Welcome! I’m Jenny & I’m the mom of 3 amazing-people-in-training, a full time systems analyst…and I have a blog. I created a WordPress account in 2012 and birthed my very first post on February 10, 2015. That’s a 3 year gestation period – long by even elephant standards. In the 12 days since that inaugural post, I’ve managed to publish 9 more, but the dreaded ‘about me’ page just won’t budge. I think it’s safe to say that I don’t have a clear vision regarding why I’m here or where I’m going with this blog – let me just offer that up and call it a day. If this birth isn’t coming naturally, I’ll deliver it via C-section!
For now, this is a place to rant, rave, muse, question, share, advise, ponder…about things that interest me, move me, provoke me. Most importantly, this is a place to practice. Practice writing words. I’ve always wanted “to write” even without entirely understanding what that means or entails. I have conjured up some image of what it means “to write” or “be a writer” that feels daunting, intimidating and overwhelming. So for now, this is about getting started…taking baby steps. One of my favorite mom-isms is, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step’ – and this is my first step.
I do know what this blog is not. It is not “a blog about” any single, easy to identify – or even define – thing. It will not neatly fold into a homogenous, succinct or tidy package. My life isn’t like that, I am not like that, and I don’t seek to create a blog like that.
I love music, so I might write about that. I have ADHD, I will definitely write about that. I’m an avid reader, so there may be a book review or two – on second thought, don’t get too hopeful for those…I hate reviewing books! I’ve learned a lot about relationships and parenting and I have accumulated some wisdom as it pertains to this business of life we go about every day, and I will surely write about all those things. The topics I write about will likely be as complex and chaotic as my life, and as heterogeneous as the thoughts in my ADHD-riddled brain.
Having said all that, you may be thinking, “this sounds like a blog about writing”…you may be thinking that because that’s exactly what I’m thinking. But it’s not that either. Granted, the writing is important, or I wouldn’t be here. But it’s more than that…bigger than that. The words are about something else…something along the lines of growth…or expression…or healing…but definitely something bigger than just words.
As you take a look around, please feel free to leave PG-rated, constructive feedback (I might need thicker skin than I currently have for this public blog stuff!). Two things I am particularly concerned about when I write:
- Do I sound like me when I write? To people who know me in person, does my writing seem like it was crafted by the same person? Certainly writing is more formal and deliberate than most synchronous conversation, but I want my writing to maintain some “me-ness” about it.
- Things always make sense when they are inside of my brain, but I’m not always sure they still make sense when they are outside. How would I know if the message intended is in sync with the message received?