A little bit about me… My name is Ariel. I was born and raised in a rural town in the city of Riverside, California. Being the 5th of 8 children, I spent much of my childhood with a buddy– usually one of the two brothers I’m sandwiched between. I was fortunate to grow up in a very musical household, and continue to pursue music professionally. I ventured out to Orange County to attend Chapman University where I majored in music education and minored in religious studies. I now spend my time working as a music teacher, choir director, and performer. I love my jobs, and I feel so lucky to work in a field in which I am always learning more, exploring new things, and enjoying the process.
I am married to the most incredible man, and I give all my thanks to him for constantly inspiring, encouraging, and challenging me to be compassionate and mindful in all of my choices. I never quite understood what a partner was until I met him.
I have the most loving, loyal, snuggly canine companion, Daisy. We’ve been together since 2000. I love her so very dearly.
Things I really enjoy… jazz music, dogs, camping, making food, volunteering, enlightening discussions, baseball (Angels), TIP, kindness, reading, zen.
What I dislike… seaweed, coffee, grapefruit, debating, prejudice, clutter, cigarette smoke.
Blog title… The title of my blog, “I wonder as I wander”, was the title of a Christmas song I sang some years ago. Although I do not link the content of my blog to the context of that song, it is where I first encountered the expression. There is a quote that resonates deeply within me. It is from J. R. R. Tolkien, “not all who wander are lost.” I have found that as a young adult, I enjoy wandering. This idea worries some, but it doesn’t worry me. Perhaps that is why I gravitated so heavily toward that quote. Although I am secure, I acknowledge that I’m young and inexperienced in so many aspects of life. I hope to wander, to search, to experience, to challenge, and to continue to wonder in all of my journey. That is why my blog is titled as it is. I hope my posts encourage you to wonder, and perhaps wander in some capacity.
Thanks for reading. May you be met with good care.