I’m originally from Texas and now live in Virginia. My career has included time as a librarian, stay-at-home mom, and writer. You can often find me pretending to be a chef or an athlete while playing some game of make-believe with my kids. I have terrible but enthusiastic British and French accents for such occasions, and I do think you should get extra credit for pretending to be a British veterinarian during your workout.
You might be wondering what this blog’s title has to do with anything. I’m moderately embarrassed to admit it all boils down to a classic romantic comedy. In You’ve Got Mail, the bookstore owner writes the following to a friend:
Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life–well, valuable, but small–and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question into the void. So good night, dear void.
I want to cheer every time I read that paragraph or hear it coming out of Meg Ryan’s mouth. Who doesn’t wonder about the impact of his or her life? Who doesn’t think about paths not taken? And honestly, what avid reader doesn’t have a bit of a problem with living in the world of books?
My goal is to live a life that is not merely small. Hopefully I can share something useful with you along the way.