jersey girl

and so it begins, i am going to take on another "blog every day...etc.". that being said, i will still finish up my wedding pictures as double post-in order not to abruptly end sharing those pictures! so the first post for "blogtember" is to explain where you come from and essentially what makes up who you are. i am from, and grew up in new jersey, spent 6 years of my life in virginia for college and life thereafter, and currently have living in michigan for exactly 1 year. i never thought i would stay in new jersey forever, after moving away for college i realized that i could be happy living somewhere else. but i also didn't realize that i would be living in my third state by age 25. so what are some things about where i'm from that contribute to make me, me?

first, i would have to say that the location of my hometown made me grow accustomed to convenience at an early age. i grew up in new jersey, right across the bridge from philadelphia, pennsylvania. so essentially i was in a city suburb. i have multiples of everything within a 10-15 minute range. that includes malls (with every essential store and more!), target, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations...everything. where i live now...even though i'm not technically in the country, i feel like it! i'm much further from...pretty much everything. its a big change, but a change i can get used to!

i contribute my love for the beach and the ocean to where i grew up. taking family vacation on the eastern cost, only about 40 minutes from my hometown, was still vacation to us when we went to ocean city, new jersey every summer. a week or more of just hanging out on the beach everyday all day is the best.

i started my school career going to public school, and in 9th grade i switched to a private christian school. i would have to say that this made a huge impact on where i am now. not that i was going down the wrong path, but as an 8th grader, it was just getting harder and harder for me, being more of a follower than at leader at the time, to stand up for what i knew was right and wrong in everyday situations, conversation, etc. today i still have great relationships with a few of my close friends from highschool, and i know in confidence that they are not just friends, but brothers and sisters in Christ. if i had not gone to private school, i may have not been so influenced to go away to a Christian college, where my life and relationship with God just grew even more and helped shape me into who i am today.

come back for more blogtember tomorrow!


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