about me

Welcome! My name is Angela and I am a 40 year old military wife and mama of one, currently living in south Georgia. I am a dairy-free, plant-based, inspiration junkie, minimalist wannabe, and an avid seeker of knowledge and of health. I am a creative, an intellect, a researcher, a deep thinker, and a perpetual wanderer who is still searching for my purpose in life and a place I feel I belong.

I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. I was an elementary school teacher for many years teaching every grade from PreK to 8, an Instructional Technology Specialist at a university for two years, and was even an award-winning photographer and studio manager at a photo studio chain for a while. While none of those things were my purpose in life, they did all play an important part in leading me to where I am and who I am today. I believe that everything has a reason and everything eventually connects… it just takes time to realize it. I am still connecting the dots and I know I will eventually understand the greater picture of my life.

This blog is a transfer and continuation of my original blog, www.johnnieandangela.blogspot.com, which I started in 2011 to allow our family and friends to follow our life while we were stationed in South Korea for a year. It developed into a photo travel blog as I explored that country and traveled to others. In 2012, we moved to Hawaii and had a baby. The blog transformed into a record of my pregnancy and then became our daughter’s baby book. Unfortunately, housing in Hawaii was challenging and C and I both developed separate health issues that took years to recover from. We moved to south Georgia in 2015 and I took time off from blogging to heal my body and mind.

Now that our health is back under control, I’m back to blogging because I miss having that recorded journal of our life! This blog is a lifestyle blog that features topics such as travel, photography, running, hiking, crafting, sewing, gardening, health and exercise, clean eating, and parenting. I will eventually be opening an Etsy shop, also named A Lot & A Couple.

What does a “A Lot and A Couple” mean?

This blog and the Etsy shop are named “A Lot & A Couple” because of our daughter. When she was 2.5 years old and we would say to her, “I love you a lot,” she started replying “I love you a lot… and a couple.” It became her thing and she still says it. The name is not limiting which will allow me to take the blog and the shop in whatever direction I feel they are meant to go.

Thank you for joining me!