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The Story of My Life in 250 Words

Heidi Shenk "andrew" "Baltimore" "blog every day in may" "daily life" "Finn" "goshen" "Lilah" "syracuse"

This is probably supposed to be difficult. You know, writing about your life in 250 words. Mine's not so bad. My life hasn't been grand or fabulous. It hasn't always been easy-going either. But it has been a pretty awesome life.

I grew up in small-town Goshen, Indiana with my mom, dad, and sister. After years of the same school system, with the same people, and a city I didn't really like, I decided to apply to Syracuse University. If I got in, I'd attend. If I didn't, I'd work for a year and reassess. I got in.

I spent four years attending the university and one year living and working in a coffee shop in Syracuse. Four plus one is five. That last year? Andrew's fifth year of architecture school. I had met Andrew during our sophomore year. After he graduated, we found jobs. I entered a teacher residency program in Baltimore City-- what else was I supposed to do with an English major? I became a teacher and he got a job at a firm downtown. Two years later we got Lilah, our chocolate lab. Three years later, we bought a house. Three and half years later we got engaged. Four years later we got Finn, our orange tabby. And six years later? Well, that story will be soon to come....

And it will be amazing. I promise.

I know you all love teasers.

Now, was that my life story in 250 words? Yes, I think so. ;)

P.S. In case you wanted to know, this was Day 1 of Jenni's Blog Every Day in May.

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he | she

Heidi Shenk "andrew" "love"


he is an extrovert | she is an introvert

he likes the mountains | she likes the ocean

he likes to wing it | she likes to have a plan

he roots for the Browns | she roots for the Steelers

he is a dog person | she is a cat person

he drinks his coffee black | she drinks her coffee with cream

he likes dark chocolate | she likes white chocolate

he designs buildings | she builds minds

Despite all of the differences in our lives, we always find so many things in common that keep us ticking. And sometimes, those things that are very different only help to make life a little more interesting. Quite honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way! 


Happy Valentine's Day to my favorite dude! 

P.S. Thanks to


for the blog post idea. She's pretty awesome if you ask me! I wanted to do this post for a while and thought saving it for Valentine's Day would be a sweet idea.

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