I'm Christian. I was formerly atheist. Deciding to follow Jesus was a life-changing decision that I am forever grateful I made. I became a Christian in November 2005. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I'm baptized in his name. I do my best to follow the bible as I grow in my understanding of his word. My faith is a big part of my lifestyle and daily walk.
~ Myers-Briggs type: I'm an INTJ. I'm fairly close to INFJ though. ~ Enneagram type: I'm a type 2 with 5 as a runner up. ~ Introverted and happy! People say "hermit crab" like it's a bad thing, but my shell is pretty cool. I decorated it and everything. In all honesty, I love being at home and having me time to think and be creative. ~ I'm quiet in crowds, but can be quite chatty one-on-one or in small groups. ~ I immensely enjoy deep (and respectful!) conversations about meaningful topics. I love my friendships where we can talk for hours about health care, humanity, hot button issues, politics, business, the stars, and everything under the sun and moon. I get excited to learn new things and nurture friendships that expand my mind. ~ I am very passionate person. ~ I like to be organized! Organization makes me happy. If you color coordinate and have different style post-its for different purposes, you'll make me happy. Making lists makes my soul content. ~ I covet peace and quietness. I'm definitely a let's go to the park and stare at the stars and have a campfire kind of person. I'm not a let's go out in a crowd and be with the noisy people kind of person. If it's too loud to read, bye. ~ Is sassy a personality trait? Fun fact: My great, great grandma was named Spicy Caroline Williams. That's not a nickname. Her name was actually Spicy. Family theory says a strong, spicy personality is genetic ;)
Conversation Skip the polite small talk. Tell me your dreams. Tell me your hopes. Show me your vision for the future. What keeps you up at night? What are you passionate about? What do you struggle with? What have you overcome? Be raw. Be vulnerable. Be beautiful.
Clothing I'm pretty casual when it comes to clothing. I like to be comfortable. Generally I only wear skirts or dresses (exceptions: pajamas, exercise clothes, scrubs). I range from boho tie dye to sweater + plaid skirt depending on the weather. In cold weather, I'm all about plaid skirts, sweaters, cardigans, boots, and my wool coat. In the summer, I'm all about maxi skirts and tee shirts. I like tie dye. I like the boho vibe. I really like boho jewelry, but I also like pearls and rubies. I'm barefoot unless it's too cold to be. I may be dressed up one day and rocking pajamas the next. Variety is fun :) Also, I love scrubs!!
Home decor I love country rustic home decor. This has always been my thing. Antiques and family heirlooms make me happy. Most the stuff in my kitchen is super old and I love that. Red. Just yes. I like red paint, red furniture, red pillows, red blankets, buffalo check. All that. Yes. Shades of red, burgundy, purples, and browns are my favorite to decorate with. Turquoise is a fave as well. I like warm colors.
~ Walking with Jesus. ~ Does writing count as a lifestyle? That's pretty much how I spend my life. ~ I spend enough time on Pinterest that it could be considered part of my lifestyle. ~ I eat a lot of burritos. Like ... a lot. It's basically a food group in my life. When I feel guilty about eating too many burritos, I compromise and mix it up by eating chicken chimichangas. I'm an Appalachian woman with a Tex Mex tongue. ~ I'm halfway vegetarian. I don't eat meat. I still eat poultry and fish though. ~ I spend a fair amount of my day making more tea because I drank it all again. Homemade tea is the best. I haven't bought tea from a store in years. ~ I'm moderately crunchy granola. Well, except with food. Give me the iced coffee with the caramel syrup. We'll call it a lifestyle balance with the organic goat soap. ~ Pajamas are my jam. I'm all about comfortable clothing.
I can't choose one thing to do. There's too much awesomeness to be had in this life. 1. I'm an author. You probably knew that, but in case you didn't I have a stack of books tattooed on my right forearm with my author logo next to it. Writing is my passion. It's more like a compulsion. I must write. It's what I was made to do. It's deeply satisfying. I feel like myself when I'm writing. It's my most natural state. I truly feel God made me to be a writer and that is one of my top purposes in my life. I knew from a very young age that I was called to be a writer. 2. I'm a birth doula and lactation specialist. Perhaps, someday I may become a midwife. 3. I'm an independent educator. I'd like to start teaching classes online. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. ~ I'm also an aspiring photographer.
Degrees My associate's degree is in health sciences (May 2018). I went to Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Sinclair is actually a really good school for that program. Being one of the biggest community college campuses in the nation, they have a large academic division for health care training. There are over 50 health related programs. It's a bigger school than many of the local 4 year universities. My favorite thing about my degree program is about half of it was all electives. I was able to choose from a wide variety of health related classes to customize my education to my interests. I love health sciences. It's the perfect degree for me. The topic has fascinated me my whole life. Future plans: - I have my heart set on Ohio University. They are my dream school! The rolling hills of Appalachia combined with the old buildings draw me in. They have a transfer degree for people with a degree in something health related. It's a bachelor's degree in integrated healthcare studies. Bonus points for being available completely online. I very much like the program. I've had my heart set on that program from the day I discovered it about halfway through my associate's degree. I think about it every week. Why does college have to be so expensive? Fingers crossed I can afford to start next year. - If I get that far and decide to plunge into grad school, I want a master's degree in public health. I'd like to focus on maternal-child health or concentrate on health education. - If I ever get that far, why not go for a PhD in health promotion? Certifications - I stay current on first aid and basic lifesaver support (American Heart Association). - I've taken multiple birth doula trainings. I do hold certification in that. My initial birth doula training was in November 2008. - I'm trained and certified as a bereavement doula through Stillbirthday University (2019). - In 2014 I gained certification as a breastfeeding specialist through Lactation Education Resources. Trainings I was formerly certified as a chemical dependency counselor assistant. I took a lot of mental health classes in college. I'm particularly interested in mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, substance abuse, and recovery. At one time, I considered switching majors to go into substance abuse counseling. Personal interest I'd like to always pursue education on things that interest me. I firmly believe that an adult's self-led education produces the deepest roots. Read books. Take classes. Attend workshops. Sit in on seminars and take notes. Watch documentaries. Seek and you will find. Receive knowledge. Apply it to your life. Experience growth.
Writing. Reading. Researching whatever interests me. Making lists. Organizing. Pondering the universe. Planning out my big dreams. Introverting. Turning my favorite quotes into images. I enjoy promo image creation a lot. I'm growing into a gardener (still a work in progress). Star gazing. I also like to design houses (I've been doing that since elementary school). And let's be real: Facebook and Pinterest deserve some recognition here. I spend a lot of time on Facebook, no shame. There are great things there if you're in the right spaces.
Interests and things I'm passionate about
~ Writing is going to make the top of the list, of course. My heart beats for books. ~ I have an unquenchable thirst for learning about things that interest me. ~ I love to teach. My favorite way to teach is through my writing. ~ Women's health and evidence based maternity care is a big passion of mine. ~ anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders... the epidemic.... the treatment... the recovery.... the personal growth ~ Coaching is something I've found to really enjoy. I've done some book coaching. It feels quite natural to me. ~ I like to examine all social issues and try to better understand each person's perspective. ~ I'm always interested in having deep, meaningful conversations with people that can stimulate my mind. ~ I'm interested in being aware of environmental toxins, especially in food, and how we can reduce/avoid poisons and pollution. ~ Bit by bit I'm learning more domestic skills. I've always been interested in the old-fashioned ways: gardening, home canning and food preservation, sewing, a little crochet, making natural soap, making candles, etc... I like that kind of stuff.
Finish my books I have planned. Publish. Hold my creations in my hands.
Teach classes online and have students all over the world.
Make an impact in maternal-infant public health.
I really need to spend more quality time with family and loved ones. Get out more. Live life. Experience the local attractions.
Finally become a photographer.
See the Milky Way.
See the Northern Lights.
Touch the ocean for the first time.
~ I'm a really big fan of autumn. I get extremely excited about pumpkin season.
~ I'm a night owl to the core. If humans were meant to naturally wake up before 11am, we've got a manufacturer defect here. I love the quietness of the midnight hours. It's calm. It's the best time for creativity to flow. My body thinks 7pm to 1am is the time to be wide awake. It's a struggle, but I embrace it.
~ I'm kind of obsessed with pictures of stars. If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably caught on to this.
~ It soothes me to inhale the aroma of a wood burning stove on a chilly day. I love pajamas. I love being wrapped up in a blanket. What better way to be cozy in jammies than in front of a fireplace?