As I wrote out my bio on my "About Me" page, I realized (very quickly, might I add) that I was starting to ramble about things that you really don't need to know about me on the spot. There were plenty of sentences that served to be fillers that I cut out but I've decided to provide you with that anyway, just in a different spot.
Hi, I'd like to proudly introduce myself as the person behind the name that is plastered all over this website. I'm nineteen, a college student, an employee, a daughter, a girlfriend, a dreamer, a writer, a planner... the list can truly go on for days, but we'll get back to that.
Now, how I ended up here, talking to you right now, is its own story entirely.
Growing up as an only child, there usually weren't kids around so I often found ways to entertain myself. When my mother and I would go to Florida to spend Christmas with family, we shared a room and my grandmother had a small basket of stuffed animals that I always got my hands on. I would line all the stuffed animals up in rows (like in school), assign them all names and walk around checking whether they had their homework or not, what grade they got on the latest test, etc. Now, I know what you're probably thinking: Okay, so she wants to be a teacher, right?
I've always been different from my peers which really used to bother me as a kid and still drives me crazy occasionally. Usually this difference was because I was "mature for my age" and have always had an "old soul". If you're anything like me, you already know the whole song and dance without me having to go any further.
Fortunately, as I continue to get older, I am realizing and becoming more accepting towards the fact that different is such a good thing.
Just last night I was talking to my boyfriend and his dad about how some breeds of teenage girls all choose to look, act, walk, talk, the exact same way. Again, if you know, you know. I was never one of those girls either. Since we all have an embarrassing middle school phase, allow me to share mine with you. Try to imagine this: Dyed black hair, heavy eyeliner, dip-dyed hair (blue, red, green, pink, or blonde depending on which exact moment we're talking about), Jordan's or Converse on my feet at all times, and usually wearing a hoodie and jeans.
I've always been a little different so I see no reason to fit in now. Caring this late in the game after not giving a single, solitary hoot for my entire life just seems out of line with who I'm supposed to be. Going back even earlier in the post, (I know, I'm sorry, stay with me) I refuse to define myself by something as simple as one thing.
I'm not just nineteen.
I'm not just someone who loves reading and writing.
I'm not just a woman.
I'm not just a girlfriend.
There are so many of us in the world that are so many things that slapping one label on it is just ridiculous, so why limit yourself like that?
For a long time, I've wanted to start up a YouTube channel but I've never been able to stick to one type of channel or gather up the courage to actually put myself out there like that. I don't want to just focus my attention on books, I can't do makeup, I don't go out much, I work a lot, etc.
I want to have my channel (and my entire life) focus on all the things that make me who I am.
I cry easily, which I hate but when a book or movie makes me cry it almost always gets added directly to my favorites list. I know some of you feel the same way and for that, I'm here to share things with you.
I know some of you get bored easily by books. That's okay, so do I sometimes. Fortunately, that's not the only thing I have going for me.
I love organization videos, I'm hoping to bring some of those to you as well.
I love story time videos, I've got more stories than you know.
If you haven't yet gotten the gist, I want my channel, my blog/website, my books, my image, my legacy to run across all areas that I can possibly reach.
I want to touch your hearts but I also want to make you laugh.
I want you to get fired up with me but I also want you to know that I'm not always a ball of fire.
I want you to always have a safe place where you can talk about nonsense and things that make life feel lighter.
My goal has always been to change lives, it's even on my bucket-list. Today, January 22, 2020, I start taking significantly larger steps towards making that happen.
Now that you've gotten a small glimpse into who I am and what I'm about, feel free to introduce yourself in the comments, I look forward to getting to know you.
Thank you for starting on my journey with me.
From square one, I want you to know that I am proud of you and that we can only go up from here.