Who am I? What is this blog about?
Put simply, its about Joy. Choosing Joy. Being Joyful in all of life’s circumstances.
Its not really about whether or not anyone reads or finds anything I say important (it generally isn’t!) but it is my vehicle of expression, my catharsis, and my escape from law school.
Why is Joy important? Here’s a back story.
My name is Kelsi. I’m currently a law student in Texas. I grew up in a small-ish south Texas town. I honestly believe I have the best family you could ever imagine. We raised pigs for livestock shows, played baseball and softball all year round, I played basketball and volleyball. I was highly active in 4-H. I love to cook. I’m always trying to be healthier and maintain an exercise routine. I fail at finding that balance on a regular basis. I’m outgoing, I love love love to travel, and I often say I’m “awkwardly social.” I’d consider myself a religious person and I’m Catholic. Reading and writing are some of my favorite escapes. And hot tea. And Coffee. The great outdoors makes me happy and roadtrips are calming. I hunt and fish and watch SportsCenter every morning. I fall asleep to the Food Network or the Travel Chanel. Don’t judge me for liking trashy T.V. like Real Housewives or Jersey Shore.
Oh, and my most recent obsession is Just Dance 2. Sometimes I count it as a workout.
Short version of why choosing joy was once a struggle, but often necessary: A couple of years ago, I was engaged to be married to my boyfriend of 5 and a half years. He was unquestionably, my best friend. We grown up together, and in doing so, grew closer together. About 6 weeks before our wedding, he went to my family’s ranch for his bachelor party and was in a four-wheeler accident. He died immediately.
That’s as much as you need to know about that for now. I obviously went home to grieve and missed a quarter of law school. But, I was determined to live again. To find joy. I was only 23 and I refused to let my life end because of this. I’m determined to live and live big.
I don’t think I have all the answers, in fact, everyday I learn how little I really know. And I don’t really think I have anything important to share. But this blog kind of started as a way to vent and reassure everyone (including myself) that I was doing ok. Especially since I’d moved back to the city where I go to school and no one close to me was here. But, it was also a way to journal my way back to life.
This is the story of that journey. Parts of it are just random bits of life. Lots of talk about things that bring me joy: Cooking, fitness, travel, maybe some crafting, writing, meeting people, etc. Some are lessons I’ve learned. But its all about my journey to peace and joy, even when life isn’t as easy as it could be. I’m thankful for my past, learning to appreciate the present, and, most of all, hopeful for my future. I have too much life ahead to give up already.