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I am complicated. Get used to it.
Who I be:
I was born April 9, 1988 (so whatever age that currently makes me!). Random fact: Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox on April 9. You’re welcome. Another random fact: My family is very, very old Atlanta: as in, General Hood who surrendered Atlanta to Sherman old-Atlanta. Suck on that, Real Housewives. Also, until this year, none of them lived inside the perimeter. But I digress.
At the moment, I live in Chicago, IL, but I was born and raised in Atlanta and lived in the same house until my parents sold it this summer. I basically picked up and left in favor of Charlottesville, VA, when I left for college, and I followed college with 2 years at Columbia in Manhattan. After a final year in Charlottesville while Alex (my husband) finished med school, we got married and moved to Chicago.
Horses were my life from the age of 5 until 22, and I continued to compete until 24. I developed a passion for fitness and working out around 10th grade, and this became a passion for long distance running balanced with strength training the last few years of undergraduate.
Something that I feel can define me in other people’s eyes but is something that I try to never let me define myself, is that I have lived with Crohn’s Disease since October 11, 2001. I do not suffer from it; I live with it and I learn from it. My journey with Crohn’s has given me both the greatest gifts (fitness, healthy eating, distance running, accomplishments I could never have dreamed of before, a way to reach out and help others) and perplexing challenges (fears of true infertility, fear of my stomach, fear of foods, dietary restrictions, mental impediments). My hope is that, whether or not you also have Crohns, another IBD/IBS, or illness, that you can glean something positive and constructive from my stories and how I have come to approach my situation.
After coming to Chicago, becoming a married woman (FINALLY), and again coming up short of a “real” job, I struggled to secure my place. My first objective for this blog was to use this space to help me find myself again. I went to school with great ambition and intention, but I time and again watched my plans go awry, as I am sure many others my age also have. But with the incredible, undying support and love of my family (particularly my mom and husband), who are so understanding of the complexity and frequent mine-field of my personality and physicality, and taking a series of chances on myself, I have found myself again. And now, more so than ever, I have learned what it means to live life beyond expectations–your own, your body’s, or other’s.
So what can you expect? A little bit of everything: running, exercise, lifestyle, food, exploration, thoughts both searching and superficial, etc. Because I am a mixed bag of awesome. You better believe it. And you better believe that you are, too.