Hey y’all. You’ll be hearing a new voice for a while so i thought I’d introduce myself for my first post. No, not a cop out (see what I did there? haha), just my style.

I wear many name tags but mostly go by Joan (or mom). I grew up in a public safety household. My mom was in the military before getting into law enforcement. In my teens, she was a U.S. Marshal moonlighting as a deputy. That’s how she met my (step)dad, who was also a deputy at the time. I ran far from that lifestyle. I became a firefighter, of course. Fast forward a decade later, I meet myself an “Army Man” who wanted to get into law enforcement. No matter how hard I tried to stay submerged into the red line lifestyle, the blue line life clearly had other plans! I was injured at work and realized that having two parents in public safety didn’t work well for our young family with three boys. Now I find myself being a stay at home mom 3/4 of the time and a pet store associate 1/4 of the time. A jack of all trades 100% of the time though. No, really. Plumbing? Dog trainer? Website designer?  Check, check, and check.  I love to make soaps. I bake when I’m stressed out. I’m fluent in sarcasm and cheesy puns. I have a weakness for big dogs.  I can also recite pretty much every single line from Super Troopers.

I’m hoping that my background, personal and professional, can bring a lot to the table. I’ve done a lot with mental health, trauma and grief, and stress from training and professional experience. Personally I bring to the table the knowledge of what it’s like to live as a LEO’s child (albeit in another generation) and also as a LEO wife.

My goal with this blog is to be a little bit of everywhere on different weeks. Maybe I find some awesome tips that just made night shift with a family ten times easier. Maybe I discover some recipes that keep well as leftovers so fast food isn’t the only option on the road. Maybe you’re itching to write a little piece as a guest blogger. All you have to do is email me at blog@nalestough.org and let me know!

No matter the path, sit back, enjoy the ride, and remember to keep your hands and legs inside at all times. On second thought. Don’t. Let those legs swing free on this journey!



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