I'm just amazed as I get to know people better, the stories that make up the history of each person's life. Many remain untold because we don't think our life is that interesting, but it is to our family, friends and perhaps even the world. Here's a challenge, pick three major life shaking events that took place in your life. Write a little paragraph about how they shaped your life. In my life, if I could only pick three, it would be:
1. My father's death when I was only five years old and the change in lifestyle that created for my mother and me. As we moved from Utah to California for my mom's job, many new opportunities were opened to me as I took ballet lessons and danced professionally in the LA City Ballet Company then majored in Dance at BYU. That wouldn't have happened in rural Utah. Through dance I gained self confidence and the ability to express myself.
2. My first marriage which enabled me to become a mother, then a divorce 11 years later that helped me become a stronger person as I pressed on as a single mother. I've learned the importance of free agency, being true to your own values and not following someone else's lifestyle that isn't "YOU". To divorce was probably the hardest decision I have ever made in my life but it opened up new possibilities for happiness.
3. My pioneer heritage and membership in the LDS Church that has given me faith in prayers to a loving Heavenly Father who has guided me and brought me stability throughout my life. The resurrection gives me hope for a happy reunion one day with my deceased family and friends. It also brought me a new hobby genealogy as I started searching for my roots. It's a lifelong pursuit that continues even today as I teach others how to research and share their family history.
Now tell us about your life.