Expectation, meet Reality – About Me

1239484_10201520605644734_1592118490_nAhhh the 30’s… that mystical, magical place where expectation and reality finally meet. And often clash. Sometimes violently.

I am a 38-year-old (gulp) graphic designer-turned-marketing and social media copywriter living in Columbus, Ohio. I am divorced with only one dependent (of the feline variety) named Stanley. He is a giant, orange ball of fur who also happens to be mute.

I recently married my best friend (who I met in the 5th grade) this past summer in Las Vegas… and so I’m sure that this blog is bound to contain a thing or two about how life is changing as a result of that! You can read more about him and his amazing proposal HERE.

Anyway, these are my musings, observations, frustrations and rants written from the perspective of a 30-something gal (feeling dangerously harassed by the HUGE 4-0 on the horizon) learning daily that although life rarely turns out the way you plan… it can often make for one hell of an interesting and entertaining story.


26 thoughts on “Expectation, meet Reality – About Me

    • It is a good thing to remember. I learned this lesson the hardest at 25 but that is a story for another day. I think we do a lot better as long as we remember and embrace this idea that it may not look like what we “pictured” but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be another version of fabulous! Thanks for stopping by! Please come back! I’m anxious to check out your blog as well.

  1. Who is in control of this thing called life? says:

    I so relate to your blog, as a divorced 30 something gal with only one dependent of the canine variety :). Damn this was not in the 5 or ten year plan

    • Amen. I know what you mean. I can’t wait to look at your blog. Sounds like we might have a lot in common. Thank you for stopping my and for commenting. It is always nice to know your’e not alone. 🙂

    • Thank you JT and Jay Bee dee! I was really excited when I discovered it!! I have not been able to keep up with the comments and subscriptions but I know when my blog comes off of FP then I will have time to reply to more of them.

      The spiral clock is an image I found online. I loved it and felt it was perfect as a visual explanation for how the “Thrisis” felt. It was not copyrighted so please feel free to use it.

  2. Hi, Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed. I really like your Spiral Clock and wonder where did you get the image? I would like to use it in a class I teach on time management and goal setting. I relate that process to that of a spirial!

  3. rdkongs says:

    I will definitely keep in touch with your blog. I am looking forward to having some free time! This is really good. You sound like you are doing great. I am glad

  4. I don’t know about you, but I’m so annoyed by all the people who told me years ago, “Oh, the 30s will be your best years of your life!”

    Um. Yeah…not so much. But thanks for giving me such false high expectations…


    I’m trying, though — to turn it all around and make a comeback. I only have a few years of 30s left, so I’m hurrying…

    I love your blog — and thank you for including me on your blogroll! SO appreciated! 🙂

    • I know Mikalee, the 30’s have had their great moments for sure, but they have been pretty rocky too. I was also told they would be the BEST! To be fair, I heard the same about the 40’s so I’m hoping that someone was right about THAT! Thanks for reading my blog! I was happy to put you in my ‘roll because I thought we had some things in common and your “stream of consciousness” style cracks me up!

  5. Ok, so now I can put it together, I read your “Friday Night Lights” when Ms. Lemoine shared it on facebook, but at that point I didn’t really know who wrote it, noq I do, and it all makes sense. Love ya and congrats for getting engaged, will be anxiously awaiting the story how it all took place 🙂

  6. Hi I just discovered your blog as I was searching for the meaning of thrisis. Great work and will def return. I am writting an article on my thrisis experiences and would like to find out if I can refer to your blog in my article which I am hoping will be published.



  7. I discovered your blog while looking for the meaning of thrisis for an article I want to write. Great work and I will definately return.

    Would you mind if I made reference to your blog in my article?
    Please let me know



    • Hi there! I am so glad you found me! I hope you enjoyed your reading and that you will return 😉 Absolutely you can refer to the blog in your article. I would be honored. If you don’t mind my asking… for what or whom are you writing? If you do reference the blog and your article gets published, please let me know so that I can check it out! I’ll have to wander over to see what it is your blog is about. Thanks! Joanna (WiT)

  8. makanaka says:

    Thank you so much. For me its only after i was going though the confusion and regret that i decided it is not too late and decided to listen to my writter’s voice and write. I started my blog cargasm and want to write about cars from a female perspective so its still under construction. I am wriTting a thrisis article for a local south african women’s magazine and will definately let you know if it gets published. Thanks once againam

  9. I was touched by your recent post …and to the Republic… but it was your way of writing which grabbed me from the start. Before I got to the more serious side of the post, I thought your opening line – ‘I was driving to work yesterday saying hateful things to my uncooperative hair,’ – painted a great picture and made me want to read more. You have a really nice way with words, often funny and catchy – looking forward to reading more.

    • Hi Luke! I know I left you a post on your site about this but thank you again for your kind critique of this piece. I am glad that you liked it but it also nice to know WHAT people like about them specifically at times so thank you much!

  10. Donald Miller says:

    I love the new blog photo. The other one was excellent, but I always thought it was a shame that it was a little washed out in places. This one is just as good and has a nice contrast and light balance.

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