Welcome back to work all… I hope you’re more excited about it than I am. I’ve been lacking some motivation lately and also lacking ideas to write about. To fix this and also give you all a better insight to what makes me tick, I’m going to partake in the Blogtember Challenge from Jenni at Story of My Life.
Today’s topic is: Describe where you came from, including the people, places, and things that make up who you are.
Well, logistically I was born and raised in Bentonville, Arkansas. It’s a very affluent community in the very northwest corner of the state. I’m 20 minutes from Oklahoma, and 20 minutes from Missouri. Walmart, Tyson, PMI, and JB Hunt are all corporations with their headquarters located here. This small corner of the state is nothing like the rest of the state. I didn’t learn what Arkansas was like until I went to college at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR.
As long as I can remember we traveled. We went to the beach, we went skiing, we were always going somewhere new and fun. When I was about 9 my grandparents bought a motorhome. Every time we were out of school we would load up to go somewhere new. My grandpa would pull out a map of the US and my brother and I would take turns picking out where we went next. We spent 4th of July at Mt. Rushmore one year, and have had snowball fights in Taos, New Mexico. These are some of the best memories of my life. I remember my grandpa driving through the desert with his arm out the window singing along to country music for hours, and that’s still how I see him even though he’s gone.
I don’t identify with Arkansas in the least bit. I actually don’t enjoy living here much, and would love to move. We are here because J can’t transfer with his job, and the benefits are incredible. As a teenager I always said I was going to go to college in Alaska, to get AS FAR AWAY from Arkansas as I could get and still have US tuition to pay… Hah. That didn’t work out. Have you priced out of state tuition?!
The ocean holds a piece of my soul. I’ve talked about it before, but it really does. I should have been born a mermaid, so that I never had to leave. I only truly feel whole when I’m at the beach.
My parents forced me to be independent from a young age. Not that they were uninvolved or didn’t do enough, but they wanted me to be as capable and independent as I could be. For that reason I have NO tolerance for people who cannot take care of themselves, or rely on others to do simple tasks.
I’m excited to undertake this Blogtember challenge! I look forward to seeing the other participants!