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La Bella Vida

My stories write themselves...

I have been on LiveJournal since 2004 and I have chronicled my life's ups and downs here throughout the years. As I look back on my old journal entries, I am amazed to see how much I've grown in such a short time. I have struggled with becoming a woman but I finally feel like one, as opposed to just being one. It's a great feeling and I am proud to be who I am.

I am 23 years old and as a former Florida native, I am new to Houston, TX. I live in Downtown Houston, and have started my own luxury residential detailing service, which has really taken off. I have completed some college courses towards my A.A. in English, however, I will be switching my major to History when I am able to go back to college.

In my life outside of work and school, I am a really outgoing person, and I love to have fun doing pretty much whatever comes along. I love road trips, though I tend to fall asleep once we've been on the road a while, and I adore adrenaline-producing activities, though I haven't had a chance to experience many of them. One of my dream is to travel the world and see all of the wonders God has made. I have a wonderful, dysfunctional family, and while I don't get to spend much time with them anymore, I cherish the moments we have together. I have a few close friends that I can count on and trust and I couldn't ask for more than that. I am also starting my own "little family." Nick and I are not yet married -or engaged, for that matter!- but we've been together for five years now and we recently adopted a Shiba Inu -Godric- who is our "baby" =) Having all of these wonderful people (and a wonderful puppy!) in my life just makes it all worthwhile. THIS is what I live for.

I do believe in God, and although I haven't always been as close to Him as I would like to be, I am working towards a deeper relationship with Him. I have found unfathomable strength in His peace, grace and mercy and I don't know where I would be without His constant presence in my life.

A big passion in my life is writing. I've been writing ever since I can remember and I find solace in my writing. It is the only medium that I feel I can fully express myself as I often bumble over the right words when speaking and often feel that nothing ever comes out as right as it does than when I write. I go through my "fallow periods" but I try to write through them instead of beating myself up over them. I write mostly in the Fantasy genre, but have recently gone back to my roots, writing various poetry and prose. I am currently working on a Historical Fiction novel, and am excited at the places it's going to take me! I'd like to be a published author one day, but I write mostly for personal enrichment and I am happy with that, too.

My other major interest lies in saltwater aquariums. I maintain a "piece of the ocean" in my home, and it's fair to say that I am slightly obsessed. At one time, I had three tanks: a 45G Reef tank; a 30G Seahorse tank; and a 12G Mantis Shrimp tank. Right now, I only have a 42G seahorse tank, but it is the neatest tank I've ever had.

Some other major-minor interests are Frank Sinatra and Peter S. Beagle; my favorite singer and novelist, respectively. These men were/are amazing and worth all of the time in the world. I've always been an "old soul" and Sinatra and Beagle appeals to that part of me that sometimes believes I was born in the wrong decade =)

In keeping with my support of Peter S. Beagle, I am the "friendly moderator" and founder of teambeagle here on LJ, and if you haven't heard of him or if you haven't read The Last Unicorn, why not come check us out? =)

Thanks for taking the time to check out my profile!

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The Last Unicorn is love

A writer, or, at least, a poet, is always being asked by people who should know better: “Whom do you write for?” The question is, of course, a silly one, but I can give it a silly answer. Occasionally I come across a book which I feel has been written especially for me and for me only. Like a jealous lover, I don’t want anybody else to hear of it. To have a million such readers, unaware of each other’s existence, to be read with passion and never talked about, is the daydream, surely, of every author.

- "Reading" by W.H. Auden