My Story

Hello!

My name is Lydia, and I’m your fellow adventurer.

My faith has been my foundation since I was a child. In a household of Christians, it was natural for me to find my comfort and my security in God, the only Constant, the only Unchanging, the Perfect Protector.

The second most important influence in my life is my family. I’m the third of four children. We are a happily close family after years of homeschooling and traveling around the East Coast of the United States and even Europe!

There aren’t enough words in the English language to express how thankful I am for their encouragement and motivation throughout my life.

I started college in 2013 with no real idea of what I wanted to do in life. After flip-flopping my major back and forth between music and English, I finally graduated with a BA in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.

Since college, however, writing hasn’t made its way into my everyday life.

In the past two years since graduating, I’ve really only worked as a barista (first at Starbucks, and now at a local coffee roastery here in Spartanburg). However, my passion for writing has just been brewing beneath the surface.

I find inspiration everywhere. In conversations with customers, observing my siblings and friends, walking my dogs on a local rail trail in town (you’ll hear about them in later posts), and of course through prayer and reading scripture.

Most of my free time consists of relaxing with my family, discussing Faith with my Bible study, and loving my dogs. Our house is currently home to three wonderful dogs:

  • a Miniature Dachshund named Roxie
  • a Boxer/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Ricky
  • a Boxer/Pitt mix named Lucy (no correlation to I Love Lucy).

Also related is Andi, the little dachshund in the picture below. She belongs to my sister who recently moved in with her new husband, so she doesn’t live at our house anymore. But she’ll always be part of the family.

They are the life of our home.

I am excited to travel, to explore the world and learn about different cultures and languages in the process. England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Germany are currently at the top of my list!

Have I also mentioned I’m a Tolkien fanatic? Not only was he a Christian, he was very good friends with one of Christianity’s most famous authors, C. S. Lewis.

Here’s a picture of me standing outside 21 Merton St. in Oxford, England; Tolkien’s last known residence.

There are so many significant facets of my life that have inspired me to become who I am today.

I am so thankful to have been blessed with all the wonderful family, friends, and furry children (don’t worry, I’m talking about my dogs) who have helped me grow in my relationship with Christ.

Now, I hope to help inspire you to do the same and look forward to going on this adventure with all of you!

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25
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