Melinda “Blake" Barnes
Hometown: Oneida, TN
Career/Profession: Registered Dental Hygienist /TN National Guard 11 years
How did you choose that:
I love working with my hands and feeling like I’m doing something that benefits everyone. I also love connecting with people and listening to their perspectives. And I did spend one year in college taking random classes because I wasn't sure. 😅
Tell us how you chose the Guard:
I wanted to join the Army but also wanted to go to college. So I chose the Guard and have a love-hate relationship with it. It has opened up many doors for me and taught me so much. I encourage most young people to give it a try, it can be a confidence booster!
I never played, but my daughter Ariel does dance and gymnastics. I love watching her shake, twist, and twirl!
LIFE! I have traveled to 4 different countries and out west with my family! But I still feel like my best adventures are in the making!
I love homemade vegetable soup! 😋 Especially if my grandpa makes it!
Age (If you want too share):
I’m halfway to 60!
If it makes me feel good and lifts my spirits, I like it! But mostly country, pop, and rock! I also love my gospel.
Coolest Book you have read lately:
I love fantasy and fiction. I’m a proud 🤓 nerd! I am currently reading Married to the Devil’s Son by Jasmine Joseph.
Little Known Fact About You:
I use to be very quite and shy. Now I never shut up. I had very low self esteem and 0 confidence. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and found faith in my abilities.
Most Proud Accomplishment:
Being a mother of 3! (And when the last one is potty trained, I’m going to take myself on a cruise!)
How you give back or pay it forward:
I love charity 5ks, I’m not fast by any means, but they are so fun! I also enjoy working RAM clinics when my schedule allows it.
Favorite Tomboy products:
I'm loving my Sloppy Kiss moisturizer. It is light weight, feels amazing and wonderfully aroma therapeutic!