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I’ve had a website since I was a teenager…

Which certainly wasn’t yesterday. I’ve been tinkering with my own websites for the past sixteen or so years. I used to try my hand at simple HTML coding too. This is just something I’ve always enjoyed. I used to do a lot of writing when I was a teenager too. I remember having to write a story for a high school assignment and I ended up writing a chapter book.

I still enjoy writing. And journalling. I find I don’t have the attention span to sit down and do it that often these days though, which is why blogging seems to be the way to go for me. I like having a record of fun little things I do because, as time goes on, some of the memories fade. It’s nice to look back and read about a time I had long forgotten and smile as it resurfaces in my memory.

A lot of you know me already. Whether it be close friends, casual friends, acquaintances – you likely know something about me. As you can probably tell already, here’s one thing about me — I’m long winded.

But for those of you who don’t know me so well just yet, here we go.

I’ve often been described as quirky…

I watch tv shows about twenty years after they’ve aired on tv. Some of my favorites are Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, and Family Matters. But I also have dvds of California Dreams (shoutout to you if you remember that one), Full House, Beverly Hills 90210, and Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High.

I love traveling, cultures, and languages.

My travels have taken me to the following countries so far: Canada (obv), United States, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Germany, Iceland, England, France and Russia.

One of my ultimate goals is to visit the Georgia Aquarium and swim with a whale shark. I am fascinated by sharks.

One of my ultimate dreams is to see the actual Titanic. But seeing as how it costs at least $40 grand, it probably won’t happen. I’ll just have to settle for watching Titanic in 3D and pretending that I am underwater with it.

I love Disney World. So much. It really is one of the most magical places on earth. I’ll return there someday.

I think forensic science is so interesting. There are many areas of forensics and it’s neat to see how they all work together to solve a crime.

I dream of hiking to Machu Picchu.

I long to visit the Holy Land and be in the same place Jesus was two thousand years ago.

I want to visit Istanbul, Turkey.

I want to learn to surf in Hawaii.

I want to see the Moai on Easter Island.

Graceland has touched my heart and has caused me to miss Elvis, even though I never knew him.

I think geocaching is the funnest thing ever.

I want to scuba dive. And explore a sunken ship. And find an underwater geocache.

I don’t understand why fanny packs are a fashion faux pas. I really like them- they’re so convenient.

I shoot pool regularly.

I want to experience a southern evening. And while I’m there catch fireflies and put them in a jar.

I want to fall in love. And be loved in return.

I want to see Taylor Swift and Tyler Ward in concert.

I want to save up enough money to take a year off to just backpack across the world — sightseeing and volunteering in orphanages and at other ministry establishments.

Some random awesome things that I’ve experienced are: dancing in a glow-in-the-dark stick-girl costume in front of hundreds of teenagers (oh, the things you do at summer camp!), received a Zit Remedy t-shirt from Joey Jeremiah (Pat Mastroianni) himself, opened for Sheila Ray Charles, and canoed over sunken boats in Tobermory.

I’ve spent twelve summers of my life working at summer camps – it’s the thing that makes me feel most alive.

Maybe all those things do make me quirky. But I’m an only child so I’ve been entertaining myself for years – and that means keeping things interesting.

And I’ve had a lot of fun in my lifetime. But I’ve also experienced heartache, loss, anxious feelings, and depressed feelings. I get it and it’s no fun. I spent a few years of my life there. So if that’s where you’re at today, know that it can get better. You’re stronger than you think.

The truth is my blog won’t be near as exciting as other people’s blogs, and that’s okay. This is just about my normal, day-to-day life. There’s nothing extraordinary about me, but I trust in Jesus who is very extraordinary indeed. My hope is that through this blog, you’ll feel my friendship; that this blog will serve as an encouragement to you – both through written words, through adventures, and through enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

You’re cared for and I’m happy you’re here.