Hello, everyone! I am excited to be included in this wonderful workshop. I am thirty years old and live in northern Arizona even though I am originally from southern California. Here in Arizona, I live in my cozy home with my partner, his son, my partner’s mom, and my brother-in-law. We have four dogs (two are English mastiffs) and a cat.
My birth mother passed away from cancer in 1992. Her early death as well as her connection to the saints is why I have always thrived from praying to her as well as my other spiritual ancestors. My dad remarried when I was in the fourth grade. I refer to my step-mother as “mom” and I am close to my parents who still live in California. I am blessed with six older siblings. In regards to academics, after thirteen years of Catholic school, I received my Associate of Arts from Palomar College. I eventually transferred to Northern Arizona University in 2016. I graduated in December 2019 with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.
2020 has been about me transitioning off of disability and entering the workforce for the first time. It has been quite a roller coaster. I work part-time for my local public school district in an after-school program. I started this awesome job only in March 2020 and after my first six days, the current pandemic hit and we had to work from home by creating a digital library of enrichment activities. This year I have applied to 140 jobs and six graduate programs. In the past two days, I have started preparing for my school district’s summer program that begins on Monday. I received word that I am being considered for an amazing Spanish language teacher aide position at one of the local elementary schools. Also over these past two days, I have been accepted to three graduate programs!
I titled this post “Covenant of God” because that is who I am. My name is the English translation of the Greek version of the Hebrew name “Elisheva”. This is “Elizabeth” in English. My Dad once told me that the reason that he and my mom named me Elizabeth is because the Blessed Mother supports us all so much that it can be taken for granted that there is a unique saint known for supporting her. By recalling my own name, my goal is to remind myself to not let my anxiety and bipolar disorder get the best of my trust in God’s plan for me. I need to remember I am here to fulfill God’s Covenant of Salvation with all His people. I am ready to learn to affirm a stronger trust in the Lord, and I welcome the opportunity to be on this journey with you all.