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BC: Tara O'Shell

FC: Tara O'Shell

1: Nature and Nurture | As i grew up I was molded by nature and nurture , because of my parents- their genes that I received, and their beliefs along with their own upbringing, I am now an individual.

2: I was molded into an athlete, a lover of the outdoors and sunshine, a lover of music, a child at heart, crafty, appreciative of the small things, confident, and a responsible level headed strong woman.. | THAT'S MY MOM AND DAD! I got my dark complexion, my attitude, and competitiveness from my dad and my eyes, and stubbornness from my momma!

3: Music can soothe your soul............ | This is Marcus Mumford!! He is amazing!!

4: Family

5: When I was a child we had constant interactions with our meme’s, poppas, aunts, uncles, and cousins. This made us the strong supportive family that we are today

6: My sibling, parental, and extra-familia bonds are very important to me. Family comes first. We would go on camping trips every year as a family and also on trips with my extended family. My cousins, siblings, and I all attended Tecumseh schools and played sports in the Tecumseh youth programs, our dads were our coaches and our moms were our cheer instructors. My cousins were a part of my everyday life. I have a very large family and the majority of us all lived in or around Tecumseh, so it was easy to visit each other. We were all different in our separate families, but since our parents had the same upbringing we all had a lot in common. As we got older things did affect our family and we spent less time together and went on fewer camping trips, etc.

7: My cousins and aunt Shannon

8: . Even though we see less of each other our bond is not broken and it remains intact

10: I was born on July 18, 1984 and 6:36 am in Shawnee Oklahoma. I was my parents first baby and my mom was in labor for 9 hours. The story that I am told most often is that my mother could not decide whether or not she wanted my dad in the room. This consisted of lots of yelling, why did you do this to me... get out, wait come back where are you going!!!

11: I weighed 8lbs and 6 oz. I had dark brown eyes and a lot of black hair. I had to stay in the hospital under the lights for four extra days to cure my jaundice. | Tara | I loved my Glow Worm!!

12: Having constant love and affection from my family shaped me into a loving and affectionate person. I was the first grandchild on both sides of my family so I received a great deal of attention, but my sister was soon to follow so I also learned how to share early on. Not that we were the best at sharing, but we were shining stars compared to my baby sister who came along 7 years later. Her favorite word was “mine!”

13: I developed and grew at a normal rate; I was at the same speed as the rest of my class. I was always involved in multiple sports so I was very active. My sister, Amber, and I were always outside. We lived in the country so there were always numerous adventures to go on. I could not imagine staying inside all day playing on the computer or playing video games as a child. Children need to run and play and breathe in fresh air and have the opportunity to use their imaginations. I am so thankful for the childhood that I had.

14: In the 3rd grade in Mrs. Elliott’s class we were reading the book Charlotte’s Web. She would read to us and we would also read aloud, but the constructive part was when we all got to build something from the story and then tell the classroom about what we built and where it took place in the story line. I built the stables for Wilbur, the geese, the farm animals, with help from my mom and her hot glue gun, and of course Templeton and Charlotte. I will never forget this learning experience. In the second grade in Mrs. Rutherford’s class, my worst classroom experience, I distinctively remember sitting in long straight rows and seated boy girl boy girl. Mrs. Rutherford would talk at the front of the class and we would listen. It was the same every day. I know that I did “learn” in this class, but I was never happier to leave a classroom.

16: I was mentored by my dad in archery. My sister and I both became great competitors rather quickly. He started us off with the basics that are needed to have a strong platform. | Loading the arrow correctly, drawing back with the correct form, looking through the peep to see your sights, and aiming at your target..

17: Once we got the basics he taught us how to adjust our sites, where the “kill spots” on animals were, and how to judge yardage. We then joined a local JOAD archery club and competed in 3D shoots all over the Southern United States. We won quite a few!!!!!

18: Out of James Marcia’s four identity statuses the one that I can relate to is Identity Achievement. I achieved my internal locus of self-definition through experiencing a crisis with a best friend and then experiencing life with different social groups.

19: You make decisions in life that lead you to were you are meant to be . You also meet hundreds of people, some remain in your life and some do not, but in the end the ones that stay are meant to. | In the moment you think that the things you are doing are great and fun, but when you look back you realize that you were reaching out looking for what you had lost. I explored a few different identities over a 5 year span, and ended up feeling lost. In the end I realized exactly who I was and what I needed to do to change things and get back to myself.

21: I have never been happier than I am now. I am thankful for the life lessons that I have learned and for where I am right now.

22: When I was a child my sister and I were very close in age and my mom liked to dress us alike! I remember when I finally was allowed the freedom to pick out my own clothes that did not match Ambers at all! Although she did still dress us alike for photos and people thought we were twins, I still had a feeling of accomplishment when we would venture out looking nothing alike. Even today we have completely different senses of style. | I began taking initiative when I was about five I started making Barbie towns, these Barbie’s all had different jobs and homes and duties in my make believe town. I built the town throughout my bedroom and even into the hallway, my mom has a video of me explaining each and every Barbie, there were even places to eat and a park..

23: I had a feeling of competence when I was able to choose which sport I wanted to focus on in High School. I chose softball over basketball. It crushed me to have to tell my dad, the high school basketball, baseball, and football star, that I was no longer going to play basketball. It was the right decision to make, and I ended up playing college softball and I still play competitive co-ed softball to this day.

24: I developed my moral reasoning through my parents and grandparents. They taught me the difference between right and wrong and set my morals in stone. Through school I was not easily swayed into doing anything that I thought would disappoint them. I knew the type of people that they were and that is the type of person that I strive to be. | 4.When I was a child my cousins were my close friends, but I also had numerous friends at school. I had mostly friends that were girls since most of my extracurricular activities involved girls. | 5.I believe that my parents and my overall up bringing had to do with my resiliency. My parents were and continue to be there for me to point me in the right direction if need be and to be a shoulder to lean on. | . I played softball and basketball, I was in cheerleading, pom and baton twirling, I dabbled in 4-h briefly, and I was in an archery club, Jo-Ad. In Jo-ad is where I had friends that were mainly boys. I continued with softball, basketball, and jo-ad into my adolescence.

25: I have some cousins that did the exact opposite when we were kids and they still do it today even though we are grown. I will never understand how they turned out so rotten when my mom was raised by the exact same two people as their dads!!!!! I am so thankful that my parents raised me the way that they did, and even though I did not always like it I believe I turned out great in the end and I will only improve with age!! | My parents influenced me through leading by example. I plan to raise my children the way that I was raised. Since it is the holidays it reminds me of something that my mom still tells us girls to this day, “when you get a present you act like you love it and it is the best gift in the world even if you hate it! We can return it tomorrow.”

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