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Here’s a brief synopsis of the past few years of my life, which has led me to where I am now.  I am a Master’s level trained Social Worker and I’ve worked in the field of dialysis for 4 years before moving on to Hospice, where I am now.  Prior to that I was going to school for Physical Therapy, so I have a strong background in the health care field.  My interest has always been to help others, but it has only been recently that I have discovered how to do that in a way that’s best suited to my training, my desires, and my natural abilities.  If all that education means nothing to you, that’s fine.  Just know that I’ve had a lot of education but I haven’t been able to use that in the way I’d really like to.

In the fall of 2008 I moved from upstate New York to North Carolina (where I currently live), where I knew only 4 people at the time.  That move was very scary, but it has definitely shaped who I am and given me the confidence to make great decisions for my life.  During this time I’ve also been involved with great people that were passionate about self-improvement and education, and I have soaked up every bit of education I have been able to get my eager little hands on.

In 2009 I made the decision to create a healthier life for myself.  I was very overweight but I wanted more out of life and I hated how my body, and the thought processes that had caused me to be fat, were holding me back.  I’m proud to say that I lost 75 pounds just over a year (the healthy way) and have kept a good portion of it off for years.  I can tell you, this journey was not an easy one, but it has made more of an impact on my life than anything I’ve ever done.  I can truly say that I’m a different person, physically, emotionally, and mentally, than I was before I did that for myself. 

It was during this process that I discovered the wonder that is blogging.  I found that there were so many changes going on in my head and heart that I just needed to express myself, and I started journaling on an incredible web community I was a part of that kept me accountable to my weight loss goals.  I never knew I liked writing, to be honest.  With all the education I had been through, I had done countless papers and projects, but I had never really considered writing in my spare time for fun or recreation.  Also, I had kept diaries as a teenager (oh, the horrific problems of adolescence) but never really as an adult until I started to write as a way to cope with the changes brought about by my weight loss.  Suddenly I realized that I’m decent at writing, and I really enjoy it.  Twice I even considered writing a book about specific experiences I had gone through, but at those times of my life writing wasn’t a priority.  My passion for writing didn’t go away, but I did kind of push it aside for awhile, while I focused on other things.  However, I continued to journal as an effective means of self-expression and problem solving.

I love learning on any kind of level.  Even when things fail in my life I try to turn it into a learning opportunity.  I will say that I’m a relentless optimist and I’m always giving people the benefit of the doubt (to my detriment, at times), but that mindset is a big part of who I am and how I view the world, and I’m happy with that. 

At this point I am ready to take on another big challenge, so I’ve entered into the world of blogging.  I know very little about setting up a website, but fortunately I have found that there are a lot of resources (and a community of incredibly friendly, successful, and helpful bloggers) available to assist me.  My hope for this blog is to reach out to others who are ready and willing to move forward in their lives by sharing the life lessons I have learned over the past few years.  One of my life’s passions is to help others achieve their potential, and I hope to use this website as a means to do that by reaching out to others interested in improving their lives.  

I’d love to hear from you and what you would like to get from this site.  Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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