What if

You guys did not make this easy. I’m struggling between two questions to find the winner of the last giveaway. You just blew me away. When I said no stupid questions I thought I’d get things like “If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?” or “Do you want more kids?” or “How did your husband as you to marry him?” you know, light hearted little ditties that are fun yet informative.
Well, you took it one step further and went for the jugular. Asking me questions like “When I look into the mirror in the morning do I like who I see?”. FLOORED me. And this is why I love all of you so much and also why I chose to do all these giveaways.
Truth: I do have a hoarding problem, not with stuff – I’m actually the opposite with stuff, but with money and things that have a monetary value. I come by this honestly and I’m honest about it. It’s hard for me to let go and give. Period. And you know what, that’s one thing that I don’t want people to remember me for. When they look back and think about me as a person I want them to remember that I was a giving person, whether it’s of my time, money or otherwise. It’s just important to me. So thank you for being a part of this change in my life. You, the winners, might feel like this is just fun and you got lucky and how fun it is to get a gift card in the mail because you answered a silly question on a website, but I’m getting more out of this than any of you, hands down. So thanks.
I’m struggling between these two questions:
“I know you got married fairly young…at least “young” in comparison to the age at which the average woman gets married now. If you had waited to get married and start a family, what could you have seen yourself doing? Travel? Work? Hobby?”
“you are very honest on here (in a great way) 😉 — but have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and thought “why did i blog about that?!!?”? and have you ever raced to the computer to edit/delete it?”
These are the two that I found myself answering over and over again since I read them the first time. I’ve spent the most amount of time thinking and writing and then rewriting the answers in my head. I’ll be answering them all, don’t worry. So which one wins???
I’m gonna have to say Stacey’s question – Congratulations Stacey! Email me at jodi at jodimichelle dot com to claim your prize.
“I know you got married fairly young…at least “young” in comparison to the age at which the average woman gets married now. If you had waited to get married and start a family, what could you have seen yourself doing? Travel? Work? Hobby?”
Yes I did get married young, at 19 in fact. Only 2 weeks away from my 20th birthday, though 🙂 But if I had waited to marry and start a family I see myself traveling and working all over the world. Trying anything and everything. I can see myself being an English teacher in China or Spain, having a studio apartment in downtown Boston and working in some grass roots start up company. In high school I took an aptitude test and one of the things it said I would be suited for was being a ‘buyer’ for a company and that has always sounded good to me. I would still be very much in love with a camera and maybe even taking commissioned photos for people. I can see myself being an artist and the medium being photography, but storytelling through photography.
I think I would have finished college with a degree in the science field. I love biology. Who knows what I would be doing with that, though? I also love math. As in, I bought myself algebra work books after Jessica was born because it was fun for me. So I always thought it would be hella fun to teach math to 4th, 5th or 6th graders.
And I think my hobby would be to see how many places I could see – how many different worlds I could visit within the one world I know and love. How many stamps could fill one page in my passport before the next one is used and to try and measure how far it would take me to finally find home.

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