Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. A fun fact about me is that I have a pretty mean turkey call. Have you ever been asked to introduce yourself with a “fun, fast, fact” as an icebreaker? I have more times than I can count and I find that throwing the turkey call bit out there is one of the best answers. Feel free to borrow it if you wish, but if you do, it is imperative that you actually back it up with a good turkey call. I do.
You’re not here to discuss turkey calls, though, so I’ll share with you a little more substance about myself to answer your question of “who is this woman?”.
Doing that Mom Thing
Being a mom is the occupation I’ve held the longest. I’ve been one for over twenty years. When my oldest, Dylan, was a week away from turning sixteen my second child, Jonah, was born. Eighteen months after that our daughter, Grace, arrived on the scene. Now Dylan is out on his own, with a piece of my heart, living two hours away as a budding photographer and the energetic duo that is Jonah and Grace keep me on my toes. I love being a mom so much that when there was light at the end of the tunnel, I decided to go back in for another round. In all seriousness, I really don’t consider being a mom an “occupation”. Any parent knows it’s so much more. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with the care of these little human beings and to nurture them into their own adult lives. Honestly, if it were a “job” I would have been fired a long time ago. Insert laugh out loud emoji here followed by a wink emoji because I know that if you are a mom, you know what I’m talkin’ about.
The Family that Travels Together…
My husband, Aaron, and I dearly value traveling with our kids. That’s mainly because it’s a fun way for us all to survive life together. This includes anything from day trips around lower Michigan to driving states away and setting up our travel trailer close to cities like Boston and Nashville. It’s our chance to get away from our daily routines and connect as a family by setting out on an adventure. Camping in our travel trailer helps us defray the cost of four people traveling together and visit as many destinations as possible. I don’t get an opportunity to travel much with Dylan anymore, but I cherish the trips we took with him. There is nothing quite like a road trip for a family to make memories that will be shared for a lifetime.
Makers Gonna Make
I strongly believe in doing as much of what you love as possible. Have you ever had the feeling that you just HAVE to do something? I’m not talking about an obligation or commitment to someone/something else here. That is another subject entirely. No, I’m talking about an inner drive to do “that thing” that makes you tick. The funny thing about “that thing” is that quite often it’s something that we don’t think is worthy to give our time to. We really do have other obligations and commitments pulling at us and we convince ourselves that “that thing” won’t serve us. Maybe it’s a childhood dream that we left behind long ago. Maybe we don’t think it will bring in the money to sustain the lifestyle we want.
Do More of What You Love
My “thing” is making art. It’s what I earned a Bachelor degree in at Western Michigan University back in ’95 and for some reason, in the fight to exist in the real world, the belief set in that it wasn’t worth pursuing anymore. I literally put my pencils and paints away for over twenty years with only a few meager attempts at creating again. In January of 2018 it just got too hard for me to not make art. I started on a quest to sketch, draw or paint each day which I’ve failed at quite a few days, but I keep at it. I can’t describe how I feel when I’ve spent time painting or drawing something I truly enjoy. Happy doesn’t begin to cover it. I’ve changed since I’ve started this practice and in a lot of ways I’ve healed some deeply hurt parts of my life too.
I started thinking to myself that, If I feel like this, maybe other women do too. Women who left the studio to find a steady job in an office. Women who dropped everything else their lives to bring up their babies. Women who have loved who have lost loved ones and cried a thousand tears over failures, disappointments, and tragedies. So my thoughts went further. If I feel better and have had the chance to care for tender wounds, what if other women out there could be inspired to do the same? Really, that is my primary purpose for this blog. I sincerely hope you find inspiration and encouragement here to do more of what you love to do. I mean I’ll be talking about family, travel and making art because that is what drives me. For the love of all things holy, though, you do more of whatever “that thing” is for you because you really can. I know it to be true.
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