First off, I want to tell you that Josie isn't my real name. Well it is, but not exactly. From a previous blogging experience on My Space, I learned that a little anonymity is necessary to protect myself from the curiosity of co-workers, relatives, and back-stabbers. I'm also known by a couple other names, familiar to some of you. Last names... I've had four of those along the way, starting with a good, solid German one at birth. I'd like to choose a new last name, something that has meaning in my life rather than just denoting me as the property of one man or another. So Josie "Two Shoes" it is - for standing on my own two feet. :-)
I was born and raised in the Midwest, with snow a possibility for eight months of the year, and mosquitoes big as hummingbirds (well, almost)... and how they loved me! Still, in my heart, that will always be home. I've lived a few other places since then, and have been settled in the Great Southwest for the past 27 years now.
I live in a town of of roughly 30,000 and it's growing rapidly. That has it's pluses and minuses, one being the doubling of rents due to a severe housing shortage. I found a great duplex, though I can scarcely afford it. It has plenty of windows to flood the rooms with light, a clear view of the sky, and just a seven minute drive to work. What I love most is that it's very quiet and peaceful in my home... at last.
I've worked in an office at the same human services agency for going on eighteen years now, and I am so ready for a change of scenery and function. But after that long I've accrued great benefits and pay, and I haven't found a realistic alternative...yet, still looking.
I have two grown children, a daughter and a son, that live in other states. I don't get to see either of them often, but I'm incredibly proud of them. They've each achieved the goal I most wanted for their lives... good careers as a means to support themselves without the need to depend on anyone else for their survival. My daughter is married to her soul mate, the best son-in-law I could have ever dreamed of. My son isn't quite ready to settle in yet, says he enjoys "his freedom and his money" too much. Makes good sense to me; he'll know when the time comes.
My furkids (cats to those of you who've never been owned by one)... I had six, three that lived inside and three that were born and live outside. The most painful part about leaving the rural area where I lived and moving into town, was that there is no place willing to allow pets here, not even one. So my furkids stay at the farm, and I return to visit them at least a couple times a week. I miss them more than I miss my ex, much more. Cats are my passion. If I was allowed, you'd likely read about me in the newspaper someday, one of those "crazy cat ladies" that died and was found in a house with 70 cats. :-)
My philosophy of life has changed radically in recent years. The older I get the more I've come to realize that having many "things" is meaningless if you don't have love. I'm moving toward a life of simplicity and the need for fewer possessions, focusing instead on my mission to love and serve others. My hero (ok, heroine if you must be politically correct) is Mother Teresa, and no, I'm not a Catholic. She lived her life in a way that few can even hope to emulate; her philosophy was to "do small things with great love". Now it's my philosophy too. I think that we too often overlook the power that the smallest actions on our part can have in uplifting someone else... a smile, a hug, a compliment, a note of encouragement... it can make all the difference. Love is the most powerful force in the universe and it has a ripple effect that spreads into infinity.
I guess that's it, if there's anything else you'd like to know... just ask! By the way, you'll see a "..." fairly often in my posts. It's my way of expressing myself in writing. I nearly drove my English teachers crazy. I write the way I think and speak, fast and in a dozen directions at once, pausing (...) only to come up for a breath of air. Don't be surprised if now and then a sentence or idea trails off into nowhere. It only means my mind has wandered off again, and forgot to finish what I was saying in the first place. :-) Smileys...yeah, I love them too! :-) And I'm so very glad that Blogger has spellcheck, my fingers never seem spell the way I tell them too!