About Me

Hi and welcome! My name is Celia and this is my life…

I am married to Husband, the man who has been helping me become brave enough to do things like blog since 2005. He is very different than me, and for that I’m grateful (when I’m not infuriated), because being married to him has challenged me to outgrow fear, passivity, self consciousness, and insecurity. He is the bravest person I know, and also the most thoughtful.

I am a mom to two beautiful little girls who are as different from each other as night and day. They inspire me daily and I think I’m growing up right alongside them.

I’m a mental health professional and own a psychotherapy practice where I get to go to work and do what I love, journey alongside people as they undergo their own construction process. I see people with all kinds of issues, but my most fulfilling work has been with homeless families, survivors of trauma, and very young children. Some of my writing centers around mental health issues, but nothing you read here is intended to be professional advice, these are simply my stories…so there’s my handy disclaimer.

I’m head over heels in love with God. Really, He has changed me and my life in ways I never thought possible, and in ways that I never could have accomplished myself.

I love to cook. It’s my creative outlet. I’m not an artist, I don’t sing, but I can throw a few things in a pot and make something delicious and that feels like art to me.

I love to work out. It’s my emotional outlet.

I love to write. It brings me comfort, encouragement, and clarity. Which is how I ended up here.

About This Blog

My family has been going through a sort of hell for the past four years. But that’s not what this blog is about. Maybe someday I will tell the story of the ugly events that came upon us without warning and the nightmare that followed…but first that story needs an ending for me to even know where to start telling it.

This blog is about finding the beauty and joy in life, even in the midst of struggle. Going through hell isn’t easy. Some days I want to give up. But I have two amazing little girls in my life, my Bug and my Bear. They are 3 and 1, and their world is just so full of wonder, love, excitement, and hope. I won’t let that be stolen from them. So I have to find ways daily, even on the worst of days, to try and fill my house with love, my family with joy, and our future with hope. Surprisingly I have found so much joy in the mundane…talking to God, playing with my children, outings with my family, my two crazy Boxer dogs, writing, cooking, exercising, my work as a psychotherapist, the little things. Those are the things I write about here.

Under Construction Paper is about life as a work in progress, a journey with ups and downs, a process of construction and building and growth. Also, it’s about spending my days with two small children, literally up to my eyeballs in construction paper, and toys, and tantrums, and growing little girls into future women. Mostly it’s about finding joy in the little things because life goes up and down, over and over, and really just becomes what we make of it.

“The great lesson…is that the sacred in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s back yard.”

Abraham Maslow








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