“Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don’t settle for what you are – you get to create who you want to become.” – Howard Walstein
The “About Me” page.
If I’m going to be honest about who I am, the truth is that the “About Me” page makes me uncomfortable. Truthfully, I really don’t like being the center of attention. At the same time, here I am starting a blog. Go figure.
Who am I?
I’m a proud wife and stay-at- home mother of a 5-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. I would walk to the ends of the Earth for my family, and they also sometimes drive me crazy. These two emotions aren’t mutually exclusive.
I always tell everyone that I grew up in the “Palm Springs area” in California. I actually grew up in Desert Hot Springs, a town that neighbors Palm Springs and is affectionately nicknamed by locals as “Desperate Hot Springs”.
I loathed high school, in an awkward, painfully shy kind of way, and I loved college, in an ice luge discovering, liquid courage building kind of way.
I met my husband the summer after college graduation, and it was love at second sight (for both of us).
My husband and I are very different in some ways but the same in all of the fundamentally important ways. I learn from him as much as he learns from me, and we challenge each other in all of the right ways.
We welcomed our son Parker in 2012 and our daughter Peyton in 2015. We live in America’s Finest City, sunny San Diego.
I’m going to gloss over my work history, but suffice it to say that trying to balance work and motherhood made me realize that I’m an all or nothing kind of person, both with work and with motherhood.
Which leads me to where I am today, a stay-at-home mom living the dream (insert sarcasm).
Why start a blog?
I believe, if we are open to listening, that each of our lives is whispering to us. I’ve heard the whisper for a long time to write. I just had to reach the tipping point where ignoring the whispers became more painful than the pain that comes along with growth and change.
To be honest, for much of my life I’ve felt relatively voiceless and powerless, and I take personal responsibility for letting myself feel that way.
The more that I wrote over the past year, the more I realized that I have a lot to say. I discovered that the voice is like a muscle in that the more that you use it, the stronger it becomes.
The writing takes care of the voiceless part of me. But what about the powerless part?
Well that’s where you come in. My intention behind this blog is to use the power of words to connect and inspire my readers.
By me taking action to spread light in my own little corner of the world, I don’t feel so powerless anymore.
If I can find more meaning in my average suburban mom life, then you can too.
If I can listen to the whispers of what my life is trying to teach me, then you can too.
If I can push past my fears to embrace the power of change, then you can too.
What can you expect from my blog?
Writing is the space where I am most honest and authentic with myself and that in turn will make me honest and authentic with you, the reader. That doesn’t always make for the prettiest picture, but it makes for a real one. (If you’re anything like me, you prefer candid photos over posed shots for this very reason.)
It almost seems counterintuitive, but I think that letting the world in on all of my imperfections and how I am choosing to address them is way more inspirational than the perfect mom that never has a hair out-of-place.
I’m a deeply spiritual person, but don’t consider myself religious. The fact that I believe in a higher power shapes a large part of how I view the world. I don’t believe that the human race is here just by chance. I’ve seen and heard enough things in my lifetime to know that there is a deeper meaning to our lives.
I’m an eternal optimist and will always view the negative stuff of life as presenting itself to redirect me and/or teach me. My faith is unwavering in this way.
Life is the school. Love is the lesson. Come learn with me.