T.J. was raised in a military family, and as such, she has spent a great deal of her life relocating from state to state. This constant uprooting was especially difficult for T.J. as a child growing up, as each new move meant upheaval and uncertainty. Leaving old friends behind and trying to make new friends at new schools was never easy for the somewhat shy yet gregarious introvert. When it comes to her personality, T.J. has often considered herself to be a contradiction of terms... kind, yet no-nonsense, funny yet serious, gentle yet tough when necessary, shy and introverted, yet very outgoing and personable. These contradictions, according to T.J., can make it difficult for new acquaintances to know how to take her.
Like a phoenix, T.J. has risen from the ashes of a lifetime filled with hurt, heartache, and loss. Her resiliency, determination, and Spirituality have seen her through the darkness of depression and suicidal ideations. Despite having documented learning disabilities, T.J. served her country in the United States Air Force and the Army Guard. She earned an Associate's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is currently working toward completing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
T.J. Christoff lives in North Carolina with her two absolutely amazing dogs, and a large tank full of freshwater fish! T.J. loves all living beings, and she always seems to be rescuing something...frog, lizard, ladybug, butterfly, slug, baby birds or bunnies, a fawn, or some other creature in need of help. Once she even rescued a Turkey Vulture!!
T.J. began writing poetry at the age of 16. She will be the first to tell you that the words she writes are not her own, but rather, that she is just a conduit for a much higher source to pass messages though for purposes that are as yet unknown to her.
Every day we have the opportunity to experience all of the gifts that make up, life! Too often, however, so much of life often slips right past us without our noticing it. Today I'm Reminded: 366 Days to Mindfulness and Awakening, is a book that is designed to encourage mindfulness every single day, while at the same time, assisting the reader in developing a more "Awakened" sense of self and being.
My Patchwork Heart is just that! It is a heart that has known love, anger, pain, loss, hope, faith and survival. It is a heart that has known many sleepless nights. The result of attempts at picking up its broken pieces, while working desperately to mend itself back together again…all the while, learning and growing.
The poems that make up this collection of original poetry, have been written and collected for more than thirty years by the author. As much as possible, they are displayed throughout the pages in the same order in which they were written. A word-map, of sorts, of the author’s journey throughout life, and no doubt a reflection of some of life’s obstacles that many readers of My Patchwork Heart can deeply relate to.
Hindsight is 20/20. I doubt there are many people who if given a chance, wouldn’t like the opportunity to go back in time and change some if not all of their past. Be it the choices they made as an individual or the things that affected them in some negative or hurtful way.
Poems can tell stories through short, succinct, or shrouded verses, while at the same time conveying volumes through relatable, heartfelt imagery. Many of T.J.'s poems are borne from her lived experiences. While others are whispered to her soul at twilight, only to be penned by the light of dawn.
The journey continues in Volume 4. As the author evolves, the poems reflect her journey through life. The series of all 4 Volumes are also available in one complete collection, with a number of additional poems that were previously unpublished.
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