Yup, another chick with a blog. I feel like the best way to introduce myself is to do a sort of Q&A with some of the obvious questions:
Who are you?
Well, I guess I can start here. My name is Leah! I am a happily married mid-twenties chicka with two crazy pups and one very sassy cat. My husband and I recently relocated from Nashville, TN to Raleigh, NC (about a year ago now) due to my husbands job. I guess you can officially say we are ‘southerners’ now.
What should I know about you?
I like to think I am pretty fun (Am I allowed to say that about myself?). I love my coffee with a lot of cream, my tea with extra honey, and my popcorn with extra butter (#YOLO). I try not to take myself too seriously, while at the same time, not ignoring things that may need to be discussed. I am fairly outspoken, super giggly, and extremely talkative (ask anyone in my family-there is no such things as a quick convo with me, I could talk for 2 hours about the piece of toast I had yesterday). Oh, and fun fact: that drives my husband up a wall 😉 . My husband is a die-hard West Virginia University fan. Yeah, we are totally those people on the street with the giant flag, stickers on every car, and jerseys on our dogs. I’ve learned to embrace it and have been deemed an honorary Mountaineer by my husband 🙂 . Lastly, one of my favorite past-times is watching the Office for the 15,000th time (let’s be real, whose isn’t?).
Is this your main gig?
Oh goodness no! I am still getting the hang of this ‘blogging’ thing. I know I am late to the party but I have already enjoyed this so much. I have met so many awesome women and if nothing else, that has made this worth it.
I will be the first to admit, I was unsure about starting on this journey. I know blogging is a lot of work, extremely time-consuming, and it seems like every middle-class woman in america has their own blog (can I get an Amen?). I personally felt like I have been at a crossroads in my life and have been praying for some direction for awhile now. I am not sure yet if this is the direction I have been looking for, but in the meantime, this blog has been therapeutic and a creative outlet for me. However, if you know me, I rarely do anything ‘halfway’, so if I am going to do this, I wanted to do it the RIGHT way. Therefore what is the first thing you do? For me, that’s research. When I started to research on what to blog about, or how to go about it the right way, I was able to get three main pieces of advice that really helped me shape this blog and what I wanted it to be.
The first piece of advice that I received was to blog what you are passionate about. Well, I am passionate about a lot. I truly believe in living life to the fullest. My opinion? You can sleep when you are dead. Go on the adventure. Spend the extra money. Get up a little earlier. Stay up a little later. Read the extra book. Run the extra mile. Have the glass of wine. With that being said, I believe finding the balance of life is the key to success and I hope my blog reflects that.
The second biggest piece of advice I received was to blog about what your friends ask you for advice on. This one was an immediate ‘light-bulb’ for me. I get asked for advice on two things all the time, hair and make-up recommendations. I don’t believe anyone needs to wear make-up or hair products to look beautiful. However, for those who are looking for some good products, I have so many that I would love to recommend. I really got into beauty products a few years ago and I have learned ALOT. I have tried a TON, from the more affordable products to the top of the line. I am definitely not a ‘beauty blogger’ BUT I have definitely gained a lot knowledge that I would love to share (if people want to read it, LOL).
The last piece of advice I received was to blog about something that fills a need. As a Catholic woman, I believe there is a huge need for a larger presence of Catholicism in the social media world. I believe the Catholic Church is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented religious faiths. I hope this blog serves as a source of information for those with questions as well as a place of encouragement for those who are in need of a ‘social media refuge’. I will never shy away from the “tough” questions, as I too asked those same questions (I converted to Catholicism). I am an avid reader of Scott Hahn, Robert Barron, etc. and love theological discussion.