Wife to Chris.
Mom to Isaac, Ben, and Juliana.
I really struggle with what to write in these things.
I think a lot about what you, the reader, will judge from the way I write and the things I put down or don't put down.
I think about how it might affect my family.
I think about how it might affect my business.
But this project, this blog or journal, or whatever it is, is an unchaining... unleashing... unstopping of a bottle that has been stopped up by fear of judgment for far too long.
I am a creative, emotional, passionate human with a penchant for talking too much and joking around at exactly the wrong moments. I love fiercely, joke endlessly, cry easily, worry constantly, and I'm learning let go of the perfectionism that has plagued me for most of my life.
I'm a wife and a mother, surrounded by a sweet and loving family that I am beyond blessed to also call friends and friends that we are beyond blessed to call family. Maybe "beyond blessed" sounds over the top, but sometimes I'm over the top.
When I'm not working, I love to play video or board games; walk, hike, or camp in the woods; read, listen to music, paint, or sketch; and re-watch episodes of The Office or Schitt's Creek.
Some Other Stuff:
I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Hypermobile Type. It is a connective tissue disorder that causes stretchy skin, fragile tissues, and very flexible joints which cause chronic musculoskeletal pain. I was lucky enough to be diagnosed at the early age of 3 but EDS is very underdiagnosed and many go years without knowing the cause of mystery pain. If you have unexplained joint and muscle pain, fatigue, migraines, bruise easily, and faint when you stand up too fast, check out that link.
I also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder, in part, because of the chronic pain. I've struggled for many years and have been really lucky to see some good therapists. If you're struggling, reach out for help. It's hard but so worth it.