Friday, November 4, 2011

The Story of Me

Today I realized that I have been extremely rude to all of you, my readers. While I have a page on this blog that explains what From Couch to Ironwoman is all about, I haven't truly introduced myself to all of you yet. I hope you can forgive me.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite hot or cold beverage while I tell you the story of me. (Just a warning this will probably be a little bit of a longer post, but it will have tons of fun pictures!)

Where did my story start, you ask? In one of the most beautiful places in the country, even though it took me leaving to truly appreciate its beauty.

I can guarantee that if you have ever been to Maine you have probably been to my hometown. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state after all.

So popular, cruise ships even stop there


Haven't figured it out yet? Hint: it's near Acadia National Park. That's right, my hometown is near Bar Harbor, Maine. Which means that I used to say things like "wicked" and "take a digger" (any guesses on what that means?) I don't have the accent, though, and I don't like lobster. Which is shocking because my dad is a Lobsterman, but he's not quite like those guys on Deadliest Catch.

I have a younger brother and two wonderful parents.

Weren't we cute?

My brother and I aren't as close as I would like, but I would do anything for him and I hope he knows how proud I am of the person that he has become.

Growing up my brother and I played a lot of sports. I remember doing gymnastics briefly, basketball briefly and t-ball. Then, we joined the swim team.

Swimming was my life growing up. I started swimming when I was eight years old and didn't stop until my second year of college. I still played other sports, softball and cross country specifically, but I was the most dedicated to swimming. I swam on a YMCA team for one year and then joined another local YMCA team and swam with that team through my senior year of high school. It was my "family" and I was able to experience so much because of it! I had the opportunity to go to Florida, the Virgin Islands, Washington D.C., New York City and numerous other states and cities because of swimming.

I also swam on my high school's swim team. The defining moment of my swimming career was when I swam my way to State Champion in the 100 backstroke my senior year.

At this same time, I was in transition mode. I was going to be leaving Maine and heading to Rochester to attend college. Unfortunately, college started out a little bit rocky. I didn't like my major, Computer Science, and I didn't really know what I wanted to do.

Luckily, my roommate was a sign language interpreting major and I met all of her Deaf friends. I changed my major to interpreting and I haven't looked back since.

Getting my Associate's degree

Bachelor's degree, I was smarter then

I have been working as a sign language interpreter for a little over 5 years now, 4 years at my current job, and I love it!

The one nice thing about my job is that my employer offers a great tuition waiver for employees. I actually started working at my current job before I graduated with my Bachelor's degree and I decided that I would go for my Master's degree. Hey, why give up free education, right?

I did it for the hood, seriously

Are you still with me? If so, thanks! Go get a refill on that tasty beverage I talked about earlier and bear with me through the last part of this post!

I think the most important aspect of who I am is that I am independent. However, there is one person that I would not be able to live without: my husband. You may have seen me talk about him here and there.

Mike and I started dating in 2004. We say that the day we met is our dating anniversary because we started hanging out everyday after that. We never had that "will you go out with me?" moment, so it works for us!

I knew from the moment that I met him that we were going to get married. It took almost six years but it did happen!

We got engaged on our five year anniversary and it was perfect for us. Our engagement even sparked a theme for our wedding, "tying the knot". Mike tied the ring to his shoe and told me he couldn't get a knot untied and asked me to try.

Ryan T. Collier photo

Ryan T. Collier photo

While planning our wedding I was working full-time and going to grad school part-time. So, it only made sense to have a DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding where I made almost everything. How I survived, I'm not really sure. It was a good thing that my family and friends helped out so much!

Our non-religious, semi-casual, small wedding happened near a lake on a beautiful summer day.

Ryan T. Collier photo

Ryan T. Collier photo

Ryan T. Collier photo

It was perfect and I wouldn't change anything about it. Oh, and this happened after our wedding.

Ryan T. Collier photo

You're still here? I think I have made you suffer enough through the story of me. Of course, this isn't my entire story so if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!

What makes you, you?


  1. Your story is very interesting. It's so cool that you are a sign language interpreter. I've always wanted to learn, but my school does not have ANY classes.

    As for me, i guess a quick one thing about me is that I was born in Korea. I then moved to NJ, WI, and CA. And I came back to east coast for school.

    And you are right. We should have a Rochester meetup sometime and then you can find out in person.

  2. What beautiful wedding pictures and I LOVE that you are northerner like me. :)