All About Mrs. Lifewhack

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You didn’t think you were going to get through 30 days of me posting without me indulging in talking alllll about myself.

I was the shyest kid in all of my classes growing up.

I had terrible anxiety starting in 2nd grade. I developed a horrible blinking problem and a ridiculous child psychologist diagnosed me with Tourette’s Syndrome. Huh. To this day, I enjoy the excuse to yell FUCK YOU in any public place, at any time I see fit.

I love raspberries, turkey burgers, and Manhattans.

I dream of designing my own house that will be in the style of cozy minimal meets Farmhouse Industrial, and it has to be on a farm-like setting with goats and chickens and also 4 dogs.

I lost my virginity at 17 because I just wanted to get it over with and move on with life.

I feel a desperate need to move somewhere warm, and I really don’t like Chicago much at all, even though I’ve lived here for 25 years.

When I die I want my soul to reside in the ocean, where I can dwell amongst the amazing sea creatures.

I am not religious, do not like organized religion, and don’t believe in a God.

I believe that all of us are amazing balls of energy that are our own gods, and we haven’t come close to understanding how we exist in our human forms and what we are capable of, because we buy into the ultra-limiting beliefs we learn as we are growing up.

I abhor small talk.

I love sitting with one to three people max, talking about really interesting stuff, but I don’t like to have to talk over people, so if I hang out with you, I’ll shut up real fast if I feel like I have to compete for attention.

I grew up going to a country club every day of my life in the summers, and had tennis and swimming lessons, and my mom and dad were always very concerned with keeping up appearances, and then my sister and I grew up into weirdo oddball awkward artist types, and we felt like we were slight embarrassments, but now we find it hilarious.

I’ve dyed my hair since I was 17. Holla.

The things that make my heart and stomach get that giddy butterfly feeling are: design, art, learning and talking about human growth/psychology/energy/all that coolness. LOVE IT.



  1. Cyndy R
    11/13/2018 / 7:34 pm

    I love reading about you! I think I’m doing pretty well keeping up with your 30 days of blog posts. I hope I haven’t missed any. I check daily. 🙂 Here I will reciprocate with some info about me…
    I am very shy and quiet until I feel like I can trust someone, and then my goofy silly weirdo funny (at times dirty) comedian personality comes out.
    At the age of 47 I suddenly started loving dark beers like porter and stout (I hated them before that. I can’t explain why this happened). My all time favorite hard alcohol is tequila, especially in margarita form. I like red wine, but it gives me a monster headache.
    Two of my life dreams have come true…. First, I got to have a family with a gaggle of 4 smart, sweet, crazy, frustrating, anger-inducing, but amazing kids, 2 girls, 2 boys. And the second is my husband and I got to buy a house on 33 acres in the countryside 14 years ago and we LOVE it.
    When I was 12 I got to go alone to visit my aunt in Maryland and she took me to Delaware and Wash D.C. and Virginia. So cool. When I was 18 I got to go alone to visit the same aunt in Germany and she took me to Paris, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Belgium, Frankfurt, Munich, Bavaria. More cool. I also got to go to Mardi Gras with a friend when I was 23. Crazy drunk hungover fun. Since then I’ve only been around my own state of Oregon, up to Washington, and over to Montana to visit Grandma. Someday my husband and I hope to travel back to Germany together if the world doesn’t get too crazy.
    I believe in a higher level of existence…that this human life isn’t the end or the beginning. I do not like organized religion. I see it as a manipulative way to control people. I don’t like government for that reason as well. I believe everyone needs to live their own journey in their own chosen way.
    I don’t like being in groups of people. I get overwhelmed and clam up. I prefer to be with no more than 2 other people (other than my family) then we can talk in a very personal way and I feel heard and included.
    I have loved playing tennis since I was a kid. I joined the high school team my sophomore year, but the coaches were huge dickheads, so I didn’t do it again. I have hardly ever gotten to play since then, but I dream of a person to come into my life who loves tennis as much as I do and wants to play with me once a week. I am not very good, but I feel such joy playing that game!
    I have been making art and expressing myself in drawings since I was 4 years old. One of my first masterpieces was a series of nudes of boys and girls. That made quiet a commotion in my family. If my hands stopped working I would make art with my feet. If my feet fell off I would make art with my mouth, nose, and ears.
    I have a fantasy of living like the Wilderness Family from that movie in the late 70s.
    My favorite animal is the humpback whale. My favorite color is green, then purple.

    • Jeanette
      11/15/2018 / 10:17 am

      You are amazing with these comments. Seriously, I love reading them. And thank you for all of this good stuff. Especially the 33 acres in the countryside part. That makes me go OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  2. 11/14/2018 / 6:45 am

    I love posts like these!
    I am very eerily similar to you.

    But for real, let’s all move somewhere warm. I hate winter.

    • Jeanette
      11/15/2018 / 10:15 am

      I love when I read posts like these and find eery similarities. That’s when you know you’ve found one of your people. SO COOL.

  3. Brenda Donoho (but I prefer Aunt Buzz or Granny Bee)
    11/18/2018 / 9:31 am

    I was born on November 18th, 1940 and I’m certain that my parents believed I was the cause of World War Two. My family nickname from the age of 9 months was “Rammy” (for rambunctious). Once I was past crawling, I couldn’t see any sense in not running through life. I’ve lived out in the boonies surrounded by a large Amish commune for the past quarter of a century. They’re good neighbors, but I do get tired of driving through all the road apples and cow pies. I love the Michigan winters. Looking at it from inside our snug house, that is! Can’t tolerate the cold these days. I am 78 years old today, have been very shy all my life (sorry, kids. sometimes ya’ don’t grow out of it), and thoroughly enjoy your feisty thoughts and comments, Jeanette.

    • Jeanette
      11/19/2018 / 4:37 pm

      Happy Birthday, Aunt Buzz! I am so happy to read your comment and meet a new friend. Living in the boonies sounds absolutely delightful to me, and I fell in love with Michigan this past summer when we spent a week there at a camp where my daughter and step daughter are counselors. YES, SUMMER!

  4. Gloria Mathews
    11/18/2018 / 2:40 pm

    Oh man, I hate small talk too! I hate going to parties because of it and I know or I think I know people wil judge me or think I’m a snob when I’m just not feeling my as confident as I would like. I should remember they are just probably just focus on how they look or should and let it go. ?. Love hearing every morsel you write so keep it up! Makes us oddballs (and non-oddballs) seem normal.

    • Jeanette
      11/19/2018 / 4:40 pm

      People have thought I was a snob all my life because of my tendency to keep to myself in crowds. I’ve learned to be fine with it, and feel like it’s actually a nice defense mechanism. Ha!

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