Welcome to My Joy My World! My name is Melanie, but the name of this site is dedicated to my mom, who calls me “My Joy” for my middle name. I grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago but lived in Milwaukee for 9 years where I received my degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. My family and I now live in the far north suburbs of Chicago right in the middle of Milwaukee and Chicago. Being a Chicago sports fan and very close to my huge family, it feels great being back in the Chicago area! After more than 8 years in the health insurance industry, 2 1/2 of which I worked from home, I now work in clinical research for a pharmaceutical company. Much of what I write about is inspired by my family, the financial challenges we have survived, and growing up in Chicagoland.
My soul-mate, John: John is from Daly City, California, but we met at Marquette where we went to school together. He is a die-hard fan of all things San Francisco (except for hockey…he is actually a Blackhawks fan, but shh, don’t tell anyone!). However, he will cheer for my Chicago teams as long as they are not playing against each other. He has recently gotten into photography so many of the beautiful photos on My Joy My World are taken by him. We laugh A LOT together and he is the most supportive and loving husband and father EVER! I am so lucky to have him 🙂
Our first born, Rex: John and I adopted Rex shortly after we got married, and, although he is a dog, he really is like one of our children. Since he was found as a stray in Kentucky, we are not sure what type of dog he is other than he is some sort of German shepherd mix. He made us laugh the moment we met him, so we named him Rex after one of our favorite comedians, Rex Navarrete. Although he may look a bit scary and can have a mean bark, Rex is the most friendly, loving, and cuddly dog you’ll ever meet!
Our joy, Lia: We had Lia in September 2010 and she has shown us that being a parent really is the most amazing experience! Just like her parents, she loves to laugh and has to be the most positive pre-schooler I have ever known. She also loves to sing, dance, do gymnastics, play games, and use her imagination.
If you’d like to learn more about me personally, check out my journey as a blogger and my posts under My Truth. Otherwise, I hope to help you enJOY life affordably by providing tips and honest reviews as I see the world. Please feel free to contact me by visiting my Contact page or through Facebook or Twitter at My Joy My World! I love hearing from my readers and working with others 🙂 Also, make sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and subscribe to my newsletter to keep up with my JOYs.
I hope you enJOY My Joy My World!