Welcome – Start Here

Hello! I appreciate you taking time to check out my site. I hope that you will find something helpful or encouraging to you.

I love to write and have been blogging off and on since college. Before that (and still do today) I spent hours each week putting things down on actual paper with a pen. Writing has been a way to process my thoughts and emotions. I can understand better what is going on internally and it helps me to put words to everything so that I can explain to friends and family. I don’t consider myself an eloquent speaker, but I can write for days.

My hope in publicly sharing my thoughts, emotions and experiences is to hopefully find some common ground with others. To let others know that they are not the only one feeling a certain way or wading through certain experiences. I have found that going first in admitting things gives others the gift of going second. It is so much easier to say “me too” than to put something out there that may be met with silence, criticism or judgment. I want to help ease the discomfort of vulnerability by leading the way.

To help get us started, I will share a few random things about myself. If you feel so inclined, share one of yours with me.

1. I met my husband in a Statistics for Engineers class during my sophomore year of college. In the journal I kept I referred to him as my stalker because he stared at me in class and followed me up to class one day so that he could sit with me. Obviously, things worked out fine. (Side note: I now joke that I stayed in Engineering long enough to find a husband.)

2. I can stand on my toes. Not tiptoe like ballerinas. The top of the toes between the knuckles and joint (apparently called the metatarsophalangeal joint and proximal interphalangeal joint, respectively). If you make a fist with your hand and then place it on the table so that your knuckles and next joint are both touching the table, that’s how my feet flex. I haven’t met anyone else whose feet do this yet.

3. One of my life goals is to visit all 50 of the United States. Remaining on my list (in alphabetical order): Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin. I’ve been to airports in some of these states but that does not count to me.

4. I self-published a book in 2012. It’s called Between Us Girls: Navigating College Life as a Christian Woman. I felt very vulnerable when I released it into the world. I was most nervous about family and friends reading it because I shared things in the book that I had not really told them in person. Right now I am in sole possession of the last remaining new copies because my publisher closed, but am hoping to make it available online again soon as a paperback and e-book.

5. I once went on a date by accident. I went bowling with a guy that I thought was just for fun. During our “date” I mentioned something about my boyfriend. Things wrapped up soon after that. When he dropped me off at my dorm, he patted my head before I got out. Awkward!

 

If you’re wondering where to start reading, below are a few posts to check out.

She Saw My Need is the first (and currently only) post published by an outside entity, The Good Mother Project.

This post has been one of my most popular.

This is one of my favorite posts.

 

To learn more about me, visit my About page. You can connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.

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