“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
-J R.R. Tolkien”

I am a twenty-one year old, hailing from South Carolina. I’m a college student majoring in Elementary Education (eeee I love little kiddos!). I wanted to start a blog because I’ve always heard it was kind of like journaling. I like to journal but I don’t like the way my hand cramps up when I write. Typing is so much faster. I consider myself a fitness junkie and tend to rely on working out to help me stay focused and happy! As Elle Woods so eloquently says, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”  My best days always have a good workout in there somewhere! I dabble in lots of other things – piano, knitting, sewing, cooking, baking, painting, writing, language, crafting, and more. I have so much I want to do with this life I’ve been given! I love to explore and I love to learn. That’s part of why I want to be a teacher. I want to instill in my future students an insatiable love for learning. I am a firm believer that education is the secret key needed to open the mind. Open and creative minds are so refreshing in today’s structured, conformed world.

In a way, I also love growing up. It comes with challenges of course, but that’s what I like. I am just your typical perfectionistic overachiever. In part, the nature of my type A personality has given way to my personal struggle with an eating disorder, bulimia (you can read more about that story here, if you’d like). I will probably be talking about it a good bit on the blog so consider this your your fair warning. Eating disorders are so “hush hush;” no one ever wants to speak out about it, me included. However, this battle with my eating disorder has undoubtedly shaped me and is a big part of my life. I want to share my struggles because I know there are countless others out there who can relate! If I hope to see change in the eating disorder community about being real with one another, then I must be part of the change! I am optimistic about a full recovery because I believe in a God who can heal and a God who can grant complete freedom! I am a Christ follower and am trying to honor my savior with my life. I am far, far, FAR from perfect and am (slowly) learning to let go of all of the things I hold on to.

Older, wiser people tell me that your twenties are all about self-exploration and figuring out who you really are. Good thing I have nine more years until I hit thirty to figure that out, because I feel really lost out there in this big old world sometimes! This is a blog about just that – finding my place in this crazy life I’m living. There are ups and downs and twists and turns to be sure, but I believe I’ll find my way eventually. Hopefully I will stumble upon some happy surprises along the way. After all, not all those who wander are lost.


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