• How old are you?

eek. I’m to the point in my life where I’ve officially begun to HATE this question- I’m 25  as of December 7th.

  • What are you doing with your life?

I am going to graduate with my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in May 2018 and seriously cannot wait! Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. I hope to work in pediatrics, but I also do love love the geriatric population, so for the first time in my life, I have no clue what the next year of my life holds, and as a planner this is TERRIFYING but it’s also pretty exhilarating at the same time. So I’m taking it one day at a time and am just enjoying the journey through whatever life throws my way.

  • Where the heck is “Grand Point”?

Alright, so Grand Point is one of those SUPER small towns, kind of like the ones you grow to love in your random Netflix shows (yes, I caught you). It’s about midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and is in St. James Parish, the parish where the Festival of the Bonfires takes place each year and the lighting of the bonfires takes place every Christmas Eve (peep: my family’s bonfire and my cute as a button PawPaw and cousins in the second picture)

  • I thought you lived in New Orleans… 

….you and everyone else, SO I moved to NOLA following my high school graduation to attend Tulane University. I studied there for four years where I got my degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education, got a job at Crane Rehabilitation Center, then began school at LSUHSC School of Allied Health in New Orleans.  And Y’ALL I LOVED New Orleans, so much more than I ever thought I would, it’s a city that brought out the best in me and I feel like it also brought out the best in the the people around me. I loved every second of living in NOLA; however, December 2017 I had to move out and move home to finish up my fieldwork for OT school. So for the next few months I’m back in Grand Point finishing up my school requirements, and I really am super psyched about being home with the family for a few months!

  • Are you an only child?

Heck no! I have two younger brothers who are seriously so awesome. They surprise me every single day by their charisma, their kindness, and their faith; I mean seriously, I move away for a few years and they become the coolest people on the block. I’m very excited to be home this semester to get to spend more time with them and my parents.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Anything and everything. I’m the person who enjoys hunting in the middle of nowhere in Texas but could also spend three hours getting a massage; I’m down for anything. My boyfriend lives in Texas so I’ve spent a lot of time there over the last few years, so besides enjoying every second I get to spend with him, I’ve grown very fond of cheering on the Astros, of roaming aimlessly around Buck-ees (can anyone relate?!), and listening to new podcasts on those lousy car rides. I also love love love to spend time with my family, especially my mom, the real Super Woman, to attend sporting events at my high school- St. Charles Catholic- especially when I can see Sutton play, to eat Mexican food, and to read! I’ve recently started spending more time journaling, reading, and meditating and have come to really really find joy in those things.

  • Did you just wake up one day and decide to start a blog?

Nah..I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d say, what my goals for a blog would be, or why anyone would want to hear from me! But with the start of 2018, I told myself that I would no longer let others’ opinions hold me back, hence, January 6, http://www.shelbybourgeois.com was purchased and now (3:11 am January 7th,) I am stuck on this dang computer typing my life away not really letting my fears of others’ criticism stop me and, let me tell you IT. IS. AWESOME. (read: waking up for church tomorrow will be so rough). This has been in my brain for over a year with a number of ideas coming in and out but I am so thankful that my New Years’ Resolutions partnered with some advice from TJ (my seriously awesome boyfriend) made me take active steps to making my brain child a reality.

  • Why “xoShelby”?

So back in college I was the President of my sorority, and with that came emails, SO. MANY. EMAILS. and no matter the subject, the hour, or the amount of frustration I always always ended those emails with “xoShelby”. Then, fast-forward a year or so, and I got into graduate school, and I was the President of our Student Association. Those emails, too, I typically ended with “xoShelby”. I’m not sure that it was a conscious decision (maybe my inner Gossip Girl coming out), but that xoShelby just became my signature; a sign to everyone that no matter how serious the matter, I still cared enough to wish them hugs and kisses. It became a part of who I was to my peers and I love love love having something like that that with people from all across the world who all meant so much to me. My little who will go on to be an amazing doctor read that, my classmate who is in a band in New Orleans read that, my roommates who taught me what true true friendship is read that; “xoShelby”, something so dang small, but something that has become such a meaningful part of who I am. I love it, and I hope you begin to soon.