Me

I am many things.  I am a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, an aunt and a mother of four-legged children.  I am a Fourth of July baby, a thirtysomething, a Yankee and a fiesty redhead.


I am a child of God.  I am the daughter of a heavenly Father that loves me and speaks to me in a soft whisper.  I am the instrument He uses to reach others and help them through their trials, some that I have faced myself.  I am blessed to have what I do and I am humbled by the blessings He continues to give me.

I am a lover of all animals, most especially dogs.  I would run in front of a car to save a dog and not think twice.  I cover my face when I pass a truck carrying chicken coops.  I stop for injured or lost animals and will spend hours driving around until they get to safety.  I want to save every last animal in this world that is in danger, mistreated, neglected or in a shelter.  I cry inside (and sometimes outside) when I think of how many there are out there.  And then I hug my dogs tighter and tell them how much I love them.

I am a writer of words.  Sad words, happy words, funny words and inspired words.  I am an instrument for God who speaks through me.  I write for people I know and people I will never meet.  I write stories that need to be told, stories that inspire me and stories for those that need to be inspired.  I write about people that overcome adversity, people helping their neighbors and people just having fun.

I am a girly girl who loves make-up, clothes and hair.  I love glitter and my favorite colors are still purple and pink.  I like to dress up but my favorite outfit is still yoga pants and a t-shirt.  I love to shop, watch HGTV and read People magazine.  But I also love comic books, video games and NASCAR.  I'll yell at the TV during a UFC fight and have a heart attack during a football game.  I can recite the lines in Tombstone as easily as in The Princess Bride.  

Sometimes I still feel like a shy and reserved little girl, while other times I'll dance in front of a crowd, fly down a mountain on a zipline or go work in a foreign land.  I am an introvert, not one to be the center of attention.  I am always thinking, thinking, thinking and I have emotions for days.  I am intuitive sometimes more than I want to be and am very aware of what's going on with me, my family and my friends, sometimes before it's even happened.  

I am always trying to get people together because I value quality time.  I like to pick out the perfect gifts for people, making mental notes months ahead of time sometimes.  I like to catch up with friends in person, not text or email.  I love going out and experiencing new things, seeing new places and being active.  But I love a day in bed, wearing pj's and watching television with the blinds closed too.

I am a hopeless romantic and love spoiling my partner with little cards, gifts and surprises.  I love having jokes and stories that only we understand.  I love traveling, going out and celebrating with them.  And I love lazy, cuddle days.  I love with 100% of my being and do not even understand the concept of cheating.  I value honesty, respect, faithfulness and kindness in a partner.  I love with all my heart.

I am anxious and a worrier like my mom and run late and have a temper sometimes like my dad.  But I also can find you a great bargain or name just about any song from the 50's.  I can't make decisions to save my life and my house is maniacally neat.

I am a country girl, a city girl, a beach girl and a mountain girl, all rolled into one.  I am calmed by water and can just sit and stare at the ocean for hours.  I would love to live on a farm with lots of land for animals or in a bungalow on the beach.  I want to see Belgium, England, France, Italy and Australia.  I am still afraid of flying.

I want to help people that are where I have been.  I want to help victims of domestic violence and help bring about an understanding that is still severely lacking.  I want to comfort cancer patients and their families and those in hospice homes.  I want to reassure those that struggle with anxiety and depression.  I want to help people whose struggles I don't know... the homeless on the street, children in Africa and the elderly who feel alone.  

I want the world to slow down.  I want everyone to stop being obsessed with technology, social media and cell phones.  I want teachers and firefighters to be the ones we look up to, not actors and socialites.  I want people to be kinder to one another and take time for each other.  I want millionaires to donate their money to charity and not spend it all on cars and ridiculously expensive parties.  I want kids to be kids again and play with play dough, Lite Brite and My Little Pony, not laptops and TV's.  I want kids to stay kids and not have to think about sex, drugs or violence until they grow up.

I am not perfect but I am perfectly me.  I am as God created me and His life flows through my every strength and flaw.  I am ever-changing and yet still the same.  I am the sum of all of my life experiences, both the good and the bad.  I am the little girl my family called Jenny, the young adult named Jennifer, and the woman my friends call Jenn today.  

I am me.