I’ve received a lot of subscribers lately who might not know who I am. I thought I would give a little insight as to what I do, who I am, and what I like.
1. I am a minimalist, which for me means that I won’t own things unless they are in use currently. Once I am done with something I pass it on to another. I may own less than 30 items of clothing and don’t like “decorations” of clutter collecting dust in my home (so if it isn’t a candle, a scripture in a frame, or photo, I don’t have decorations). The list really goes on and I find ways regularly to limit my possessions, but it is a personal choice that I don’t believe in forcing others to do. I want what I own to have purpose, while also being mindful of where they came from and who made them. I feel like being into simple living and minimalism changes me daily and makes me so mindful of everything I do, which I really like.
2. I am a descriptive and animated person. I could blame it on my lonely childhood where I used to talk to myself in the mirror since I had no one to really talk to and am making up for it now, but really, I am just a wacky lady. I talk a lot and will sing at random or do a little dance while food shopping. I am just known to embarrass people who are not used to me, while the people who know me well just shrug it off because they know how I am, so it doesn’t phase them (I am so thankful for them).
3. I like learning about people. I am so into hearing love stories and how people met. I like learning about stories behind friendships and activities that families do together. I like to know what makes people do what they do and live as they live. I like to try to put myself in others’ shoes without being in them (not to be them, but to understand them). I try to find compassion and understanding even for those whom others may feel don’t deserve to live.
4. I don’t care what people think of me, in the way that I am who I am, and will not change for others. The unfortunate part of this is that I am a sensitive person who takes rejection poorly. I break easily, yet am strong willed and stubborn. I have never been easily swayed by peer pressure and like to be calculating about consequences. I like to learn from both my own mistakes and the mistakes of others.
5. I am the resources adviser for Justice Network. I am the writer of 95% of the blog posts there and write the monthly newsletters too. I help work at the events and help in the planning process of new ones. I am their photographer, I share current events at meetings, and I co-run the social media sites. My hope is that people will understand and learn about human trafficking around the world and the injustices done through poverty and wars. I want people to be more conscious about who makes the things they buy, since slave labor is rampant. I long to see sexual exploitation erased and hearts of the afflicted comforted. I see traffickers as those who must have been hurt themselves somewhere down the line, that they believe it necessary to treat others poorly, and for them to also be given a way to be helped (even if that is done while in prison for a time). Restoration is incredibly important for all people.
6. Although I am currently affiliated as a member of an Anabaptist Mennonite church (for over 3 years now). I am not limited strictly by my denomination, though feel most connected to this one than I had any of the other churches I’ve attended. Anyone who is a believer in Christ as the son of God and Messiah is my brother or sister, no matter our differing opinions. I am a Christian, but the term has sadly been given a poor representation here and there, which is why you may see me saying I am “Anabaptist” or “Mennonite” more than a “Christian” since those titles are known as non-oppressive peaceful people and for their outreaching of loving standards.
7. I am obsessed with my husband. It just doesn’t stop. I met him when I was 16, over half my life ago. Each day I feel butterflies and get all thrilled that he is mine. I really like us. I am definitely the touchy-feely type and am glad he is mine for life.
8. I homeschool my sons, though get frustrated doing so on some days, but see it as something worth continuing at this point in time. They are such amazing little guys and I am blessed to have them.
9. I have only been quilting since September 2014! With it being a newer hobby, I am hopeful that it will be a permanent hobby since I have so much fun doing it!
10. I have dreams and goals in life. Some I have accomplished or am living now, and others are things that I may never reach. I really want to live in the will of God and have His hand direct my life, and I believe he has given me talents to be used for His glory.