My name is Lisa Hardman and I am a forty year-old, full-time mother and part-time college student. I live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with my husband and five children ranging in age from two years to seventeen years. I was raised in Thornton, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado for two years as a Music Performance major on the bassoon from 1986-1988. Playing such a unique instrument has allowed me the opportunity to perform in such exciting places as New York City and Venice, Italy. It also helped pay my way through college when I was awarded the Wallace F. Fiske Performance Award – the most prestigious award offered by the School of Music at C.U. In addition to my musical achievements, I received a Regent Scholarship, the Dean’s Honor Award, and the Colorado Scholars Award.
In 1988, my husband and I married and moved to Utah. Later, my husband’s jobs took us to Washington, California, Arizona and back to Colorado where we have been for the past ten years. Although I postponed completing my degree to raise a family, I have never regretted that decision. Motherhood is by far the greatest education on the planet and I am thoroughly dedicated to raising a strong family in partnership with my husband.
In the fall of 2006, I returned to school after an 18-year break and enrolled as a part-time student at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. After I complete my general education courses there, I plan to transfer to the University of Colorado and pursue a B.A. in English Composition. My life experiences have transferred well into the classroom and I love being a serious student again. I am also freelance writer and have enjoyed seeing my work published online with FastWeb and Literary Mama.