Hi! I'm Grace (but I am sure that was kinda obvious), welcome to my little corner of the internet - a place where all my creativity and passions collide. I started this tiny blog when I was a freshman in high school, and now after just recently graduating, it feels like the perfect moment to continue those lifelong interests. My hope is to make this platform like a virtual scrapbook, to not only share the highlights but also the bittersweet moments that truly shape my heart and perspective. My love for photography helps to capture my life adventures filled with crafts, dogs, entrepreneurial goals, admiration for other women creatives, and just sharing the things that make my world go round.
One of the main reasons I first started "Wandering with Grace" is because I was desperate for a creative and meaningful outlet. After dealing with eye issues as a child, pain started to sneak in back into my life in different ways during the same time as starting the blog back at the beginning of 2014. Once we started to realize how bad it was getting, the journey really started to form. Because what started as eye pain led to other red flags that showed us more significant internal problems which started to effect my whole body. My parents refused to accept the initial response from dismissive doctors which led me into lots of testing, shots, intense daily medicine regimes, trials/testing, blood drawls, procedures, and the list goes on.
Over these past several years in the midst of a constant 24/7 excruciating pain (which still wasn't fully diagnosed by testing), I was still going to school, trying to maintain my normally joyful/funny personality, navigate the typical " teenage experience", while also posting on my blog and social media which really portrayed that everything was fine when it wasn't. And by doing that, I swirled into a place of isolation and loneliness. Dealing with so many different types of chronic pain that are not visible to the world.
See those pictures above? Sometimes I like to document really hard days, because I can look back and be proud of all the things I've overcome. Those are my cute parents, aka my best friends, and number #1 supporters. That selfie of us was the absolute most horrible and discouraging doctors appointment ever, but even if it was just for a moment, we managed to laugh. Cherishing those small moments God gives you is not easy, but something I try to practice. Because sometimes you cant change what you are going through, but you can always change how you look at it. Perspective is everything, own it.
I want "Wandering with Grace" to be a place where we can be authentic, maybe even normalizing the topics of health and pain so that people like me, don't feel so alone. From the beginning of this journey, I felt God really telling me that this pain wasn't just for my benefit but an opportunity to make others feel heard and recognized. I didnt ask for this, I am not in control of this, but I am going to try to make the best out of it. I am going to show up. That's all we can do.