I wanna tell you a story.
I went to college with every intention of becoming a veterinarian. I loved animals and I thought that was enough to make me the perfect candidate for such a career. So off I go with my backpack and my shit ton of confidence (I was an A student in high school, so duh...college was going to be cake).
Then organic chemistry happened. And I was all, "WHAT THE HELL does being able to draw the structure of a methane molecule have to do with neutering a dog?" I visited with my academic advisor and expressed my feelings that this courseload was nonsense and...let's just say he didn't agree. So I still had to take organic chemistry. And it kicked my ass. It actually kind of nunchucked me in the throat, too.
Some things just never click. Organic chemistry was one of those things for me. Since my academic advisor said it would be "frowned upon" to adjust the requirement just for moi (whatever), I decided I had better pick another major. My dreams were crushed and OMG how would I ever recover from this devastation?!?
I obviously had very little time to decide what I wanted to do for THE REST OF MY LIFE and where else does the path lead one that has spent 2 1/2 years of their undergrad career studying science? Accounting. Naturally.
I somehow managed to get through the accounting courseload with a semi-decent GPA and only one semester later than planned. I did it. I graduated from college. With an accounting degree. Let the good times roll.
Anyway...I go on to work in the field for quite a few years before we had kids and made the decision for me to first work part-time, then when Charming was offered a new position out of state, we took that BIG OL' step of me becoming a stay-at-home mom. The title of all titles.
I have loved my time at home. I feel so fortunate to be in the position we are, where not working has even been an option for me to consider. But I would be lying if I said I didn't feel like I had been missing something. I have been responsible for seeing to the needs of our children and our home for the past 9 years. While this has been a blessing in countless ways, I have also felt like MY needs have taken a bit of a back seat to everyone else's. Finishing all the laundry and vacuuming the entire house can only be so rewarding, ya know?
I have struggled practically my whole adult life trying to find "my passion". Something that I truly loved and looked forward to doing. Something that was just for me.
I found it, y'all.
It's writing. I love it. Like LOVE. L-O-V-E. I love spilling out my guts and my feelings and my quirks and my random thoughts into the computer and sharing them with all of you.
I used to write stories all the time when I was a little girl. I never showed anyone because I didn't think they were "good enough". But now, whether I'm good at it or not, I have fallen in love with sharing my life with you through the written word. And the fact that I love it makes the rest insignificant.
And you, my readers, have played a huge part in helping me realize this. Each one of your comments, your "likes" on Facebook, your individual posts that share a picture or a story telling me it reminded you of me...they are all a gift. They validate the time I spend on this little blogging venture and keep me going. You have no idea how much I appreciate you.
I know I just asked you all to vote for me by clicking the cute and flashy banner at the bottom of my posts. I would still greatly appreciate it if you did that. I don't win any major awards or anything, but it can earn me more readers. And I love readers.
All this being said, something very exciting has happened. I've been
nominated in the Circle of Moms "Top 25 Funny Moms - 2013".
Holy crap, y'all (my Texan has really been coming out lately). To be included in this list is a bigger honor than I could have imagined. There are some seriously talented women out there. Suggesting I could win this is a little like suggesting I could win a marathon. It ain't gonna happen. But, I would still love to try.
So, if you wouldn't mind doing me one more teeny tiny favor and click on the cute pink circle on the upper right hand side of my blog, I would be eternally grateful. (Okay, eternally might be a bit much but you know what I mean). It will take you over to the 'Circle of Moms' website where you can vote for me. I also encourage you to check out some of the other bloggers on the list and vote for them, too. They are all awesome. You can vote once a day, every day until February 13th. You can vote for as many bloggers as you want, so be sure to spread the love!
Thanks again, guys.