Processed with VSCO with t1 presetHello! I’m a random girl and welcome to my random blog about life, the Peace Corps process, adventures, and who knows what else.

My name is Ciara and I recently graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I was born and raised in a small town in central Illinois and I am in the process of getting my clearances from the Peace Corps. If all goes well my blogs will be coming from Macedonia in September.

Currently, I am working as a special education teacher in a small Illinois town. I spend half of my day teaching math to students with special needs at the high school and the other half of my day co-teaching at the junior high. I also had the joy of coaching the junior high girls volleyball team.

In my free time I enjoy:

Reading any books I can get my hands on
Sketching when I find time
Taking photos and pretending they are good
Watching bands play
Going camping and canoeing as much as possible
Hiking in new places
Being sarcastic

If you would like to see pictures of my home life and adventures leading up to the Peace Corps click here.


This is my blog on the application process and hopefully experience as a PCV.


23 thoughts on “The Girl Behind the Site

  1. How interesting! You are sharing a lot of cool things about yourself. Considering how old you are, you are really accomplished quite a lot. You should be proud of yourself. I’m very impressed!

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    1. Thank you. It really means a lot for me to have accomplished what I have so far. I was a first generation college graduate and had to figure out a lot of things on my own but, I made it through. I’m just trying to find my way in the “real world” now and figure out what I want out of it.

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      1. Bravo! I love your awareness. It’s being aware of where you are now, and where you want to be accomplishment wise that’s going to turn your current frustration into the results you want to have.

        And remember, there’s plenty of time still. It doesn’t sound to me like you’re wasting any. Highest and Best!

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    1. Thanks 🙂 I’m not around a computer right now but I glanced at your post on ranger school. Great insight and very interesting. If you’d like to check out another blog go to my most recent post. I did a Sunday story with another blogger and I think that you would be a good person to do her next Sunday story with. The links in the post.


  2. Stunning stuff Ciara…really looking forward to seeing your journeys….which means I be following now 🙃

    Thanks for liking one of my posts….as per my comment on the Community Pool…do that and I have to come have a look see 😇

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    1. Thanks Gary! I really liked your writing and the story was interesting or else I wouldn’t have liked anything. I can’t wait to be able to write about more of my journey’s and share them with you guys 🙂

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      1. Fair point !! I struggle with people liking my writing but that’s me being a terrible self critic! Some of your photos are just amazing. When I get time I’m going to look through your posts. Very inspiring lifestyle 😊

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      2. Don’t worry I think everyone is their worst critic. I know I’m that way about a lot of my photos. I mean I know when something isn’t that good but even the ones that I’ve had people say are good I’m like eh if you say so

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      3. That is so me…I’m told I’m not being mindful when that happens and to start trusting what other say…after all they are reading it and if it was rubbish would strangers comment? I know logic says no..but inner critic is so hard to silence 😱

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  3. So you were telling me about the sub page thing. I like it a lot. One question I have no idea how to create a sub page! Would like to contact me once again? Well I prefer if you just comment?…
    ~Fashionliah ^ _ ^

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  4. Hi Ciara! You remember me? I have a blog called Fashionloverweb? Well I’m doing a blog award with you in it! I need your name like Ciara? Or Cmarquis91? Please reply asap! Thanks!
    Ciao! ~Fashionliah ^ _ ^

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