Be open to getting lost, so that you end up moving in the right direction.
September 1997. We met. One minute you’re Christa and You’re Suzee. You blink and you’re Christa and Suzee.
You blink twice and you’ve been friends for 20 years together for 15 and married for 5.
The story of how that all came about becoming Friends, being best Friends, becoming family and falling in love and getting married is a series of blog posts to come..
But who are we? who are Christa and Suzee? What we have shared is a huge part of this story, but the story is so much bigger.
So where did we start? Where did we come from?
My name is Christa Ann Cline-White, formerly just Cline.
Just for the record, I have a hard time talking about myself, so something like sharing a whole introduction of myself, is pretty difficult. I was born in 1981 In Maryland. I had a pretty normal childhood. A mom, a dad, a little sister. When I was 10 my life changed in a major way. My parents split up. I know that this has happened to many kids, but for me it was a shift from everything that was normal. I went with my dad. My sister went with my mom. At this moment I starting using food to cope. I was bullied. I finally left my dads and went to live with my Nanny. I was the first grandchild, so our Connection was special. Our relationship shaped me in ways that I didn’t even realize until I lost her a few years ago to cancer.
This life has had many ups and downs. Struggles that at age 37, I am just now working on. At age 36, my doctor told me I was a ticking time bomb. I could have a heath emergency at any minute…stroke, heart attack, diabetic coma; they were all waiting for me. I HAD to start looking at myself and figuring out how to save me. This has been a journey, one that I’m still in the middle of while we start this blog. It is a journey towards finding my perfect heath, but also in finding out who I am becoming along the way.
The important details of my life are simple. I am a wife, a daughter, the oldest of 4, an aunt, a Pit Bull mom, a college drop out, a work in progress, a loyal friend, I am hilarious, I am shy, I have a big heart, I keep learning. I am still working on this story that I have. Who I introduce myself as right now might not be how I introduce myself in a year from now or even 6 months from now; but I hope that by me growing that it can help someone else who didn’t know that they could.
My name is Suzee Caree Cline-White (formerly just White).
I was born in April of 1977 on a Sunday. I was a red head from a small town in Pennsylvania. My brother and sister were 14 and I5 years older than me. With that much of an age difference, I was a toy, I was an only child, I was a baby sister. It was like having an extra mom. My family—-mom-dad-sister-brother-grandmother. I learned to play alone. My imagination was expansive; worlds that never ended, Friends that always did and said the right things, adventures that I was the main character. When I sang to myself, the audience always applauded. My teen years passed in a huge blur of loss, turmoil, questions and escape. My 20’s…..well, they will make a blog post as long as the Bible.
Fast forward to today. I’m 42 years old. My hair isn’t red anymore. There are a whole lot of stories in between. I almost don’t know how to introduce myself in short form, it feels like an overwhelming amount of life in such a short amount of time.
Death, life, wedding, divorce, depression, therapy, love, sickness, marriage, life.
It’s a lot to really think about when you introduce yourself to someone. All these things have changed me, so introducing myself to you is so much more than who I am right now. So right now, I am a wife to the greatest person that I know, I am a Pit Bull mom to the kindest creature on the planet. One of my favorite roles is being an aunt. My passion is creation. I love yoga and alternative healing, which means any hippie-from nature-woo-woo-stuff that I can find. I have a tiny box in my chest that runs my heart. I have been working for the last 15 years on going from dark to light, from sad to positive. I believe that life is magical. I believe life is MEANT to be joyful. Although my life hasn’t always been wondrous. There have been moments where I was killing myself with alcohol, food, negativity and comfortability. But I found there can be choices from dying, to existing, to living. I hope that our blog, my story and our story is something that makes you laugh, makes you think, makes you feel like someone out there just might get you. I hope my story helps you believe that joy is everywhere if you look hard enough.