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.