What inspires me and other questions answered

Lately my posts have been a little heavy ranting about things people say, my grief, and long posts about how tired I am. I’m with you feeling like:


But this one is less emotional, drama, Jen-needs-valium, I promise.

Sooooo….This week I got a chain letter…via blog. The premise was that I was nominated for the Liebster award. To qualify, you have to answer some questions about you and then link to some other blogs that you “nominate”. My little skeptical side raised a red flag, and so I went to the ultimate wise one: Google.

Yeah, it’s a chain letter. Some even think the chain letter is in it’s way it’s own reward.

I’ve decided to play along…to a point, because it’s a little fun if not taken seriously.

First, I’ll link to the person who nominated me in the first place, because OMG SOMEONE IS READING MY BLOG it was very nice for someone to think of me. Everyone say hello to Kim Rauker.

Second, there are required questions for you to answer from the previous nominee. They are actually pretty interesting so I thought I would give it a shot.

1.  What inspires you? 

Lately, my life. My husband, kids, and the way God is working is inspiring me to write. Other than that, there are four main inspirations in my life these days:

1) These days the book No More Perfect Moms by Jill Savage. Expect many, many, more posts about this book to come.

2) The podcast Nerdist Writers Panel. It’s a bunch of TV writers talking about their shows, their writing process, and the stories I adore.

3)Randomly old biographies of women like Nellie Taft or Washington Wife: Journal of Ellen Maury Slayden.   It’s interesting to see how universal certain struggles, feelings, and dumb politics are, no matter what era you live in.

4) The good ‘ol pastor’s wife answer: Church. My church has some great sermons and bible studies that make me fill pages with inspiration and ideas.

2. If you could go anywhere, for as long as you wished, where would you go?

Hawaii and Italy. I know, Mrs. Obvious right?

Although, the more I see friends photos (below) of their Czech Republic trip, that may move to the top of my list.Czech1

3. Have you become what you wanted to be when you grew up?

Yes, because I am happy. But it looks COMPLETELY different than I would have thought.

4. If you could say one sentence that the whole world would hear, what would you say?

Stop bothering me. (That was actually chosen by my husband…possibly a commentary on our marriage.)

hubs and me

5. What is your definition of success?

Handing life’s drama life as gracefully as possible, and making your children proud.

6. Are you having fun yet?

Sure. I’m also eating bean dip and watching The Daily Show, so that’s pretty fun too.

Daily Show

7. What country are you from?

United States of America.

8. When you go for a walk, do you notice the world around you?

Yes, unless my child is trying to climb out of the stroller. Then I primarily notice the glass on the sidewalk and the car speeding by.

9. What do you do to relax?

Bubble baths baby!

IMAG7622-2I thought a picture of my son after a bath would be a lot less horrifying than me after a bath.

10. Coffee, tea or both?

Half dark roast coffee, half Hazelnut Coffeemate = my bliss


Now instead of passing along the chain letter to more blogs. I’m going to be a downer, I know. BUT don’t cry just yet. I have another idea.

Why don’t YOU pick one of these questions, and answer it below. Cool right? Maybe? Think of it this way, I am willing to break a chain letter, take on 7-years bad luck, just to hear from you…  feeling the guilt yet?



See cute baby.

Now answer a question.


P.s. Double points for anyone who answers #1.


4 thoughts on “What inspires me and other questions answered

  1. 1. What inspires you?
     Truth speaking. Every so often I hear myself or someone else say something that just has that “ring of truth” about it. These moments anchor me in a powerful sense of well-being.

    2. If you could go anywhere, for as long as you wished, where would you go?
     Into a hug with each of my loved ones!

    3. Have you become what you wanted to be when you grew up?
     Yes, although mine also looks very different than expected. As a young person, I wished so much for guidance, not so much from outside me, but rather from personal experience. Once I began feeling I had been a few places and done a few things, I started beneefiting from my lessons-learned. As my collection of experiences grew, my sense of being where I wanted to be grew also.

    6. Are you having fun yet?
     Always. I’m blessed with a built-in sense of wonder and gratitude. It has brightened and dimmed at various times, but has never left me.

    9. What do you do to relax?
     Sit quietly, either in peaceful solitude, or with coffee and a friend, or with loved ones sharing a meal.
     Accomplishment also relaxes me, because it is sooooo satisfying!


    • I love all your answers Lu. You are such a beautiful woman inside and out! I am with you on the truth-speaking. I’ve gotten a surprising amount of comments about this blog, where people are so happy/surprised how honest I am. I think it’s a little sad that true honesty isn’t expected but a happy surprise. It’s only made me want to be more out there with my emotions and thoughts. Anyway, I love you. Thanks for playing with me!

  2. 1. What Inspires You? I am inspired by women who write. I am inspired by remembering they were/are just like me. There’s nothing special about them that I don’t have. In my career (theology and academic biblical studies) I will most certainly publish, and will be most certainly criticized for it, whether for being a woman or a bad theologian or young or whatever. When I get scared about the mean, critical waters I am deliberately wading into (I see it as my choice to follow God’s call or leave it, and I am choosing to follow), I remember that they are full of friends–women just like me who can help me once I get there.

    • I love this! And I agree. Even with my dinky blog I constantly get insecure about “who I am to share my opinion?” but I look to my favorite bloggers with thousands or millions of followers and realize, at least at one point, they were not much different from me.

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