Hi there, stranger. My name is Laura, and I am the voice behind Ring Finger Tan Line.
On my 7th birthday, I discovered my passion for writing. I asked my parents for a typewriter because I thought it would make me an authentic author. I then proceeded to shut myself in my room and compose lengthy narratives on boys in bubbles and snowmen without arms.
Really, no one should be surprised at how strange I’ve turned out to be.
Since nobody bought the publishing rights to “Bubble Boy Meets Armless Frosty,” I ended up going to school for business. Then, I went to business school (yes, those are different). These days, I work in tech sales in the beautiful city of Austin, and I spend a hell of a lot of my spare time working on this blog.
I fell into blogging in 2011, right after I ended my seven month marriage. That was a turning point in my life, and by no means an easy decision. But when you find hotel room receipts, dating website profiles, credit card charges for fancy restaurants you’ve never been to, pictures, text messages, and every other horrifying piece of evidence that a wife never wants to find – you have a choice to make.
We went to counseling. We went to a retreat. I agonized for two months over what to do. But in the end, it was clear that he wasn’t ready to stop the cheating. And so I left.
I was 24 years old, freshly betrayed, and painfully alone – both physically and mentally. I ached without warning. I walked into traffic on purpose. I stopped speaking to my co-workers for nearly a month.
I spent days scouring the internet for a forum post, a blog, anything that spoke to me. A sign that somewhere out there, there was just one person who understood exactly what I was going through. And I never found it. So with a push from my loved ones, I started to write. I poured it all out – the good, bad, and crazy – and put it here. And Ring Finger Tan Line was born.
Since its inception, this blog has become so much more than a place to store my thoughts. It’s a cookbook. It’s a database of fashion and beauty and fun. It’s social commentary. It’s photography. It’s a story. It’s a journey. And it’s only just begun. So stick around.