I'm not sure if I've ever really listed out 20 things about myself on my blog, apart from blog awards, and I've seen it in the blogosphere as well as on Instagram. So here is part one :)
1. I got married when I was 21 to a great man, Ryan, while he was in the Marine Corps. During that time, I experienced the end of a deployment while we were dating, and Ryan was deployed to Afghanistan for almost our entire first year of marriage. Right now we're in our third year (2.5 years down), but we're still learning a lot about each other, our habits, effective communication, and how to be better partners.
2. I was baptized a Catholic but was re-baptized as an adult, a few months ago, at my new church home. Declaring a church home has always been something really important to me. Growing up, I was very much Catholic, but as I got older, I didn't really agree with a lot of the religious doctrine. It was much more than a time of, "I don't want to follow these rules." Instead, I personally felt that it wasn't a good fit for me or what I truly believe in and support. I came to realize this more and more as I attended other worship services and realized how much more open these services were and people developed a relationship with God far more than I saw in Catholic services. In my Catholic family and community, it kind of felt like there was more emphasis on doing things a certain way, instead of living in God's name. When I went to Great Falls Christian Community for the first time, everything just seemed to click and I love it there.
3. I love dogs. I have ever since I was a little kid when I would go to the library and check out volumes of books on dogs to learn more about breeds. One summer, while babysitting, I put together a folder of print outs of different dog breeds. Probably around that time was when my family got a yellow labrador and it kind of made me realize that my mom and I had very different outlooks on how we thought a dog should be a part of the family. My parents had an amazing kennel built for our dog that had indoor/outdoor access and it was pretty cool. However, our dog never was really in the house with us and for me, that was pretty sad. When I met Ryan and his family, it was a 180. His mom has three labs and they all are such a big part of the family. I knew that when Ryan and I got dogs, it would be the same. I really love having our dogs be indoor dogs and they're like our kids. Holly and Blu are so spoiled but I don't think I'd have it any other way.
4. I am addicted to Instagram. Hands-down, it's my most favorite of social media outlets. I love seeing a snapshot of people's lives, especially awesome people who love to craft, or are awesome parents, or just create really beautiful photos. The Instagram accounts I follow always inspire me, either with crafting or spiritually in developing my relationship with Jesus. I need to put together a list of awesome Instagrammers to follow ;)
5. I have been compared to Leslie Knope, and I love it. In case you don't know who Leslie Knope is, then we can be best-friends. I'm just kidding...sort of. She's Amy Poehler's character in the show, Parks and Recreation. She is hilarious and Mindy Kaling confirmed that she is awesome (she is a writer/actress in The Office). Leslie Knope has the type of spirit and energy that is intoxicating and contagious- it just spreads to everybody else. Awhile ago I wrote a really long, really depressing blog post about how I greatly disliked the town that my duty station is located in. All I could see were the problems and what it was lacking. Now I can't ignore those things, but I can definitely spin an alternative outlook on it and so I've started thinking more positively. I try to be an influence for good at work, with my friends, and at home. I'm enthusiastic about life and I try to bring that to other people to brighten their day.
Part II is coming up!