My story

Man, I do not like talking or writing about myself. But I do want to get to know you and part of that is letting you get to know me…

I was born on September 4th, 1981 in Houston, TX – Oh wait… my bad. That’s Beyonce’s story, not mine. Sometimes, I get confused!

This sounds about right… I have always been an independent person. In fact, I think my first words were, “do self” – or at least my parents just told me that to humor me. Either way, I’ll take it! Regardless, I am not one to accept help very easily. This independence (or potentially stubbornness…) also accompanies a bit of creativity and a ton of obsessive organization. Don’t I just sound delightful!? I tend to dive head first into new projects or experiences, while starting new friendships or interacting with people more than kind of freaks me out.

Back in school, group projects were the worst, while I absolutely loved independent work. For instance, I went completely over and beyond in Biology when I was tasked with making an animal cell, but ended up with Ribo (short for ribosome), the dalmatian, complete with all of his spots, a see through belly with each cell part labeled, and a red collar with his name on it. Last I checked, Mrs. Duggin still had Ribo in her classroom! I also spent a ridiculous amount of time re-creating the Colosseum for Latin Day – Ha! How “cool” was I?

After my glory days of high school, I moved on to the Interior Design program at Purdue University – which seemed like such a great idea at the time. I really did enjoy the art classes and Intro to Interior Design, but I truly despised the subjectivity of the grading scale. I would stay up all night creating what I considered a masterpiece to receive a C or D, when for the next project, I would slap some paint on a spoon and get an A – IT. MADE. NO. SENSE. I lasted less than a semester, bounced around between a few majors, and landed in Business. I have worked this degree into some creative positions with program creation and management, digital marketing and social media, and some odd jobs here and there. One thing I have learned about myself is that I always need a creative outlet – whether it be in work or personal life.

Just two and a half years ago, my then fiance (now husband) and I were able to buy a house! It has been such a great experience. While husband, Tyler, doesn’t see painting the garage or installing cabinets as a fun weekend activity, I do – and thankfully my parents are around to teach us tips and tricks along the way! I know I have picked up quite a bit from them (and HGTV), but I am always on a quest to learn and do more. (Watch out Master Bathroom shower doors, walls, and base! I’m coming for you!)

We (Tyler included as he does help a ton!) have done quite a bit around the house since we moved in. This includes installing a new storm door, which I mistakenly attempted to do all by myself. Those things are heavy! I started this process while Tyler was still at work, and proceeded to install the door about 70% of the way on my own. This includes assembling a sort of fulcrum / teeter-totter system where I was able to position the door for an instant while attaching the hinge to the frame. It was a hot mess, but turned out OK. My dad came over the next day to complete that last 30%.

I continue to hone my DIY skills as a homeowner’s work is never done! I have also picked up hobbies involving couponing and frugal living. I am working on being more intentional with purchases and purging the excess within our house. I am definitely in a different place in life than I was even 2-3 years ago. I find myself appreciating relationships more and belongings less. I am looking forward to continuing on this path of intentional living and home improvement!

Thanks for reading! What’s your story? What has changed for you in the last few months or years?

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