Hi! My name is Steph, and this little blog of mine is the place where I share all things life, love and creativity related. I started this blog to capture all of the home related goings-on when my fiance and I moved in together in February 2012, and I’m so glad now that I did! It isn’t a famous blog, and I don’t have hundreds of followers, but it has become a place for me to share my creative endeavours and I hope that it continues to grow and evolve with me. I’m a fairly friendly and open person, so for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the person behind the posts, here is my story!
I grew up in a small(ish) town in Southwestern Ontario. I have one sister who is 13 months my junior and who is my best friend. I have two amazing parents who are still happily married after almost 32 years, and who are a constant support and inspiration for me. I have quite a bit of extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) who I am very close to and I love coming from a big family.
Growing up I was pretty much always the shy kid. Being bold and brave and outspoken was my sister’s territory (still is to this day! haha), whereas I hung back more and could usually be found reading a book. I had a really happy childhood and had several close friends, but I definitely struggled with self confidence, especially as I got older and moved into those awkward pre-teen and teenage years. I won’t say that those years were horrible for me, because they weren’t. There are a lot of kids who have it much worse off than I ever did, but I’m also not one of those people who can say I loved high school. I was quite happy when it was over and it was after that when I really “blossomed” I guess you could say.
I worked as a waitress for a year after high school before I went to college, and I only mention it because I feel that year really did a lot of good for me and helped me to open up and come out of my shell. I became much better at approaching and speaking to people (kind of have to in that line of work!) and my self-esteem improved by leaps and bounds.
I moved to a larger city in Southwestern Ontario in 2004 to go to college. Holy crap, how has it been that long already?! I took a general year to try and figure out what I wanted to do and to get good grades that I could apply to university with. Let me tell you, at 19 years old it is virtually impossible to decide what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. I’m now closing in on 30 and I STILL don’t fully know what I want to do with my life! lol
Anyway, I applied to university and got accepted but something inside of me freaked out and I changed my mind at the last minute. Guess where that left me? On multiple waiting lists for the college courses that I had applied to late. That was a bit of a bummer, but I just worked for a few months during the first semester of that school year and got accepted into my program beginning in January. I paid my own rent and bills for those 4 months, so it was definitely a good learning period for me and I realized that I’m quite capable of taking care of myself :)
I ended up taking Child and Youth Worker, and I definitely don’t regret that decision because I loved my program and everything that it taught me. I made some really good friends in those 3 years and I did a lot of learning during that time. However, I can honestly say that I didn’t do a ton of research into that field before I went into the program. It wasn’t until I was almost done that I realized it probably wasn’t what I was going to want to do for the rest of my working life. I finished my program in August 2008 and a few months later I ended up working for an agency that supports people with intellectual disabilities. I really kind of fell into it, but I ended up enjoying it and there I have stayed since. I’m not sure what the future of my working years holds for me, but I’ve gotten a lot of great experience at this job.
I don’t want to go into too much detail here, but I feel that a necessary part of my story would be that of my personal life. Yes, I’m talking relationships and love and all of that. Let me just say, I have had my share of bad experiences. Nothing too traumatizing thankfully, but awful enough in their own ways that after about 5 years of dating (a lot) of not so great guys, I finally woke up and saw that I needed a break. I was 24 years old and had just been through (another) rather terrible break-up. I wanted so badly to find that right person who I could have the fairy tale with that I kept trying to convince myself that the wrong guys were in fact Mr. Right. Enough was enough though, and I stayed single for the better part of a year to focus on myself and to figure out exactly what it was that I needed and wanted from a future partner. Then, December of 2010 entered the perfect man into my life.
We met through mutual friends, and it was instant chemistry right from the beginning. I still had some fears and doubts about letting myself fall for someone, but he made it so completely easy for me that there were never any doubts that he was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. We got engaged during our one year anniversary trip, and we’ll be getting married on March 8, 2014 (We were supposed to get married on May 31, but we just found out a little while ago that we have a baby coming in July!) He is absolutely the most wonderful and perfect man for me, and I feel thankful every day that he came into my life. I wrote more about that here, for anyone who’s interested in reading it. I can’t wait to walk down that aisle and start the rest of our lives together :)
Now, my day to day story consists of that wonderful guy, our sweet little fur baby Lola and getting ready to get married and prepare for a baby coming. I have dreams that I hope so much will come true some day soon…owning a home, maybe running my own business…but until all of that happens I’ll just keep moving forward and putting most of it out there for all of you to hopefully get inspiration from.
This blog will be a place to show off our journey as a young couple working our way towards becoming a family, with all of the crafts, decorating, recipes and DIY along the way. I hope my blog can give others some inspiration. Happy nesting!