The Beginning of Me

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The blogging space can be such a personal space. We share so much and build genuine connections with “strangers”.ย  In the spirit of sharing, here’s the story of me…

Hmmm… where to begin. Let’s start with where I grew up – Detroit. The city of Detroit has been getting a bad horrible rep. lately. It’s not the Detroit I know though. I grew up loving music, interested in fashion and awkwardly tall. The music thing was totally organic. I grew up in Detroit – Motown! I grew up loving and appreciating music in a way different from most people I know. Music became my escape, my companion and my voice. I should mention that I am an only child. Music was kind of my sibling, my sidekick that was with me through everything.

I grew up with cousins but when I was at home, it was just me and my mom. It was great! My mom and I have been best friends my whole life. Being a single mom, she worked her butt off to make sure I had what I needed and then some. My dad has always been in my life but, they didn’t last as a couple so I never got that two-parent household. My mother wanted me to do things differently and stressed the value of marriage to me regularly. I think there were three things she stressed most to me: a relationship with God, education and marriage before babies if at all possible. She would always tell me that being a single mom was doable, but it was far from easy. She didn’t want me to experience the same struggles she went through. Those repeated conversations clearly had an impact on me. I am definitely God’s girl, I earned my degree and I got married. I think growing up in a single parent household has given me such respect for marriage and what it represents.

me and my mom

Growing up, I spent a lot of my time writing. I wrote songs and poems and later began sketching designs. I wanted to be a singer and a fashion designer. If I’m being honest, I wanted to do it all! I even designed my prom dress! That was a seriously surreal moment. To see something I’d drawn come to life so beautifully was amazing.

My prom creation

My real love has always been writing. I didn’t always know it though. For years, I tried to avoid writing like it wasย  the plague. I’m not sure why. It finally hit me that I was a writer during my years living in Ohio. More on that next time

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33 Responses to The Beginning of Me
  1. Kristy @PampersandPinot
    October 26, 2011 | 8:06 am

    I gotta say that you are just so beautiful!

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:54 pm

      Awww, thanks Kristy! That’s so sweet of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Optimistic Mom
    October 26, 2011 | 8:12 am

    Thanks for sharing, I look forward to more.
    You definitely inspire me to share more about myself online. It is great making connections that feel more like friendships. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Love the prom dress!

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      It can be a little scary to share yourself online. I’m getting more comfortable now… but not TOO comfortable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Erica
    October 26, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Very cool!

  4. blueviolet
    October 26, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    You are so interesting. I love learning all this about you, and omg, that dress. You have talent.

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:48 pm

      thanks! I think it’s funny that I still like the dress after all these years.

  5. This Cookn' Mom
    October 26, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing a piece of your life with us! You are an amazing writer!

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:48 pm

      thanks mama! I appreciate that!

  6. kita
    October 26, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    Great introduction. I have met people online that seem to know me so well that I wonder sometimes where have you been all my life. I can’t wait to hear more.

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:47 pm

      isn’t it crazy the connections we form online? i love the internet for that alone!

  7. lisa
    October 26, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    I spent the first 14 years of my life living in Detroit and I still live in the Metro Detroit area and work downtwon, so I totally understnd what you’re saying about Detroit getting a bad rep. It upsets me to no end. Yes our city has problems, but it also has many wonderful things about it too.

    But I digress…

    It sounds like you have one amazing Mom who definitely raised you right! Thank you for sharing your story!


    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:46 pm

      thanks Lisa! it’s frustrating that more of the positive isn’t highlighted more.

  8. Denise
    October 26, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    i love personal stories from bloggers. i enjoy learning about the person behind the words!

    i love that you designed your prom dress! very cool… I bet you have a lot of untapped creative outlets you don’t even know about ๐Ÿ™‚

    keep creating and keep writing!

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:45 pm

      thanks for the encouragement!

  9. Stesha
    October 26, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    What an amazing relationship that you and your mom share! Cherish it always. She instilled awesome value in you.

    I must say, both of you ladies are stunning. I wish I had “the design bone” in my body. Love the prom dress!

    Hugs and Mocha,

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:44 pm

      thank you! I feel pretty blessed to have her for my mother. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Natalie
    October 26, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    Wow! You are so multi-dimensional! That’s why we love you…and designed your own prom dress…mad props to you!

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:42 pm

      thanks Natalie! I don’t know if I could pull together a design these days. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Red Shutters
    October 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    Love that picture of you and your Mom!,

  12. Jessica
    October 26, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    Great job on your dress. My parents divorced when I was young so I learned what it was like to grow up in a single parent household too.

  13. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    October 26, 2011 | 11:16 pm

    I loved reading this post! It’s amazing that you designed your own dress. And what a great mom you have.

  14. Dee-Dee
    October 27, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    Hello Model-Model, It gives me great pleasure to say that I’m proud you. I can accept you being a writer but you’ll always be a model to me. Keep up the good work.

    Much luv to you!

  15. Mimi
    October 28, 2011 | 8:42 am

    I’m an only child too. I come across those that feel like they missed out on having a sibling but your mom seems to have been a lot like mine. Working hard and providing an awesome life.

    It was great hearing a little about you. Can’t wait until the next installment. Don’t make us wait too long!

  16. kateri
    October 29, 2011 | 4:59 am

    Love your dress! That is amazing! My husband grew up in Detroit as well. He like it when he was growing up, but won’t set foot in the city now–says it is very different then when he was young.

  17. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    October 29, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    Much respect and love to your Mom. Single moms are some kind of wonderful (*wink*). Thanks for sharing a piece of your story with us — social media is great in that way. We can “meet” so many different people and connect in so many different ways. Looking forward to reading more about you…

    • Cam
      October 31, 2011 | 9:44 pm

      I agree – single moms rock! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  23. Migdalia - @MsLatina
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    Your mother is a wise woman. She armed you for the challenges ahead – def a blessing! So glad you went back to your passion of writing as well. Will be coming back to read more!

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