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My Background - A Prequel

I love my background; it's rich with family, love, creativity, education and incredibly adventurous and exhilarating experiences. It also is filled with sadness, loss, suffering, abuse, and tremendous failures. What I value is the dichotomous nature of my life; seemingly contrary experiences that came together to form the person I am today.

I learned years ago that there is no value in comparing my experiences with others; rather, we can only learn from sharing with one another and truly listening to what we have to say. I hesitate to "list" the various installments of my life - that will come through dialog with others. Instead, I want to communicate that I know we have more in common than not; regardless of our varied backgrounds, we are women; we are mothers and daughters; we are sisters; we are wives, lovers, friends, and companions; we are widows. Our common experiences link us together enough to wrap this globe at least once, if not more!

I want to hear about you! Please write ...

Warm regards,



Carri Pence's picture

I remember always comparing

I remember always comparing myself to my sister. Growing up she was the skinny one, well behaved, and the daughter I felt that my dad always preferred. I always contrasted her beauty to my insecurities, causing me to damage both. When I felt my sister was the beautiful one I neglected to see the beauty in myself and furthermore, I became determined to see the flaws in my sister to make myself more secure. Once my baby fat started melting away and my height transformed me from being squat to being above the average I still worried about my sister being the "better" daughter. Freezing these moments of my life, I realize I ignored my own beauty in my early teens, stunting both my emotional and physical growth. Thus, never again will I compare myself to another, it is truly impossible and it causes more damage than good. I will never lose the opportunity to see the beauty in myself and sister, as I have before.

With confidence,
Carri Pence

Megan Reyes's picture

thank you

Hi Carri - Thank you so much for sharing your personal journey of discovery...

With sincere gratitude,




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