The Misadventures of an Intelligent Mom Who Does Silly Stupid Stuff

Because this world needs more honesty when shit gets hard and more focus on beauty for the times it isn't. Former English teacher and School Guidance Counselor, current stay-at-home parent, author, singer, and proud owner of half a pancreas (my own- not in a zombie or serial killer way). Being chronically ill for years, battling to continue staying sober (Jan 26th, 2009) and becoming a mother simultaneously has not been easy (but it has given me a lot to say). I am trying to find the serenity in the insanity by being a transparent parent. Whether you are in recovery, a parent, a woman, or just want to laugh at my jackassery, this place is for you.

About

I am a recovering alcoholic/addict (sobriety date Jan 26th of 2009), former teacher, former school guidance counselor, formerly chronically ill for 3+ years, PTSD suffering, cursing, mother to a toddler.  Simple, right?

I am so many things.   I taught English for a 1/3 of my life.  I am a school guidance counselor with a Master’s.  I nearly died in childbirth. I previously published a book with a small press.   I suffered from a rare medical illness that led to me having half of my pancreas removed.  I am a survivor of sexual abuse.  I am a stay-at-home Mom.  I have suffered since childhood with major clinical depression and generalized anxiety.  I am a wife of 3 years this week.  I am all of these things and yet they don’t really encompass who I am.

I graduated from Michigan State with my Bachelor’s from the College of Arts and Letters.  My Master’s is in school guidance counseling (MaEd) and I did my practicum at Mesa Community College directly under their head counselor.  I have taught a plethora of subjects all under the umbrella of English at the middle and high school level with the exception of the counseling courses I taught at MCC.

 

In the last 3 years I have gone through major and rare medical trauma which has left me, shall we say, a little bit hesitant.  So here I am finding myself again.  This is the third time.  I found myself for a 2nd time when I got sober in 2009 and I am finding myself again now in 2018 post- surgeries.