The truth of the matter is, I have no business finalizing anything about myself in the official form of blogging about it. If you have hung out with me for longer than 60 seconds, you can kind of catch this vibe that there is always a project underway. They vary greatly, in both longevity and intensity. But here I am. I am going to loosely commit to you my thoughts, randomness and everything in between - via this forum. For everyone's safety, read with caution. Today's awesome new adventure may be tomorrow's forgotten plans. But I digress.
I grew up in Western New York and lived a very "white picket fence" childhood for all my formative years. When I was 18 I hesitantly followed my parents and brother to Buford, Georgia to avoid the cold and snow that comes with WNY living. By 21, I was a manager at Publix Supermarkets, my parents had divorced at this point, and I was living all across the Southeast at the whim of the needs of Publix. Come 2006, I was located in Lawrenceville, Georgia - and met my now husband at Publix #495 (the number of love, ya know!). By 2008 we were married and an instant family with Christian (2005) my bonus-son. Then in 2011 our first child (McAylee) was born. In 2015 our second, and last, came along - Lincoln. I say "last" because any plans that we had for more kids quickly went out the window after he decided to spend the first 8 months (and counting) of his life not letting us sleep. He sealed his position, strategically.
Along the way, my husband graciously let me toy with a lot of different ideas as to the type of wife, mother, and most importantly - woman, I wanted to be. I did not enter our marriage with any type of clear identity, and had a lot of growing into myself still left to do (then and now!). But he continues to, for the most part, "yes dear" my ideas, my changes, and my desire to settle into anything that feels comfortable enough to say "ah, yes. THIS is me."
Today, the version of Dianne that is most working itself to the forefront is "Minimalist Mom-entrepreneur". When we bought the consignment sale in 2012, we owned a 2200sqft, 4 bedroom, 3 car garage home. We spun a lot of wheels trying to fill it, with "stuff" and love. None of what we were doing was working. Along the way, we became passionate about downsizing and living with less. So much so, in fact, we sold our home in 2015 and are buying an RV within the next 45 days. We will be living in it Full-time, and travel most of the year. Our business also revolves around the idea of purging and living with less. Somehow, between the blinking, this path presented itself and we finally feel like we have found our stride.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my version of an "intro post". I look forward to sharing our thoughts on downsizing, living as minimalists, consigning, and life in a 400sqft RV with a family of 5. Everything else will fit in between - depending on the dream I am chasing that day ;)