What you should know about me.

Saturday evening I’m going to a Texas Bloggers meet up event.  I’m excited about the opportunity, but as time has passed, I have become pretty nervous about it as well!

It’s hard getting out there. It’s hard to put yourself out there.

So today, I want to share parts of me that I think make up who I am.  I’m sharing this with the ladies in the bloggers meet-up and hopefully they won’t all run away when they see me Saturday.  Even if they do, I’ll have an opportunity to paint and drink cheap wine. (Cause I bring cheap wine. That’s how I roll.)

(How I want you to picture me.) 

(What I’m really like.)

What you should know about me.

Surface level stuff: I love college football. The month of October. Sappy romantic movies like You’ve Got Mail. I could watch Pride and Prejudice every single day of my life. I frequently choose classical/instrumental music over pop. I read a ton of books but often I don’t tell anyone about them because they are usually mindless romances or something equally indulgent.  I have a daughter who is almost 2 1/2 and she is my little buddy. My husband and I will have been married 6 years next month. I love writing. I was a choir nerd in college and I miss it almost daily. I am a small town girl. I prefer quiet fields and starlight over the city, but I almost never say words like “y’all” and I don’t own any cowboy boots.  I love bad puns and I try to find something funny in every situation.

Beliefs/Values: I went to Girls’ State in HS and I am passionate about what I believe — but I refuse to discuss politics. My faith is tied up in what I believe politically. I became a believer in Jesus Christ when I was 13 and was called into ministry the same week. I knew I’d spend the rest of my life telling people about my life change.  I was a children’s minister for several years before I had my girl.  I have been hurt badly by the church, and it was one of the most eye-opening things that could have ever happened to me.  I am in no way ashamed of my faith, but I am very careful how I choose my words.  I want people to be drawn to Jesus as healer and too many people use Him as a weapon. I am a Christian, a mommy, and a blogger, but I wouldn’t consider myself a “Christian mommy blogger.”

A little deeper: I care deeply about people — often a little too much. I have a compulsive need to be liked.  Most people say I’m a really nice person.  Don’t ask me to lie. I won’t do it. I am often a little too forthcoming and I feel like it sometimes makes certain members of my family uncomfortable, but I refuse to wear masks or hide who I am in order to save face.  I believe that we all are made up of a million different things that make us unique — and trying to hide some in order to seem like everyone else is detrimental to who we were made to be.

I’m learning that in my life, I can’t compromise who I am.  I can’t pretend to be someone I’m not in order to gain a friend, because that doesn’t build a relationship that lasts. Instead, I should be who I am and get to know people who accepts every part of me.

I’m learning to take myself a little less seriously. Being a perfectionist, I tend to get mad when I am not 100% all the time.  I’m learning to let that go.  Even at 90%, I’m still fabulous.  😉

I think I am funny, caring, approachable, down-to-earth, a nerd, easily anxious, a romantic realist, and a good friend.

What else is a good descriptor of me? Help these new ladies see I’m not a total weirdo. If you know me either in real life or online, tell me what you see about me. I’m interested in what other people think.
(Unless you hate me. Then that would be terrible.)

Here’s a little more about me if you’re interested: my background, some things I love, and why I’m a red dirt mama.

More about April

11 thoughts on “What you should know about me.

  1. Jill Schrader

    I’ll toast to cheap wine with you! I’m scared to try any fancy wine because I don’t want to know how much better it might taste. I’m looking forward to meeting you Saturday. Red or white?

  2. Nicole @ Three 31

    April, darlin’, you and your cheap bottle of wine are welcome to sit next to me tomorrow!!!! HAHAHA Seriously, you’re adorable and authentic, two qualities I appreciate in people. I love this post, thank you for sharing the goofy, the serious, the funny, and the hurtful spots too. We’re going to get along just fine. Big hug to you …. see you tomorrow!!!!!!
    Happy Friday. =)
    Nicole @ Three 31

  3. Andrea

    What you should know about yourself: you’re one of the most timelessly beautiful women I’ve ever known. Our random afternoon phone calls are a sitcom writer’s dream. You write beautifully, are incredibly intelligent and yet still laugh at your husband’s bad jokes. I used to dream that someday, when I opened my mouth to sing, my voice would sound more like yours. Yours and B’s rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle ABCs deserves at least a Grammy nod. 🙂 And so many, many more reasons why I’m privileged to call you my friend! I raise my $14 bottle of Riesling in a toast to you.

    Also, since you’ll be painting I feel like “Different Strokes” needs to be in here somewhere…somehow…yep.

  4. Megan Card

    Who wouldn’t LOVE you?! And if they don’t… let me at ’em.

  5. Jamie Banister

    You’re an Applejack, that’s what you are. Totally and completely honest, dedicated to your passions. You fit in with all kinds of people and all of them love you.
    You’re also Nick Fury. You work behind the scenes, maybe (but you can take center stage if you wish), but everyone knows you’re a badass mofo.

  6. Julie @ A Beautiful Day

    April, I don’t think that you need to worry one but about fitting in with us….I think you are going to be just fine! I think that each and every one of us will bring something unique to the table and together we will be one huge awesome fruit salad…OK, that was corny but really, we are going to have a great time! See ya soon!

  7. Cynthia Sanchez

    April, So glad you decided to come. It sounds like we have a lot in common. Except for the singing, my singing sucks. Looking forward to catching up with you again.

  8. Becky

    It was so nice to meet you and you are JUST as nice as you sound in this post 🙂 Look forward to hanging with you again-and bring cheap wine anytime!!!

  9. Crystal {Mason's Mama}

    It was incredibly nice to meet you! I can’t believe how much
    we have in common!!

    I love college football {Boomer Sooner!!!}. I have an almost 2.5 year old little boy, and
    hubby and I have been married for 6 years!!

    I too, care deeply. I am very nurturing and want everyone to
    be happy.

    Again, so good to meet you! You’re a doll!!!



  10. Rachel and Donna

    What a great post! Found you via the creating community hop. If I had been attending that event I would have been shooting for a chair at your table 😉 -Rachel

  11. Julie Sancken

    Your hair makes me want to chop mine off again! LOVE it. I too, love college football- born and raised in Nebraska, I am a die hard Nebraska fan. LOVE your blog!

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