Hi! I’m Michel Williams and I am an ordinary girl. I use the word “girl” here because even though I am…ahem…41 years old, I still can’t refer to myself as a woman. Maybe it’s because I still love a good fart joke…hmm. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2001 with an accounting degree having switched from a major in French because I tend to be risk averse. My husband and I have been married for 19 years. We have two children, who are 16 and 13.
Here are some random things about me at this moment in time:
- I am an introvert. I don’t really like parties and small talk. I feel like I suck at it because I can be a little awkward at times. I have a tendency to turn three shades of red when I am speaking and more than two people are listening. I wish I knew why.
- I am an active people pleaser, which I hate.
- I love cats. We have three so we are basically cat hoarders.
- I am a working mom with 1.5 jobs and I have lots of feelings about that. I feel like I don’t do any one thing well because I am so busy.
- I can be insecure about the way my house looks and how little I actually clean it.
- I am worried that my kids will grow up without knowing God loves them deep down, as that knowledge changes everything.
- I love Lindsey Stirling. I have seen her in concert three times.
- I let my kids watch inappropriate movies or TV shows and I feel guilty about that but also, I really like the inappropriate movies and TV shows.
- The teenage years are hard and I don’t know if I am doing a good job with it.
- Since my life is so full, I will likely be waking up to write my blog posts at 4:30 in the morning. That’s basically the middle of the night. Are cows even milked that early?
I am an ordinary girl in the process of God’s restoration. He has freed/healed me from a lot but boy do I have a long way to go. I am resting in His grace for all of it as He is working with me one issue at a time. I am so grateful for that. I am leading with some of my not-so-shiny realities here because there is so much pretending or putting the best of ourselves out on social media while our real issues and struggles stay below the surface isolating us. When a person risks and is vulnerable on social media, I soak it up like a sponge, because when I struggle with that too, its a genuine connection. I don’t feel alone in it.
I don’t have a lot figured out but I have learned a couple things. Jesus is teaching me slowly over time. This is a place where I will try to be honest with the good and the not so good. Mine is a real-ordinary-imperfect life with an extraordinarily good God.
Angie had a clear picture for what this blog should be called which is great. Just to be clear, contrary to the name suggesting BOTH of us have some level of physical as well as spiritual fitness, I am not physically fit. I should be but I’m not. My eating habits can be hit and miss and I don’t exercise. I tend to be more of an indoor girl.
Spiritual fitness is very important to me though. In fact, I take my spiritual fitness seriously with daily bible study and prayer. I don’t think I could go for long as a functioning human without it. It is only through the practices of spiritual fitness that anything in my life will change.