My name is Dana. This is me.
There’s really not much to say “about me,” as I’m not all that interesting. I was born and raised in Bowie, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC. I had a normal upbringing in a loving family, which included both parents (married now for 43 years) and 2 incredible sisters who have turned out to be 2 of my best friends in life. My mom taught me how to be selfless and patient (though I lose my battle in practice on a daily basis), and my dad taught me how to love unconditionally. Following in my dad’s footsteps, I’ve been a book worm for as long as I’ve been able to read. He introduced me to Stephen King at the tender age of, I don’t know, 12? I’ve been in love (and terrified) ever since. My second favorite author is JK Rowling, most especially because of the Harry Potter books. I am a die-hard fan and go into a trance-like state whenever the books or films come up in conversation. Quite the contrast.
I was an exceptional student growing up and focused a lot of time and energy on my school work up until the time I finished college at the University of Maryland, College Park. I lived at home throughout my time in college, working in my free time to pay for my first major purchase and possession – a new, 2002 Honda Civic. I felt so grown up! A few months after graduating, I transfered my job and moved out to Santa Clara, CA with my best friend from high school. For someone who had never lived away from home, that period of time started off as traumatic. I can’t say that it got any less traumatic over the 9 months I spent out there, but the experience definitely shaped a lot of who I am today. The most basic and valuable thing I gained during that time was confidence, something I never truly felt previously.
Shortly after moving back from CA in 2004, I started dating my now husband, Chris. We were immediately in love and married 2 years later. That’s us on our wedding day!
We’ve now been married for 7 years and are still going strong! We love to travel, and spend time with our friends. We have 2 small dogs, Gizmo and Lola, who bring us joy I can only imagine being overshadowed by that of having a child…something we’ve recently decided we’re ready to pursue. I love my little family and am encouraged to see it grow.
This all sounds a bit boring and fairy tale. Which I guess is somewhat truthful, though it hasn’t always been an easy road. At this point in my life, I am just incredibly thankful for each day and look forward to the future…wherever it may lead!