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My name is Lilly and here are the basics. I’m Christian, I’m asexual, and I love people almost as much as I love dogs. I have generalized anxiety and bipolar disorder, I collect hats, and I have what I hope is a charming tendency to overshare. So here’s a little bit more about me, your third co-contributor to this new year of My Bright Corner.

When Emily is behind the camera

Momentary sidebar: less about me and more about us. Dana and Emily are two of the coolest people who have ever existed. They are kind, openhearted, gentle (yes you are, Dana), and bold (yes you are, Emily). The three of us are an unusual trifecta. We are simultaneously incredibly different people and yet somehow are exactly the same. I love these guys, and participating in this blog took very little convincing. I’ll snatch up any opportunity to work in close proximity (even if that is an internet-based proximity and not a physical location) to these two crazy and wonderful goons.

Alright, now time to crack down on the details of who I am. I’m 22. I am a senior at Amherst College in Massachusetts. I am a studio art major and formerly a computer science major (more on that later). I currently work as a barista at a super strange and wonderful international student cafe: Shiru Cafe. Give it a google, y’all. It’s pretty neat.

My life has been a wild ride. A very wild ride. My friends have been instrumental in keeping me grounded and about as sane as any of us can be. Beyond that is my faith in Jesus. God is a cool bean (yeah that’s an understatement) and I’m obsessed with talking about Him, so I’m sure that’ll come up in future posts. Feel free to ask me questions, but remember that I am no theologian so I won’t have all of your desired answers. But I do know what I believe and I am so ready to talk about that.

I have almost 50 hats, a collection that only began a little over four years ago, a majority of which are gifts. There’s a story behind that too, which I’m sure I’ll share.

I am a storyteller. I am currently working with a few other incredible young women on a few works. Basically, we are making the wild mistake of trying to write three different novels at once, since we just can’t decide on which one we want to give the most focus.

What else…

Molly Mae gives me life

I’m the youngest of four, and I have a niece and a nephew. I’m afraid of heights, boats, and spiders. I love to travel (though I can’t stand travelling alone). I’m obsessed with elephants and mustaches and Dungeons and Dragons. I like to write fiction and code (but I don’t program often). I like making things. I get bored easily. I love people but they suck sometimes. I have chickens and gerbils and dogs and they are amazing creatures who deserve love, and generally, people deserve love, too.

I often panic about what my future holds as I don’t have a single post-graduation plan, but as I try to figure that out, I turn to God.

With that, I’ll leave you with my favorite Bible verse.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34

Yours truly,

Lilly

New Year, Now I’m a Blogger

Hello World!

My name is Emily. Dana (the lovely creator of My Bright Corner) and Lilly (the other new contributor to this page) have been my friends since middle school. Although we have been friends for a little over a decade, we are all very different people in many ways. But that is what I love about our friendship. Our differences is part of what has helped us to remain friends for as long as we have (our differences and the fact that these two know way to much about me and they have seen me through almost every major transitional period in my life).

As is the case with most things that get me out of my comfort zone even in the slightest, Dana is the one who brought me on board here. And as far as her having to convince me to do this, it didn’t take as much effort as other things have (like when she had to beat me in Guitar Hero to get me to go to a middle school dance… still not over it for the record). This is another chance to stay connected with two of my favorite people and a chance for the three of us to collaborate creatively. Who wouldn’t agree to that?

Anyway, I suppose I should talk about myself now so you can get to know me a little bit (first thing to know, if you were to look up the definition of shy in the dictionary, you would find a picture of me there so talking about myself is not my favorite).

I’m 22 years old and I am a Graduate Student at Winona State University where I am studying to get a Master’s degree in School Counseling (Yes we do learn how to ask “and how does that make you feel?”). I graduated from Winona State in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Advocacy. Also, I am a Graduate Assistant at a child care center where I spend the majority of my days surrounded by fifteen four-year olds who are equal parts adorable and hilarious and only slightly frustrating at times.

Unlike most people my age, I did not (and do not) spend my time going out with friends all the time or drinking or doing basically anything spontaneous. I am the most introverted introvert to introvert. I would rather go to a coffee shop than a bar (although I am a coffee addict who is allergic to alcohol so that may play part in that…). I am a bookworm. I am a movie buff. I am a music geek. I draw pictures occasionally (although they are nowhere near as amazing as Lilly’s). I take pictures everywhere I go. If I could spend my days by water, I would do so without hesitation. I grew up the daughter of a pastor/marriage and family therapist and the sister of a very protective older brother. I have spent an afternoon crocheting while watching black and white movies. I am basically a grandma in the body of a 22 year old, and in all honesty,

I am very okay with it.

Let’s let this adventure begin! As Dana said in her post, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me anything!

-Emily