So, they asked me to write an “About” section. Where the heck do I start?

I’m middle-aged, married, employed, and fat. I have a B.A. degree in Communications and English Lit, a Master of Accountancy degree, and about 60 credits of post-baccalaureate work in Neuroscience, Cognitive Psych, and Math. I also suffer from a Chiari Malformation that makes walking, talking, or sleeping difficult at times.

But really, that’s not what you want to know, is it? Well, good, because I am so much more.

I grew up going to church with my family, but somewhere along the way I became disenfranchised with the whole thing. Not with Jesus, mind you, just with… religion. I felt like I couldn’t be “me.” I still feel that way in most churches. Could you imagine the looks I’d get if I went into a church wearing enough black eyeliner to make the local raccoons jealous and a “Slipknot” t-shirt? Yeah, that look you’re giving to the screen right now – multiply it by about 100.

I’m used to “not fitting,” it’s been the story of my life. I don’t particularly mind; I’m an introvert and an overthinker, so friends tend to fall away anyway because I can be awkward and noncommunicative. But I thought all of that wasn’t supposed to matter to Jesus? Turns out I was right. There’s no caveat to Jesus’ love – it’s for everyone.

I’ve always been antithetical in some way or another. I was the girl in high school that liked cars and heavy music. I was also the smart girl who wasn’t a “nerd.” In my recent life, I’m the cheerful bubbly woman who makes brains explode when people come into my office and hear the darkest, the most growly metal you could possibly imagine. So why wouldn’t I also be an antithetical Christian?

This brings me to this blog.

One day I was reading some different viewpoints about the classic “no-no’s” of Christianity and I thought “OMG I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS THAT WAY!” It was an epiphany of epic proportions. Then I instantly had about 4 million ideas.

So, here I am, sharing these ideas with you – these affirmations that you do not have to be put into a certain box made of antiquated expectations to be a Christian. I want you to know that the modern version of the Bible very likely does not always mean what we think it means. Something was lost in translation, quite literally, so we need to rethink some of the verses we unleash on each other to prove our “moral high ground. Jesus loves you with His whole heart – no matter what. And I want you to know that you can be strange, weird, freaky, different, unusual, outlandish, and unexpected – and still love Jesus with your whole heart.

That’s quite the point of all this, isn’t it?