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What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series #7: Meet Carri

For the past six weeks, we have had the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the life of six unique women–their family life, their passions, their struggles.

 

If you have enjoyed these blog interviews, please consider participating yourself by filling out this form. Women throughout the world will benefit from hearing your story!

 

As the creator of the What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series, allow me to take this opportunity in week seven to introduce myself to you in greater detail. I’d love to hear from you! If we have something in common, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

 

INTRODUCTION

Bio: My name is Carri. I’m a homeschooling mom to three pretty fantastic children. I am a devoted Christian, but enjoy learning about all religions and faith traditions. In my spare time, I blog right here at www.downaspenlane.com about something I am incredibly passionate about–authentic connection. In essence, I encourage others to connect with God and with those in their family, neighborhood, and world in meaningful ways. Some unique facts about me: I like to read magazines from back to front, I often have a bowl of cold cereal after each meal, and I am an obsessive journal writer.

meet-carri

 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

1) What is your favorite color?

I love them all and couldn’t possibly choose just one! Lilac, kelly green, robin’s egg blue, butter yellow, tangerine orange, raspberry red, cherry blossom pink, chocolate brown–each color has a shade that I adore! Perhaps that is why I feel so passionate about the topic of connection: I believe everyone has something positive to share with the world.

 

2) What is your favorite food?

Cold cereal and tacos

 

3) Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I’m the most extroverted of all introverts, meaning that I enjoy hanging out with people to a certain point, but must have plenty of time on my own to recover from the influx of emotions caused by people and life in general.

 

4) Are you a dreamer or a go-getter?

I am both. I dream up ideas (lots and lots of ideas!), add them to my vision board, and then work to make them happen.

 

5) What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about bringing others to Christ by sharing what my relationship with Him means to me. I am also passionate about connecting with individuals in meaningful ways and encouraging others to do the same. Hence, I suppose you could say that my greatest passions are the first two commandments: Loving God with all my heart and loving my neighbor as myself.

 

6) Name a book that has influenced you the most:

Hands down, the most influential books in my life are the Bible and The Book of Mormon. They are both filled with stories of Jesus, as well as experiences of individuals and families whose lives were touched by Him. I read from both books every day. I know the Book of Mormon can be controversial, but I’ve never been one to take someone’s word for something without trying it out for myself. With my whole heart, I encourage you to do the same. The Bible starts with the beginning of time, “In the beginning…”. Conversely, the Book of Mormon begins smack dab in the middle of an exciting story about a family that lived 600 years before Jesus was born. I get excited just thinking about it! You can get a free digital copy of the book here. If you have any questions about the book, please don’t hesitate to email me. Oh, and coming in third place is this book that has changed our home and family for the better.

 

7) What do you do to relax at the end of a long week?

Hiking, biking, reading, and watching a good movie together are ways our family winds down after a long week. We especially love inspirational movies like this one, and true stories like this one (featuring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer).

 

 

 

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8) Share your favorite motivational quote:

My favorite quote at the moment has to do with connecting with others in meaningful ways:

“Could a greater miracle take place for us than to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” Henry David Thoreau

 

9) What trial have you overcome or are in the process of overcoming?

Having dreamed, from an early age, of having the ‘perfect family’, my greatest challenges in life have been being single for a decade prior to getting married, having two miscarriages before finally having my first baby, and having my long-awaited marriage end in divorce, which caused untold pain for my children. In the end, these trials strengthened my relationship with God.

10) Do you enjoy your job? Why, or why not? I do love my jobs! I love to inspire others to connect in meaningful ways and, through homeschooling and the teaching of community classes, make learning a thrilling and life-long process for individuals of all ages.

11) What is the craziest thing you have ever done? 

My best friend and I quit our jobs, packed everything into my car, and moved to another state with no prior arrangements for a job or a place to live. We lived in a cheap motel for a week and donated plasma for food money until we got settled into an apartment and found jobs. It was a thrilling adventure, but I look back now and wonder, “What were we thinking?!” Lol

 

12) Share a life-changing event you have experienced:

Motherhood and divorce have both blessed and challenged me. The dichotomy between the highs and lows that came with each experience is what has been so life-changing for me. Both motherhood and divorce increased my resilience, my gratitude, and my devotion to God, which has been life-changing indeed!

 

 

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13) What do people constantly misunderstand about you?

Many people see my extroverted side and are shocked to learn that I love to spend time alone. Going alone to a restaurant, to see a movie in the theatre, or to meander through a bookstore for a few hours have always been some of my favorite things to do!

 

14) Do you ever feel lonely? Explain.

 

Yes. I miss my children terribly when they are with their dad. I also miss having an adult to talk with on a daily basis. That said, I’m not always lonely. As stated before, I am at my best after spending some quality time alone each day.

 

15) What is your preferred way of connecting with others in meaningful ways?

 

Connecting over a meal or food of some kind has always been so powerful for me. Therefore, I love to meet for lunch dates, host potluck dinners, tea party discussions, and picnics at the park. Sitting around a table has the uncanny ability to bring everyone down to the same level. Once stomachs are filled, hearts tend to open up which, more often than not, leads to deep and meaningful conversations.

 

 

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

 

16) Do you have a favorite place in the world? Where is it?

While I love to travel, home has always been my favorite place.

 

17) What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Creative, compassionate, determined

 

18) Who has been a role model to you? How?

My grandmothers. While different in so many ways, they each taught me unique and valuable lessons by their example: patience, resilience, hard work, dedication to God and family, life-long service to others, and so much more.


19) Who is the person with whom you can talk about anything?

My mom. We talk by phone several times a week.

 

 

20) What three words best describes your family?
Fun-loving, adventurous, happy
21) What is your favorite scripture?

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”—John 16:33

 

22) What message would you like to share with the rest of the world?

You are stronger than you know. With God’s help, you can overcome any trial that comes your way.

 

23) If you could go back five years in your life, what advice would you give yourself?

Trust God. Trust yourself. Trust that life will bring overwhelming happiness despite the occasional bump in the road.

 

Good Cheer Sculpted Willow Tree Figure

 

Visit Carri at the links below:

Down Aspen Lane Blog

Down Homeschool Lane Blog

Down Aspen Lane Facebook

Down Homeschool Lane Facebook

Down Aspen Lane Pinterest

 

EVERYONE HAS A SHARE: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Interested in participating in our What’s Your Story Blog Interview Series? Submit your information here to be considered for future posts.

 

CHALLENGE: Ask someone you know little about questions about their life. Discover something that you have in common.

 

 

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