Hello! My name is Lisa. Welcome to my blog!

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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.

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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.

Happy reading!



33 thoughts on “About

  1. I really enjoyed reading your “About Me” section, one of the funnier ones I have read, and oh so true. It took me FOREVER to decide on a blog name for my blog, and as you can see I just gave up.

  2. I loved reading this, I could have written something very similar about my blog! As you’ve noted, there is a bit of everything there from the sacred to the profane. I agree that a blog does not have to be single-focused. If they are a reflection of us, they should be multi-dimensional as we are, right? Like you, I write because it is the best form of free therapy in the world… it functions as a pressure release valve and keeps me sane… well, relatively anyway. 🙂 A lot of folks stop by my blog, not too many comment. That’s ok with me, I am happy when someone takes the time to visit. I know how limited time is, I never have enough to write, read and comment as I’d like, it frustrates me too! I will most definitely try to drop by more often, I like what I’m seeing here! I also have to note that you play a powerfully good game of WWF and I so enjoy our daily meet-ups there! Great brain exercise, and fun to connect, no matter who wins or loses on any given round. 🙂

    1. Josie, I absolutely love that you read this page! And I’m so excited that you commented, too! I love comments – they are my absolute favorite part of the whole blog thing. Also love what you said – “from the sacred to the profane.” Yup, that’s pretty much me.
      Couldn’t agree more about WWF – I just love the game, win or lose, and having a solid pairing makes it that much more enjoyable.
      Thanks so much for visiting here. Really.

  3. **I do not know if anyone will read my blog. I do not know if anyone will like what I post here. That’s OK. What I write here I write because I want to, because I need to…****

    Now, this is the TRUE reason one should blog. YESSS.

    Fabulous quote. x

    1. Wow – I can’t think the last time someone popped on the About page. Thanks for checking it out! I sometimes wonder if I should update that page…but the truth is that two years later, I’m still writing for exactly those reasons.

    1. Dani, I’m so glad you read this page! Hardly anybody reads this, I’m sure of it. Even fewer comment. I haven’t made it to yours yet (that SPIDER), but I will. Seriously, thanks for reading. Hope to see more of you here!

  4. The title of your blog is EXACTLY what made me want to click on it. Good job! I don’t know what my blog is about either. Most of the time it’s me telling my life story, but other times it’s not. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy writing.

          1. Just read your new and improved “About Me” and I LOVE IT!! So honest and pure. This line especially resonated with me: “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.” Beautiful! And I love the new tag line! (Oh and I pictured you blonde for some reason. Glad to have a face with the name now!)

  5. The truth can always be told! Wise woman!
    Loved this and can totally relate. My own blog is about anything and everything! I couldn’t quite focus on any one thing!

  6. It all sounds just perfect 🙂 And now I see your lovely smile to go along with your lovely words . . . I still have no idea what my blog is really *about*, so far, I’ve not really delved into and shared so much of what I hope to – I haven’t been at is as long, so I am taking my cues from beautiful friends like you . . .

    1. Crystal, thank you for those beautiful words! I’m so glad you read the About page!
      Don’t worry about defining your blog. It will emerge in time. It has taken me nearly three years to figure out where I’m going next. And really there’s just so much more to explore.

  7. You are so inspiring, Lisa. I agree with that: “I believe that the possibilities for self-discovery are limitless”. I will be visiting here as much as I can to learn more.

  8. Just wanted to come over here and share how much you MAKE ME SMILE! I loved reading your About Page here. You make me think of me. Kindred spirits!
    I’m wishing you a wonderful Friday!

    1. Cynthia, I’m so sorry I didn’t see this until now, Sunday night. This made ME smile HUGE! Thanks for making my night. 🙂 I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things here and visiting around to others this week. Finally feeling better!

  9. I started my first blog in 2004. Like you, I did not know what it was to become. I only knew what I did not want it to be. I did not want it to be what others thought it should be. So far it has lived up or down to my expectations, depending on how I feel that day. How could I expect any better? My blog is a place to satisfy my need to write. Sharing it with others is but icing on the cake.

    1. That pretty much sums it up! I think many days I still don’t quite know what I want it to be. 😀 Glad to “meet” you and I hope to see you here again!

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