Nurse, blogger, author and mom are only a few hats Lara Alspaugh wears on a daily basis. The Big Rapids native has spent the last 22 years in the Grand Ledge-area raising her three sons, writing books and blogging about her daily perceptions as a mother.
Alspaugh recently published her latest novel, “Last Turn Home,” a story centered around love, family, forgiveness and triumphing over struggle.
“The themes for me are forgiveness, the idea that a lot of things happen in our lives and they don’t have to define who we are or who we become. We get to choose that,” said Alspaugh, who spent the last 10 years creating the story for publication before deciding it was ready roughly six months ago.
In the last three years, she has concentrated on her blog, “Confessions of a Daughterless Mother,” where she deciphers her daily learnings and thoughts.
“It’s easier for me to communicate through words,” she said. “Being a mom of three boys, all three are vastly different and vastly different from me. I don’t write about them necessarily, although they’re always part of the story, but it’s always about what they teach me, what I can do better and what I am learning through life.”
She is a former nursing teacher and figure skating coach who has always carried a passion for writing. After leaving her journalism studies to spend a year figure skating with Disney on Ice, Alspaugh decided to finish her studies and graduated with her nursing degree. She works part time as a registered nurse at Michigan Community VNA, where she helps out at area flu and wellness clinics.
With another book in the works, Alspaugh credits her writing with its ability to allow her to create a light within herself.
“Don’t let your light go out,” she said. “You have to do something today, to create your tomorrow.”Alspaugh had a dream, and she accomplished it. She did it for not only herself but her boys. She wanted them to be proud of her and to see her in a different way.
Alspaugh hopes her message will resonate with the women who enjoy her novel. The book is available on Amazon at amazon.com/Lara-Alspaugh/e/B07BM959PM.