“The first step is always the hardest,” and for me starting a blog was no exception. Over two years ago I ran into a former English teacher. When she asked if I still wrote, I very hesitantly replied “no”. Since that day I continued to say to myself, “I should start a blog”. Of course my insecure self always responded with a “no one would read it” or “you don’t have time for it.” With a new year however I have given it a deeper consideration and am actually moving forward with it.
Once upon a time I enjoyed writing, it was all I would focus on. As I child I would spend hours locked away, listening to what I called “inspirational” music, to write poems and short stories. It was always my dream to one day publish a novel. In my younger days, my writing was the only thing I ever felt confident about, especially during the crazy early teen years. I can remember an English teacher from Jr. High, along with best friend from Jr. High complimenting me on a poem I had written; both saying I had a strong voice. As a shy, insecure, middle child these kind words ignited a sense of pride.
When I entered High School I took my writing to a different level and focused on journalism. As co-editor of the school paper I had every intention of pursuing journalism for my career. Yet when a tragic loss occurred within our community and school my opinions of journalism changed. In December of my senior year our beloved Spanish teacher, along with her husband and child, were sadly killed in a motor vehicle accident. As news reporters flooded our school during the following days, I could not help but resent them for acting almost cold towards the students. To me, it felt as though the only thing about the story that matter to them was the paycheck, not the loss. Although I realize as an adult these reporters may not fully represent all reporters, as an adolescent I felt discouraged.
Instead of focusing on journalism as I planned, I began college as one of the many “undeclareds”. I spent the next year and a half desperately trying to find a new path. I considered everything from pharmacy to being a history professor to lawyer to psychologist. For a moment psychology almost stuck, until the day we discussed the brain. I am squeamish with anything blood or internal organ related (obviously I never considered medicine as a career path). During my “degree” quest I managed to briefly reconnect with creative writing. Eventually I discovered my love of business, and in particular accounting and finance.
During the last three years of college, yes it took me five years to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree, I completely focused on school. The only other things I set aside time for were Gossip Girl, the exchanging of emails and texts with my sister, the occasional meal with my brother who also attended the U (University of Utah. That is how we refer to it here and well it is how I will always refer to it), brief encounters with my roommates, and of course driving home to see my family and my boyfriend Lynden. Finally after many sleepless nights, several anxiety attacks, numerous calls of “Mom I don’t think I can do this”, and having to say goodbye to my Papou (grandfather), I graduated from the David Eccles School of Business with a BS in Finance.
From there I moved back home to be with Lynden, my family, and to work as a Financial Advisor with my best friend Stephanie. As studying to pass the Series 7 test to sell securities became more important, I focused less and less on writing. Eventually I left the stressful world of finance and entered the world government as a Deputy Clerk Auditor for Carbon County. Today I am the a City Recorder for a local municipality, and although it involves minutes and monthly newsletters, I am finally writing again.
As great as it is to finally put all of my years of education and my years of work experience to great use, I still missed writing for myself. During the past year I have, as Lynden’s mom would say (we are still going strong, and have been for over 8 years) I have development a makeup addiction. As a child of a not so big and fat Greek family I have a slight food obsession and enjoy cooking and baking. In addition to cooking, working, watching too much television, and trying out random crafts, Lynden and I along with our friends and/or family take full advantage of living in Utah (well in the spring, summer, and fall). We are lucky enough to go hiking with our friends and golfing with our family.
It is my goal to utilize this blog to share my experiences and opinions in all of the topics listed above. I hope that there are individuals who will enjoy reading it; who maybe are like me, a hard working dog mom who enjoys trying and sometimes failing at her pins on Pinterest. I plan to share all my pin fails with all of you, as well as my experiences and expertise outside of Pinterest. Finally I fully intend to share several dog mom stories, as I am a dog mo
m to a beautiful three pound yorkie named Lily, aka Lilers.