My name is Gwen. I’m a techie, a list-maker, a cook, a TV fanatic, and a true lover of the New England coastline.
Here I am in my natural environment!
When I was younger, I always wanted to be a writer. I loved putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and making up stories about people like me or who I wanted to be like. But alas, my life got in the way of my love of writing. Now pretty much the only things I write are term papers, and who enjoys THAT? I’m trying to get back in the habit, though, and this blog is a culmination of my efforts to reclaim my creative energy and focus on sharing my life and my feelings. Whew!
In an effort to introduce myself, I’ll share a few key people and places that are important to understanding who I am and where I come from.
This is my family circa the early 2000’s. Weren’t we attractive back then? I am squinting in this photo because I took off my glasses to make it look like I had contacts. This doesn’t really do a good enough job of showing how incredibly tall they are, though. So here’s a more recent photo to give you a frame of reference. (Note: I am wearing wedges that are at least 4 inches tall. Normally I stand at a measly 5’9″.)
My family is most definitely the rock upon which I stand. They’re always there for me, encouraging and supporting me when I’m struggling to keep my head up. I have no idea what I’d do without them!
Now, although I love my home and I love my college, the place where I feel myself truly at peace is right here. Camp Calumet Lutheran, on the shores of Lake Ossipee! This place is incredible. It’s got forests, a lake, some pretty gorgeous mountains, and the greatest people you’ll ever meet in your life. Most of my best friends are people I got to know down beside these moonlit waters. I know it’ll always be a part of who I am and how I define myself.
Of course, there’s much more to me than the few places and faces I’ve set out so far. But if I told you every single one of my interests here, there’d be no reason to read my blog, now would there?
The other thing I want to touch upon is this.
Part of the reason that I’m writing is because I’m going to need a place to talk about the things that are happening in my life. I want to be able to sort through the information in my brain, my history with several mental illnesses, and my thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in my life on a daily basis. I want my struggles to be a piece of my story that influences who I am and what I become, but that doesn’t hold me back from self-improvement. Hence the title of my blog: Little Growing Pains. I know what I’m about to go through is going to be really difficult and painful. But hopefully having a place to share everything that I’m going through will make it a little bit less terrifying.
I also really want to be a resource for other people who are experiencing similar things. I want to be a voice that says “yes, I have struggled, but I don’t let my struggles define me. I stand up to them, I fight them, and I exist in spite of them.” I pray that I’ll be able to share a little bit of that spirit with anyone who decides to read this little blog.