I’m a 33-year-old coffee drinking, bargain shopping, yoga pant wearing (but not necessarily yoga doing) perfectionist. I started this blog on a whim in April 2015 after what was a year from hell. It's a long story, and I'm sure I'll share it here someday. Just not yet.
In the meantime, allow me to introduce myself.
First and foremost, I've decided not to reveal my name as of yet for privacy reasons, but I do think it's important for me to share a little more with you. When I first discover a new blog, I always start with people's "About Me" page to get an overview of who they are, what they do, and why they blog. So this is mine.
My most important jobs are being a wife to J. and a mother to my 5-year-old son D. and my 10-year-old doggie Chance.
But I've had a lot of different jobs over the years. I started working when I was 16 at my local Blockbuster Video (hello '90s) with my high school BFF to make some cash to spend at the mall (and we really did spend our entire paychecks on clothes. Yes, we were idiots!). From there, I worked at my college's writing center for several years as a writing tutor, spent a summer working in Disney World, interned as a reporter/producer at Talk Radio News in Washington, DC, and interned in the news department at MTV in New York City. I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about myself. Those experiences were truly life-changing and I am so, so thankful to have had them.
After graduating college, I went right into teaching. I was a 22-year-old newbie walking into a very diverse, urban high school to teach English/Language Arts. What was I thinking? I was only a few years older than the students there and, in some cases, the same age. Seriously. But I ended up there for 10 years teaching American literature to high school sophomores. Yes, there were definitely some really tough moments (and years), but I loved feeling like I was making a difference... at least for some of the kids! It truly was rewarding in so many ways. In fact, I met my husband there! He had been teaching a few years before I got there, and we began dating in 2004. I have to share our story on here one day. It's funny.
Sorry - I digress. You'll realize that happens a lot around here. I hope you don't mind.
Anyway, a lot happened over this past year (like I said, more about that at some point). I unexpectedly took a year off from teaching, but I now realize that it was a blessing in disguise. I was able to be home with my son for his last year before kindergarten and we had the best time together. I was able to do the "preschool mom" thing and take him on lunch dates and cuddle with him in the afternoons and just love on him. We are super close and our bond has only gotten stronger.
This August of 2015, he will be off to kindergarten and I will return to work in a much different capacity -- as a librarian at an elementary school. Talk about some big changes around here!
I sincerely hope that I can keep up with this blogging thing once I return to work, though I know it will be difficult. But I'm going to try. After all, a blog was something I'd always wanted to do, and I had read so many for so long that I finally decided to join the blogging community after going through some tough times. I figured it would serve as cheap therapy for me as well as a creative outlet. I mean, I've always loved to read and write. To be honest, though, I didn't think or care if anyone read my blog when I started it. But now I do because I love connecting with others and hearing your stories. After all, we're all in this "life" thing together, right?
I still don't really know what I'm doing with all this, but it sure is fun. My pictures aren't great and my formatting is simplistic, but - for now - it is what it is. When you have a crazy 5-year-old at home, your time is definitely limited! Oh, and let me not forget to tell you -- some days I have it all together and other days I’m a hot mess. Consider yourself warned.
Well, I hope you'll stick around after this rather unique introduction. I’d like to learn more about you – so please feel free to comment on my posts and share.
Thanks for stopping by!