Posts in category "Growing up"

Looking for a Happy Ending

So many of us are looking to the future for that storybook ending to our life. The present circumstances that surround us just don’t seem to add up to the happy ending we desire. It was after I had a very deep conversation with my good friend and fellow ChicagoNow blogger Lea Grover where I... Read more »

The first person I told I was transgender probably isn't who you might think

Growing up knowing you are transgender but not having the courage to say anything was, oh let’s say, like walking on eggshells in a minefield. Let’s add to that the confusion of my own sexual orientation and living in the ultra conservative Western suburbs of Chicago. Through out my life, I have only had 4... Read more »

A teacher's influence, A life long impact

In our formative years, how often do we ever put much thought into the people that come in and out of our lives? We don’t realize the subtle ways our lives are changing by their presence. It is not until much later do we look back and understand the tremendous influence someone had in the... Read more »
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A simple swing holds a place in my heart

As a single parent with limited time with my kids, I try hard to make memories with them.  This is the time in their lives that they will bring with them on into their own adulthood and eventually and God willing into parenthood. Some of the strongest memories I have are times of simple pleasure... Read more »

Shaving my legs and other curious questions about me

Everyone once in awhile, I like to do something new.  In the past few years, I have broadened my horizons and stepped out of my comfort zone more and more.  This time, instead of writing a post for you to read, I decided to put it all on video. I gave the chance to all... Read more »

Letters to a new mom: Letting your child's light shine

Dear New Mom, Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy!  Being a new mom is one of the most wonderful, yet terrifying, things we can ever be blessed with.  I know as a new mom you are being bombarded with advice from all angles but bare with me. When I was a new parent,... Read more »
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Coming to terms with being a forty-something wallflower

I have a confession to make.  I am a forty-something year old wallflower.  There I admit it. Dictionary.com defines a wallflower as “a person who, because of shyness, unpopularity, or lack of a partner, remains at the side at a party or dance.”  That describes me to a tee. By nature, I am shy and... Read more »

Choosing a theme song for my life

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h8GUCQQZS64" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br> The very first song that came to mind was Reflection sung here by Christina Aguilera from the Disney movie Mulan.  I actually did a whole post on this song last year.  For way too long the words of this song described my life.  There was girl inside that only in 2010 did I let the world see.  But as much as I love this song, it really no longer applies - I've let the girl out and she aint going back in.
Music has always been an important part of my life.  Whether it was playing clarinet in the school band, singing in the choir or just lip syncing  to songs blaring on the radio, I have always had an intense relationship with music.  Music has a powerful way of allowing us to express ourselves in ways... Read more »

Conquering the fear of coming out

Conquering the fear of coming out
It took a life time to come to the point of accepting myself. Fear controlled me. Don’t make the same mistake I did. This is something that I have written on quite a bit but I feel it always good to keep telling the story. ALL through high school and for many years after, I... Read more »
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A Child's Fear

All through my life I have loved telling stories.  Whether it was my active imagination as a small child or writing potential screen plays for Hollywood, I have always found telling stories a great diversion to life. For a short time during my high school years, that diversion took the form of poetry.  As a... Read more »
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    Meggan Sommerville is a Christian transgender woman with a heart for educating others about the transgender community and her faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her career life has taken her on a variety of adventures, from being a veterinary technician in the Western burbs of Chicago to being an EMT/Paramedic, EMS instructor, and a paid on call firefighter for Bolingbrook , Illinois. Since 1998, she has been the frame shop manager for a national craft retailer. You can contact Meggan via email at Meg.Sommerville@aol.com or find her on Facebook at Trans Girl at the Cross

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