My name is Kallie Culver and this site is a place for Untold Stories.
I am a proud Air Force wife to a wonderful man, a mom to a beautiful son, a military spouse working on building a career in public administration, a community volunteer addict, world traveler, an avid reader, an aspiring writer, and a firm believer that a life lived simply, honestly, and wholeheartedly is the only kind worth living.
Untold Stories began with the empowerment and inspiration I found through the simple venue of storytelling.
My story begins with me living the first quarter of my life viewing everything through a very small set of lenses. This perspective not only governed how I interpreted my own life and family, but everyone else’s story I encountered as well. However life soon managed to stretch or shatter most of those lenses I had.
Untold Stories celebrates the idea that everyone has a story.
Some of those stories are ones we are currently living through and many others are ones that we have already lived, but far too many of them often go untold.
Stories have the power to move us to tears, reveal hard truths, make us laugh, make us angry, make us think, make us question, make us scared, make us feel insecure, make us want more, make us love life, make us hate life…
Stories make us feel something.
Our stories and experiences in life make up who we are, who we were, and who we are going to be.
With this kind of power, you have to wonder why is it that our stories so often go untold or are edited to reveal only what we think others want to hear?
I have learned that life is somehow diminished when it is lived safe and behind the lines of my own comfort zone. Anything beyond those lines involves facing fears; facing the reality of being misunderstood; facing my own weaknesses, imperfections, failures, or inadequacies.
In other words, being vulnerable about life and living from a place of acceptance takes courage, because it means accepting everything—the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.
It means telling the whole story, not just the parts I am comfortable telling.
Perhaps no one else has said it better…
When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging. When we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from the parts of our lives that don’t fit with who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story and hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving. Our sense of worthiness—that critically important piece that gives us access to love and belonging—lives inside of our story. ~ Brene Brown in Daring Greatly
To start, check out the beginning of my story here:
To learn more about what kind of story themes are common on this site, and what our site policies are see the guidelines section here.