Georgia: I love to tell stories, but more importantly I love to embellish and exaggerate them. My friends would describe me as theatrical and passionate, no I’m sorry, those are my words. They would say I’m weird and dramatic. In fact, thinking back, 3rd grade was the first time I was called, ‘weird.’ I saw a girl and I asked her point blank, “Would you like to be my friend?” I guess at that age it’s strange to be blunt. She looked at me with her eyebrows raised and a side smirk, “You’re weird.” Then she ran away. So, just picture me talking and using my hands (a lot), being loud, and probably, no definitely, being inappropriate, and that’s me. I love to make people laugh, even if it’s at my expense.
Elizabeth: Writing has always been my way of communicating best–and my most favorite. I’m more of a reflector and someone who will give an idea much thought before moving forward, and I spend the same amount of time behind my written work. I love writing so much, that I would rather talk to someone in a written way, then actually verbally communicate with them. So, if I ignore your phone call, expect a text shortly after. I feel like my love of writing really began in 7th grade. My Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Sanders, made writing fun. We wrote in journals about personal experiences (which I loved), and she always made me reach my full potential. She inspired me to become a teacher, actually. Even when I was teaching, my favorite thing to teach was writing. My love and passions always lead back to writing.
Georgia: Poetry, lyrics, memoirs, letters—you name it, I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. I was first published in high-school, after entering an essay into a diversity contest. And, I took every style of writing that I could in high-school and college, but ultimately stuck with creative writing. I began sharing my writings publically on my first blog, McKinley’s Milestones in 2012. And a year later, I began writing a children’s book.
Elizabeth: In 8th grade, my writing piece for the Proficiency Test was the highest scored piece. It was a personal piece about my grandma’s impact on my life. I always did well in my writing classes, and even spent most of my senior year in high school taking journalism, and creative writing classes. I ended up making my major Communications in college at The Ohio State University, but then moved onto teaching. While teaching, my focus still remained with writing. I loved teaching writing, and my students were always some of the best writers. I also blogged about my classroom happenings, which was more than just a way to keep parents communicated—it was a way to keep my love for writing alive in my teaching career.
Georgia: After my father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, I realized there were no books on the market for young children exploring the topic. When he passed away 7 months later, I poured my heart into every word—every drawing—and every page of my book, Going Through a Maze.
Elizabeth: In March of 2016, I was presented with an opportunity to join a blogging community. I was staying home, I loved to write, so–why not? The only thing was, I didn’t stand behind the blog’s name; it wasn’t me. This got me thinking, though. Maybe I should start my own thing-my own blog. So, knowing Georgia was an excellent writer, and the fact that she already had a blog, I was going to make her join me on this crazy ride. Not so sure at first, she jumped on board a week later, and we haven’t stopped since. Well, maybe for some coffee—and Bakersfield margarita’s, of course.
Georgia: Elizabeth called me one day and asked, “Wanna start a blog with me? I have this idea.” I was hesitant at first, because I was already blogging on McKinley Milestones, but I couldn’t say, “no” to one of my closest friends. What started as a parenting blog quickly turned into much more over margaritas. Columbus Families was born to share the stories of local businesses and people in Columbus. We wanted to highlight the diversity of our town and connect one another on a deeper level. But, later we realized ‘families’ seemed to exclude certain businesses and individuals, which was never our intention. We wanted everyone to be heard, so we changed our name to Columbus Stories.
All along the way Elizabeth and Georgia have been kindred partners. From the moment they met, really. They have an old school view that hard work pays off. They spend long hours making sure that they’re representing the diverse people of Columbus and providing their readers with meaningful information, the best giveaways, and the truth behind Columbus’s local businesses. Bottom line is, storytelling is an ancient form of narrative communication that enables all of us to make sense of the world around us. They appreciate the vulnerability that comes with those who are willing to share their story, and promise the response of community warmth is absolutely breath-taking.