I took an online course at the local community college a couple of years ago. The first assignment was to describe yourself to the class and to explain why you were taking the class. Seems like an easy assignment, right? Not for me. I thought about it for days, writing and re-writing; it drove me crazy and the reason is this: nearly 90% of the students started out their description of themselves based on their relationships and the other 10% on their career. One introduction after another started with:
"Hi, I'm the mother of...."
"Hey everybody, I'm married to the man of my dreams (or my soul mate, or my high school sweetheart..)"
"I have the bestest boyfriend ever and ..."
Then there were a handful of
"I've been an EMT for the past 25 years and decided to go back to school..."
"I'm a project manager and work 70+ hours a week and decided it would be a good idea to broaden my knowledge base, so I've decided to take a boatload of classes, too."
For some reason that just didn't sit well with me. I can't remember what I ultimately wrote, and sometime I will go look for it on the downstairs computer, but I'm kind of back in the same situation with writing an "About Me" page. This page will most likely change over the course of time, but this is the exercise I went through to write that class assignment.
When I meet someone for the first time, what do they see?
I'm a 47 year old Caucasian woman who's just 5'-0" tall and a little overweight. I have (extremely) curly blonde/reddish/greying hair and blue eyes.
What would I like someone who's meeting me for the first time to notice about my personality?
I try to be warm, friendly and giving and I'm very empathetic. I'm a little shy at first which equals a good listener. I try extremely hard to look on the bright side of things, to find the good in all people and to smile to make others happy.
Lastly, talk about yourself describing your family life, beliefs, likes and dislikes, hobbies, interests, career, etc...
Most of this, I will post over time, (and expand on) but the basics are:
I've been married for 25 years to Ken who now has stage 4 colon cancer. I am his main caregiver. We have two wonderful, beautiful, highly intelligent daughters, Lauren and Beth who are 24 and 21 years old at this time. We have a beagle named Velvet. My daughters, parents, brother and his family all live in the Dayton area in Ohio.
I'm an office manager, project manager, interior designer, autocad drafter, administrator, etc. for a small Architectural firm and have been there for 17 years.
I have made the best friends in the whole world by starting a team on Etsy called PetsJubilee. These people are my very best friends, and I couldn't imagine life without them.
As a hobby, I make dog treats and pet sampler boxes for sale on Etsy.
I am very religious, but do not attend Church. I was raised a Methodist.
I am a liberal left wing Democrat.
My interests are wide and varied. I'm fascinated with the Dalia Lama and his teachings. I'm interested in the weather (not just as a local topic of discussion). World religion, medical advances, rare animals, global warming, recycling, just to name a few. Basically, I love researching and can spend entire days on a computer just looking things up.
That pretty much covers all of the basics. This is my 10th (?) blog since blogging began. I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. Its difficult to monetize a personal blog unless you have a niche and high traffic, which I never do. I get lazy and quit working on it so it loses momentum. I get caught up in trying to make money with it even though that was never the original intent, and/or I get caught up in making it look just so-so. As far as the title goes, I was thinking of the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon since I've started seeing him on a commercial lately. Seven is my favorite number. This blog is about me. I'll be relating the 7 degrees of me in more detail as I progress.
Please note: This blog is for me. I'm usually not a selfish person, but I don't want to spark any huge debates or anything, I just want a place to vent, to speak my mind, to laugh or cry. I've tried this same type of blog anonymously, but it just never felt right. I write in notebooks and on little pieces of paper things that pop into my head, questions to ponder, life altering thoughts, and frankly, its a disorganized mess as it is all over the place, on my calendar, in crumbled up scribbles in my purse, in my desk; typed up messages to myself on 4 different computers and 3 flash drives. I need to bring all aspects of my life together, and decided this would be the spot. However, I do not intend on sharing this blog with my family because I don't want to have to worry about what I'm saying. I always try to be "up" for them, not complain and not appear to worry. My mottoes are "just do it" and "everything will be fine." You can expect some very depressing posts as well as uplifting, maybe some political or religious topics, lots of rambling and run on sentences and a good part of a lot about nothing.
I hope you'll join me by reading along as I try to get my life together and discover the answers to all my questions. I'll be sharing inspirational quotes, stories, pictures that I come across and hopefully things that make us laugh, too. I will also be starting a prayer list. Please add to it and pray for all of those on the list as well.
I welcome comments.
May God bless us, everyone :)
All my love,
For updates on "About Me" check out these later posts. Click here.