So when I was 10, my family moved, same town just a different street. I had grown up on a
My wonderful husband and neighbors
pretty busy road and so there wasn’t really a neighborhood and I couldn’t really just hang out with friends in the area. So when we moved I was super excited to be in a neighborhood. I found the first house that had bikes in the front yard and I just went ahead and introduced myself. There was always something so special about this large family down the street. I could just tell they were different from mine. They had so much love and happiness. There was a family of 7 and the mom was always involved. She was at every sporting event, recital, club activity, etc. My family was in the midst of divorce so I wanted to spend all my time with this special family. They had something I wanted.
I went to so many activities with them growing up. I had no idea I was really going to Young Women’s activities. I just knew they belonged to a church and I enjoyed being there. I loved that my neighbors kept me included without crossing my mom’s lines. She was never into religion and I am so grateful my neighbors respected that boundary of my mom’s. I think without that, I wouldn’t be here.
I recently embarked in a new business venture, Christian Bling. It’s a faith-based company that allows me to work from home.
Christian Bling offers opportunities to raise money for worthy causes, custom create pieces for foundations, and have faith inspired hosted or online gatherings that are hosted at parishes, schools or homes through distribution of their “faith inspired, meaningful gift line of 200 items!
Alex and I have become so blessed by finding our faith. The happiness it has brought our home has been immeasurable. One of the best ways I can think to show my love of the Savior and our Heavenly Father is by wearing his love. That’s what I love about Christian Bling, it gives me an opportunity to share my faith in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. I always get compliments on my jewelry and that leads to a conversation about God, what could be a bigger blessing?! Not only do they offer jewelry but they are so supportive of the military, which you know I’m huge on! They offer apparel, home decor, things for the guys in our lives, and so much more! Christian Bling is without a doubt one of my top 5 best decisions I’ve ever made, the first two being joining my church and marrying Alex <3
I want to ask you which organizations you care about? I want to help you help them. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can start raising money for your favorite charity.
Together, we can make a difference.
I know I’ve taken a hiatus but it has been insane around here, my sincerest apologies.
Alex is finally (almost) out of the Army. We signed the paperwork so I can taste the freedom coming our way.
Anyway, I wanted to share this amazing story with you all.
For those of you who are not members of my church, a temple marriage may seen foreign to you.
In my church, we believe families can be together forever. I think this principle is one of the main reasons I joined the church. I think it such a huge blessing that I know without a doubt I’ll be with my husband and any children we have for time and all eternity.
So we become sealed to our families in the temples. I’ve been eagerly awaiting our time to go to the temple.
I was never going to write about this. It was far too personal for me. However, I feel like it would be a huge disservice to not discuss it in light of recent media coverage.
Let’s start with this is not a pity me piece. I’m not asking for some form of personal attention. Now that’s out of the way, we can discuss this massive problem.
According to Marshall University, Rape Culture is
“an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.”
I’m gong to start with my own story to talk about this issue.
My freshman year of college, I was super excited. I was going to my dream school. I hadn’t even applied to other schools. My mom was so nervous. I go down for orientation. Meet a cute boy. He’s on the football team and he’s southern. I mean that’s what a girl from the north wants in a man when she goes down south. We talked that whole summer until I moved into the dorm. I think my mom had been back in NJ for 24 hours max when I called her from my roommates cellphone to tell her I had been raped and the police had taken my cellphone as evidence. Not only did they take my cellphone but basically all of my possessions. Being the amazing mom she is, she left work and drove back to South Carolina. Thanks mom.
I know I’ve been absent lately and I apologize. A lot has been happening at the Love Household.
You all know I’ve spent basically my entire life in education and then subsequently working in jobs I have loved. The problem was never the work but the employer. I have the hardest time working for people. Anyway, is why I decided to start my own marketing firm, A.Love Marketing.
However, this post is not about my firm but someone very special who helped launch my business. Sarah Cowan, of Scrounging Mama, is a long time friend. We’ve known each other since actual diapers. I knew I could trust her when it came to my logo design.
There’s this tendency of some people in my life to constantly say they don’t know what I’m doing or my interests are all over this place.
I do not disagree. I always thought I was so weird because I feel like I could be happy doing so many things. I’ve considered countless careers. In 2008, I went to Coastal Carolina and wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t hate it. I could enjoy a life as a teacher. But I want more. I almost applied to law school. I would love to be a lawyer. I think I would excel there. I also think the US is producing more lawyers than they have jobs for so it did not fiscally make sense to take out loans for a field that is shrinking and has a surplus of qualified applicants. I have considered pursing a career in politics. I have been in marketing. I think the two go to together well. I did great in marketing. I love writing so I have an MA in Journalism.
My interests are varied but I think they are all in a relatable field. The skill set required for each is similar. To excel in any of these areas you must be motivated, educated, an effective communicator, quick on your feet, etc. I could make an endless list of the similarities.
The thing that struck me most was the commentary on which people feel they are entitled to have. Then tonight, I saw this quote from the Female Entrepreneur Association.