Why I’m here:
I find repentance and make amends through writing, through the struggle between mind and paper.
I am stepping out in grace here, in this space, stumbling toward grace, really. I want to share and write with you, not for your approval, but to try to name and understand our experiences because our stories are a little less overwhelming when we’re telling them together. My friend, Theresa, says the biggest compliment you can get as writer is someone saying, “Me too.” And isn’t a room of whispered “me too’s” stronger and more powerful than applause? Shauna Niequist said she writes, “As an offering, not a performance.” And that’s what I want, too. Performing is scary, an offering for a community — an authentic one — is imperfect and broken, but fun. Compassion beats comparison and mercy beats scrutiny.
The other stuff:
I have three energetic, growing boys and a tall, analytical, kind husband. I’m a full-time middle school and part-time college teacher. When I get a moment alone, I love photography, cooking, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts. Some of my favorite things are shelves bursting with books, laughter, good music, Grand Traverse Select Red Wine, and fresh salsa.
I struggle with trying too hard to prove myself, and fall into the trap of valuing productivity over finding JOY in what I do. I’m working on this.