Hi, I’m Janine. And this is my life.

About 18 months ago someone sent me this quote by coaching legend, Lou Holtz:

“In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.”

This resonated with me and, after considerable reflection, I decided to spend less time floating, and more time building a better life. My blog is my journal, and here I chronicle where I’m going, how I’m going to get there, and some of the stops along the way (and there seem to be a lot of stops!). This isn’t a straight path, it’s pretty random because frankly, I have a short attention span.

Here’s a bit about me: I’m in my 50s, born and bred in Calgary, Canada. My roots are Norwegian and English. I married an American and moved south about 2 decades ago and am now also a naturalized American citizen. My husband, G, is smart and patient and absolutely the funny one in the relationship. His career has taken us across the US but we’re now in Atlanta, Georgia with our two cats. My career hasn’t followed any path (regretfully) and I now work as an EA. Although I enjoy my job, it’s not particularly challenging, so this blog and my other interests  keep me engaged.

I write about building the best life possible for the next many decades. These days, my interests tend to be family, home, gardening, pets, food and sewing. I’m also a follower of Marie Kondo and I’m doing my best to fill my life with things, people and activities that bring me joy.

Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you again soon.

12 thoughts on “Hi! I’m Janine

  1. I quite love your blog and I have just nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogging Award. I would be delighted if you chose to accept, but if you prefer not to I surely do understand. You can read my nomination post and the rules on my blog if you are interested.


  2. I always wonder why there are some people who can remember their early childhood and there are other who can’t. I remember a lot of things from my early childhood. You mention about keeping your brain young. I always like this quote by Henry Ford,
    Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.


    1. I sometimes wonder if you either remember because you had a really happy childhood, or a really horrible one. The every day stuff gets lost, and the great or horrific remains.

      Thank you for sharing the quote!


  3. Janine, i’m so happy you left a comment on my blog today because now I’ve discovered your wonderful patch of internet and I am grateful! Looking forward to reading more from you.


  4. OK after you told me that your mom is here in Calgary I decided to read your intro 😉 just think we may have crossed paths at one time, although it is more likely that you may have known my husband who was born and raised here, I am a wee tiny bit older than he is 😉 and I grew up in Airdrie, but moved to Quebec in the mid-late 70’s
    Well Janine it was nice to discover this connection. All the best.


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