About Me

Hi, I’m Eileen. Thank you for swinging by and checking out my blog. I am a recovering perfectionist who has learned and continues to learn the beauty of stepping out from behind the mask and admitting how much I am in need of God’s grace every single day of my life.

This journey of writing my way through life all started several years ago after I heard a message at church where the pastor asked us to think about one question:

What are you passionate about?

I knew what my answer was, but it seemed funny to admit it out loud. I remember saying to my husband, “Can my passion really be talking about myself. What a weird passion.” But, of course, it’s more than that. I want to inspire people to live better stories by sharing the lessons I’ve learned (and am learning) from my own journey.

A few crazy, beautiful things began to happen in my life once I admitted this to myself. First, God put a burden on my heart to start a recovery group at my church. This is the crazy part because I was so NOT a leader. But God taught me a beautiful truth through that journey…He’s the leader. My job is to show up.

Second, I started to write again. I faced both my fear of throwing up on a page and also my fear of sharing that mess with others. Again, something beautiful happened. The process of doing this brought incredible amounts of joy into my life! I felt free. I felt alive. Through this writing journey, I have learned the same lesson I learned from leading small groups. Perfection is not the goal. Showing up is the goal.

I hope you will be encouraged and inspired by the words I share on my blog. I try to do it in such a way where you can apply the lessons to your own story and circumstances. A few recurring topics over the years…

Finding the beauty and the lessons of life while walking through an “ordinary” day.

Reminders that our pain and our struggles are never wasted.There is hope and redemption for every valley we must travel through.

Coffee. I heart coffee and sometimes this love flows over the brim of the cup…spilling all over these pages!

A few samples of my guest writing.

I Sat Back and Watched Her Cry
Life After Art: In Search of BeautyFaith Walkers at Patheos, Bill Blankschaen
Beyond Alcohol:From Never to NormalPeople of the Second Chance
Letter To My Younger SelfThe High Calling
Shedding the Facade The Daily Retort, Tor Constantino

A few of my personal favorites

Beauty That Lives On…
Coffee Filter Moments
When Your Story Has a Theme
That Time I Felt Like a Stray Puppy

19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Eileen Post author

    Thank you, Karen. I hopped over to your blog just now too and left a comment! Thanks for coming over from Keith’s blog. Now I will “know” who you are. 😉

  2. Debbie Moody

    Thank you for sharing this…I know as a mother and a cancer survivor myself, it is never easy on the children. I pray my own stay strong in their faith and know that they are never alone, even when God calls me home, I pray they always remember that God has never forsaken them. ((hugs))

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  6. Sandra

    Thank you for being open about your experiences, Eileen. It’s not easy to br vulnerable but touch seem to have come into touch with just the right things to say.

  7. Jody Lee Collins

    Eileen, I wasn’t sure where to email so will comment here…I was reading through your Seanisms and just laughing outloud. I stopped at 2009…guess I’ll have to come back. We have 5 grandchilren and my son and daughter in law share things on Facebook occasionally that they say–I’ll have to figure out how to share them, too. Kids say the darnedest things!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Jody! Yes, I hope you do share all the funny things your grandchildren are saying. I would love to read them!

  8. CardinalLady

    This looks like my kind of blog. Although I’m not an alcoholic, I was raised by two and have recently realized, after 63 years, I think and act as they did. I find myself frequently overwhelmed and in need of escape; hiking, eating, traveling, gardening and God. I feel His presence often and know I would never have made it to this age without Him. I’ve been through many trials and tribulations, so much so, I know He is trying to get my attention when the next wave comes. Sometimes I kick, scream, ask “why me,” one more time,” other times I sit back for the ride, knowing, He will make it “all right and give me a big blessing for waving my hands high in the air as the roller coaster dips, climbs, swerves and makes me feel so alive.” I wonder often why I choose the more challenging road, (scenic route) rather than the easy, I choose to not seek God first many times when I know He is the answer.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes, I’ve done much of the same thing. Reminds me of Paul’s words in Romans 7 and his struggle with sin and wrong directions. Those verses comfort me and remind me that even Paul chose the “scenic route” He didn’t do this life perfectly but he put His faith and trust in a God who was and is.

  9. CardinalLady

    Thanks, I do take comfort in knowing there are many in The Bible who often get off the main road onto to the road less traveled. ….or maybe it’s the road more traveled. I do feel like Paul, starting about Romans 7/14. It gets pretty crazy trying to figure it out and I end up just emotionally exhausted.

  10. Courtney

    I’m sorry to read about your mother. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. My first fear was leaving my children. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Courtney, thank you for sharing. I’m sorry that you’ve had to battle breast cancer. I can only imagine that leaving my son would be my greatest fear too. I hope you’re recovery/treatment is going well.


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