Hi there. Every day I read the listserve and I ponder what it is I would say. And here I am, still wondering. I’m 42, I have 3 sons 21, 19, and 17. I live with my love and my two cats in a home we just bought in Oregon City. We just moved in November and then December 20 I got the flu and haven’t fully bounced back yet, so I feel like our new life, the one starting with buying a home, has not quite started yet.
A little about me. In my life I’ve been a photographer, a grief coach, an empowerment coach, I’m a published author (my first fiction will be out in 2014 and I’m so excited!). I’ve published guided journals, a photography book, and a book of poetry so far. I can honestly say though, that this novel has been my life’s work and that writing a novel is like walking up a very tall mountain. It’s hard, it’s challenging, and you ponder giving up more than once.
I currently am the Social Media director for an SEO company but am working on moving into freelance social media. I just don’t feel like it’s best for me to work for “the man” you know?
So, what words of wisdom could I possibly have? I have a few core beliefs. I believe that at any point, any of us could pass the point of no return. Like Susan Smith when she sent her car into that lake with her children on it. Who’s to say that couldn’t have been one of us snapping? I try to think compassionately towards people who pass that point of no return. Look what they have to live with for the rest of their lives. I can’t fathom their pain, and I don’t feel a right to judge or add to it. My personal perspective, and perhaps yours differs. Another of my beliefs is that this world is big enough for all of our views on things.
I can be sarcastic, and a bit snarky, but I don’t ever set out to hurt others. In fact, I don’t understand when others shoot their venom on others. I know a few people who do this and I always retreat, I just have no understanding of the desire to hurt others.
Goals for the year are on my mind. I no longer do resolutions, but I do pick a word of the year to state my intent and this year that word is Community. I’ve been a bit reclusive in the past but it’s time for me to participate. Time for me to join in my new community of Oregon City, and time for me to enjoy the global community I’m a part of. Any suggestions or input on that would be welcome.
Also, I’m interested in survival/homesteading. I will be growing a garden for the first time ever this year and welcome all tips there too. I welcome suggestions on ways to keep the food too. Canning, dehydrating, freezing, etc. I want to do it all. Self sufficiency seems to be the way to go.
If you have ideas on freelancing or suggestions, please contact me with those as well. If you want to know more about me or have questions about anything I’ve said, I’m happy to have the conversation. Finally, my favorite quote: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ~Goethe
I look forward to hearing from you.
Oregon City, OR