Greetings and welcome to my little corner of the world. I thank you so very much for visiting and spending some of your moments here with me.
I have become enamored with the blogging world and all the different personalities that share their stories. I particularly enjoy finding out about the actual author of the blog, to put a personality with the content. And with that realization, I thought it was time to introduce myself to those of you who choose to visit.
I was raised in a Military family as my father served in the US Air Force and was stationed in England where he met my mother who is as British as they come. I spent my childhood going back and forth between the UK and the US. I was born in England and spent a lot of my childhood in Ipswich, Suffolk. I was in a different country or state every school year until I got to middle school. So I was raised very used to being in places temporarily. I believe this is why I have a serious case of “restless feet” and “wanderlust”. I have no issue picking up and going. I’m hoping to settle down one day. But that means a driveway and a mailbox ….. right?
I am a mother of four, and raised them on my own for the better part of their childhood. When I divorced, they were 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old. Divorce is hard on children, no matter how peaceful you believed the divorce was. I believed in my heart I was doing the right thing. Sadly, their father resigned the responsibilities of parenting and I traveled the parenting world solo. My family truly is my passion, my children are grown and finding their own way in this crazy life. They are my true purpose for me having a place on this earth. I have remained single without regret.
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner by trade, comparable to a GP in the UK. I haven’t always been the girl in the white coat. I started as a basic nurse. And alongside of my children I educated myself and earned my bachelors, Masters, went to Med school and got about halfway through my PhD in Public Health. I worked nights in ICU and fit my classes in where I could. I am happy to say that all four of my kids are college educated through a lot of will, determination, and overtime.
An FNP is a complex career and sadly, our healthcare system is very fractured. I work in family practice and treat patients from birth to death, and every ailment you can imagine. A lot of Mental Illness, a subject near and dear to me, which deserves multiple posts of its own.
WHAT I LOVE
The #1 thing I love is to take off, to anywhere, for any reason. I love road trips, plane trips and train trips. I travel solo for the most part, as I have been single for more years than you would believe. By choice. I love love love being single!! I have a heavy work schedule, so I cannot travel full time like I would absolutely love to. I don’t see how so many do that! I do what I can and go where I can. I feel fortunate that I have been able to travel as much as I can at this point. I have an endless list of where I would like to go, I would have to live two lifetimes to be able to get to them all…….but I’m sure gonna try! There are posts here on this blog about some of the places I’ve gone if you’d like to scroll back…..
JUST SOME DETAILS
I love tulips and daffodils. I’m a Minimalist and gave up my rented home, most of my belongings, and my car and travel to wherever they send me to treat patients in need for 3-6 months at a time. (Hence, my blog name, “Life in a Suitcase” as yes….it’s literal) I have done this for several years now and can’t see myself doing anything else for awhile. I love basketball, March Madness and The OKC Thunder. I love writing, have aspirations to finish my first novel, and have fallen in love with blogging. England will always own a big chunk of my heart. I am a tea drinker, PGTips of course. I have a wicked sense of. humor, spend most of my day laughing, mostly at myself, I practice self care as I have learned that the feeling when you break doesn’t feel good. My child within is alive and well, I love Winnie the Pooh, Bill and Ben, and my nickname has always been Tinkerbell. I have one tattoo, would love to get more. I love to teach, but I love to learn more. My driving force, and the thing I believe in most of all…..is kindness. And I do what I can, with what I have, where I am. One thing I do know…..is that kindness is contagious. And this world needs more of it.
I try to live with intention, and not just habit. I keep things as simple as they can be. I work hard, and when I’m off, I write, read, and sporadically take off in whatever direction is whispering my name at the time with my camera. I like a peaceful and calm life. I have seen enough turmoil and have dug myself out of more challenges and situations to fill up ten lifetimes……and so now I have learned to just slow it down and take a breath and appreciate all the life I have around me. In a nutshell, I am thankful.
Well, I feel a bit naked, but thought I would put a little of myself out there so you can know a bit about the person that authors the blog posts you read.
Until next time……be kind……..always,