a little bit about me, a little bit about you (part 2)

bring-joy

A few years ago I did a post where I shared a little bit about my personal life, & then asked you to share.

It’s been one of my favorite posts because I got to know you better, got a better of idea of the kind of amazing people who are reading bring joy.

Since it’s been awhile, I thought it’s about time to do it again, especially since many of you may be new to bring joy.

 

So here goes, a little bit about me…

 

What may surprise you about me:

I love music, though I cannot sing (but I do fairly decent rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”) & the only instrument I play is piano &  my skills are abhorrently rudimentary. Some of my current fave musicians–Mumford & Sons (their CD Babel is particularly awesome), Joshua Radin, Brandon Flowers.

I am an eternal optimist though I love depressingly tragic novels & movies.

Joseph is much more romantic than I.

I’ve never owned a smartphone, & don’t have any intentions to any time soon.

Though we’ve never subscribed to cable TV, I do watch TV (via Hulu, library DVD’s). I’m currently addicted to The Good Wife & I’ve watched the entire series of Gilmore Girls, Parenthood (I cry nearly every episode), Friday Night Lights. I’m also a huge fan of the BBC’s Sherlock.

Neither Joseph or I care about, or follow sports.

I’d rather be a blonde, but I refuse to bleach or dye my hair again until I actually have gray hair.

 

The older I get…

♥ The less I stress about looks, fashion, weight, what other people think of me–particularly with each pregnancy & then birth, a little more vanity & insecurity about my looks slips away & what emerges is a quieter appreciation for the miracle that is my body.

♥ The more I’m grateful for my health, especially with my last pregnancy, where I got a taste for what it’s like to live with a chronic health condition (which fortunately, the gestational diabetes was only temporary).

♥ The more I appreciate sleep.

♥ The less ambitious I am & the more I realize that life is about relationships & helping others. Things like becoming debt-free, being a good mom & raising balanced/polite/smart kids, exercising & staying fit/healthy, & keeping my house clean, though rather dull & unsexy goals, have replaced some of the over the top ambitions I had for myself in my twenties.

♥ The more low-maintenance I become. In the photo above, I’m not wearing any make-up. Most days my hair is pulled up in a messy bun (more to do with the hot & humid weather of San Antonio). I do like to dress up & put on make-up, but the day to day realities of being a full-time mom have caused me to streamline my primping routine.

♥ The more I realize there are only so many hours in the day.

 

Other than my family, I love:
Being Mormon. I love everything about it. I know that the happiness I experience today is inextricably connected to my faith.

The beach. I’m pretty sure I was a dolphin in another life.

Swimming. (see above)

That full, content feeling after eating a good meal.

Clean sheets.

 

When I “grow up” I want to be:
A teacher. I want to go back to school & get a M.A., possibly a Ph.D. It’s a long ways off, but Joseph & I have agreed that once our kids are older I will go back to school so I can teach, perhaps at a collegiate level. Some of my the most influential people in my life have been teachers, & I hope that I can be like them one day.

 

When I need to relax I:
Go for a run.
(Except when I’m pregnant, in which case, I take a nap.)

 

If I could only live on 5 foods, I would choose:
Chocolate chip cookies (duh.), potatoes, Braeburn apples (from Washington please), peanut butter, & kale

 

So now that I’ve shared about me, your turn!
Share a little bit about yourself..


Comments


  1. Anika
    on March 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm said:

    Hello, Janae!! I “discovered” your blog almost 8 months ago, but didn’t read it faithfully until recently. I love your outlook on eating healthily and being fit. You also seem to “normalize” being vegan/plant-based so it becomes more common sense, which is the conclusion I’ve come to. Food is our fuel! Only the good stuff will do!! : )

    I have to say that I LOVE Mumford & Sons!! I drove to Berkley, CA, with my younger sisters to see them live and it was a life-changing experience. Phenomenal. I own all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls and watch the whole series almost yearly. And I’m completely obsessed with Sherlock!! I just came back from a trip to England and we visited SO many sites where it was filmed. Incredible.

    Um, a little about me? I’m 27, single, working as a baker at a ski resort. Vegan for about 8 months, vegetarian for 4 years before that. I come from a big family (5th child of 7), and I am Mormon, too! I am gaining a serious passion for yoga and love the cold weather, which I guess is a good thing since I spend most of my time in the snowy mountains. : )

    Can I recommend a tv show, since we seem to have similar tastes? Veronica Mars! I just finished all 3 season for, like, the 4th time. Mystery, snark, father/daughter moments, sarcasm, and just really smart writing and acting. Just a thought!

    Anyway, thank you so much for your willingness to share a bit of your life through your blog! I always learn something new from you. : )

    • Janae Wise
      on March 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm said:

      Hi Anika!

      Sounds like we’d be best buds if we lived anywhere near each other. I LOVE, love yoga too! What style do you like best? I like something more fast-paced & challenging, but the slower stuff is good for my impatient brain.

      I just barely heard of Veronica Mars because the movie is coming out. Do you think I should watch some of the TV show before watching the movie? I feel if I watch the movie before the show, it’ll spoil the show…What do you think?

      So glad you took time to comment. I love knowing I have a kindred spirit somewhere out there!

      ox

  2. Natashia M
    on February 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm said:

    Something you may not know about me is I love art. It’s actually my first love. I have always been interested in drawing and painting and have done this since a young age. This year I hope to open that door and take some classes (it’s been years).

    BTW we watch Sherlock and Parenthood as well! Good stuff!!

    • Janae Wise
      on February 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm said:

      I didn’t know you were an artist! I’ve always been drawn to art too (it was my minor in college), but it seems to be put on the back burner for now.

      “BTW we watch Sherlock and Parenthood as well!”
      Awesome! It’s always a little sad though, knowing we’ll have to wait almost a year for more Sherlock episodes, don’t you agree?

      • Natashia M
        on February 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm said:

        Yes!! We’ve been drawing out watching all the Sherlocks just because we know there aren’t that many. We sometimes only watch half an episode. We just watch Watsons wedding episode last night. Have you watched that one?

        Yes I am still at the MTC. I can’t believe it will be two years in just a couple months. Boy does time fly! I really enjoy it and it’s been a wonderful journey. I’ve learned so much.

  3. Rita
    on February 18, 2014 at 11:01 am said:

    Vegan and chocolate. It doesn’t get better than this! I am a new vegan and a grandmother/quilter. I love your vegan recipes.

  4. Crystal Dearden
    on February 16, 2014 at 11:43 pm said:

    I thought I’d comment since I have lurked here for many years. I found your blog about 3 years ago, after we had just moved away from Provo and I was exploring healthy eating. I’m still exploring healthy eating. I’m loads healthier than I was 5 years ago! I’m not a vegan. 🙂 But I’m trying to stick to whole-foods.
    I have 3 kids and stay home with them. My hubby is a CPA but is about to pursue a PhD in accounting (Texas A&M or UARK) so that will be an adventure. I grew up in Utah, but I am so excited to move away and have some adventures. Who knows if we will ever come back. I am the 2nd of 9 kids and I love running, reading, sewing, singing, and playing piano. 🙂 I love your blog too!

    • Janae Wise
      on February 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm said:

      Hi Crystal!
      “I’m not a vegan. 🙂 But I’m trying to stick to whole-foods.”
      Awesome!

      “I grew up in Utah, but I am so excited to move away and have some adventures.”
      Utah is a fantastic place to live, but in the “mission field” there are so many wonderful people to get to know & adventures to be had.

      “I love running, reading, sewing, singing, and playing piano. :)”
      All-American girl! 🙂 Have you ever run a half or marathon? I’m seriously thinking of running a 1/2 this summer.

  5. Alanna
    on February 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm said:

    Am I too late? Good golly I’d like a tote. It’s that whole get out of debt fever–I’ve been great at abstaining from non-essential purchases…or I’d own a few by now. 😉

    I loved reading about you–and some of your readers in the comments.
    “…with each pregnancy & then birth, a little more vanity & insecurity about my looks slips away & what emerges is a quieter appreciation for the miracle that is my body.” This resonates with me right now.

    About me:
    I have four children–my fairytale mix: 2 boys and 2 girls.
    I married my high school crush (note: not HS “sweetheart”).
    My husband is 6’5 and I’m 6’…so basically our children are science experiments.
    I joined the LDS church when I was 16–best decision of my life.
    I live in WA state near Seattle. I know you’re jealous. 😉
    I take thousands of pictures of my children. It’s a little ridiculous but I’m obsessed with documenting their childhood.
    I already like my 30’s far better than my insecure 20’s. I’m a recovering people-pleaser.
    My opinions and paradigms change (read: evolve) quite often which sometimes embarrasses me.
    I adore homemaking and motherhood but also need a professional or creative outlet to not go crazy.
    I am an unlikely vegan which gives me a whole lot of hope for the rest of the world.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm said:

      Hi Alanna!

      See my comments in caps below:

      About me:
      I have four children–my fairytale mix: 2 boys and 2 girls. YOU LUCKY DUCK! I THINK THIS IS THE PERFECT MIX.
      I married my high school crush (note: not HS “sweetheart”). JOSEPH & I KNEW EACH OTHER IN HIGH SCHOOL TOO, BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS A LOSER (HAHA). IT WASN’T UNTIL HE CAME HOME FROM HIS MISSION & WE ACTUALLY HAD A REAL CONVERSATION THAT I BECAME SMITTEN (AN UNDERSTATEMENT).
      My husband is 6’5 and I’m 6’…so basically our children are science experiments. OH MY. DO EITHER OF YOU PLAY BASKETBALL? WILL YOUR KIDS, DO YOU THINK?
      I joined the LDS church when I was 16–best decision of my life. AWESOME! I’D LOVE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT YOUR CONVERSION STORY IF YOU HAVE TIME.
      I live in WA state near Seattle. I know you’re jealous. 😉 SUPER DUPER JEALOUS. ALTHOUGH THE RAIN DOES DEPRESS ME. BUT I LOVE SEATTLE. IT’S TOTALLY MY KIND OF CITY. BUT I’M AFRAID WE COULD NEVER AFFORD TO LIVE THERE. THE COST OF LIVING IS OUTRAGEOUS.
      I take thousands of pictures of my children. It’s a little ridiculous but I’m obsessed with documenting their childhood. GOOD FOR YOU! I HAVE LOTS OF PICTURES TOO, BUT THEY ARE IN NO SORT OF ORDER. I’M COMPLETELY UNORGANIZED WITH MY DIGITAL PHOTOS. I NEED HELP. YOU HAVE ANY PHOTO ORGANIZATION SECRETS OR TIPS?
      I already like my 30’s far better than my insecure 20’s. I’m a recovering people-pleaser. I’M LIKING MY 30’S A LOT TOO! MUCH MORE CONFIDENT.
      My opinions and paradigms change (read: evolve) quite often which sometimes embarrasses me. UM, GUESS YOU’RE HUMAN THEN! 🙂
      I adore homemaking and motherhood but also need a professional or creative outlet to not go crazy. ME TOO. HENCE, THE BLOG.
      I am an unlikely vegan which gives me a whole lot of hope for the rest of the world. WHAT’S YOUR VEGAN STORY? I THINK YOU TOLD ME ONCE…I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE ON THE BLOG SOMETIME IF YOUR INCLINED. OR IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD, I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STORY MYSELF.

      THANKS FOR SHARING ALANNA!

  6. lfwfv
    on February 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm said:

    I love being a mama. I would love to have another baby tomorrow, but I fear my body has other plans. Trying to trust God’s timing and plan for our family.

    I love being a stay at home mom, but still teaching and performing (violin) to maintain my skills and enjoy the gift of music in my life.

    I am far more concerned with my family than my own ambitions these days.

    I live in comfy pants and tshirts, no make-up, air dried hair most days. My husband loves it and it is true to who I am. I try to dress nicer when I teachand go out, but I almost never wear any makeup these days.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm said:

      “I am far more concerned with my family than my own ambitions these days.”
      Something about becoming a mother seems to temper other ambitions, doesn’t it? Or at least, that’s been my experience. I think it’s just motherly instinct, a way to make sure our babies get the love & attention they need.

      I hope & pray that another little one will bless your family in time. I know how much you want it, & you are such an amazing mom.

      xo

  7. Erica C
    on February 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm said:

    Turning 30 next month. I’ve been married for almost 12 years and have three kids. My youngest has mosaic Down syndrome. I work at a preschool and it’s a blast. 🙂

    • Janae Wise
      on February 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm said:

      Congrats on turning 30–I think the 30’s are going to be a pretty awesome decade. I’ve never heard of mosaic Down syndrome. How is it different from regular Down’s?

  8. Delight
    on February 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm said:

    Hello Janae! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now. I am a mormon too! I live in Gilbert, Arizona. (Have you seen the new Gilbert Temple? – http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/20140118gilbert-mormon-temple-open-for-tours.html). I am 28 and have 5 children – 4 boys and 1 girl ages 6 to 3 months. (twin two year olds :). Life for me is very busy right now with one in school and 4 at home. I was vegan for 4 years, (even while pregnant with twins and nursing them for 16 months), but during my last pregnancy my daughter had a hard time gaining weight and with concern for her and at the request of my midwife I began eating some grass fed meat and raw/organic dairy. It is not ideal, but right now I am so busy with children that it is the best that I can do. We are still mostly vegan and someday will return more to that. Currently we eat a plant based, whole food diet most of the time. I am also gluten free and have been for almost two years. I appreciate all of the recipes you post, and the honesty you have about getting out of debt. We are also working on our school debt and try to live frugally. Thank you for your fantastic blog. I don’t often comment, but I do read. 🙂

    • Janae Wise
      on February 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm said:

      Yes, I’ve seen the new temple, exciting!

      5 kids, and 28? You ARE busy, lady! Whole foods, mostly vegan, gluten-free? Sounds like we have a lot in common.

      Thanks for commenting, and glad to learn a little more about you!

  9. Jacqui Pappas
    on February 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm said:

    I’m still new to your blog, but I’m loving it. A little about me….
    I’m 53 and started on a plant based diet right before my 50th birthday because of health. My father died at 46 from a heart attack. My mother died 6 years ago with end stage liver disease as a result of too much cholesterol medication.
    I married at 18, had a daughter at 20 and a son at 21. At 25, I lost my husband and children in a house fire. I remarried at 31 and had 3 miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured. Almost died that time. However, I have a wonderful husband that is still an omnivore. I work part time in a small health food store. I’m also a Christian with a curiosity for different faiths. Thank you for sharing your life with your readers.

  10. Kelly
    on February 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm said:

    Hi
    I am a mom of 2 wonderful boys ages 8 & one turns 11 next week.
    Even though I have a business degree after being a stay at home mom I started working for the school district & absolutely love having the same schedule as my kids even though the pay isn’t great. The benefits of the schedule outweigh everything.
    I like to keep things simple. Like for Valentines today I gave the kids a print out saying they get a ticket to the new Lego movie- no extra stuff brought into the house.
    Downfall: need to work on relationship with husband of 14 years. Great guy, we just need to reconnect.
    thanks

  11. Kristi
    on February 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm said:

    Five things about me:
    * I love learning about other people and their interests/passions/families.
    * I don’t think that makes me a voyeur. I hope not! I think it makes me even more open-minded and accepting of others.
    * I always wanted a lot of children – 7, but God had other plans. I finally became a mom through adoption right before I turned 35. I have two kids and love them to the moon and back.
    * I want to visit Europe, specifically Germany, SOOOO much! My family heritage is German and English, and I took German classes in high school and college, and still haven’t ever been there. My dad’s family first came to the US in 1640!
    * I am a cancer survivor. I believe having had cancer and infertility were two of my greatest blessings from God. My life and love for life and others is so much deeper/broader/greater, than it was before. I appreciate every second we have with loved ones, yet realize none of us get out alive. Death happens daily. LIVE YOUR LIFE!

    I really enjoy your blog Janae. It is the only one I read regularly. :). You’re downright awesome in that you are who you are. Keep being you!

  12. Mari
    on February 14, 2014 at 10:21 am said:

    It sounds like we could be twins since we both love chocolate so much 🙂

  13. April Deters
    on February 14, 2014 at 9:59 am said:

    You are such an inspirational role model. I’m glad I found this blog.

  14. Theresa
    on February 14, 2014 at 12:05 am said:

    I like Jenny’s idea: l’ll pick 5 things because it’s your 5 year blogiversary…
    * I came across your blog a few years ago and have been following ever since. I really like your style!
    * I am not 100% vegan. We are about 95% plant-based. I do not prepare meat at home, but will very occasionally eat it out.
    * I like warm weather. I grew up in San Diego. I don’t like being cold. I live in Orem, Utah now.
    * I also wish I looked as gorgeous as you do without makeup on! But over the years, I have lost some of my vanity and only use eyeliner now. But I will not leave the house without my eyeliner!
    * I am a wife to 1, mother to 3 (ages 1, 3, 6), and we home school (which I absolutely LOVE!).

  15. Jenny
    on February 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm said:

    How fun Janae, what a great idea!
    I’m a vegan mama to 4 little ones (only one is a vegetarian so far- letting them make their own choices about that) married to an omnivore. I miss cottage cheese the most since becoming a vegan. I used to be a teacher and right now, I can honestly say, I don’t miss it. Maybe because my kids are still young? I have no intentions of teaching, now a school librarian, that is something I could dig! I love working out and do so at 5:30 while everyone is asleep at home. I am trying to lose some weight so I feel like right now that is my “hobby”, boring and lame, I know. We moved to a very old home last spring and we have been restoring it and updating it since day one, guess that’s my other hobby. I love to read but don’t get to very much, I don’t watch a lot of tv (lately the show “Rehab Addict” has been my fave), I also like to go to estate sales, garage sales and thrift shops, I love to try to be frugal. My favorite color is pink but not so much that I am keeping the pink wallpaper the previous owners of our home used in the formal living room, ripping that stuff down is using up any free time I have. My favorite food is Dr. Pepper, I know it isn’t a “food” but it has a lot of calories so I count it as such. I dream of moving to the beach someday. I have lived in Ohio for most of my life and I loathe the winter. I too love music, any kind, I’d give up tv but not the radio or my Ipod. I’d rather be at home with my family than at a party or social gathering, guess I’m introverted. I also love to bake, brownies are my favorite. Funny you said you don’t think much about your appearance as you age, I feel like I am turning into a makeup-aholic as I get older, guess I’m trying to hide all the signs of aging. Anyway, I love your blog, it is one of my favorites. I have reread many posts over and over allowing them to really sink in.

  16. Laurie
    on February 13, 2014 at 11:58 am said:

    What a fun way to learn about everyone! Here goes me!…
    I work as a librarian. My current library job involves a lot of technology and not much interaction with people face-to-face–that has both drawbacks and benefits. In college I majored in a social science and started graduate school in that because I wanted to get a Ph.D. and teach. Long story short, I ended up in library school. I think I would like to go back to school and study food politics. I prefer to read nonfiction over fiction, but really, I just like to read. I don’t consider myself a fast reader. Thus, for a librarian, the length of my Goodreads’ list is rather pitiful–but almost every librarian I know says the same thing. My husband is significantly older than I am, and, no, he’s not wealthy…and yes, people have actually asked me that! I’m going to turn 41 in exactly a week, and the only thing I regret–so far–is that I’ve never had children.

  17. Aimee
    on February 13, 2014 at 11:38 am said:

    Hi – I am a mom to a 14 year old, 3 year old and soon to be 2 year old, I had gestational diabetes and my two girls weight 8 lbs 9 oz but my son came in at 13 lbs 12 oz! I work two jobs and my husband works one with lots of OT, I would prefer to be a stay at home mom but the economy is what it is, but I am blessed to have a mother in law who lovingly cares for my little ones and my second job is done after they go to bed. I tried to go vegan but I’ve settled on vegetarian , I missed yogurt and cheese so much it consumed my thoughts (addicted, maybe) . I would love the tote because I tend to get wrapped up in me and mine the busier I get and this tote would remind me what it’s all about! (wow, that feels weird to write so much about me)

  18. April
    on February 13, 2014 at 9:45 am said:

    You are so gorgeous! I wish I had that!

  19. Emma
    on February 13, 2014 at 9:33 am said:

    This was so fun Janae. Loved reading a bit more about you 🙂 I don’t know anything about Mormonism but am always interested in learning more about different faiths and beliefs so I’m going to have a poke around the site you linked.How cool that you want to teach!

    I’m not eligible to enter but perhaps I should share a little about me anyway!

    I’m Emma, 23 and live in England, as you know! I’m currently doing an M/A in translation with the view to maybe working for the EU or UN. I have 3 older brothers. I love cooking, growing vegetables, reading, walking, knitting/crocheting, arty cinema and hugs! I don’t like the cold or negativity. I’m incredibly clumsy and probably break a plate/glass or fall over at least once a week.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm said:

      “I don’t know anything about Mormonism but am always interested in learning more about different faiths and beliefs so I’m going to have a poke around the site you linked.”
      There’s a Mormon temple in London, have you ever seen it? It’s beautiful.

      You are such ambitious, talented woman Emma. Seriously. I don’t know how you’re doing everything that you’re doing.

      I love arty cinema too! What are some of your faves? I really love La Vie in Rose (am I spelling that correctly?), Marion Coiltillard was amazing.

      And I agree, I could do without the cold & negativity!

      You are just too cute, Emma. If we are ever stationed in England someday, I would love to meet you.

  20. jane
    on February 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm said:

    I found your blog a few years ago and have loved reading ever since. Whenever you go on hiatus from blogging, Im not going to lie, I get a little bummed so Im glad you’re back!
    I really enjoy your recipes, but also enjoy reading your blogs about getting out of debt and your stories about your family.
    A little about me. I became vegan to lower my cholesterol but love eating this way. I am married to the best person I know. We have two daughters who are 25 and 28 years old. I dont have cable either. My favorite show is Downton Abbey, can’t get enough of it. And I love to read but find it difficult to find the time. I work as a pharmacy clerk in a small family owned pharmacy in Sacramento, California. That’s me in a nutshell. Thank you again for your spending the time to blog.

  21. Katrina
    on February 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm said:

    So fun learning more about you Janae! I want to take myself out of the running for the giveaway since I won a tote last go-around.

    Well, I’m a mom to two boys and a girl ages 8-8 months. I had a daughter between the two boys who sadly was stillborn when I was 9 days overdue. I always feel like I should get credit for four pregnancies since I carried her the longest of all of them! Even though I’m almost 38, I still wonder if there’s another baby (or 2!) that might be swirling around, waiting to become a part of our family. Which is crazy because I HATE being pregnant! I love that you are lessening your physical expectations for yourself. I have always been good about losing the baby weight but this time I’m so much less motivated and find myself thinking, “So what if I never lose this weight?” (It’s about 10-15lbs). So I am hopeful that your weight loss ebook will get me going! Can’t wait for that!

    Otherwise, I work as a pediatrician here in Wisconsin. Even though it’s tiring, I really do love my patients and feel like I truly make a contribution to society every day at work. I also try to remind myself that it will be so great to still have my career for myself after my children grow up. I still like to daydream about being a SAHM sometimes though!

    In my very minimal spare time, I like to snow ski, hike, bike ride, read, and travel to warm destinations. I absolutely LOVE to cook too! I am also always trying to work on strengthening my family and myself as a mother.

  22. Jessica Vergara
    on February 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm said:

    I confess I stumbled upon this post because I saw on Facebook that Jenny Ramsey commented on it and I wanted to see what she said.

    I’m 24 but sometimes I legitimately think I’m 19.. Or 29. Somewhere in that decade. I teach middle school science- it’s not where I thought if end up, but it has had such a huge impact on my life and the way I see everything (especially as a mother) I wouldn’t trade it.

    I love cookies too… But snicker doodles are my weapon of choice. Both my sons were born in June and are named after my father in law who I never met.

  23. Marilyn
    on February 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm said:

    When I need to relax, I curl up with a book. My favorite way to fall asleep is to read until my eyes start to flutter shut involuntarily. Mmm… that’s some good sleep. 🙂

  24. Sara
    on February 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm said:

    I am currently pregnant with our second daughter. I failed my 1 hr glucose test but luckily passed the three hour one and am thankful that I’m not faced with that challenge.

    My favorite color is blue, it calms and relaxes me.

    I love a good peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.

    We don’t subscribe to cable either, its too expensive.

    I also don’t have a smart phone, my cell is 5 years old and doesn’t even have texting.

  25. Lucy
    on February 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm said:

    My very best friend from childhood (Maida! You know her!) introduced me to your blog a few years ago, and you were on my google reader and then somehow you weren’t anymore. Maybe when you switched blog names?

    I have been a vegan since about 2002. The only time I cheat is when I’m pregnant and then only because I get so sick that if the only thing that sounds good is a Pop Tart or pudding snack…then that’s what I eat. I’d love to try a vegan pregnancy, but so far I haven’t been able to.

    I have two little vegan girls and a husband who used to be a religious carnivore, but is now about 98% vegan.

    I love Bikram yoga! I would love to be an instructor some day. Either that, or go back to school to become a nurse– I would just love to work in labor and delivery.

    We live in the Portland area and love love it!

    I went to BYU, graduated and randomly became a flight attendant, and eventually met my husband online, but we’ve told almost nobody this. Everyone thinks we met at a gym.

    I am really loving your blog and so glad I found it again!

  26. Angela Stone
    on February 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm said:

    We just moved to small town USA. Oh, I mean small town Texas. We’re now 75 miles from the city we lived in before that is also isolated and still only 120k people or so. I am in love with my small town library and the tea and talks (pot luck book club) they have. We attended a great school before but I’m full of gratitude for the amazing staff and educators at our kids new school. I am blessed to know God led us exactly where we were supposed to be even though I’m not a small town girl!

    • Janae Wise
      on February 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm said:

      That’s wonderful that you’re adjusting to small town life. Small town life can be very different from living in a big city. I grew up in a small town (15K) & living in a place like San Antonio is quite different. I have to go out of my way to meet people & get together with others. I prefer the opportunities a big city affords, but I could do without the pollution & traffic. I would love to be a part of a book club–all my attempts at participating in one have pretty much failed. Hopefully someday I can make it work.

  27. rachel
    on February 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm said:

    my name is Rachel. a fellow Christian with baby 4 on the way. went vegan when preg with my first. started out for health reasons and now ive grown more compassionate also. we garden, sew and homeschool and I should really be napping now (while everyone else is) instead of playing online….

    • Janae Wise
      on February 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm said:

      “I should really be napping now (while everyone else is) instead of playing online….”
      Story of my life.

      Nice to meet a fellow vegan, Christan, mama! I’m in awe of you homeschoolers–I did it for 3 1/2 months a year ago & it was the most trying thing I’ve ever done. I don’t think I could do it again, but maybe when my kids are older. I’d love to sew more, in fact I bought a bunch of fabric & patterns last year but just haven’t gotten around to it. When do you find time to sew? That’s my biggest hang up–just not enough hours in the day 🙂

  28. Joya
    on February 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm said:

    I have two boys, six years apart, that make my life very eventful and full of joy. I am head over heels about my family, and that includes my sweet dogs, rabbit, and hamster. I have a passion for music (I play piano for church, and some violin as well), and the past few years, my husband and I have become avid gardeners and want to grow as much of our own food as possible. One of our hobbies is 18th century reenacting.
    The little things make me happy:
    potting a new plant, sunshine and breezes through the windows, birds outside at the feeders, water – lake, pond, creek, ocean. A book in my
    hand and a cup of tea.
    If I could, I would be barefoot everyday. And I am as often as possible:0)
    The older I get, the more simple I want life to be.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm said:

      “If I could, I would be barefoot everyday. And I am as often as possible:0)
      The older I get, the more simple I want life to be.”
      My feelings exactly. I’m pretty sure if we knew each other in real life we’d be best friends. I envy your musical talents & your gifts for gardening & growing your own food. I hope to be as cool as you someday 🙂

  29. Jenny Ramsey
    on February 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm said:

    I’ll pick 5 things since it’s your 5 year blogiversary…sound good?
    * I could probably live off of pancakes and tacos.
    * My childhood dream was to be a singer for Disney. I re-live this dream every time I am alone in the car…and sometimes while I’m cooking dinner.
    * I like warm weather. I don’t like being cold. I keep my thermostat at 74 year-round and stomach the electric bill for the sake of toasty-ness.
    * I refuse to even consider eating sushi. I don’t care if it cures the common cold, I ain’t eatin’ it.
    * I wish I looked as gorgeous as Janae Wise without makeup on!

    • Janae Wise
      on February 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm said:

      Oh I forgot about pancakes & tacos! I could live off crepes & tacos (in fact, we kinda do, in our house). I can totally see the living the Disney dream–you would be perfect. If you like to be warm, you ought to move to San Antonio. We’re rarely cold here (though we’ve had our recent cold spells). And if you want to look as gorgeous as me, just get yourself a good camera & some natural light–you ARE gorgeous 🙂

  30. LAUREN FLEISCHER
    on February 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm said:

    I am 21, almost 22 year old vegan for about 3 or so years now. I have learned so much about health and animal rights that I believe that the only was to have peace on Earth would be for veganism to be the norm, not the new fad. I love animals and my dream would be to work for sanctuary or for a rescue group.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm said:

      Wow Lauren, that’s awesome. Good for you. I admire your passion & conviction.

      • LAUREN FLEISCHER
        on February 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm said:

        I have taught my boyfriend about it and he has changed how he eats quite a bit, my mom is a different story. I buy her some food to have that is vegan. If I can get over my fears in life before too late, I could be saving animals and working with them now.

  31. chana
    on February 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm said:

    Out of the blue last year, I decided to train for my 1st marathon (Oct. 2013). I’ve always been athletic, but not a distance runner. I needed a challenge (fitness wise) and running was the easiest thing that I could fit into my busy life. This year, I’m scheduled to run two marathons!!

    • Janae Wise
      on February 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm said:

      That’s awesome Chana! I’ve only done one half marathon, but I’m going to run another 1/2 at the end of this summer. I haven’t started training yet, but will soon. Two marathons in one year? I’m impressed. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get up the courage to do a full marathon, but I’m with you, the challenge of training for a race is a nice way to make sure you’re making time for fitness. Good luck on your marathons!

  32. Ellie
    on February 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm said:

    I adore Brussel sprouts and peanut butter, but not together! Pink makes me very happy. I can’t go a day without coffee. At 19, I still love stuffed animals because hugging things makes me smile.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm said:

      “I adore Brussel sprouts and peanut butter, but not together!”
      You sound like my kinda girl 😉

      (And I’m sure as a pink lover you’ve seen the movie Legally Blonde?)

      • Ellie
        on February 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm said:

        Of course, only like 10 times! I’m a little ditzy sometimes like Elle too (and our names are only too similar!)

  33. Jeff
    on February 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm said:

    Such a tall order, sharing a little bit to be interesting in a tiny little comment– especially since you’ve shared so much! The bar is set high.

    OK. How about this:
    I am a few years ahead of you, in that my kids are now older, and I’m in the process of doing what you’re planning on– I’m in school at UMass-Amherst, so that I can become a teacher (history, in my case.) In addition to working full-time as a teleworker, I take two classes a semester, serve as a living historian with a Civil War reenactment group, and play vintage (1860s-era) baseball.

    …and let me tell you. Keeping vegan while trying to also keep authentic to the 1860s while in the field as a reenactor can be a massive, massive challenge.

    • Janae Wise
      on February 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm said:

      “…and let me tell you. Keeping vegan while trying to also keep authentic to the 1860s while in the field as a reenactor can be a massive, massive challenge.”
      I would imagine so!

      I would love to teach English, but history or drama come in at a close second. Good for you for pursuing your dream.

    • Joy | Frock Files
      on February 13, 2014 at 10:27 am said:

      Jeff, I’m so excited to see a comment here on Janae’s blog from a neighbor — in more than one respect! I work at UMass Lowell, your sibling school. 🙂

      Janae, you’re beautiful, and you already know that we’re very, very alike. The things we read, watch, and appreciate about getting older are all aligned. It’s been so much fun to grow with you these past couple of years. xo