My name is Andrea Walker.  I am the youngest of three daughters.  I am a mom of four sons.  I have been divorced.  I am a mother-in-law.  I am a grandmother.  I am a Human Resources professional.  I am a Life Coach.  I am a wife (again).  I am a Christ follower.  I was once close to death; I was once severely depressed; I was once very lonely.  I still get scared on occasion, but not depressed.  In spite of it all, I am an optimistic person.  I have seen the ugly in life, and I have seen the beauty.  I love people, and I am energized when I am around people.

A few years ago, my life coach suggested to me that I write a blog.  He said I had a lot to share with the world, and there are people out there who want to know these stories.  I know the first part is true, I’m not totally convinced the second part is true!

I realize a lot of life lessons are running circles in my head and need to come out.  My life has been far from perfect.  Sometimes it was really difficult, and while in the middle of those difficulties, I had trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Actually, I had trouble even seeing the tunnel.  I have come to realize that I have three stories:  personal, career, and spiritual.  Each of them have had tremendous ups and downs.  Each of them had me at one time or another, thinking I would never survive this challenge.

Years have gone by, and as I get older, I reflect more on these areas of my life.  I don’t want to lose my stories.  I want my children, grandchildren, future grandchildren (if there be any more), future great grandchildren, and even friends and strangers to know we are not alone in our struggles—in some ways, we have all been there, have all done that.

Some of these things in my life are hard lessons.  Some are just great stories.  I have a rich family history of immigrants on both sides (I will never be able to join the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (or of the Confederates).  The earliest U.S. military service in my family is World War II, which my dad and many of his brothers served in as a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.

I have great photos to share, books to recommend, maybe even a video or two, and stories buried deep in my brain that I need to get out.  You don’t have to agree with what I say—this is MY perspective on life.  I just ask that you respect that these are my life lessons.  If anything I write, feels real to you, even if it is just one sentence, I will have accomplished something from sharing my life with you.

Hold on, we are in for a great ride.