Hi, I am Monica. I write stories about some of my most painful and personal life experiences. I also would like you to know that I always publish my first drafts, and then later edit them like crazy. A dear friend had encouraged me to begin writing, and I am finding that through my storytelling I am learning more about myself, and also discovering new ways to forgive and to heal. I hope that you will follow me on this creative journey. Perhaps we might learn something from one another?
I was born and raised in a small town in Southeastern Arizona. I left home on my 18th birthday with nothing but a backpack and a change of clothing. I married my hometown sweetheart and together we are raising 2 amazing boys in the valley of the sun. This life hasn’t been an easy one but I am grateful for my struggles for they not only give me great material, but they have shaped me into who I am today.
Picture above: This was me at a house party in 1993. As you can see I was choosing music from a box of tape cassettes while holding a pack of GPCs. My best friend of over 25 years tells me that no matter how old we get that I will forever be ^That Girl^ to her. I think I am okay with that.
The origin of my username AzMoFo: My junior high art teacher assigned us with a project to design a logo that we would later silkscreen on to a clothing item of our choice. This was the suggested formula to create the logo: combine letters from the state that you were born, 2 letters from your first name, and 2 letters of your last name. My logo ended up being AzMoFo, and I have been offending adults everywhere I go ever since. In the summer of 1988 I proudly wore a bubblegum pink jacket around my small farming community with the logo AZMOFO printed across the back in black bold lettering. The jacket made me feel special and it gave me a sense of identity that I never had before. It was that summer that I began to channel my inner Rizzo, and that would help to get me through really some tough years ahead.