Who am I?

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I am a wife, mother, sister, friend.  I am kind, tenderhearted, passionate, and skittish. I am an herbalist, writer, reader, artist, essential oil lover, animal lover, and bead enthusiast.

I believe in Jesus, love, and “All things work to the good for those that love him”. I believe in lifelong friends, loyalty, and  helping each person reach their best.

I want to make a difference. I want to create, inspire, grow, and live this exciting life. I want to be perfect but am trying to get over it.

I love growing things, creating, reading, writing, helping others. I believe in being empowered and having been powerless in the past, I hope I can help someone find theirs. I love my family, friends and pets more deeply than they know.

I am afraid of failure, confrontation, rejection, and traitors. It is hard for me to reach out to others. It is very hard to trust but I am getting better.

I look and act brave. I have 20 projects in progress. People think I am super organized and have it all together and that I get tons of things done. What I look like is not necessarily who I am.

I am complicated.

I recently read a book that impressed me greatly.  Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful LifeWhile most of us (me included) don’t advertise our imperfections because of fear of rejection and judgement, the woman in this book decides that by sharing her true self-that is when her relationships with others become real.  That also allows her to let them be real and accepted.  In that climate-people can help each other.  I have had things in my past that are difficult that some people know about and those that has given me the opportunity to speak to others to help them so I know that this can work. I don’t think I have worked very hard hiding my imperfections but I have decided to be more open about the things I struggle with.  Maybe I can help someone-maybe they can help me.

This is a new year (I know, I know, it is end of February already) and while I do not have resolutions, I am trying some new things.  My new blog is one of them and this page is my rather unusual introduction. Check out my brave attempt at audio below.

Feeling brave? I would love to know more about you.  Maybe you can share something you have not shared before, be vulnerable. You can comment below or contact me privately.  I would love to hear your voice.

Sending out a big thank you to Mychele Boardman for all her help in getting this blog going.



12 thoughts on “Who am I?”

  1. I have also read that book, and I’m so amazed at your jumping in and laying it out there! I liked your p.s., because I know that the little things that annoy us personally, others never hear! Your audio was clear and well-paced, and it was like listening to a friend’s voice. Must be your time with Mychele! 🙂 Great job!

  2. ahhhh the I have it all together thing. I am a duck calm on the top but paddling like crazy below. I am harder on myself then I need to be. When we talked about feeling overwhelmed and then just giving ourselves permission to do nothing, was so enlightening. It is nice to know I am not the only one who has been in that place. I am a warriors, mother wife and sometimes that little girl who is afraid of the dark!

  3. Congratulations on your new blog! I love your introduction and personal reflections. I too have a problem with feeling like I need to be perfect at everything I do. I’ve been fearful about starting a blog, mainly from a technology standpoint, although I feel I have a lot I want to say to anyone who will listen. By the way, I really like the sound of your voice, which is very comforting. You are very giving and loving, and I’m blessed to know you as a friend. Keep writing… I’m listening.

  4. I find it so comforting to know you share the same fears as most of us, fight the same mental /emotional ones as well. As we do this, we also are the ones to mend, fix, and create. We open our arms and are there for the ones who need us , while we are needing open arms ourselves at times….. love this, love you very much. I could go on and on, just know many of us see you to be quite the woman , Sister, Mother, friend….your quite amazing. XO

  5. Bravo to you, Debra…you are brave…thank you for sharing your imperfections. I think as we get older we realize that our imperfections are actually perfect…it’s who we are…and there’s no need to apologize for being imperfectly perfect, right!

  6. Way to go, Debra! I have always appreciated how open you are – I know you say you hide your true self, but I have never found that to be so. You are an inspiration (add that to your list!) and a wonderful friend. May the LORD bless this endeavor…and you, too!

  7. Oh Marianne-add to your list “encourager”. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  8. So true Sherri-being perfect is a lot less important than it use to be. I have come to realize that while I may look at others and think they have it all together-some people look at me and think that. HA!

  9. No fair sister. I just completed my second blog post boasting that I had not cried today. Well, so much for that. This means a lot to me. Thanks for all the love. Looking forward to the day when there is not such a difference between us. On open arms-isn’t it so true it is almost easier to offer them than to accept? Love you and miss you. P.S. I am not changing my next post because at the time I had written it-I had not cried!!!

  10. Thank you Sandie…every time I converse with you I am reminded of God’s many blessings at all times in our lives. Who would have thought that when I took a nutrition class I would meet women that would become as close as sisters! I don’t know, maybe I thought at this age I would not meet soul sisters and would now just make casual friends? Who knows… What a blessing to be continually surprised by all the gifts God has for me. As for your blog…we will take that on soon. What goes around comes around-Mychele helped me and now I will help you!

  11. OMG Pam-you and are are so unalike in some ways and so much the same in others. When we are together we constantly have those moments where we so get where the other is. I get it about the duck. Paddling is exhausting isn’t it? Don’t be afraid to accept a donut (to eat or to float ha ha) to help make it easier. If you get some rest-you can face a lot. And you are right-you are a LOT harder on yourself than you need to be-as are most women. Darn right you are a warrior..otherwise you would not be here! I like how you say you are a little girl afraid of the dark. I get that. I will be 62 this year but I still want a mommy. As my sister said above about me-I can say the same about you-many people see you as quite the woman, a force to be reckoned with…and I like to think Miss Em will be the same!

  12. Thank you Yvette. So I can assume you have also been in the presence of Mychele? I have many dear friends and sisters that I love. Each one brings a different gift to the party. Whenever I spend time with her, I am calmed and energized at the same time. I learn so much from her and she seems to hit me (in a good way) where I need it most. I would love to know more about how you know Mychele.

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