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11402259_10153226411190379_3709085805912822638_oThanks for visiting! My name is Brittany and I was born and raised in rural Iowa. If I had to use one word to describe myself, it would be eclectic. Not in the crazy cat lady hoarding sense, but in that I have a million and one ideas and interests.

Being born in rural Iowa to a hardworking, low-income family, I learned what it meant to scrape pennies and be frugal. We spent a great deal of our time in the winter hunting to put meat on the table and the summer putting fruits and veggies in the jar to cover the winter. It was from my childhood that I gained the love for homesteading, being self-sufficient and the rewards that come with it.

As you’re probably aware by now, I was born with amniotic band syndrome affecting both of my hands and feet and wear a prosthetic leg on the right side. Last year while taking my youth group on an outing, I dislocated and broke my knee which required me to be off of work for 4 months with no short-term disability… and no income. I managed to make it through, thankfully, in large thanks to family and friends AND by putting my craftiness to work for me. It was during this time I created my handmade jewelry line Uniquely.B.You.Tiful which helped get me through a pretty rough time. You can find the full story of what inspired my jewelry crafting here.

Fast forward almost a year to the day I broke my knee and I ended up again having surgery, this time, to re-amputate my leg. Still at the same job with no short-term disability, I had to figure out how to make ends meet once again, this time without having anything left in savings (I used that up the last time around) and without much of the extra support I had had prior.

While I’m still actively creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, I have wanted to expand my horizons and grow the possibilities of this site. I began awareness advocacy writing, having a couple articles published on The Mighty, and decided I truly loved it. I loved to share my thoughts, talents, and ideas with others, loved the idea of being able to help others through their own tough times (I have a human services degree for Pete’s sake), as well as the possibility of making an income with it in the future.  I was hooked.

I finally put the ball in motion after a Pinterest binge (yes, I’m addicted :P) brought pin after pin of “how to be a successful blogger”, “even you can be a writer” to my feed. Doing a bit of research and coding, I got everything set up and here I am.

I hope to be able to share with you, my own ABS experiences, business endeavors, life tricks, recipes, craft tutorials and more as life unfolds. Thanks for visiting!

If you have questions or comments, feel free to send me an email!