Hey y’all and welcome to my little corner of The Loafer. This is the first installment in what I hope will become a recurring and informative column for you readers, about the world and how it’s seen through the eyes of a born and raised Tri-Cities woman. I wanted to use this time to give you all a brief introduction to me and some of the things I hope to touch on in my writing.
First of all, as I mentioned, I am a lifetime resident of the Tri-Cities area and I love this little place I call home. I am so proud to claim this part of the country as mine, from the beautiful scenery and climate to the wide variety of people who also share their home here. There is seemingly always something to do, someone new to meet and something new to learn if you just keep an open mind and an adventurous heart. That is how I try to live- Every day is a fresh opportunity to change my life, whether it’s by saying hello to a stranger or even something as small as trying a new restaurant.
With that being said, I am still a work in progress. Every day I learn something new, every day I make mistakes and every day I face both internal and external obstacles that challenge me as an individual. I, just like everyone else in the world, am a flawed human being, just trying to do my best to be better than I was the day before. I certainly don’t know it all and don’t claim to. But I’ve lived a lot in these short 32 years on earth and hopefully my experiences can be shared here and help someone else who may be in a similar spot in life. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs- from divorce and heartbreak to finding soul mates and true love. I’ve been fired from jobs I thought were going to be long term careers and I’ve worked my way into my dream position. I grew up less fortunate than others to say the very least and became the first in my family to attend and graduate college, thanks to parents who sacrificed everything to ensure I had every opportunity to rise above our humble circumstances. I’ve also let my parents down more times than I can count as my own special way of saying thank you. Life to me is such a beautiful ebb and flow of triumph and tragedy and within your responses lie your greatest lessons.
I hope to discuss a wide variety of topics in this column, from light hearted and fun to the more serious. I am a dog mom of 3, I love to cook, I consider myself a moderately educated individual on the topic of beer, wine and spirits (at the very least I am an enthusiastic taste tester). While I myself identify as a heterosexual female, I am a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and am always intrigued by human sexuality and each person’s own experience and identity. Being a person whose adult weight at 6ft tall has fluctuated from 132lbs to 185lbs and a mother who is a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, plus I was married to a body builder, you could say I am someone who has a keen interest in health, exercise and nutrition. You could also say I’ve battled body dysmorphia and depression related eating issues my whole life. I don’t know that I would call myself a feminist in the way that I am out here picketing for women’s rights and equality. I am quite traditional when it comes to things like gender roles within relationships and being treated BETTER than my significant other. However, I believe that the most feminist mindset is that every woman should have the right to be treated the way she wants and to live her life the way she is comfortable. So based on that opinion, yes I am a feminist. I am currently not married which always makes for interesting topics. The landscape of dating has shifted drastically from the time I was in my early 20s to now and I’m sure a lot of those stories will play a part in my writing. Lord knows I’ve had my fair share of newsworthy relationships, whether they’ve lasted for one evening or 5 years.
So, be it pop culture, relationships, booze and food or WHATEVER, I am so excited to share my views with all of you! Writing and blogging has always been a passion of mine and this opportunity is such a blessing for me to have an outlet for my creativity. I look forward to spilling the tea with all of y’all here in The Loafer! Til next time.