Those of you that know me well, know that I’ve been contemplating the decision to start a blog for months. With the inevitable end of one era in May as I graduated from college, I thought of this as a possible means of communication with those of us whose physical paths may rarely reconnect again. As well as a means to more effectively and efficiently keep in touch with friends and family ever present in my life, since our crazy world can all too often skew priorities and coffee chats and phone dates become instantly booted. Instead of relying on gchat statuses and random texts, I decided to go for it. Thank you in advance for bearing with me, a not-so-tech-savvy beginning blogger.
The name of this, strange enough, was born out of Clementine Cafe, on one of many Tuesday Trivia nights. My best friend, Britt, and I were a team of our own one night this past spring, and I was bummed out wearing a tye-dye shirt from 1st grade, while she donned her typical Britty yellow. Thus, the name was born…tye-dye sunshine. We weren’t dolled up for a night out, just two simple girls having simple, yet intentional conversations about life. IT became so easy to process the shine and shadows in our own lives through the love, comfort, and open ears of that setting. Thus, I attempt to recreate it. A place where I, more than anyone else, can try to make sense of some things.
So here goes, my blog. A quick overview for starters…
I was born and raised in Rockingham County, Virginia – smack in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. A county known for its turkey production and marked by four huge bronze turkey scultpures at each corner of the county line.
I have felt continually blessed through the love of my family – two wonderful parents and four incredible sisters…and now 3 brothers-in-law, one niece, and one nephew. What I have and who I am can in large part be attributed to our mud slingin’, bow shootin’, trampoline jumpin’, tom boy upbringing.
I graduated from James Madison University (GO DUKES!) in May with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and spent summer 2009 working at Cross Keys Vineyards and Winery a mile from my house. Great wine, beautiful scenery and some of the most gracious people I’ve ever met.
At the age of 22 I figured it was time to move away from my homewtown (for the first time, I might add). My boyfriend, Tripp, was offered admission into the University of Tennessee for graduate school, and as his assistantship fell into place and I visited the city a couple times, we decided that it would be an excellent opportunity for us to pursue professional and relational growth in Knoxville. I grow daily more appreciative of the tangible ways in which God is showing himself and his plans for me in a new place, through all my apprehension and anxiety. Although I am sans-job at this point, I am enjoying exploring the area, and am thankful to live in a beautiful home with great, Christian girls.
So, for those of you meeting me here in a new place, hopefully that’s a small but accurate sliver of what you’re getting into. There’s no telling as to how often or how much I will conquer this blog, but thanks for entering into the journey with me. Let’s see where this goes.