About Me

Feb. 17, 2014

My interests are all over the place and I’m perfectly happy with that! I wasn’t born in Texas but I have been in Texas for most of my life and there’s no other place I’d rather be.

I have an insatiable love for old things and broken people. I’ve loved, upcycling, thrift shopping, and DIY projects since before it was hip, and I’m pretty sure that won’t ever change. I post most of my projects on this blog:craftastic mommy. I hope you visit me there, if you’re into that sort of thing, too!

I love photography and though I don’t master my camera as well as I’d like to, I’ve started sharing my photographs here.

I also enjoy writing, not like in an aspiring-to-be-a-professional-writer-someday manner but more in a way that documents my life and the things that I have been through with the intention that it will give hope to anyone who is going through anything similar.

As some of you already know, for the past three years I’d been blogging at mybloggingaddiktion2011.wordpress.com but I recently deleted that blog.

When I started it, I did so with the intention to tell my story, not because it is particularly unique but precisely because I know that it isn’t. I wanted to let others know who have stories similar to mine that it isn’t the things we have been through that define us but what we do with what we learn from those experiences.

However, the truth about our stories is subjective and I have realized that even though my story belongs to me, there are parts of it that also belong to others and that those parts aren’t mine alone to tell.

Also, a recent incident made me realize that while there are those who read our story and identify with it, there are also those who will, instead, say or do things that make us feel as though the words we’ve written have diminished the experiences that we’ve written about.

Their reaction makes us doubt ourselves and why it was that we found it so important to write about those things-which in writing, can now seem so limited and meaningless.

Feeling that way tempted me to close my heart and to stop writing completely. But I’ve realized that going through those circumstances is what helps us grow because neither praise or criticism from others is about us.

We are all searching for our own truth and when we haven’t found it-or accepted it-yet, it is especially difficult to accept others’ stories with an open heart.

It is exactly because of that that I’ve realized that it takes a crazy kind of brave (thus this blog’s title) to not only keep telling one’s story regardless of anyone’s opinion of it but also to keep moving forward with an open heart because the more we open our hearts, the more we are able to accept our story and that of those around us without judgment or prejudice.

So, I’ve decided to start over and keep writing the parts of my story that I am rightfully entitled to tell. So, here’s to new beginnings and to the start of something much better! 😉


41 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Mari! I’m so proud of you for not giving up on writing. I have always really enjoyed your writing, and learned a lot from the stories you have shared. I know I haven’t been commenting as much (just had too much going on) but I’ll definitely be following you on here. I’m so impressed with this new blog – a crazy kind of brave is indeed what it takes to get the most out of our lives! You’re a true inspiration, Mari.

    1. You are too kind, Sindhu! Thank you for such wonderful and encouraging words! Believe, me I understand the “too much going on” part very well. Thank you for following me, I just followed your other blog yesterday, too ( I hadn’t found it before). I love reading your posts, as well! ((:

      1. I was actually curious to ask you – how did you find my other blog? 🙂 I haven’t publicized it anywhere as yet. Is it listed somewhere on WordPress or something?

      2. That is so strange!! I am not sure how I found it. I was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office so I was on my phone and I’m not sure how it prompted me to it. Ironically, I’m at the doctor’s office again today. Let me see if I can figure it out and I will let you know! 😉

      3. Just figured out how I found your other blog, Sindhu. When I’m on my computer I can’t find it but from my phone if I click on your gravatar, it takes me to your profile and it shows both of your blogs on there. Not sure if you have to add it to your profile for it to show or if it automatically just shows all the blogs you have on there. I hope that helps!! 😉

      4. Oh, got it! That makes sense. Thanks for clearing it up, Mari. 🙂 I’m happy you’re following me on the other blog as well. It’s a more personal one as I’m writing to my two boys.

  2. Hi Mari, thanks for visiting http://gottafindahome.wordpress.com I enjoy your writing very much. I agree, ” neither praise or criticism from others is about us.” That is a difficult lesson to learn. When I sit with homeless people on the sidewalk, I experience the scowls, the averted eyes, the comments that they live with every day. I can walk away from it, they can’t. I look forward to reading more of your posts. ~ Dennis

    1. You are welcome, the pleasure was mine! You are an inspiration, dear sir! Thank you for visiting my blog too! I look forward to staying in touch, Dennis.

  3. We are all searching for our own truth and when we haven’t found it-or accepted it-yet, it is especially difficult to accept others’ stories with an open heart.

    So True!!!!!!

  4. Thank you, Diane!! I am so happy to log in here and find that you have visited!! Life’s been getting in the way of my blogging but living is always worth it! 😉 I am planning on making time for visiting all of you this weekend, though!! I so look forward to catching up on reading both of your blogs!!

    Hugs, sweet lady!! ((:

  5. Never doubt yourself. You are ‘always’ the most important person in your life, because if you’re not happy, how can you make others happy? Thank you for the visit & the follow. Travel safe on your path 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes, I agree!! I used to carry around a list of things I’d like to have (lists are my thing) because I believed that having them would make me happy but I would concentrate so much on the absence of them that I would make it almost impossible to attain them. So, now I’ve made up my mind to just be present and be happy because when I’m happy, the universe aligns everything else in my favor!! (:

      Thank you for following me, as well!!

      1. A great affirmation for you would be “The Universe always provides, I trust in the Universe’s plan”. I do the odd list as well, and sometimes we’re allowed to, otherwise life would just get sooooo busy! 😀

  6. Please DO NOT allow the negative tape to play in your head, telling you that your story is not to be shared. I so loved what I’ve read about you and your insight here–that you respect that some of your story involves other people and you respect their right to tell their story. You have strung together some pretty amazing words and I look forward to reading more! Blessings.

      1. Can I ask you a question about your blog? I’m just wondering if what God is giving me through words is worth it. I (like I encouraged you NOT to do) DO listen to the negative thoughts of feeling like what I’m writing isn’t going to be read and all I want is to obey God’s calling to help heal and help others heal. Your thoughts?

      2. Lol! 😉 I think at one point or another we all wonder the same thing. As selfish as it may sound, I mostly write about my experiences because it helps me understand and process them so that I can either accept them and move on from them, or recognize what changes I need to make so that I can let those things go. Don’t get me wrong, I do love helping others but I cannot offer anyone else what I don’t have. So, when I write, I write to gain clarity and if in doing so, my writing helps someone else do the same, then my work here is done. But even if I am the only one that gains anything from my writing, it’s a win-win situation because when I’m at peace with myself, I can then offer that to those around me, as well. So, I don’t really give writing too much thought. When an idea strikes me, I go with it because if I overthink it, I find that I begin to doubt myself too much and then I struggle to find the words that convey what I want to say in a concise way. However, I truly believe that if I’m inclined to write about something, someone is needing to read it and will be drawn to it. Maybe they will read it and comment, or maybe they will read it and take away from it whatever serves them without so much as a like but even if neither one happens, it’s alright because just writing what I’ve posted has served its purpose within me already.

  7. In all the things I have read here… I’ve always felt that your writing was epic. Even more than someone professing to be a professional writer or wanting to be . Your words have touched me to the core.

    1. I truly appreciate you, Diane. Your writing has always inspired me so much and I am humbled by your kind words, sweet lady!!

      Thank you! (:

  8. Something that took me along time to learn and accept is that not everyone is going to like me and that’s ok 🙂 You keep going girl, you have a beautiful gift. P.S. A hundred thousand thank you for visiting and following my blog. Mwah!

    1. I’m learning to do the same but it’s a work in progress!! 😉 Thank you so much for your kind words and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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