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tay in supernatural beanieGreetings, I am Tay! To get the basics about me out the way, I am a 40-something-year-old student, native Californian living with mental health concerns. Outside of school, cooking, and blogging; I love all things “geeky”  Things such as anime, computer games, comic books, fantasy and sci-fi movies. On the flip side of that, I also enjoy the beach, art, music, camping, and traveling. Indeed, I am very much single with no children, but I have a wonderful older emotional support cat named Trinity. 

I was born and raised in southern California, with the last eight years in Long Beach. In April of 2018, I moved to Dayton, Ohio, with a former roommate from California.  June 2019, I moved to my place in Trotwood, Ohio. One of the things I love about Ohio is the cost of housing.  I do wish the weather and food were better in Dayton, though.

The primary reason I left CA was to be able to live a better life and to possibly make my dream of bringing my cooking to the masses come true.  As most people know, California is expensive.  While there are several things I miss about home, the cost of housing is not one of them.  Couple that with living on a fixed budget, something had to give.  That something was me.

Now, let’s get a little deeper. Since I was a child, I have had issues with my mental health.  At first, my diagnosis was Major Depressive Disorder. Several years later, a new psychiatrist change it to Bipolar Disorder II and PTSD. It still took another two years to find the right combination of medication and therapy before I began to stabilize. December of 2019, things started on an upswing; I felt better than I had in years. That is not to say I do not often struggle; however, my ability to manage my mental health improved.

With that I mind, I started making plans to restart my catering business in Ohio. During this process, it was starting to become apparent I need to revisit my hospitality management education. After a conversation with a friend, I found myself enrolling in the local community college.  I also found an interest in meeting and event planning. Currently, I am a first-year hospitality management student with a 4.0 and a student-tutor at Sinclair College.

Thank you for taking some time to listen to my story.