Me, Jane.

My first assignment for Blogging U is to create a blog post about “who I am and why I’m here”. We’ll start with who I am.

Who am I? That is a good question, one I will try to answer as briefly and thoroughly as possible. I like to think of myself as multi-faceted, meaning I have the ability to see and understand all sides of a situation (unless it involves abuse of any kind, that is wrong any way you look at it) and I like completely opposite scenarios depending on my mood (see below). I am kind, sensitive, understanding and forgiving and at the same time I don’t take any shit from anyone, I don’t get offended and I don’t take others’ perspectives and comments personal. I believe that what other people think of me is none of my business and what they say about me is not a reflection of who I am but of who they are.

I grew up on a small farm. My family didn’t have money but we had what we needed and some of what we wanted. Childhood was rough and now that I’m older I understand that my parents were both suffering from depression, which wasn’t something that was freely discussed or accepted back then. I won’t criticize either of them for things they did or didn’t do, in fact, I thank them for making me the person I am today. I learned a lot of how not to parent, but I learned a few things about how to parent too. Fortunately, I’m the kind of person who can learn from their environment and grow from it VS the person who blames all their problems on “how they were raised”.

Sometimes I feel like I was born a century late because I love to do the gardening, canning, sewing, DIY type of things and I love being at home or in nature most of the time. I also love to travel a couple of times a year (did I say multi-faceted?). This year, I’m visiting two new places! My family means everything to me and I don’t know what I would do without any of them. Raising children and creating a home has been my whole life and now that they are all grown (very successfully, if I do say so myself) and on their own, it’s been tough to find “me” again and I’m still working on that, which brings us to why I’m here.

Why am I here? I have a lot of alone time to ponder and analyze a lot of different subjects and behaviors and it helps me to have a forum to release all of those thoughts and feelings. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor most of the time so hopefully that will spill out onto my pages along with some of the more serious topics and observations. Hopefully I can offer insight, inspiration, support and some humor to others with similar lives and personality.