Hi my name is Elaine, I was recently alarmed to find out that not all people have a cocktail cabinet, I have been many things. My interests are……well that’s the problem.
I recently hopped into a Facebook link which explored the fact, that as young children, there is an innocent expectation that we will grow up to be something in particular; find that in which we are naturally gifted and make it a way to earn a living. Gender appropriate ‘aren’t you pretty or strong’ greetings are usually followed by ‘and what do you want to be when you grow up?’. We routinely ask this of three and five-year-old children. I still do not know what I want to be and I have done much growing up!
Writer and artist Emilie Wapnick described the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one? she asks. Yes yes yes, I tell my computer I am, I am. I find myself becoming obsessed with a subject, learning all I can and thinking that this might be it….my thing, until the next things bob into view and I am once again swimming beautifully around in another sea of information. The problem, I have often felt, is that this cycle is a bad one, a failure on my part to stick to anything. This young, charismatic and insightful speaker’s words hung around with me for a week or two and gradually have allowed me, by stealth, to conclude that being interested in many things is…..MY THING!
Having many jobs and interests is my thing
The problem is, my head get crowded and I often write diaries or scrawl madly on random pieces of paper or old text books things that interest or inspire me those that I want to learn more about or want to pass on. I have a tatty old red folder full of recipes that I am routinely asked for, like most fifty-somethings I have a vast eclectic knowledge of things that if you never needed to know you wouldn’t. I have spoken to spiritual, mental and gifted people who have shared their own interests and skills and forgotten more than I can remember. I bore and horrify any who will listen with odd facts and ridiculous stories, I write and draw on walls, why not then online? So here I am, I offer a collision of ideas, thoughts and stories, random images that sometimes go nowhere until they are needed. Here is my mind magazine, for you to take, leave or add to. At the very least I will leave a snail trail of information made from the many books and people that I greedily steal from.
Thank you for taking time to be here with me, you will find many categories on this site, recipes, and upcycling ideas, an advice box full of sage words and life hacks. Adventures with my dog in Blue talk and some guest blogs by people I love and know and, of course, the musings from a middle-aged woman in campfire stories and jokes and ditties. The images are the things all around me, my home, my journeys and are used partly so my children are reminded of their family home. I sometimes borrow and will give credit when due.