I woke up this morning knowing that I should get back to blogging but the past few days have been a bit challenging for me and I really got off track. Then this morning, I opened up my e-mail and there was a set of awesome interview questions from Boho Mom. Perfect timing. I really needed a good writing prompt. Here goes:
1.) Sooooooo, Jane.... if it's not too personal, how is your 2nd marriage different from your first? :) The difference is night and day. I've written about my first marriage and I reiterate that it was an absolute train wreck. My first husband and I never should have married each other in the first place. If we agree on anything, we both know that it was disastrous from the start. It was a loveless marriage with no partnership whatsoever. When I met Breen, I had been on my own for a few years. In those years, I had really started coming in to my own. I prayed a lot for God to either send me the perfect mate or allow me to be strong and happy as a single person if that's what he had in mind for me. He sent me Breen. Honestly, I fall more in love with him every day. He is strong, hard working, spiritually solid, committed, focused and dedicated. We are completely passionate and not afraid to express it. He is a wonderful role model to my children. In fact, before we ever got married, Breen came in to our lives and made us a family. We love to support each other in all that we do. He completes me and makes me want to be a better person. I feel loved, safe and valued for all of the unique parts of me. He puts up with me and listens patiently. He doesn't judge; he simply sees me for me and loves it all, perfect and imperfect.
2.) If money, time, or responsibilities were of no object, what would be your "perfect date" with Breene be like? He and I are both pretty laid back. We both love the outdoors. I imagine the perfect date would be a long weekend at the beach or lake with my kayak and our bikes. Perhaps we would camp out under the stars and take long walks on the beach. He would go out for an early morning run while I ran around with my little camera taking a million snapshots.
3.) If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Good question! I'm just arriving at a brand new crossroad in this area. I love being around people and I love being creative. Ideally, I would love to have my own coffee house/store filled with funky art, antiques and books. Lots of books.
4.) You look freakin fantastic!!! What's your secret and what are your priorities for taking care of yourself throughout your 40's? Well, it's taken me 44 years on this planet to come to an understanding that feeling and looking good is a multi-faceted process. For me, it comes in stages; as a new piece of myself is excavated, I work with it and honor that. Above all else, it all begins with accepting and loving who you are on the inside. Exercise, green smoothies and a vegetarian diet make me feel good but it goes much deeper than that. At my very core, my faith is key and so is loving who I am; both things are continuous works in progress. At the end of this month I will be unemployed. This is the first time since having kids that I am actually looking forward to taking a few deep breaths and nurturing myself while I find out what is next on the path for me. I think as I reconnect with myself and have some healing time, I'll continue to amaze myself with all of my potential.
5.) We all know what a creative girl you are. What's your absolute most favourite "thing" that you've created? My creative brain runs in 1000 directions and probably always will. I've done so much from knitting to painting furniture to making journals to designing jewelry to creating happy aprons. I pretty much love it all. But my favorite thing I've made to date is a self-portrait made on a piece of old wood and moulding. I have it hanging in my living room. Every time I pass by it, I smile. It has objects embedded in it that represent all the phases of myself from childhood to adulthood.
If you would like for me to interview you, please leave me your e-mail and I'll send you the questions!