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Who Am I Now..

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Many years ago I wrote 100 facts about myself.  .. and they were good.  They were the nitty gritty about what I was all about.  I talked about the places I had been in life, my motivations, my dreams and everything in between.

I am not going to do that today. 

I am going to write 12 …which seems like a tall order as I sit here starting at a blank screen feeling a little like I should just go back to bed. 

1. I am 36 years old and for the last 4 years I have lived in Edmonton AB, Canada.  I grew up in the Okanagan and although I have learned to adjust to the subzero weather around here… every now and then I get hit with a pretty severe case of “homesickness.”

2. I am married to an amazing man.  When I make a list of all the reasons I married him, right there on top is his on-point karaoke rendition of Baby-Got-Back.  And the fact that he is intelligent, good looking, always has my back and believes in me no matter what. 

3. I am a Mom to a dog.  Her name is Hayley and she is basically the best thing I have ever done with my life.  She is a rescue that had a number of families before she came to us.  When we first got her she couldn’t even go for a walk … if she couldn’t see her house we had to go back home.  Now she RUNS the place. 

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4. I would quit life to play soccer.  This is nothing new.  Soccer shaped me.  No matter what I have gone through in life soccer has always been the place I could go where I could just be.  I learned discipline, hard work, confidence, value, humility and co-operation on the field.  I learned to challenge myself to go for things bigger than myself and how to fail with grace. 

5. I hate corn, eggnog and coffee.  Complete all encompassing hate.  One time I was in a Starbucks and the barista gave me coffee instead of tea.  I took a big gulp and when I realized what was in my mouth.. I just spit it on the counter.  In front of a million people.  I don’t regret it.

6. I was obsessed with photography from a young age.  I was always the one with the camera.  My adolsecent bedroom was always covered in photographs of my friends and beautiful scenery.  I could spend hours with my camera and not be bored.  Working in photography is the most professionally satisfied I have ever been.

7. I also love words.  Growing up I would read the cd jacket of a new album before I even listened to it.  I have dabbled in writing over the years and I can spend hours reading novels, non fiction, blogs.  I try to read every single day.

8. Music makes me nostalgic to the point of discomfort.  But I love that feeling.  I embrace it.  That moment when you hear a song that transports you to another time in your life.  I love how the feelings.. good or bad just bubble up and take over the present moment.  The truth is that I am that 36 year old bouncing down the street with a sub in her Toyota Yaris.

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9. I have had the same best friend since I was 13.  I wouldn’t change a thing about her.  We have such an enviable friendship.  It is rooted in honesty, consistency and the fact that we never ask the other for more than they can deliver.  We forgive each other any and all imperfections.  And the truth is we just like each other more than we like any one else. 

9. I also have “other” best friends.  I don’t have a ton of girl friends but the ones I have are awesome.  People I can be myself with and unapologetically so.  Some I have had in my life since high school, some (most) I found through soccer and some I found by accident because we had a lot of things in common. 

10. I am a fan of professional sports.  I am huge Denver Broncos fan (NFL) and Calgary Flames fan (NHL).  I also dabble in basketball and baseball.  I love the culture of being a sports fan.  I love that my heart actually pounds in the 4th quarter of a Broncos game and overtime in a hockey game will actually make me sweat.  I love the connection that is forged with other sports fan.  Super bowl is my favorite holiday.

11. My parents raised me to have a voice.  I am so grateful that I grew up in a home where I was never told to be “seen and not heard.”  Even if we didn’t always agree, my parents never silenced me.  I was encouraged to be confident, inquisitive and to explore all aspects of my personality.  I get to be the me I am today because my parents let me flourish.  I will never be able to thank them enough for that. 

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12. My husband and I have settled on not having kids so we can travel.  We have been to some very interesting and amazing places and we have a very long list of place we still want to see.  Next on our list in Maui and some where in the Central/South America area.. stay tuned.  I will keep you posted on my travels :-)

Chat Soon!

Jenn

2 comments

Kim
This was such a great read Jenn! You are so awesome :-)
Tammi
I've always appreciated you and your genuine spirit!!

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