About Me

I had two things in mind when I created From Month to Milestones: the past and the future.

my family circa 2017: Clayford, Toni, Haehae, Ry, Bear and Nims

Years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom who loved to journal. Family blogging was a “thing,” and while I tried it for a while, I had no desire to post random pictures of my kids for all the world to see. Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t find anything “bad” about it, and I loved catching a glimpse of what was going on in the lives of others. But I was more interested in sharing my thoughts, my trials and my tribulations. (Looking back, I probably just needed someone to talk to after being with toddlers all day!)

My blog was successful, but something was missing:

Me. Because of childhood trauma, I didn’t know who I was. I felt one way in my heart but was too afraid to show the world that version of me. After a few years of teetering on the edge of blogging inauthentically but never feeling quite there, I decided to fold up the blog and call it a day.

I took a “real” job, but I was never whole. A part of me died with my blog. I missed writing, and I felt that more was missing in my real life than had been when I was staying home and taking care of my family.

I would get my chance to be home soon enough when a pandemic hit. That same year, I turned forty, my husband lost his job, my oldest child went off to college and my first dog died. I also discovered I was in the early stages of menopause! WHAT?!

Realizing I was using my nightly wine habit to escape my feelings, I put down the glass and never looked back. But now that I wasn’t drinking, I needed an outlet! I returned to writing, and I’m so thankful I did. My hope is that you will get something out of my writing, too.

Since becoming sober, I’ve felt all the feelings. I’ve embraced my new life of aging naturally, loving my husband and children without expectations, and following Christ without the baggage.

Doing the work has led to the most fruitful season of my life so far, and I’m now creating healthy lifestyle habits, writing more frequently, and using my love of art and expression to form new businesses and products. My husband and I are even opening a snow cone stand in our hometown! All of this happened because I healed by giving up control of my own life and choosing to accept what was given to me by an Awesome Creator.

In addition to picking up my Southern fiction stories again, I’m currently working on a few of non-fiction projects, some children’s books and a t-shirt and jewelry line, including The Month to Milestone Bracelet™, a celebration of reaching life milestones, such as weight loss, sobriety or parenting.

Me, finally healthy, happy and healing!

Reward your journey. Shop my store, coming soon!

Thoughts on the Journey

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.

Rick Warren

See, life is a journey and every chapter is interesting.

Zeenat Arman

Let’s build something together.