My name is Kallie Culver and
I have a lifetime of Untold Stories to share.
I am a proud Air Force wife to a wonderful man, 2nd born daughter to a family of nine children, a graduate student currently working on my Masters degree in Public Administration, a community volunteer addict, world traveler, an avid reader, an aspiring writer, and a firm believer that life lived wholeheartedly is the only life worth living. This is just the beginning…
Untold Stories began as an idea inspired by my older sister whom I love dearly. Central to the reason for wanting to start this site is the empowerment and inspiration I have found through the simple venue of storytelling.
As you will find throughout my story, I lived a large portion of my life viewing everything through a very small set of lenses. Lenses that I not only viewed my own life and family through, but everyone else’s story I encountered. However life has a way of widening our perspective and through a series of events managed to shatter most of those lenses I had.
Untold Stories celebrates the idea that everyone has a story.
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. This is powerful. Our stories and experiences in life make up who we are, who we were, and who we are going to be.
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.
In many ways, I grew up in a community that taught me the opposite. Never rock the boat. Never question the norms. Never doubt the common faith. Our faith and community gave us all the answers we needed, so anyone outside with different answers was wrong. Why? Perhaps because questioning a common faith or community norms often makes people uncomfortable. That uncomfortable feeling, I am learning is really just vulnerability attempting to hide.
Choosing to have faith without claiming to have all the answers is hard, because it leaves you vulnerable to judgment and to being wrong. Facing feelings of uncomfortable vulnerability; facing fear; facing a mistake; facing a question of lifestyle or faith and finding an absence of peace in answers once believed; facing a tragic death; facing the pain and anguish of divorce can bring upon an entire family; facing the failure and betrayal of family, friends, and loved ones—these are just a few trials I have personally faced. Facing these experiences and finding the courage to share these stories brings with it promises of hope, change, and peace.
Untold Stories is a place that believes stories are worth sharing and that people have stories that need to be heard.
Ultimately, this is a place for similar souls to come and be lifted up – a safe place for you to come and share your story. Each story is different and its beauty is found in its entirety — joy and pain, trials and triumphs, winning and losing—the beginning, middle, and end.
Perhaps no one 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.