About

About

Gretchen Thomas
Hi, my name is Gretchen Thomas.

I’m the owner of Zade Balance, LLC. I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I’m the second oldest of four children. After graduating from high school in 1987, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Five years later, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.

During my freshman year, I volunteered for the Women’s Office in the student government. In this capacity, I planned and organized a bridal fashion show. I created and managed this show as a marketing event that connected several small businesses with thousands of motivated clients.

I married during my junior year of college and had my first son six months after I graduated in 1992. I desired to stay home to raise my children, so when I was offered a job by the City of Provo as a Spanish Speaking Family Support Worker, I turned it down to fulfill my parenting commitment. My husband and I moved to Clinton, New Jersey after he graduated from BYU. We had another son there and moved to Colorado in 1997. There we had another son and our first daughter!

For over 20 years, I managed a household of six in Colorado (Westminster and Aurora), during which time I was also a fitness instructor and a writer. I have been blogging and vlogging about parenting, fitness, nutrition, and marriage through the atonement of Jesus Christ for seven years. I was divorced in 2012 so I also write about working through this life conflict through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have entitled my overall iterative writing projects the Servant Initiative. Some of the videos on my portfolio page were produced for this project.

When my youngest two children were in high school, I began preparing to re-enter the workforce by updating my education at BYU-Idaho. I moved to Layton, Utah after my daughter graduated from high school and began a full-time job as a science teacher. I realized through that experience that I was more passionate about the back-end process of teaching—the writing, designing, and development of educational courses.

I returned again to school to acquire graphic design and web development skills. I am presently attending Davis Technical College in Kaysville, Utah and love it. I have taken courses and am proficient in the following:

  • Media Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Business English
  • Graphic Design Principles
  • Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3
  • PHP Templates & Advanced CSS3/jQuery
  • WordPress (open source)

I am an instructional designer, graphic designer, and website developer. I’m here to assist you with your marketing needs.

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Contact me: gretchen@zadebalance.com