same time offer them a sense of community. We are working hand-in-hand with The Harbor House, a non-profit organization. And what I am most pleased about is the majority of proceeds will be put right back into the community via Four Rings Foundation.
What were you passionate about when you were a young child?
In middle school, I loved my drama class and teacher, Ms. Zuliger. She was so creative. We would put on plays, lip sync, make movies (well super eight), edit, and build sets. She was the single reason I would wake up and want to go to school.
What are you passionate about now?
Giving back through making jewelry for Jennifer Montana Design.
What’s your favorite season? Why?
Spring. With new growth, budding trees, wild flowers, bright green grasses, the pungent fragrance of spring – all makes me look through new eyes. Seeing the beauty, is another opportunity to give thanks and be grateful for these gifts.
If you were a cocktail or drink what would it be?
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If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Books, oil Paints (can that count as one), and a good bed!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Be on a space shuttle orbiting the earth.
What’s the #1 most
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That’s difficult to say. I suppose “If I Were A Boy”
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If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
It’s never too late
Do you have any regrets?
Only in the sense of the time it took me
to realize my passion and my creativity.
I ignored for years the fact that I loved expressing myself in this way.
We have so much freedom in this country it’s sometimes easily taken for granted. But worldwide, to me, it would be to worship openly, the ability to educate ones self no matter your gender or social status or equality as it relates to opportunity.
What are your personal core values?
Kindness, compassion, generosity, loyalty