I pray that today we can gather in peace to learn more about each other. Please allow me to speak from the heart and to be as open as I can with my wonderful followers! I pray that they are receptive to my craziness and respectful of my openness.
I am happy to be back this week! I have thought long and hard about what journey I wanted to take you all on, and I decided on a journey back in time! As you all get to know me I thought it would be good to have a back story that would also open other topics that we will discuss later, like marriage, kids, finance, and depression. You know, just real-life things! So here we are!
I am the youngest of three girls and grew up in Western Kentucky. I was blessed to have parents that tried to make sure my sisters and I had what we NEEDED and then some growing up. My Dad was an over the road truck driver for the better part of my life. He would be gone for up to three months (it seemed like anyway) at a time. My mom was a stay at home mom and care giver to my grandmother until she passed away. My parents did not have a healthy marriage and it took them 21 years to decide that it was not going to work. In the meantime, there was lots of screaming, yelling and crying. Somehow though, we all turned out pretty good and are very close now as adults.
During high school, I was a cheerleader for my high school and did competition cheerleading. I worked at a local restaurant on average about 30 hours a week as well. I stayed very busy and thought that I had life figured out! I had the best friends a girl could ask for in high school! I attended Murray State University right out of high school. This was not my first-choice college, but it turned out to be the best thing ever! I wanted to attend University of Kentucky and cheer there. As it turned out, I did not have it all figured out and I was not prepared for what it took to go to UK. I took my ACT once my senior year. It was good enough for Murray so that is where I went. Let’s face it, it was so much cheaper too since I was having to pay for it all!
At Murray, I joined my amazing sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. Here I learned so much about the woman I wanted to become. I learned more about giving than I had ever known, and my heart grew so much for philanthropy. I meet some of the most amazing women as well, and I continue to meet them now! This passion, if you recall, is partially responsible for my blogs name since our mascot is the Squirrel.
My sophomore year is when I meet my now husband. We had a communications class together and I could not take my eyes off him. He on the other hand he thought I was a weird girl who he kept catching stare at him! His fraternity (Sigma Chi) held a date auction for their philanthropy every year. So, naturally I went and bought him! Little did I know, he had a girlfriend, so I did not get my date for a while! We went months without talking until I needed a tutor in World Civ; I do not like history! Brian responded to my plea on Facebook about helping me out. We built a strong friendship and we were both content with it. Later, we both became single and decided to give it a go. We had many ups and downs, but we made it through the rest of college. In January 2012, we packed up and moved to Portland, OR. Brian had just finished college and I had one semester left, so I thought. The move put me two and half years behind because I became on online student. I changed my major so that I could go with him and still finish my degree.
We loved Portland and all there was to do around the city. We enjoyed going out to the coast and well as visiting waterfalls in the area, such as above! We got our first fur baby together while we were out there, Hercules. He was a saving grace that we didn’t even know we needed! We were becoming depressed and home sick! He changed that for us because we now had a family and a home! My favorite thing we did in OR was visit Sunriver, OR. Check it out if you have never been: http://visitcentraloregon.com/sunriver/. We went here for an early Valentines weekend in February of 2013. We had a seven-course meal that featured chocolate the first night we were there and then went on a snowmobile ride the next. This was a first-time experience for the both of us! The excursion was up Mount Bachelor. Which was so fitting for the event that happened at the top! WE GOT ENGAGED!
A month after our engagement, Brian was laid off from his job and we moved back to his home town in southern Indiana. His mom was generous enough to take us in and give us time to get on out feet. Little did she know it would be almost two years before we moved out, with another little human! December 31, we found out I was pregnant. Happy New Year to us! The situation was less than ideal, living with his mom and all our belongings being held inside the four walls of his childhood bedroom and the remaining being in an enclosed trailer that sat in the back yard. However, our families were so supportive. Brian got an amazing job that could not have came at a better time. I finished school while in preterm labor from 26 weeks on. I could not work so I had plenty of time to focus on school. I finished school August 1, we closed on our first house August 3, and our son was born August 18. We got to move into our home Labor Day weekend.
We now have two children and have quickly out grown our first home. Since I am not from here, I feared I would miss my home town and my friends that I left behind, and I do! I am very thankful though that I have made two of the best friends here (both will be popping in to share some of their fun ideas on life). I have also got to continue my love of giving here! The one thing I love the most that I get to share and give is the knowledge and empowerment of essential oils! I became a doTerra Wellness Advocate in June of 2017. It has been a blessing in my family’s life and something that has opened my eyes and heart to. I love sharing the oils with people and watching how they impact their lives! This will probably be my next post because I just can’t wait to share it with you all too!
So, there is it! My life rolled up into a nutshell! I will share more with you all about how my childhood effected my adult life with my marriage and parenting later. I will also share how because of doTerra I made the choice to live a healthier lifestyle which led me to the Paleo lifestyle. I have so much stuff to share! I just can’t wait!