Who is Val? What is my story? What led me here to blogging?
I know that I have not elaborated much on my personal story,
but today seems like a good day to let my readers in on a piece of my journey.
In order for you to understand how I became the verse intellectual woman I am today,
you have to understand some of the things that got me here.
I am the youngest of five children. My mother raised all of us as a single parent.
And though she had help from other family members, my father was not present to help witH the everyday struggles of raising a family.
I have always been an outgoing spirit.
Growing up in a big family, I always felt I had to fight for attention.
There were plenty of fights but even more love amongst me and my siblings.
I always looked at my mom like she was just the strongest woman ever. She always worked and made sure we had everything we needed. We may not have got what we wanted all the time, but we always had what we needed.
I thanked God when she met my stepdad when I was 9, because he was the help she needed. He wasn’t overbearing with us and never tried to act like he was our father. But he was there. He was there for my mom and there for me whenever I needed him. Whether it was advice, money, or my favorite, a ride from play practice, he came through.
I miss him dearly now as he passed from cancer in 2016. That is a whole other story, but just know that he played a big role in shaping who I am today.
In school, I use to get into trouble a lot. I always said I had a lot of drama but no where to put it. So all the way up until I was in highschool, I was a frequent office visitor. I was just a troubled child who needed guidance, attention, and an outlet for all my energy.
So my freshman year of highschool, my drama teacher encouraged me to audition for a play. I liked a challenge so I went on ahead and tried it.
Little did I know that I would be stumbling into something that would drive my passion for the rest of my life.
After auditioning for the play, I ended getting the lead role of the show. I had no idea that I was actually good at acting, or that I had a memory that could memorize whole scripts. But I discovered that indeed, I did. I ended up sticking with theatre all throughout highschool. I always say that Theatre saved my life!! I say that because, it finally gave me the outlet that I needed. I finally felt like I found my purpose. I stopped getting into trouble in school and I began to think about my future.
Eventually, I got a chance to attend college on a theatre scholarship and got my Bachelor’s degree in theatre performance.
College was big for me. I was the first person in my family to graduate from a 4 year University. I remember walking across that stage. I was literally the last person in the whole college graduating class of over 2000 people, to walk across that stage. Everybody was clapping for me at the end and of course my family showed up and showed out.
It was the longest wait of my life but it was literally the proudest moment I ever felt.
I ended up meeting the love of my life, my husband, in college one night I was out with my friends.
I had no idea that meeting him would drastically change the plans I thought I had set in stone for myself. I had always planned on heading to a big city after college to pursue my dreams of acting. But love has a way of taking its own course.
When I met my husband my plans changed. I began to want things I never thought I wanted like kids and marriage. I fell in love and it changed my plans.
We have kids now and are both working our regular jobs. But for me I have always known I wanted to have more than just a regular job. I want a job that I love. I want to do something that I am passionate about. So I have started my blog.
I haven’t felt like this, like I was walking in my purpose, since I first discovered acting.
So this is the beginning of me finding myself and my voice again. I love my job and I love my family but I have to love myself as well. So my blog is my own personal creative space to do and say what I want. This is me. This is Val. Every word you read, every story and experience you encounter on my blog, is a part of who I am. There is so much more to my story and I am continuing to write it day by day. But for now I am excited to be here now with you my readers. I am happy that you are my audience and get to share in this experience with me.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning more about me. Please like, share, comment, and subscribe so you can continue on my journey with me.
-As Told By Val