Happy New Year, Nice to Meet You!

You may be wondering what the title of this post is all about. Well I thought with a new year, it would be the perfect time for a little reintroduction. So Happy New Year, nice to meet you seemed like the perfect title.

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When I begin reading a blog and I’m not familiar with it, I often go poking around trying to figure out the bloggers back story. Sometimes that leads to nada. HA! I want to know more about this person. Well, some of you are new around here, and I’m thrilled by that. Some of you are old friends and I love that! Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments at the end of the post so we can get to know each other. Here are a few things you might not know about me.

I’ve been married to my other half for 27 years. He is the yin to my yang, and we are a great pair. We have two wonderful children, and a precious daughter-in-love. (I love that term instead of daughter-in-law) We truly love her as if she was ours. Our son is an engineer and lives in Nashville, and our daughter is a senior in college (also in Nashville). She will graduate in May and start PA (Physician’s Assistant) school 3 weeks later.

Where was I born? Richmond, Virginia. I was born and raised in Richmond. We were lucky enough to live there until 10 years ago. Fun fact: my children were born in the same hospital I was born in. That was so fun for my mom and dad.

I have one brother and we are only 13 1/2 months apart. Therefore, I never knew life without him and we’ve always been close. We are very blessed to still have both of our parents and we are an extremely close knit family.

I attended the same church in Richmond from the time I was 2 weeks old, until we left Richmond. That means it was also the same church my kids attended and we were all 3 baptized in that church. My husband and I met there and were married there, so you can guess this church was a HUGE part of my life.

I have a degree in Advertising with an emphasis in Art. I have never worked in this field, because I was blessed to be able to stay home and raise our children. This was a priority to both Kent and myself and something I always wanted to do. I attended college in Nashville, and my kids have both gone to the same school. That’s pretty cool.

10 years ago we left Richmond and moved to Minneapolis for my husbands job. We lived there for 3 winters. HA! Yes, that’s how you measure time there. We moved to California in 2013. Both of these are places I would have never ever thought I’d live. LOL Proof you never know where life will take you. Our current plan is to be here until my husband retires and then move to Nashville where we have a wonderful group of friends, and of course be near our children.

How did I start blogging? I’ve always been somewhat of an entrepreneur and had little side gigs, from my own jewelry business, to Southern Living Consultant and now the blog as well as a Rodan + Fields business.

The blog was born when I had started reading blogs and started thinking of things in terms of “this would make a great blog post”. The hardest part was coming up with a name. Coast to Coast seemed perfect since that was what had transpired in our lives.

By far the biggest blessing that has come out of this is the friendships. I now have friends all over the place. Some I’ve met, and some I hope to. It’s really funny to feel like you know people so well that you’ve never actually met, and when talking I have to make the differentiation of real life friend, or blog friend.

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If you’ve been around here anytime at all, you know I’ve found my blogging tribe. Trust me when I tell you that if you’d told me 5 years ago I’d meet 5 other women that I didn’t really know and spend a weekend with them, I’d have looked at you like you had two heads. Now we’ve done this twice and have every intention of making it yearly. We are just the best friends and wonderful support for each other. You can read about our first meet up HERE, and our second one HERE.

So there’s the Reader’s Digest condensed version of my life. If there’s something you still want to know, just ask. Anyone who knows me well will tell you, I’m an open book. I cannot tell a lie and I have no poker face. LOL I guess these are good virtues to have. I love that you are here and come back to see what I have to share. Let me know what you like and want more of. Coming up with content can be hard and I’m happy to have suggestions from you. After all, you’re why I do what I do.

I wish for you a wonderful New Year, blessed with health, happiness and all the good things. So one last time I say, Happy New Year, nice to meet you.

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