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and the Art of Slowing it Down
What to write about ME? There’s the manic me, the depressed me, the neurotic & psychotic me… the mom me, house-wife me.. the blogger me, the screen writer me… the designer me, the accountant me… the loving me, the jealous me, the competitive me, the healthy me… enough about the little me’s.
ME, I am an American mutt, having lived in nine (8) states – two (2) twice – and four (4) countries including my ‘ol alma mater. I have been very fortunate to have traveled to twenty-eight (28) foreign countries on four (4) different continents… I don’t speak any language fluently, often I am at a loss for the right word in, my native tongue, ENGLISH; but I can speak a few lines of this or that here and there. (The first time I traveled to France alone – all I could remember was “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?”… I couldn’t even remember how to say “Hello”; so I kept my mouth shut until I found a hostel. I share that with you because it’s funny.)
I am best at reading: body language, t-shirts, license plates, the back of things and a little sign. And (how could I forget) most often between the lines. It’s a little tough always having to translate ‘it’ alone but, on the brighter side, it builds confidence and makes one listen ever so closely.
I have worked for a myriad of struggling architects both BIG and small, a beauty salon and three start up companies – although I was never on pay role, so sadly I never got to cash in my stocks. I appreciate practical, efficient, ironic qualitative things or so I’d like to believe.
I’ve done a fair bit of volunteering/ mentoring since high school and including attempting to start a non profit for kids. Why? Because: I thought that I could assist in helping them see creatively and appreciate all forms of art and in turn I got to learn a lot!
My illness led me to keeping a diary, it’s not unlike what you’ll find here, and now I am learning to edit it. (I have been writing love letters since I was a child. My school essays were never anything to write home about, my mom helped me out a lot, so that I’d bring home the grade. I gather she knows how to write; she reads everything!)
Don’t forget to read my FAQs. Light and Love – Jessica Kaushik, a.k.a. Princess Marksalot