Friday facebook Interview # 31: Natalie Jill Horton - Trucker Lady and my Sister from Another Mister
Natalie and I share the same birthday, and both like some pretty off the wall shiz. I’ve known her since we were both in elementary school, and even then, she was always her own unique person. That she is a truck driver really comes as no surprise. Here is her interview, that, like her, is short, sweet, offbeat, and liberally spiced with snark.
How did you get into doing your chosen art form/business/career, and how long have you been involved in it? My third husband was training to be a truck driver back in 2002. I was not having a lot of luck finding good paying work where we were living at the time (Palestine) and so I decided to train with him the next year to get my CDL. I have always loved to travel so it seemed a good fit to get paid to see all of America. So this year will be 11 years for me.
What inspires your creativity? My life and the people in it. Although mostly what I create are snarky comments and ways to make the grumpy guys at work laugh. But I have learned that you must create your own happiness because no one will just walk up and hand it to you.
What challenges have you overcome? I’m a five foot tall woman with a CDL. I have overcome ALL of them. What motivates you to keep going? Partially my family. They depend on me and I can’t let them down. And partially the people that don’t think I can do, or should do anything that I have done. Is it wrong that so many of my accomplishments are motivated by spite?
If you could be any food item, what would you be? A cup of Tom Hiddleston’s favorite tea.
What current project(s) are you working on, and when and where can we come see your latest project(s)? I am renting a cute little house out in Kirvin and I have been working very hard to get it more lived-in. Right now it still looks sort of abandoned. I am trying very hard to make this house more of a home. A place where friends gather and family feels accepted. Sort of my own version of Hobbiton. When it’s more group-friendly, I plan to have a big party. Maybe a big 40 celebration?