The Girl Behind the Blog

I recently realized that in the past few months I have been blogging, I have yet to take a moment to introduce myself. Today, I thought it would be fun to let you get a sneak peak at who I am and what else happens in my life other than blogging.

My name is Ellie, and I’m a 26-year-old from Ohio. I love the Midwest! It’s a different place than anywhere else I’ve visited. It’s quiet, people are friendly, and it has its own pace.

I spend most of my free time reading and writing. I love young adult and new adult fiction, but occasionally I go outside of my comfort zone. Usually this happens with my Book of the Month subscription, or with books I choose from Blogging for Books. My to be read list is constantly growing! I love going to bookstores and spending hours learning about new books, and my library holds list is sizable as well. I do also have a love for learning and obtaining knowledge. My favorite subject to study and read up on is environmental justice, especially in the Appalachian region. In college, I wrote a case study about mountain top removal for a class and I have slowly learned as much as I can about the topic and how it affects environmental and societal norms.

I also enjoy writing. When I’m not writing on my blog, I work on short stories and works of fiction. I have written a few things that I am proud of, but they don’t feel perfect to me. Part of me is afraid of having someone else read my personal work, so I rarely let another set of eyes see any of it.

I’m a law school graduate who is waiting for her bar results. I know law grads warn you about going to law school. And I can tell you, that it is not an easy three years. But I did enjoy it. I met some fantastic people and colleagues who have become great friends. I also learned a lot. I am one of those people who always liked going to school and learning. This is helpful in law school because you have to re-learn everything you thought you knew. I had to learn a different way to read and write in a more succinct way and how the legal world differs from other forms of writing. If you’re not open to changing what you know, law school will not be a good fit for you.

I like to call myself an organized mess. I’m drawn to school supplies and organizational things. My desk, notes, and bookshelf look organized from afar but if you zoom in or look closer, you’ll see that it is nothing but a mess. I think I like the illusion of being put together. I can find anything I need to in my organized chaos, but I don’t think anyone else would be able to.

Everything else about me is simple. I’m a “wears her heart on her sleeve” kind of person. Sometimes it’s great because I speak my mind but I’m also prone to getting hurt when I put myself out there. Does anyone else have this problem?

I don’t see myself as a complicated person. Amongst friends I’m incredibly sarcastic. I’m not laid back, though. I always have to be on time and become annoyed if I’m running late due to someone or something beyond my control. To remedy this, I always end up early to places if it’s just me. But I would rather wait in my car than be the last person to arrive somewhere. I have my quirks: my volume is always on an odd number, I prefer dogs to people, I’d rather stay in and read than have a wild night out, I’m my most comfortable drinking wine with my best friend, I always carry a water bottle with me or I become annoyed if I can’t.

I can’t give you a run down on everything there is to know about me, but I am open. If you have any questions about my blog or writing, you can always reach out to me at elliemtesla@gmail.com.

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