Hello there! My name is Katie Austin and I was recently selected to be a part of something special – the Every Woman Blog. I am still pinching myself that I was selected to be included with these amazing women! So much has happened over the last year but before I go any further, let me tell you a little something about me since much of what I will be blogging about will be my life experiences.
I am married to the most wonderful man and my soul mate, Mike Austin. We met over 10 years ago and he came into my life during a time when I thought that I would never re-marry again. I had convinced myself that I would be happier as a single-mother, working a full-time job as a computer programmer for a large utility company. But then he came into my life and all of that changed. We have been married for almost 7 years and we have one son from my first marriage. Brandon is an active teenage boy who accelerates in his classes, plays high school football and is taking an interest in girls. I will stop there as that could be a whole blog topic in itself! We are currently living just outside of Lexington in the West Columbia area. Both Mike and I moved south from northern states. I am from Bridgewater, New Jersey and he is from Buffalo, New York. I think we both wanted to get away from the snow-covered ground and enjoy the warmer weather. I never thought that I would have to move to the south to meet my soul mate from the north, but I did and I am so glad that we found each other.
I recently met a milestone in July as celebrated my first birthday after beating breast cancer (applause much appreciated!). In honor of that milestone, I started my own blog Just a Walk in Faith as I thought it would be a great way to capture my breast cancer journey and how I found myself along the way. I didn’t blog while I was undergoing treatment as I found myself in a deep state of depression at times and it was hard enough just to motivate myself to get out of bed each day. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I felt up to talking openly about my journey with anyone outside of my family. I know that it might help other women (or men) going through their own breast cancer fight.
After completing my treatments in April 2011, I decided it was time to go back to school. Yep, I am a 43-year old college student at the University of South Carolina in pursuit of my Computer Science degree. Now you also know that I am a computer nerd and I am alright with that. I have come to embrace my geekness over the years.
So what topics can you expect from me? I would think that my blog posts could include breast cancer, the daily struggles of a single-mom, going back to school after the age of 40, anything geek-related and everything in between. I love to talk and I hope that what I share with you will make a difference in your life. I find motivation and inspiration in quotes so you will find that I include them in my blog posts. If I could only pick one quote to leave you with, then I would pick this one and my hope is that after you read it you will smile while dancing in the rain.
”Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”