Hello! My name is Stacey. I am so happy you found me here! I began this journey in July 2013 after my second marriage fell apart. Writing has become my passion and it has been a positive creative outlet for me since my 41st year of “transformation.”
People often ask me what inspired my website name. No, I did not have a near death experience or illness. I was dead on the inside though. I called my blog I Am Alive because my life was not over after my second divorce. I WANTED to die but God scooped me up off the floor of the travel trailer I was living in and breathed new life back into me. I started going back to church a few weeks before I went to Japan to heal my soul in August of 2013. God spoke to me while I rode my bike on a Fuguki tree path in Okinawa. I cried out his name and he answered. He comforted me and told me I was going to be okay. The song The Hurt and the Healer by Mercyme with the lyrics “I’m alive even though a part of me has died…” was on repeat during that time.
The number 41 has a few significant meanings for me. I was 41 years old when I “woke up.” One of my favorite songs is a Dave Matthews song called #41. And 41 is apparently my Angel Number. I see it numerous times a day every single day…a constant reminder that I am on the right path and that God is guiding me and protecting me. He always shows us signs but we must have our eyes open in order to see them. Thankful mine are open now.
RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME: Introvert. Empath. Shy. Serious. Silly. Clumsy. Horrible memory. Love spring and summer. Love the beach! Animal lover, especially my sweet little tuxedo cat. Soft spoken. Hot temper. Forgive easily. Enjoy nature. I drive too fast. I enjoy bicycle rides. I love the Japanese culture and would like to live there for a year and write a travel guide. I was blessed to live in Tokyo for six weeks in the spring of 2016. I don’t like scary movies. I love Mike Gayle books. He sent me an autographed copy of my favorite book, My Legendary Girlfriend, from England and it is one of my most prized possessions. Flip-flops or barefoot. Low maintenance. ADHD, anxiety, and depression sufferer. University of Kentucky Alumni where I earned a B.S. degree in AGRICULTURE! My eye color changes…sometimes blue…sometimes green. Being an introvert means I need a lot of alone time to think and reflect. Twice married, twice divorced. I have remorse about that but it is part of my journey. My first husband is a Canuck and second is a musician. They both taught me a lot about life, relationships, and myself. Hopefully I taught them something too. I broke my left foot walking out of a concert once and no I wasn’t drinking! I was employed in the science field doing environmental, industrial, and quality lab work for over 18 years and God told me I was ready for an occupation change when I quit my stable job in January 2016 and hung up my lab coat for a year of FREEDOM. I lived in Japan for a couple months and when I returned I worked on an organic vegetable farm for the remainder of the year. It was one of the BEST years of my life. I met Bill Clinton once. I hope to meet Dave Matthews someday to just say thank you. I want to inspire others through sharing my story as I walk with God. I am a work in progress.
I LOVE MUSIC. God speaks to me through music. I took piano lessons when I was a child. I only sing loudly when I am alone in my car or at home but I was in choir at church and school long ago. I’ve seen Dave Matthews Band live in concert over 50 times. My first concert ever was Bon Jovi Freshman year high school! I’ve attended hundreds of concerts over the years in just about every genre but for everyday listening my radio is usually tuned to K-LOVE.
I LOVE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I have a couple of lifelong best friends whom I love like sisters. My mom passed away in 2003. She was my best friend and I miss her every day. My dad is disabled and lives in a nursing home but is still in good spirits (I LOVE MY DAD MORE THAN ANYTHING). I have 4 older siblings, 10 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews!
I LOVE FOOD. I’m not a picky eater. I just enjoy good, simple, healthy food. I have considered going vegetarian because of my animal rights beliefs and my desire for a healthier lifestyle but I am not sure I can commit fully. I was full fledged pescatarian July 2015 through June 2016 only eating fish but have slowly added meat back into my diet. I do eat it sparingly, however. I am a shareholder at my local CSA where I worked last year.
I LOVE TO TRAVEL…especially to new places! A couple of my dream destinations are Bora Bora and Santorini but I want to go everywhere! There is no better way to learn about the world and yourself than through travel. I have been to Japan several times (Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Okinawa) to visit my best friend from college. I visited Germany once (Osnabruck). I’ve been to Mexico multiple times (Cancun, Tulum, Cabo San Lucas). I love Canada and have been many times (Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto). I love WA State, especially “The Gorge” for “Labor Dave Weekend.” San Diego and Seattle are two of my favorite cities. I live in the midwest and I desire to move closer to the ocean. I feel ALIVE when I am near the water. (Possibly Florida, California, Washington, or HAWAII!) I took a road trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina in 2015 and it might actually be close to the top on my list now too. I left a piece of my heart there. I’ve had two destination weddings. I married my first husband on a black rock beach in Maui. I cried the day we had to return home. My second husband and I got hitched in Vegas, Elvis style, at The Little White Wedding Chapel. I’d love to retire in a foreign country…preferable a tropical one. 😉
I LOVE TO WRITE! My blog is my home. I am currently writing my memoir. I have a story of resilience to tell. I enjoy travel writing and have been published on a couple of online travel websites. I was a member of GoAbroad.com’s Writer’s Academy in 2016 for six months and now I am continuing with them now as a freelance guide writer. I also enjoy sharing stories for inspirational people and promoting them on social media. I want to pursue a career in inspirational writing and I’d love to travel the world while doing so, sharing my knowledge and faith. Not much to ask eh? Anything is possible if you believe in yourself and have the courage to face your fears and move beyond your comfort zone.
I LOVE GOD. I live my life for Him. I truly believe that He uses each of us in very special ways. He SHINES through our broken cracks. I was raised Presbyterian but stopped attending church in my 20’s and 30’s. I returned in 2013 when I was completely broken and now attend a non-denominational church. Sunday is my favorite day of the week! Through Him I have become ALIVE again! I love Jesus and what he did for me on the cross. I was baptized when I was a baby but chose to do it again publicly on 2/28/16! It was an amazing feeling coming out of that water. Life is still hard, but now I have a friend walking with me every step of the way.
When I lost my mom 14 years ago, it was a wake up call to how precious, short, and sweet life truly is. And since my awakening and journey back to God in 2013, I feel an extreme urgency within my bones to share what He has been doing in my life. I am a sinner but I am saved.
Remember, life’s an exciting journey, not a destination! Don’t forget to LIVE and enjoy the little things! Every day is a new beginning. The choice to live is up to you.
Love and Blessings,
Stacey ~ iamalive