I am a twenty-something girl just living the dream. I was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to the South when I was 10 years old so I consider myself a Southern girl at heart. I'm sure I've got sweet tea running through my veins and I use the word "ya'll" in everyday vocabulary...contrary to my Northern relatives.
We moved around a lot when I was young, so I am extremely close with my family who I have always spent most of my time with. We settled outside of Nashville in time for me to make some friends before entering high school. I traveled to Murray State in Kentucky where I spent 4.5 years in an "on again, off again" relationship I stupidly thought was heading towards a future and was also getting a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, I moved back "home" and got a job teaching in the county I graduated from. I ended the long-term relationship. I taught for three years.
After three years of teaching three different curriculums, being moved through seven different teaching positions, and moving in and out of five different classrooms, I decided it was time to move on when they told me I would have to do it again. So here I am, currently unemployed (unless you count my full-time, non-paying job of searching for a job every work day) and trying to figure out what to do next. I love children. I love teaching. But I just didn't feel like my job was focused on educating students as much as I imagined it would be when I was dreaming of becoming a teacher. I was also starting to feel voids in my life...things that were missing, things that were unbalanced, and parts of me that weren't being fulfilled.
In the time I was deciding what to do about my teaching career, my best friend and my sister were both engaged and getting married. It was opportunity (and sometimes a need) to use my creativity, party planning, decorating, coordinating, gift giving, organizing, cake decorating, crafting, and photography that I always loved. That time of my life made me realize just how much I love and how much joy I get out of being creative and using that part of my brain.
That part of my soul.
I started this blog last winter, while I was teaching, as a hobby. Just a place for me to post ideas and things I was proud of (or sometimes embarrassed of) creating and doing. What I feel now is that God tugged at my soul and nudged me to start blogging to help me realize the dream of finding a career and/or way to use the creative mind He blessed me with.
So what does that look like for the future? I have not a clue. My biggest dream is to be a wife and mom, but I'm far from that right now. I love photography. I love baking and decorating cakes. I love decorating my house and home projects. I love party planning. There are hundreds of options. I just have to decide which direction to go. It will take time. I'm sure it will involve some trial and error. But I'm excited to start the journey and see where it leads me. In the meantime, I'm hoping to find just A job to pay the bills and support my crafty addictions. Maybe continuing to blog will guide me to where I need to go. If anything, I hope it will inspire you to discover, nurture, and release the creative side of your soul.