Who Is This Chick?

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 just moved back to Nashville, TN after a short stint in Raleigh, NC. We are so happy to be officially ‘home’ in Music City.

Why blog?

This is a really good question.  Man, has this answer evolved.  The answer I am giving today is definitely NOT the same answer I would have given six months ago.  What originally brought me here is definitely not what keeps me here.  I started ‘LifeAsLeahKnows’ in the Spring of 2018.  ‘LifeAsLeahKnows’ was conceived as a result of great personal frustration, something I definitely wouldn’t have been able to verbalize six months ago. One thing to know about me is that I actually earned my Masters degree in 2016.  That may not seem like an important fact, but it significantly impacted who I am today. Until graduation, everything in my life had completely revolved around my academic career.  Seriously, it was everything to me. It was my source of pride, my validation, and where I drew my personal value.  I poured my heart and soul into being successful in it. Eat. Research. Draft. Edit. Write. Shower. Write some more. Repeat. This was my life for years.

After graduation and my academic writing ‘career’ ended, it left me with a deep and profound sense of frustration.  No more deadlines.  No more research topics.  No more thesis statements.  Most significantly, no more ‘A’s’.  No more recognition.  It left me with a void that I didn’t even know was being filled. This void led me here… to the creation of ‘LifeAsLeahKnows’.  I originally thought this blog would be more of a ‘beauty/lifestyle’ blog. (LOL!) I quickly came to the realization that is not where my heart lies.  I crave intellectual discussion, thorough research, and challenging writing.  My hope for this platform is to go so far beyond a beauty/lifestyle blog.  I am not super fashionable. I am not the most crafty or handy.  I don’t have a bunch of awesome ‘life hacks’ and I am definitely not a beauty expert.  

With ‘LifeAsLeahKnows’ I hope to bring authenticity, Christ-centered femininity, raw theological discussion, and well-rounded academic style writing to the wonderful wide world of the internet in a balanced way.  I want to break stereotypes on what it means to be unapologetically Catholic in the 21st century, bring important topics to the table, while encouraging others to be their unapologetically feminine, unfiltered, and Catholic selves – whatever that looks like.