Lighting the Fire

The last time I blogged was back in 2005. I was in college and didn’t have anything interesting to say. I enjoyed creative writing, though, and I was, admittedly, trying to make inroads with a boy I had a crush on. It was also a breather from the brain-busters my professors kept dishing out. Mechanical engineering, some could argue that there’s creative avenues there, but said people (and I knew a couple of them) were geared (pun intended) differently and I wasn’t one of them. Except Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, I loved those.

Times have changed and what a difference 11 years makes! I’m married to the boy who I was trying to impress with my blog (yes!) and we have two amazing children, Lyla and Will, ages three and one, respectively. They are healthy, happy, quick as whips, and categorically cute. (I’m sorry, they are.) They are more than I ever hoped for and I’m still trying to pinpoint what I did to deserve this life. It’s an embarrassment of riches.

I worked as a professional mechanical engineer up until December of 2014 when Will was born and I knew that I was done with work for awhile. Will was our last and I realized that I didn’t want to miss anymore time with my kids. It was an easy decision and one that I haven’t regretted for one second. Do I miss my colleagues and my job? Definitely. Things change, though, and I couldn’t be happier to be raising these kids and witnessing each checkmark on the milestone list. (Sidebar: There is way too much pressure about “milestones” these days. More on that later.)

I’m starting this blog because the Google machine tells me that it’s just one of the many steps that I need to do to get a brand started. Nothing ground-breaking, nothing huge….just a micro brand that takes a micro stand for something that I believe in: making our children as resilient and strong and passionate and brave and smart as we can.

Let’s put a stop to the trends, let’s get them outside more, let’s cook more veggies in cast iron skillets, let’s help fuel minds by letting them think for themselves.

Let’s teach them to be brave, to be smart, to be strong.

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