Meet the Face Behind the Work, Kayci Brazell

Hey ya’ll, my name is Kayci Davis Merritt Brazell. That is my whole name. Davis was my mom’s maiden name AND my paternal grandmother’s maiden name (isn’t that cool)? I live in what I’m going to call a community called Pine Grove, but my address is Lugoff, South Carolina, anyways, the nearest Walmart is about 8 miles from my house. There is a bridge over the Wateree River and one side is Lugoff and the other side is Camden. Why is that important? It isn’t in my opinion, but there have been many rivalries between Lugoffians and Camdenites over the years. Lugoff citizens were dubbed “River Rats”. As Columbia expands, Lugoff is growing, and both Lugoff and Camden are becoming a suburb of our state capital. Camden is South Carolina’s oldest inland city.

It has many historical sites and a very cool town with MUCH potential for growth but more on that later. I’m a talker and can get off topic quickly so back to the bio. I’m originally from Piedmont, a suburb of Greenville, in the Upstate of South Carolina. I am a PROUD graduate of Clemson University (GO TIGERS!!) with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Instructional Accommodations.

I met by husband, Russell, at Clemson, and he and his brother are owners of our family business, Roy’s Wood Products. Since a teacher can teach anywhere, and it’s kind of hard to move a business, we planted our seeds in Lugoff/Pinegrove, but I am an upstate girl at heart! God has blessed us with three of the most awesome kids in the world: Merritt,17 a junior at Hammond School, Davis 13 an eighth grader at Hammond, and finally our little girl Karsen Grace, a fourth grader at Hammond. My family and extended family mean EVERYTHING to me, and I love spending time and traveling with them.

Right now, I am in a whirlwind of occupations; I have so many things that I want to do and accomplish, sometimes I can get myself in a tizzy, but my intentions are good. After teaching for over 20 years, mainly middle school language arts, and three years of PreK, I knew it was time for something new. My creative vibes are jumping, and I’m following God’s plan for me. Some days I don’t even know what that may be, but I pray, and I trust in Him to show me the direction I should go, so I believe that THIS blog, THIS story, THIS journey, is HIS plan for me. I really HOPE AND PRAY that you can see yourself in some of these stories, adventures, pain, successes, failures, and my path to happiness and finding true self-love. Life is HARD-but with Jesus leading your journey, you will never go wrong!

I like to be happy, and I like making people happy. I am a recovering alcoholic, my sobriety date is my dear Mimi’s birthday August 29th, 2015. It’s been the worst/best thing to ever happen in my life, and I would not change the past because it made me who I am today and that is a strong, loving woman, with a deep relationship with Christ, a proud mother and wife, a believer in seeing and celebrating the good and focusing on the positive. I’ve finally learned to ACCEPT and LOVE myself with ALL my MANY DEFECTS of character (I’m terrible with money, carrying around bags full of things I don’t need, impulsive spender, etc.), but I can be honest with myself, forgive, and move on. None of this would have been possible without the gift I’ve been given of a sober life where I can enjoy these treasures I hold dear to me. If you are in for this ride, you will see these treasures, hopefully find your own, and learn what Pura Vida is to you!


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