Well, here we are folks - My First Blog Post...
It's a bit daunting, to be honest. I've wanted to do this for a while, but something kept me from doing so. It was probably that little voice in my head that says, "You don't have time for that right now. I mean, look at all the books you have to read, and your family needs you to make dinner again tonight, and work demands your focused, undivided attention. You can always start your blog next year."
Well, Little Voice, I'm here to tell you to shut up! It's time I did this, and you can just go away! (Sorry, I'm listening to a fast-paced Yo-Yo Ma selection and it kind of got me all riled up. Whew, "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major" is playingnow....
Moving on to the good stuff.
The basics: I've grown up knowing the love of both of my parents, who are still married today, and have always encouraged me. I am 25 (almost 26, eek!) years old and I have so many interests, I could be a catalog. Just open my brain up and point anywhere... You're bound to find something I could talk to you about for hours. I love all things geeky (my favorite being Doctor Who) and all things bookish and musical. And, again, I could talk about them for hours. I love Disney. I can really relate to Belle from Beauty and The Beast. My friends will tell you, do not ever mention you think anything bad about my Belle, because I can promise you that you'll regret it. I will never stop defending that lovely fictional character and her beautiful mind. I dream of becoming heroic and brave and marrying a man who will give me a library... *ahem* I mean, finding something good in any bad situation.
I've always wanted to be an author. As a little girl, that was the dream, other than being just like my mommy, with a husband and two kids whom I adore. I was always reading. I couldn't get enough at the library, and I always re-read the same books. My mom would read to me at night before bed a chapter from her Janette Oak books (which, thinking back, I was far too young to understand any of them. Why did Marty want to live with a man and little girl she didn't even know?! Why??). I would beg her to read me more, each night. But, being the responsible (and probably tired) parent she is, she made me go to bed with the promise of another chapter the next night.
As time went on, I lost a love of reading. I mean, I guess I always enjoyed it, but not as ferociously as I do now. When it came time for me to choose a career, it was about what could make me money, and what I was good at doing. I had completely forgotten about wanting to become an author and went into the dramatic world of Hospitality Management. I'm not complaining about my job, I promise. I work in the sales department of a 3-star hotel and I get weekends and holidays off. It's a cushy gig with which I am not willing to part.
I've done a lot in my life that I sometimes take for granted (what? So I'm not perfect. Trust me, of this I am aware). My grandma and mom started singing together when my mom was 18, and she and my grandma became a traveling duet. Once I was born, I was also thrown into the mix. My mom used to tell a story from stage when she was introducing me - "Two weeks before Torie was born, I was on stage singing with Mom. And then two weeks AFTER Torie was born, we were back on the road again!" We traveled and sang together until I was 19 (we have CD's and posters and even a book!). My grandma still continues the ministry today. I was able to go so many places as a part of the trio. Pigeon Forge, TN, small villages in Mexico, and even Israel, to name a few. We used to perform at Dollywood every year until I was 14. It was a blast and I do not regret one single second of that experience.
Soon though, it was time for me to spread my wings. And by "spread my wings," I mean quit traveling and focus on college. All good things must come to an end, and I wanted college to end sooner than anything else! I attended multiple schools, but ended up graduating with a BS in Hospitality Management from Rosen College at UCF (Go Knights!! Charge on! And can you please start winning this season? 0-8 is just shameful. Okay, I'll stop. Where's that comforting Yo-Yo Ma??).
Since then, I have been living at home, going through the daily routine of a daily life.
God is my first and foremost, as He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It's because of Him and His blessings I am even here today. Thank you, Jesus, for everything. I have a mom and dad and a little brother who is 4 inches taller than me (but I can still take him down with a good tickle-attack to the ribs).
I'll probably never become an author, and that's okay. I'm perfectly content with this outlet, and whatever else God has planned for my life. Right now, I have the best best friend any one could ask for, and because of her influence and presence in my life, things can only go up!
I am beyond blessed, and beyond grateful
Life can be full of happiness - we just have to find it.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11, NIV