Self-Evolution Over a Decade


Wow. This was ten years ago. Jon had graduated and I was in my senior year of college. We won a trip to New York City and to see AC/DC before they started on tour that year. Jon and I had not even been dating a year yet. It was an amazing time. Neither of us had ever been to New York before and the concert was a special event so we rode a bus from NYC to Pennsylvania with label and record employees.

It was the first adventure of many with my favorite partner in crime. 


5 years ago we took a road trip to the east coast. We saw Niagara Falls, made it to Fenway Park, Washington D.C., and other awesome sites along the way. Jon is absolutely the best trip planner. He finds cool restaurants and can map the most wonderful vacations.

10 days, 15 states, and 2700 miles later, we were home. 

Jon and I had been married for 2 years, had a house, and were settling into real adulthood. I was working at my second school, a charter school in a rough neighborhood. Those 2 years of teaching there were the most humbling of my human existence. Hunger, sadness, loneliness, exhaustion, and overwhelmed were faced every single day.

Kids who did not get a meal over a weekend.
 Kids who saw their uncle shot at a party.
Kids who had been up since 5 a.m. getting their siblings ready for school.

I will be forever grateful for the experience and try to always be mindful how absolutely lucky I am.

Looking back at 2013, we actually had lots of traveling and made many wonderful memories with friends and family that year.


Here I am on the 4th of July of this year. Jon and I have been married for 7 years, but together for almost 11. Hendrix will be 3 in a couple weeks and Maverick is 6 months old. 

I will tell you that motherhood has changed me more than anything else has in my entire life. 

My two little boys are my reason for getting up in the morning, taking care of myself, and the motivation to live life to the fullest. They make my life the most challenging and the most rewarding. My focus is now taking care of my family and doing my best to raise kind and respectful boys. When you're the role model, every action must be well thought out. Being a mom pushes me to be a better person, too. 

I know I am one of the lucky people who is surrounded by friends and family in this amazing journey. Grateful is a word I use almost on a daily basis because I have an amazingly supportive husband and 2 healthy little boys who call me Mom. 


  1. What a great look back over the last decade!

    1. Thank you! It was really very enjoyable to look through all the pictures and events. I'm truly so lucky.


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