About Me

Christin Joyful

About Me

Who am I? I am a complex and busy Southern Californian who enjoys a multitude of activities. I work full time, and also part time…lucky me! I have many different interests, and therefore am constantly striving for balance. This blog is my way of expressing my many interests and presenting them in a way that reflects my personality and style in a dynamic way.

I give a more in-depth look at my favorite things on a separate page, but just to give you a little detail, here is the short list of my favorite interests:

    • Dance
    • Singing
    • Reading/Writing
    • Health/Nutrition
    • Fitness/Exercise
    • Makeup Artistry
    • Music
    • Couponing
    • Renaissance Fairs

Okay, now for a little more about me:

I grew up in a southern California home as the oldest child of 3 kids. I have both a younger sister (Pandar, real name Alison), and and younger brother (Stephen). We were raised in a Christian household, and were very involved in church activities. Also, my siblings and I were homeschooled. That’s right, I never set foot in a public school until I convinced my parents to let me go to public high school in 10th grade. I then graduated from a public high school.

Being homeschooled shaped my childhood and therefore adulthood in a very profound way. I have often looked back on my childhood wondering how my life might have been different if I had gone to public school my whole life. I feel like in a lot of ways homeschooling gave me a very strong foundation, and academically I have always been very strong.

Socially, however, I really don’t know how I would be different. I feel like when I went to public school I went into a sort of shocked state that stayed with me well into college…I was suddently infuenced by a huge flood of different people. Rather than being introduced to so many different views as I grew up, they kinda all hit me at once. On the other hand, however, I still have pretty much the same beliefs as when I was younger, I just understand, respect, and process outside beliefs differently.

Another thing you should know about me: I am a daydreamer. Have you watched or read Anne of Green Gables? Well, I tend to be a lot like Anne. I get stuck in my own thoughts and my own head. I get distracted easily because sometimes it’s much more fun than the world around me. I don’t know if being homeschooled allowed me to do this more than other kids growing up, but I certainly felt like I had to change my communication habits and interactions with others starting in high school and even now as an adult. I feel like there is some sort of disconnect between the way I communicate with others, and how others communicate in just normal everyday conversations and activities. I am a little socially awkward. ;)

Anyway, I grew up going to church and being homeschooled, I loved to dance and sing (still do) and I loved music and writing and reading (also still do). I would definitely say I am more of a planner than a spontaneous person, and so I have always relied heavily on trying to figure out what will happen next.

I met my husband Travis when I was 19, and we were married when I was only 20. You can read more about him on the Travis page page. :)

I still live on southern California, about a block away from the beach (yeah, don’t be jealous) and I love it here. I like to spend time with Travis and also my siblings and friends. My parents are missionaries in Japan, and I miss them, but I know that they are where they are supposed to be right now, and I am glad they are doing what they love. (If you want to learn more about them you can visit thier website here). :)

I currently have AA degrees in English and Communications. I would love to eventually be a nutritionist and personal trainer, a certified makeup artist, and also a teacher and a writer. Right now I am just taking it day by day. Who knows, maybe i’ll be able to do it all!

So for now, here I am, trying to keep all of my interests and activities straight, and looking forward to the future.

I hope you enjoy my blog! Please feel free to leave comments, I love to read them all!

3 Comments

  • November 18, 2011 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Hey name twin! I just added you to my reader so I can start following your blog as well! :)

    • Christin Joyful
      November 20, 2011 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

      awesome, thanks! Us Christins who spell their names right gotta stick together! :)

  • December 7, 2011 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I thought I was married young at 24…but kudos to you!

    PS: I live in So Cal too!

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