I have lived in Indiana all my life. A Hoosier girl by birth but a Purdue Boilermaker by blood. I grew up in Carmel, Indiana in a house that is about 10 miles from the one I recently purchased. I am the third of four children in my family and much to my sisters disagreement the only true middle child. My older brother and sister are 8 and 7 years older than me respectively and my little brother is 7 years younger…..see right smack in the middle. My family is all over the country. My parents just recently retired to Trafalgar, Indiana which is about an hour south of me. My older brother, his wife and their 4 children live in Cincinnati, Ohio. My sister, her husband and two boys live in Eugene, Oregon (Go DUCKS!) and my little brother is attending Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We all get together once or twice a year and when that happens…..WATCH OUT!
I Graduated from Purdue University in 2004 and began working for the Mitch Daniels campaign for Governor of Indiana. When he was elected I worked at various agencies in his administration over 7 years including Family and Social Services, Criminal Justice Institute (you’re welcome Hoosiers for our seat belt law) and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. I left state government in December of 2011. I now work for the most amazing set of lawyers, who make me laugh, shake my head and use the phrase “that’s what she said” on a daily basis.
I have a 4 year old daughter Evelyn (Evie) and an almost 3 year old daughter Eleanor (Nora). They are 15 months apart and are the absolute joy of my life. Don’t get me wrong, they drive me to the brink of my sanity on an hourly basis, but I would expect nothing less from my own offspring (right, Mom?). The girls dad and I were married in 2006 and were divorced in 2012. That is not something I have written specifically about yet and I may as I go on, but then again I may not. I’m trusting my gut on that one and right now it says no. I also have a new found love/hate relationship with running. I love how I feel when I am done and I love that because I run I don’t feel one ounce of guilt for my love of wine/beer. The hate part comes from the fact I hate the mental challenge it poses for me, and really the physical strain is unpleasant.
What I do love to write about is my journey as a woman who became a mom, and then a working mom, and then a divorced working mom. I love to write about my struggles and triumphs as mom, and hopefully to inspire other moms in similar situations, or really just other women in general. I also like to write about my struggle to not lose myself as a woman, and really as a human in my quest to be the best imperfect mom I can be for my daughters. Please stick around, and come back often, if anything it should be amusing!