I have been writing this blog for over 2 years now and it has become such a blessing to me. It has helped me learn so much about myself and grow in ways I never thought possible. It is almost like my own form of therapy sometimes. I have always found that writing out my feelings has helped me deal with things that I am struggling with. It certainly causes me to be self-reflective. It forces me to think about who I am to my core and who I want to be in the future. I feel like I have come a very long way in the last 2 years. It still surprises me that people actually care about what I have to say and that some readers come back over and over again. My audience has certainly grown from just a few family and friends to complete strangers. I just hope that what I have to say or share resonates with whoever stops by to take a look.
Anyway, since I have gained so many new readers, especially in the last year, I thought I would do an update on who I am and what I am about. This way you will kind of know what you are getting when you land on my blog.
I’m a Follower of Christ.
This is first and foremost in my life. I grew up in the church and in a Christian family. I gave my life over to Christ at a young age and never looked back. I live my life to fulfill God’s will for me. He is involved in every decision I make and everything that I do. Without Christ, I am nothing.
I’m a Southern Girl.
I am a southern girl through and through. Growing up in both Georgia and South Carolina left me with deep southern roots. I love sweet tea, country music, southern hospitality, pearls, and anything and everything monogramed. Most people will say that I still have that southern twang despite trying to overcome it. I really revert to it when I am back home and around family.
I’m a Military Spouse.
I am a military spouse. My husband is in the Navy and we have lived all up and down the east coast through the years and have survived countless deployments. The military life hasn’t been easy. My strength as a person and a mom have been tested more times than I can count, but it has made me into the independent woman I am today. It has taken me to places I never dreamed I would go and has left me with incredible friends all over the world.
I’m a Mom.
I am a mom to two beautiful daughters (an almost 13 year old and a 16 year old). They are my whole world. Both girls have had their share of medical issues over the years. My oldest had urinary reflux when she was a baby and was in and out of the emergency room and urgent care until she had surgery to correct it when she was two. My youngest has suffered through Eosinophillic Esophagitis which led to an eating disorder and anxiety disorder. Both girls also have ADHD. To say that they keep me on my toes is an understatement. I has been a hard road in some ways but we have managed to plow through to the other side and both are thriving now. They are so much more than the medical diagnosis placed on them. They are incredible girls and grown stronger because of what they have faced. I couldn’t be prouder of both of them.
I’m a Gymnastics/Cheer Mom.
I was a gymnastics mom for 15 years and am now a cheer mom. My oldest was a competitive gymnast for most of her life, but she decided to retire from the sport this past summer due to her body not being able to take the beatings anymore. My youngest started competitive cheer about three years ago and has blossomed through it. Now both girls are doing cheer and life has become a lot more sparkly! If you know me, you know how ironic this is because I absolutely detest glitter. The girls’ schedules keep me very busy, but I wouldn’t trade any of it. I love watching them do what they love and seeing them grow into incredible young ladies.
I’m a Teacher.
I was a special education teacher in the public school system for 17 years. I worked primarily with students with autism. It was something that I knew I wanted to do from an early age and thought that I would be doing my whole adult life. It was a calling and I loved working with students and their parents as they navigated the challenges of a disability. I will admit that I was good at it. I was at the top of my game and even was named as the city-wide teacher of the year. However, as much as I loved working with the students, I didn’t love all the extra that came with it and definitely got burned out. When I decided to take a year off from teaching to meet the needs of my family at home, I never expected that I would be sitting here 5 years later still not back in the classroom. I know now that God has set me on a new path and has given me a different purpose for now. I can’t say that I will never go back to teaching because it is hard for me to imagine that. Being a teacher was my sole identity for so long, and I know that I will always be a teacher at heart. I know God will lead me wherever he wants me to go in the future.
I’m a Hope Dealer.
After I stopped teaching, my life was left with a void. I needed some new purpose in my life. I had helped students and their parents for so many years, I felt like I was missing that service part of me. That is when Trades of Hope fell into my lap. It was like God slapped me upside the head and told me that my purpose was still to help families, but it would just be in a new way. Trades of Hope is a missional business with the sole purpose of helping women rise up out of extreme poverty and human trafficking. This job has become my joy job, and I love it will all my being. I love knowing that I am making an impact in the lives of women around the globe.
I’m a Shop-a-holic.
Yes, it is true. I love to shop, which is why you will often see pictures of me from my closet. It is my happy place. Target is my favorite store, and I may have a slight obsession with it. Shopping is a bad habit, and I have to work hard to not to buy everything I see. I just want it all! LOL! However, I do also love just window shopping and creating outfits for all of you. I love all things fashion and clothes and accessories, but I am 100% for affordable fashion. I don’t feel like you have to spend a ton to look good. I never leave the house without makeup and my hair done. I like feeling put together and deciding what to wear each day.
I’m an Ordinary Girl.
I am just your simple everyday girl. I have OCD tendencies and am pretty particular about things. Some may even say I am hardheaded. I am a type 3, The Achiever, on the Enneagram Scale. I care deeply what other people think of me. I am loyal to a fault. Organization is my jam, but I hate cleaning my house. I have lots of struggles and weaknesses, and I take them as they come. I am far from perfect, but I strive to grow and become the best version of myself I can be each day.
That’s me in a nutshell. You get the real, host, perfectly imperfect me every day on this blog. You can learn from my struggles and celebrate my victories. Every time I write a post, you are getting a piece of me. Whether it is mom life, fashion lover, personal struggles, or just me rambling on, it is all authentically me.