My Story

Everything you do, everywhere you go, every experience you have is all part of your story – and your story makes you who you are.

Each year, I look back on my life with an appreciation for each of my experiences and the people who have helped shape the stories I share.  This section of my site is, by far, one of the most personal and important to me.  It’s through these stories that I am able to truly see how much I’ve grown into who I am.  But the thing is, you’re never done learning.

Paired with a bit of vulnerability and unguardedness, I open up and share what it’s like to be me.

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Dear Future Self…

Pairs Well With… “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” – Unknown     Dear Future Self, Hey Firecracker, how’s it going?  I know we haven’t been properly introduced, and…

I Never Saw It Coming…

Pairs Well With…”Take a Bow” by Rihanna Where do I EVEN begin?!?!  There are no words, and I am beside myself.  BESIDE. My. Self. None.  I never deserved to be treated this way.  Ever.  In hindsight, you never deserved me in the first place.  And I am disgusted and sick to my stomach that I’ve…

Carin Pairs Well With Blog Photo shoot cafe

In My Skin

Pairs Well With…A Carefree Attitude + Confidence + Big Smiles There comes a time in each of our lives where we have a moment and “get it.”  We just get it.  We didn’t then, but we do now. A couple of days ago, I had my very first blog photo shoot.  That, in and of itself,…

What Do You Want To Be Known For?

Pairs Well With…”Chase It” by Ashley Dubose, a Minneapolis favorite (LOVE this song!)   In a hallway conversation with my colleague last week, he asked how I liked my new job, and how my blog was coming along, mentioning that he thoroughly likes and is touched by my writing.  I told him I was working to…

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Pairs Well With… “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson + a packed suitcase + a ready-to-go mindset  I am a Midwestern Gypsy.  I’ve lived in five different states, with Minnesota, a place that I’ve lived twice and spent the most collective years of my life, being home.  Despite other stops along the way, and…

People Disappoint. Pizza is Eternal.

Pairs Well With…A box of Kleenex + (2) shots of Patron + a deep, deep breath, and maybe a few tears  Falling In Love With Him: “Rush” by Ferras Once the Aftermath Settled: “Best Damn Thing” by Ivy Levan Heartbreak is hard.  In fact, it is absolutely devastating.  There is no remedy for repair. There…