Originally published at Women Not Dabbling by jessimarie78
I am Jessica. I can’t honestly say I’m not normal, at least not compared to other people. I really don’t see myself being very different from others. I find most people I meet to be wise and interesting, each with something unique to offer and teach the world. Since each of us is on our own personal path of purpose, discovery, and change, it really doesn’t make sense to compare one path to the other. What does make sense to me is comparing myself to myself.
My normal way is to trudge through my life on automatic pilot, playing out my habitual habits and resisting growth and change. My not normal way is to notice my behaviors, reactions and habits, and stretch myself to live more purposefully and intentionally. When I am learning, course-correcting, opening, and being mindful and creative, I am not dabbling in normal.
I am different from the other women in this blog project in that I am not a “homesteader” per se. At this point in my life I live on a small suburban plot of land with my two children, husband, dog and cat. We do strive to be more and more self-sufficient through gardening, composting, vermicomposting and preserving, raising meat rabbits and soon chickens, slowly incorporating more “green” into our lifestyle, homeschooling, and using our community resources to find local food and support.
My focus is on my ongoing experience of becoming a better nourisher– of myself, my family, and in turn my community and the world. I am learning that seemingly small everyday choices do have a global impact. I enjoy sharing practical ways to improve in parenting, relationships, personal development, food, and gardening, as well as sharing useful books to go along with these topics.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you on Mondays. I appreciate your comments, so please chime in with your own perspective. I want to know what your thoughts are about my posts, ideas you’d like to add, concerns you have, questions, suggestions, and your own personal stories.