Carla Ryan was born in the Midwest, the oldest of five children. Her childhood taught her about taking care of the younger siblings and helping with any animals that found their way to the family home by way of her father’s pocket. Pork Chops the piglet was her favorite childhood pet… and King, their black Labrador.
A nineteen-year-old Carla drove across-country to California in 1974, her first solo car trip, to marry for the first time. The marriage only lasted a couple of years, but the painful experiences she endured in that relationship became a powerful, healing memoir 30 years later.
Now in the “third season” of life, Carla is finally settled on the western edge of Colorado with her bestest husband, Mike. They have been married for more than twenty years. Carla simply can’t imagine a better life partner. Their days are filled with their dogs, friends, volunteer activities, writing, business endeavors, exploring local restaurants, lots of reading, and more writing.
Carla has been an avid student her entire life. While her desire for an advanced education paused for several years after high school graduation, she eventually found her way back to the classroom. Between a career, raising children, and other life challenges, it took seventeen years to get her four-year degree. However, she persisted and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. It was validation of the many years she worked in the corporate environment, most often in the marketing and communications realm.
She continued her educational efforts and received a Master of Religious Studies, as well as dual ministerial credentials (Interfaith and Religious Science). Carla’s path eventually culminated in dual Doctoral degrees (Religious Studies and Divinity) and becoming an ordained Religious Science minister. While acquiring more degrees seems to be complete, seeking knowledge will never end. As of mid-2020, she is pursuing a paralegal certificate and dipping into the legal world.
NOT THE END
Carla and her husband have been blessed with a blended family of five children. All are grown, married, and there are now eight grandchildren to visit and cuddle… with two more grandchildren due in the Autumn of 2020.
With so much activity and unlimited love, there’s no doubt that the adventures and stories will continue. Through each telling, each revision, a deeper version of Carla’s life will be revealed and shared.