Spending time online means that I have to sum up who I am in written words more than I ever have to in real life. "Describe yourself. " " Tell us a little about yourself." "Write a one sentence bio." Oh, I hate that. As soon as I read those words my shoulders slump and my mind goes blank. I can put down words like "I'm a single mom of three, I homeschool, I like crafting and animals and gardening," but it seems so generic and... I don't know, boring. I envy people who can describe themselves briefly yet interestingly and not sound like a statistic. I know who I am and I know what I like but it's hard to put the mixed up jumble that's me into words.
When I do hear or read someone describing me my first thought is, "Really? Is that who I am?" I usually hear words like stable, organized, nice, good mom, creative, independent, easy going, smart - not so bad, but those are the good words. Luckily I'm not around people that remind me of my unpleasant qualities: I'm a perfectionist, I over-analyze, I worry too much, I can be very moody (ahem), lose my focus, and get easily overwhelmed.
I took a lot of quizzes over at Tickle to see what they had to say and I was kind of surprised at how consistent the results were. My strongest sense is common sense, I'm inspired by learning new things, my best quality is that I'm stable, and I'm also motivated by stability. Anybody looking for stability? Over here!
No, I'm not a party girl, don't take any risks, rarely spontaneous, and I'm not very social. I prefer small groups over big get-togethers, I do not enjoy discussing religion, politics, or any other flammable topic, I believe in respecting other people's choices in life and expect them to treat me the same way. I'm silly with kids and enjoy their company. I don't take myself too seriously. I'm trying to live more in the moment instead of worrying about the future but I'm also trying to come up with some goals and a plan to live by. If you spent an afternoon with me we'd enjoy tea or mojitos on the back porch swing and talk about our latest interests. Read any good books lately? Did you see that article in Real Simple? We'd poke around in my studio and flip through some Japanese craft books oohing and aahing over their amazing attention to detail. Dogs would be at our feet and at least several cats would be milling around - one might jump into your lap. There would probably be Bach or Norah Jones or Jack Johnson playing in the background while we laughed and shared funny stories about our kids.
I love basking in the sun shining through the window, the sound of raindrops and thunder, the whistling wind, and curtains blowing in the breeze.
I guess I'm that kind of girl.