Ladies & Gents, McCall is back in the land of 10,000 lakes!

When I am at school in Utah I literally obsess every day over how beautiful the mountains & desert are. When I am in MN I obsess over how green & breath-taking my midwest abode is.

I am so lucky to call both places home.

I have moved a lot in my lifetime. Every 4 or 5 years my family has packed up and started over in a new city, new state, and new life.  I have friends in Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, & Minnesota; I recognize "home" in the valley, the suburbia, the desert, & the lakefront. I have attempted to reinvent myself many times and in many places, and I often reflect back and wonder what kind of person I would be if my family had settled in one place. 

I have learned so much from those around me.

I have seen examples of grace, kindness, and self-confidence. 

I have seen examples of pettiness, pride, and popularity.

While the first year after moving has always been difficult, at this point in my life I can say with certainty that I am so grateful to have had all the experiences I've had, to have met all the people I have met.  Some brought lessons, others brought blessings, but in the end all helped shape me into who I am today.  I have much I can still improve on but even now I have come to understand that there are some huge steps in my life that I would not have had the courage or preparation to take if it wasn't for the influence I've felt from those all across the nation.

I just want to take a few moments to thank some of my friends and leaders in my life who have left a lasting impression on me.

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I learned to be myself and cherish childhood from Courtney.

I learned that grace and strength can come from challenges 
from Nicole.

I learned to be unapologetically you and to help those who 
need a friend from Anna.

I learned that there are some people who make you feel 
happier just by being in the room with them from Lindsey.

I learned that a sincere smile makes the most friends and that 
you should never let your bad mood get in the way of being 
kind from Madeline.

I learned body confidence and girl power from Nikki.

I learned what it feels like to be in the presence of royalty from 

& last but certainly not least I learned of friendship and love 
from Scamper.
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Life is constantly changing and if we wish to find true happiness we must be willing to accept that change.  Home is wherever your heart is - this rings true for me, and I am so grateful for the many places that I have been able to give a piece of my heart these past 19 years.

I think little McCall would be proud of who & where I am today.


  1. I could not have worded this more perfectly! When people ask me where I'm from I always say "Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, California, & most recently Fort Wayne". When they ask me where I consider 'home' I tell them that I loved them all.

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  3. I love this and I love you - am so proud of you and the beautiful person you are 💕