Day 1: The story of your life in 250 words or less . . . .
I was born on January 17, 1984 in Anaheim, California (a Disney girl from day 1, obviously). I'm the oldest of six kids (but wasn't raised with my baby sister who is 18 years younger than me). Unfortunately the defining moment of my life always points to when a girl in kindergarten told me I "talk too fast, talk too much and talk too loud". Subsequently I have spent decades trying (and failing) to find balance. My parents split up early in my life so I spent a lot of time helping my mom with my younger brothers and sister. A classic story is when my mom sent me into the grocery store alone to buy $100 worth of groceries at age 9 while she waited in the car with the babies; I was insulted when the checker thought this strange.
I graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2008 with a double BA in English & Religious Studies. I spent most of my college years in a rough relationship and, even though it felt like a waste of many years, it brought me closer to Jesus so I can't regret anything about it. After graduation I applied to Yale Divinity School (didn't get in, obviously) and moved to Fresno to regroup for a year. Once I moved back to southern California I met my boyfriend, Tyler, and consider myself so blessed to be in a healthy relationship with an incredible guy! We have been together for two and a half years and I feel our story has just begun!
I guess that girl in kindergarten was right, I talk too much . . . because that was 259 words, dang it! ;)