About Me’s are always hard since I am not a fan of the 3rd person profile. I’ll just skim the surface for you, providing a snapshot into my life..
I talk a lot about God- about Christ, but not in the way that shoehorns my beliefs into every waking moment of your lives, or crams Him straight down your throat. There isn’t an “About Me” without an “About Them,” & I learned a long time ago how to balance the reality of who I am, & to whom I give the glory, knowing now, you CAN be relatable, sarcastic, funny, & Christian… I know right?!
You’ll also find in my life line-up, an amazing husband, & our 2 amazing children. We are the family who talks, lives, & behaves in ALL CAPS.
These 3 people saved my life in 3 critical, yet different seasons, & I never cease talking about them. J is an I.B. brick & mortar, as well as, I.B. online high school teacher, rugby coach, & wearer of too many hats; my very best friend.
Our sweet son is away entering year 4 of college, & our miracle girl is journeying into 3rd grade. If you can do math, that’s a lot of age distance between kids. Very blessed, but busy & tired parents, we are. We reside on the beautiful & very humid SW FL coast.
About Jesus, He appeared to me on my Damascus walk, & totally wrecked my life in all ways wonderful & many times over, confusing. I write a lot about this miracle story. I will never get over it. It’s a meaty, but important essay. It’s who I am & why I am. You can read much of it here: This Is My Story. This Is My Song. This Is My Testimony.
I have a strong desire, & love for writing. It’s the place I’ve always found myself. The problem, besides social media rants, & random blog posts, I kept it to myself until around 2015. There thankfully have been great doors opened for me to freelance write, & have my pieces published. I pray for many more opportunities to come, but love most, the lives that have intersected mine through my stories. Some wonderful friends blossomed for me in a time of consistent outpouring.
I will admit that I am more story/truth teller than trained or poetic writer. I have no educational foundation where writing is concerned. My typos are proof of this truth.
Telling my family stories are where you’ll find yours, & in my transparency realize that you are never alone. We are all are woven together by more commonalities than we know, it just takes another, willing to start the conversations, whether they be hard or hilarious, and invite everyone to sit at life’s table.
I don’t lament or stress about my calling(s) anymore. I spent a great deal of my life trying to mirror what other people were doing instead of allowing myself to be original with my gifts. There’s no growth in copying something already done a particular way, or trying to grab hold of another’s foundation expecting to be spring boarded. When you realize God has given you a unique journey of your own, you’ll know there is always enough talent to go around; when we are using ours to its fullest capacity, the tank will always be replenished.
Spiritual success is more important to me than anything else- it’s my legacy. Changing a life through my own experiences means much more to me than making a popular name for myself. I want people to know through my scroll of personal highs AND lows, that someone understands, & has been there.
There are many writing collabs I have been involved with over the years. Sadly with all things in life, they end, as did many of the sites that showcased our work, but in the art community there is always another door opening when one closes.
Fortunately I get to review books for B&H Publishing/LifeWay http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/ This is a sweet gig because I get to giveaway the books I receive to you, my readers & friends. It’s very hard to be a writer if you are not an avid reader, even if that sometimes looks like an avid book hoarder (I won’t show you my stacks), so lovingly paying them forward is one of my favorite things to do.
Finalizing the writing portion of this intro, I have been published in, & guest written on several hundred pieces for various websites, blogs, magazines, & personal dissertations. I would love to write for you also, so contact me in the event you’d like to share space and creativity.
Personally: I hoard items for a cause or that will give others sustainable income. Always jumping in wherever I can to be a real life advocate for others, instead of an internet activist. Doing my best to constantly remember & say, “Re-tweeting isn’t action for others in need. The sacrifice of time, talent, & treasures is where we make a difference in this world.”
I don’t usually mince words, & I really love sarcasm/satire. || I’m a huge AL football fan, ROLL TIDE!! || I love to travel. || I am trying to be a better wife, momma, & friend. || I am trying to calm down, & let people live out their lives without inserting my $.02, especially online, but don’t ask my for my honest opinion if you aren’t prepared to hear it. || I’m in a constant state of reminding myself, I am not Jr. God. He needs my example of love, not my authority or judgment on his behalf. || I am embracing my life & the loss of my ripped abs. (The mid 40’s, man). || I still don’t like cheese, dairy, or sweets- I see you judging me. And the fact I’ve never eaten cheese dip or a cheeseburger makes people faint. || I’m OK with saying no. || I abuse the use of a comma, obviously. || I’m totally fine with carbs. || I am not the friend you put on speaker phone. || I love recording short IG stories that often lead to long threads. || I’ve learned to forgive others for the “I’m sorry” I will never receive. || And a whole bunch of other stuff…. which you’ll find out if you stick around.
We’ll see where the roads lead. I just go and grow where the path takes me.
Hopefully, you’ll get some encouragement here. Really hoping we can hold hands, and keep this an argue free zone. Internet stone throwing is a thorn in my side. We are much better together than we will ever be divided.
I want to talk to you through my writing, the same way I would if we were sitting side by side. Except you can’t hear my thick Bama accent or my never ending repeat of the word, y’all- which is absolutely authentic, btw.
::Before I forget, here’s kind of an apology- Deeply forgive some of the archived posts. In the very beginning I never cared about typing etiquette, so bear with that & try not to gasp/faint over all of my grammatical errors. One day I’ll find the courage to delete them all. But not yet, they are my pure, sometimes awful, blog babies::
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