Hello! My name is Lisa. Welcome to my blog!
When I first started this blog in June of 2012, the most frequent question I asked myself about it was “what’s it about?” The most frequent answer I gave myself was, “I don’t know yet. And I thought that sounded lame. Completely lame.
But it was true. At the time, I really had no idea what I wanted the blog to be about or even why I was writing it. So, you see, the answer “I don’t know yet” wasn’t really all that lame. It was simply the truth. And a very wise woman I know taught me that “the truth can always be told.”
I searched for weeks to come up with a title for this blog. I finally settled on the blog title The Meaning of Me when I came to the conclusion that several things about my desire to write this blog were true, all of which led me to the point that at least temporarily, the blog would be about Me. And that much is still true.
It is still about the things the people I love. It is about the things that intrigue me and the things that affect me. Some days those things may be light and inconsequential; on other days they may be serious and thought-provoking. Maybe they will be all of those things at the same time.
When I started the blog, I knew a lot about myself – who I am as a person, a wife, a mother, a daughter. I acknowledged that there is still a lot that I did not know. That is still true as well. But that is the beauty of human existence; there is always more of the Self to discover.
I believe that the possibilities for self-discovery are limitless. There are some things about my Self that I know absolutely; there are others I still have to explore. There are still other aspects of my Self that I haven’t even begun to think about because I have not yet been presented with the opportunity to discover that I might want to think about them at all. Life is, after all, an active growing process and I am by far not finished living, learning, and growing.
What you see here is what you get, as the saying goes – this is my everyday voice and my everyday thought process. It’s just Me. I do not propose to figure out and discuss the meaning of life here; only the Meaning of Me. But I am happy to consider and debate the question of life in the process. I do not claim to be an expert on any particular topic presented here – at least not as society might define the term – but I know without a doubt that I am an expert on Me and on the things that I have experienced. I’ll stick to writing about that stuff.
When I started the blog, my tagline was “You’ll know when I figure it out.” I kind of liked it…it suggested that I did not intend to explain myself completely because I wasn’t quite finished understanding that myself. For more than two years of writing here, that was very true. This space became a valuable tool in figuring out how to manage some very challenging life scenarios.
Other valuable tools for me have been the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, particularly Thoreau’s masterpiece, Walden. It is from the “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” section of Thoreau’s Walden that have adopted my new tagline, for that is precisely what I have learned to do – Live deliberately.
And so this blog will, in many ways, continue to be the place you’ve come to know. But the focus for me has become not wandering in the woods without direction as I once was, but rather walking confidently and deliberately in the direction of my dreams.
Join me. Please take a look around the site and please come back again. Use the contact page to send me an e-mail. Leave a comment here. I look forward to getting to know you.