The Story of You

February 14, 2011

This is the story of one of my readers. Feel free to leave words of encouragement in the reply section. I hope you learn something about yourself by reading the story of someone else.

Her Background

Age:  28
Gender:  Female
City/State of Birth: Rome, GA, but only because Centre, AL, didn’t have a maternity ward in the local hospital; grew up in Gadsden, AL
Current City/State: New Orleans, LA
Marital Status:  Married
Children: No

Her Story

  1. What is the last book you read?
    I just finished a biography called Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller that documents the lives of Carole King, Carly Simon, and my favorite musician of all time, Joni Mitchell. As a reader that normally ignores the biography section of the bookstore, this read is incredible and irresistible. The lives of these three artists are heroic, colorful, & influential.
  2. What is your favorite book?
    No question-Gone with the Wind. I read the novel in the fourth grade, but used to watch the film every Saturday morning when I would visit my dad and stepmom. I’ve seriously seen this movie over 50 times and my husband just bought the blue ray version. In fact, I can quote the first 45 minutes of the movie. I’m such a GWW buff that my mom took me to the museum and home of Margaret Mitchell in Atlanta for my 20th birthday. And naturally, as an English major in college I wrote a paper that argued the work is not a romantic novel, but rather an early feminist movement.
  3. What do you do for fun?
    The motto of New Orleans is “we live to eat” and it’s one I adhere to. I enjoy trying new restaurants and down here there are endless options. In addition to eating delicious food, I have started an Etsy page called Gabby Gumbo that offers handmade, recycled jewelry and other NOLA inspired art. I really enjoy making something out of nothing so this project is high on my fun factor right now.  {gabbygumbo.etsy.com} And finally, traveling. My dream is to have enough money take a year and travel the world, but for now I love taking road trips or mini-vacations and discovering new cultures, lifestyles, and of course, food.
  4. What is your most treasured memory?
    As a little girl I would stay with my nanny (grandmother) during the day while my mom and dad worked. The fondness I have for this time period is incredible. These days were filled with lots of imagination, a purple bicycle, a tire swing, cartoons, cinnamon toast, and playing with her pots and pans.
  5. What causes you to lose sleep at night?
    I lose sleep over pondering what I want to be when I grow up.
  6. How do you define grace?
    I define grace as the essence one radiates through life’s ups and downs. For me this essence stems from a healthy balance of confidence, independence, respect, humor, compassion, happiness, and desire.
  7. Describe an event of grace exemplified in your life.
    During the fall of ’09 I experienced the happiest and saddest moments of my life at once. I married my husband in October, lost my beloved grandfather and learned my mom’s cancer returned in November, and struggled to get through grad school oral exams in December. It was a time of starting new journeys, yet realizing others were changing. I took it one day at a time and through the tears and laughter, I became a stronger woman who cherishes her family and strives to bring happiness to myself and others.
  8. Do you have any parting words for my readers?
    “Remember when you wanted to be.” I saw this quote on a bracelet in an artsy shop in Chattanooga a few years ago. This simple statement has stayed with me ever since. In so little words, it says so much. For me, it’s never letting go of your dreams and realizing that life is too short to not be happy. As my mom always says, “sometimes you just gotta jump off that bridge and go for it.”

Do you relate to this reader? If so, tell her how by commenting on this post. Or follow her on Twitter: @gabbygumbo (shared with permission).

Want to participate in The Story of You? Let me know! I publish posts in this category once a month.

Follow me on Twitter: @hbur3234

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