By now, I think most of you know me as Effie the writer, but what is my backstory? Where have I come from and where am I going? I’m not sure you are dying to know, but I think it’s important for any good story to have a solid foundation, background information from which to draw on. If you read my homepage, then you know what the aim of this blog was when I first started, but if you allow me take you back just a bit, you’ll get to see the full picture.

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa and have lived here my entire life. I grew up as an only child, and I watched a lot of Disney movies- I still do. I loved Disney as a kid, but it wasn’t until I entered university and was accepted into the Disney College Program that I truly fell in love with it. My first program was in the Spring of 2016, and I lived in Florida from February to August- it was the first time I had been so far away from my home for such a long period of time. My program shaped me and changed me in ways that I didn’t know were possible, and I came home a changed woman.

I adopted the name Effie from my grandmother when I joined a sorority my sophomore year at Iowa State. I have two halves of my life, the before and the after, and while none is more meaningful than the other, I feel like I truly began to honor my grandmother’s name when I was on my program,, and even more since I have come home. I love my given name and of course always will, and I have no problem when people call me by either, but now for me, “Effie” represents a shift in my life. A moment in time when I began to feel alive and follow my dreams, when I started to follow my heart and actively pursue my passion.

In May of 2017, I will be moving to Florida for a second program, and hopefully for a permanent position. I don’t know where this adventure will take me, or if the road will be long or short-lived. I only know that I am absolutely on the path intended for me. I will continue to write here as long as I have stories to tell, and I only hope that as the years wear on I will see more and more growth from Effie, from this blog, and from the world.