My name is Gina Castillo. At the age of 44 I have recently begun to examine just what I want my life to be. I have this great desire to build a life that I don’t need a vacation from. I feel like I am actually just coming into my own. The following quote from L.R Knost has been my inspiration for the past couple of years and is the inspiration for this blog.
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”
I was born and raised in Colorado and still live there today. I adore Colorado…I just wish it had an ocean. I have a loving, very tolerant husband, 2 daughters ages 19 and 10 and 3 stepsons who are grown. Last year we were blessed with our first granddaughter. Combining families has been a challenge but definitely worth it.
I grew up in Westminster, CO. My parents still live in my childhood home. My children are fortunate enough to see my parents and their cousins almost daily. I attended Regis University and graduated with a BA&S in Psychology and Sociology. I worked residential youth treatment for 4 years before having my oldest daughter. I went on to work in an Early Childhood Education program where I worked with 2 year olds for 11 years. I eventually got my Master’s degree in Human Services from Capella University. I am now the assistant director of that center where I have worked for over 18 years. We serve exclusively homeless and low-income families and provide trauma informed care to the children who all have their own challenging histories, many of which include domestic violence, child abuse or addiction. I myself am a survivor of domestic violence and find helping the families that I work with especially rewarding.
All of that being said, I have an extremely creative side and the older I get the more I want to utilize it. I have always crafted, especially for my children’s birthdays, but I have recently begun trying to sell my knit and crochet items as well. I have also begun looking to find ways to use my crafts to raise money for causes close to my heart. These include social justice issues along with conservation, especially marine conservation. In addition, I am working to find work doing some freelance writing. Who knows? Maybe it will develop into something even more grand.
So what am I hoping to accomplish with this blog?
- A place to share experiences and knowledge about parenting, career and life in general.
- A venue to share my professional experiences and help others with issues related to child development and education.
- A way to share my knowledge about issues that have touched my life such as homelessness, suicide, LGBTQ issues, OCD and anything else I hope that readers may find useful.
- A place to share my crafts and ideas.
- Discussions with readers that allow us all to learn from one another.
- Whatever else readers would like to know.
This is my first blog so please be patient with me as I grow. Please leave comments and questions! Please share my blog with your friends! If there are any specific issues you would like me to address or questions that you have you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My crafts can soon be found at thesemomentsinbetween on Instagram. I am working to get a Facebook page up and running as well.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my first post and I hope you will subscribe and join me on this journey.
Shout out to my daughter, KyLee, who designed my logo and has amazing art at _kynica_ on Instagram.