Who I Am

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In it's arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power too that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
--JK Rowling

As crazy as it sounds, I have always known what I wanted to do in life and no matter how I envision other scenarios of what I could possibly become, none of them have been as clear a path as becoming an author has. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Nineteen years ago I was just a sweet little thing with big brown eyes that didn't know where life was going to take her. I was born and raised in the Utah Valley and spent most of my time playing with my cousins and grandparents who lived down the street from my house. I loved to play in the neighbors sandbox and fly kites in the backyard. 

Around big crowds of people I was as shy as one can be but around my family, I was as free as a caterpillar after it has sprung from it's cocoon into a beautiful butterfly. But, because I was given the personality of an introvert, I also spent a lot of time in my room playing alone which meant that I had to be creative with how to entertain myself. I played with dolls and strollers and barbies as every young girl does but the strongest memories I have of my childhood are of making little hand written and hand drawn books made out of pieces of scrap paper folded and stapled together. They were silly and made completely no sense at all but from the time I started to learn how to write and draw, it has been something that I have been very good at.

When you think of someone who writes it usually comes along with the love of reading, but that wasn't the case for me. As a young girl I hated to read, other than the first Harry Potter, it was so boring to me. I couldn't stand it-- until an amazing sixth grade teacher came along and took the time to find what genre was perfect for what I liked and ever since then, I can't stop reading. That was when I first started to pay attention to english as a subject of real interest.

Then in eighth grade I had another amazing english teacher who really inspired my dreams of becoming a published author. That year she encouraged me to write a short scary story for a Halloween Story Contest that teens from all over the state of Utah participated in. My story came back in 11th place, an honorary award winner, I had barely missed placement in the top ten but it was good enough for me. I had never done anything like that, to get 11th out of hundreds of kids was quite an accomplishment as a thirteen year old. 

Then in ninth grade as a fourteen year old I had an epiphany of a story and I wrote it for months on end whenever I had time. It got pretty far and everyone I knew wanted to read it. I was so excited that I started getting ideas of publishing it and becoming the youngest published author but then I went to high school and I stopped writing completely. Hanging out with friends became more of a priority as well as trying to get the best grades to get into a good college. I still loved all my english classes but my writing ceased and I lost interest in the story.

Don't worry, the dreams don't stop there though. I graduated high school and was excepted to a great University and I declared my major in English with an emphasis in creative writing. I was on my way to my dream of becoming an author! 

Now I am on my second year of college and I still love writing and my dream of becoming an author is still going strong. This blog has become my greatest companion and it has helped me grow my talent of writing. This blog isn't just about my writing or my life, it's about everything that has to do with me. 

I write about my life, my feelings, my passions, my projects and recently I have added nutrition and health tips and advice onto my blog because they are all the things I am passionate about. I hope you enjoy reading my stuff, I sure appreciate the people that take the time to read my blog, and honestly I am actually overjoyed. I never thought I would pick up any readers, let alone followers.

Thanks for reading, and keep smiling!


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