Who is Elana?

 

Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the internet that I call home. I created empowerednarrative.com as a way to share my pursuit for inner peace and self-acceptance for who God created me to be. This blog has been a long time in the making – I was utterly afraid of being so transparent about my life and struggles to find myself.  The more I discovered about myself, though, the more I realized that one thing was for certain: Helping others through my own story is what God is calling me to do.  This blog is the vehicle for that.

I grew up in a loving two-parent household.  I can honestly say that I had a great childhood, and I never wanted for anything.  At the same time, there were episodes in my life that were damaging.  For one, I was a very shy girl who battled with self-esteem and self-identity.  I secretly wanted to be anyone else except for my own self because I never thought I was enough. That mindset evolved into an adult who was searching for approval and validation through my achievements, relationship status, and material possessions.  When I became divorced and lost my job all at the same time, depression overwhelmed me and my addictions rose above the surface.  I was at my lowest, but I now see that season as the start of God transforming me from the inside out.

I consider myself a life-long educator.  I spent years as a middle and high school teacher, and I currently train and develop newer teachers.  Although I dearly miss the classroom, I have taken hold of the words of Oprah Winfrey: “I don’t need to be in the classroom to teach.”

My journey with my Christian faith occurred in my late teens and has grown stronger through the years.  I am now a memberFullSizeRender of a wonderful church that has given me the tools to grow spiritually, lead with courage, and be surrounded by amazing people.  It was with my church that I found my love for serving others locally and through international mission trips.

So here I am, ready for the world.  I’ve lived a life of complacency for far too long and am now taking back my narrative.  Within this blog, you will learn quickly that I have taken up a few hobbies.  Along with being an avid reader of various genres, I also am interested in:

  • photography
  • healthy cooking
  • natural living

I have also committed to changing my lifestyle habits by getting fit, eating healthier, and developing a disciplined mind.  I’m learning along the way that all of these things are giving me that balance  of work, play and contentment that I’ve been longing for.

I’m so glad that you’re here! I pray that this blog encourages you to love who you are and continuously pursue the inner peace that only God can give, regardless of the cards you have been dealt.  At the end of the day, I believe that is what makes us alive.

Cheers!

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