My name is Stephanie and I am a Wife, Dog Mom, & Lifestyle Blogger who is striving to create the future I want for myself and my family!
I am a 25 year old, Type 1 Diabetic who is striving to live a life of purpose. I married my Husband in May of 2018 and I’m so blessed by him! I’m blessed to walk through life beside him, I’m blessed that my future children will have him as their father, and I’m so blessed by his kind and loving heart, his support, and his laugh. July of 2018 we welcomed our Golden Retriever, Moro, into our family and she’s our favorite. We definitely wouldn’t be the same without her, that for sure!
I started with my amazing husband and sweet doggo, because they are my whys, my reasons, and why I want to Strive for my goals and dreams in life. They are my family and my 1st thought when I wake up and my last when I finally fall asleep. They (and the future) are the reason I am beginning this blog. Lifestyle, Inspiration, Encouragement, Faith, and Honesty will be the main ingredients and I hope that as we walk through life, you will find value, hope, strength, laughter, and community here.
But anyway, lets go back in time a little farther…. In October 2007, several months after my 12th birthday, I was diagnosed with a chronic Autoimmune disease called Type 1 Diabetes. My life instantly changed. I now had to test my blood sugar, take insulin injections, and count the carbs I was going to eat to calculate my injection. Being sick before diagnosis as my body was not able to fully process the food that I was eating, I went from a 90 lb 12 year old, to a 70 lb 12 year old in a single month, and it took me a good 3-5 years to gain that weight back after diagnosis.
Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes had responsibility and worries about my future on the forefront of my thoughts and plans by the time I was a junior in high school – if not before. I realized I would need a job that provided insurance to support my medical needs, and as well as a plethora of other unknowns. I graduated from Portland State University with a bachelors of science in March of 2018, but finding a full time job seemed impossible, especially when I was looking within my field. Finally I was blessed to find an office coordinator position that at least helped to pay our monthly bills easier than the multiple part time jobs I managed to mesh together as well as being much healthier for me.
Around the time that my first anniversary came around at my job, I started realizing that what I wanted in my future did not allow for a normal 9-5 job. I want to be financially free, I want to be a mother, I want to value my time and energy more than giving it to a paycheck for the remainder of my days. I want to travel with my husband. I want to take spur of the moment trips to the ocean. I want to be more than passionate about a job because I have to be to pay for general life. I want to invest in myself and be able to make choices that better my physical and mental health. Blogging just might allow the future I want to strive for. I am SO excited to see where this new adventure takes me.
Thank you for being here with me!