02. July 2012 · 18 comments · Categories: NSBR

I feel like it’s about time that I put a little bit more of myself out there so you can get a feel for WHO I am aside from just a designer. So… here’s some fun (and serious) stuff about me…

I am 26 years old. I’ve been married for 6 years to my hubby, Tyrel. He’s such a hunk. Like, yum. ;) I am a worrier. I stress a lot. He’s so chill and he amazes me with his faith that everything will always turn out okay. He never stresses out about anything.

Photo by the amazing Amber at Halversen Photography

I recently got glasses. I spent 25 years with perfect 20/20 vision and then after I had my last baby, I started having problems with double vision. I think my glasses are pretty cute though. I love that I can just throw on my glasses and feel a little more put together – even if I’m running out the door with no makeup on.

I am NOT a neat freak, but I am a bit obsessive about making sure my clothes are hung in a certain order: organized by color (and the color progression makes sense: yellow to green to aqua to blue, etc.) and within each color I organize by sleeve length (camis, then short sleeve, then 3/4, etc.). I think it’s important to note that a lot of the time, I’m pulling clothes from the clean clothes in a pile next to my bed… but if I am hanging up clothes, they need to be organized according to my system. I am so weird! haha!

I only mop my kitchen floors like once a month. Oh dear. See?! I’m bad at housekeeping!!!

I have 2 really, really cute kids. Like, cutest kids on the planet. Yes, yes… I know. I’m biased. But I love them like crazy. My daughter can be a real sass sometimes, but she can also be a real sweetheart. She loves EVERYONE she meets and just has this huge heart. She’s really social. (She didn’t get that from me.) She will give hugs to people she just met 30 seconds ago.

This little man is the sweetest baby EVER! I am enjoying him so much right now. He’s a great snuggler. He almost always has a smile on his face and ever since he started smiling, I constantly hear from friends and strangers that he’s the happiest baby they’ve ever seen.

I am addicted to chocolate. Seriously. If I start creeping up on 24 hours without a bit of chocolate (this only happens if I have none left in the house), then I feel the strong urge to grab the keys, get in the car, and go grab some at the store. It’s bad. I could do without a lot of sweets and junk food, but I just CANNOT cut chocolate out of my life! Chips? Donuts? Soda? Meh. They’d be easy to give up. BUT DO NOT DEPRIVE ME OF CHOCOLATE!

We’re building our first house right now and I am crazy excited about it! I’m soooo done with small rentals. Right now we’re in a little 2 bed 1 bath duplex. I can’t wait to have a master bathroom so I no longer have to share with a 4 year old. I am excited to have a garage so I no longer have to constantly move the stroller and my daughter’s bike around the kitchen so I can get into the dishwasher, fridge, and laundry closet. I am thrilled that I will finally have a pantry. It’s not going to be a large house, but at 1544 sq ft, it is nearly twice the space we have now. I am excited about the yard… and that I’ll be able to kick the kids out of the house when I’ve had enough of them :p But perhaps most of all, I’m so excited that I’ll finally be able to decorate, hang photos, and paint walls! I am such a creative person and I love beautiful things, so the past 6 years of hand-me-down mish-mash of ugly laminate furniture and old, dated floral couches has taken its toll on me. Trust me, I’ll be taking you through my decorating adventures after we move. I already bought 4 awesome pieces of wood furniture for our house (at crazy, garage sale prices) that I’m just itching to refinish for our house. Golden yellow antique dresser? Yes, please! We drive by the house several times a week because we love seeing every little bit of progress. I’m feeling really blessed right now. Oh, and it’ll be a 35 second WALK to church on Sunday. Awesomesauce.

Sometimes I think I’m pretty. I hope that doesn’t sound conceited. It’s actually taken me a very long time to learn to love myself.

Photo by Halversen Photography

You see, I was physically and verbally abused for about 10 years of my childhood. I used to have terrible self-esteem. It’s pretty much impossible to develop a healthy sense of self worth when someone is constantly making you feel unloved, unworthy, and literally telling you that you are ugly. Gosh, I tried so hard and wanted so much for her to love me and feel that I was enough, but I never got that from her. I was painfully shy for a long time… in fact, a lot of kids in middle and high school thought I was snobby and stuck up because I didn’t really just come out and talk to them when in fact, I was just scared to make friends. I sometimes still feel a little damaged, but overall I’m proud of where I am and who I’ve become. Please, don’t EVER take your kids for granted. Every little thing you say to them affects them… more than you know. Lift them up. Praise them. Teach them to serve others. Correct and redirect… and apply punishments that are proportionate to their actions and appropriate for their age. They are so impressionable as they grow. Please don’t damage them. 

I’m tall at 5 feet 9 inches. I used to hate being tall, back before TALL jeans and long shirts were easy to come by. I am perfectly okay with my height now that it’s easy to find clothes! I still wish manufacturers lengthened their knee-length dresses by a couple inches though… I hate when a dress hits above my knees. I recently bought some super cute 3″ wedges. I wore them to church and felt like I was towering over some of the shorter men. If I was shorter, I’d wear heels a lot more often.

I love to sing and I miss my choir days terribly. I only really get to sing at home along with Pandora or at church on Sundays.

I am way more social online than I am in real life. It takes me a while to warm up to people, but once I do, I love hanging out and talking for hours and hours! I love girl time. It refreshes me after a long, hard mommy week.

So how’s that for a random post about me?

The end. :)

18 Comments

  1. Oh, Meeegs, I didn’t know all that about you. I’m so sorry you’ve been through all this nasty stuff, but I could never have told. You are indeed a very beautiful person, inside and out, a strong and healthy woman, and I’m glad she didn’t manage to break you.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. You were so open and honest, way braver than I could ever be. You have such a beautiful family. I really enjoyed reading this!

  3. Yes, I enjoyed reading it too. TFS. You might have been through harsh moments in your past life, but look at you and your life now.

    BTW, I love how you look with those glasses. I’ve been looking for that kind of glasses frame.

  4. Sounds like our 4 years olds would get along perfectly. Walker is so similar to how you described Allie. And it’s funny because Brock is so similar to how you described Sheldon! Too bad we’re so far apart ;) And you are gorgeous, my dear! I think that every time you post a new photo(in a total non-weird-friend-way)! lol :)

  5. Meeeeeegan! I truly feel like you are a good friend, even though we’ve never met. I’m glad the I’ve gotten to know you on the internet and through digiscrap! You are an amazazing person!

  6. Thanks for letting us get to you know! You sound like such a cool person! I love that I can see your church building off to the right of your home. :) Your photography skills are AMAZING, your design is beautiful, and I wish I knew where you lived so we could become friends. Your story is inspirational and I look forward to following you more (but not in a weird blog-stalker way).

  7. Thank you for sharing yourself with us! You are awesome & courageous!! You have a beautiful family & a beautiful life! I really enjoyed getting to know you!

  8. I loved reading about you! I need to do a post like this too… I think you are absolutely beautiful and I too know the detrimental effects of verbal abuse (though mine was at the hand of my ex husband). I can’t wait to get to know you better!

  9. Nice post. It’s so hard to be transparent & vulnerable, isn’t it? You’re brave and lovely. Good for you overcoming your past–mine is similar. It’s hard, isn’t it? Oh, and I wish I looked that good in my glasses!
    :)

  10. Megan, you are incredibly beautiful. That is literally the first thing I think of when I see your posts. And then I think about how fabulous your designs are and how fun you seem. I really enjoyed getting to know more about you. Thanks for being so open and sharing your story with us… including the parts that make you such a strong woman and incredible mother!

  11. You rock!

  12. So glad that you overcame the abusive treatment to share your gifts with the world. It would have been a shame if you had taken those comments to heart and had a different life. Thanks for all you share, including the insightful parenting advice!

  13. I’ve become a big fan of your designs and I’ve been following you during the last months. I love visiting your site and I truly appreciate your creativity and generosity! I’m moved and grateful that you’re sharing all this with us. You’re a talented and beautiful woman and you have a lovely family! Congratulations on your so deserved success and thank you again!

  14. thanks for sharing so much about yourself. i love reading your blog. you’re right, your kids are adorable. :) and i think you’re beautiful and so very talented. thanks for sharing.

  15. I fell in love with “tall” jeans as well…I’m also 5′ 9″! And I see (well, can hardly see but…) glasses in my future as well.

    Good for you for opening up and sharing your story…it’s terrible what happened to you but you seem to be creating such a wonderful adult life. Handsome husband, two happy kids and brand new home? Good for you!

    - Jen

  16. A Beautifully written post! And its quite funny how many similarities i have with a complete stranger…married 6 years, 2 kids, church goer every sunday, wannabe photographer, a little broken…etc etc. Thank you for sharing.

  17. thanks for sharing ur story. it’s really nice to know bits bout ur life.

  18. I’d be proud to call you my daughter and I’m sure many other readers would too. You are a poster child for having healed as well as you have, and you’re courageous for speaking about your life. Never let the past sneak up and sabotage what you have, you deserve a happy life.

    At 49 I’ve yet to deal well enough with the abusive childhood to live a happy, constructive life. Your words are a reminder that I should keep working at it and enjoy each day. So I thank you Megan, for being a beautiful person inside and out, and for sharing your freebies because crafting brings joy and beauty to my life and to others.

    Have a wonderful day!

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