About Me

Hi, I’m Jill.  I’m definitely an acquired taste.

My whole life, I’ve been a writer.  Over time, that has meant a lot of different things.
I was the nerd who enjoyed essay tests at school. During parts of my formative years, I wrote poetry as a form a self-expression. I’ve also written a novel, and I am in the process of writing a memoir about an issue that is dear to my heart (more on that later). And, of course, there is this blog. I originally started this as a professional website to share some teaching materials. While that is still a part of this project, my blog is now so much more. There are so many social justice issues about which I care deeply, and this is my domain to share my commentary; my domain to be an advocate. This is also my spot to reflect on just how incredible my life is and, most importantly, who God is.

Welcome to my world! A world that mostly includes teaching, coaching, spending time with my husband and fur children, drinking wine, and chasing adventure with all that I am.


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Here’s me in Sagunto, Spain (Province of Valencia). This was taken during my study abroad trip. This experience completely turned my life upside down in the best way. Now, I see myself as a citizen of the world. You can’t put borders on the gypsy soul


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This is Colby (my husband) and me during our freshman year at Western Carolina University. We look almost exactly the same today.

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Here is my FAVORITE wedding picture. June 26, 2014 was a magical day (photo credit to Tony Thagard).

3 thoughts on “About Me

    • jillwest31 says:

      Thank you for the kind words! I love traveling more than almost anything in the world. If you think it would help you, check out my post “Wanderlust that won’t bust the bank.” It is all about budget travel (which I have to do, because my husband and I are both teachers).

      • belowaveragewriter says:

        Okay I’ll definitely look at that! Thank you so much for your support 🙂

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