I’m excited to introduce a new series we’ll be doing at Life Your Way, called “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” Each week I’ll post an interview with someone as they share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. We’re starting with the Life Your Way contributors, but I’d love to include readers as well. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!
1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?
My mom was an amazing woman, juggling a career, home, and family. She did it very imperfectly — like mother, like daughter — but we always knew how special we were to her. So many of the things I have learned about life with little people, I learned from her.
2. Were you always “a freak of nature”?
Yes, I think so. I never really fit in as a kid. I liked talking about grown up things, I liked eating weird foods, I liked dreaming big dreams. Most people thought that was odd.
3. How would you describe yourself today?
Funny, searching, trying to do the right thing, but not always sure what that is. Constantly learning.
4. What do you most love about your life?
I love it that years ago I chose the best thing — to be a full-time mom — instead of pursuing a career, and now I get to do both and blend the two as I write about being a mom and encouraging other women.
5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?
I am really strong most of the time, but when I get anxious over my kids — I can be a total wreck. Also, I’m a little vain about my weight and my hair color. Those things are starting to bug me now that I’m closer to 40 — and they’re starting to deteriorate. Didn’t bother me when I was thin and not gray. Ha!
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
5 years = My kids will be 18, 15, 13, 11, 9, and 7. I’ll probably give in and start coloring my hair. I hope I can say that I’ve enjoyed every minute with them. And that I have written at least two great books.
10 years = They’ll be 23, 20, 18, 16, 14, and 12. Oh my word! I hope that I can afford college! And coloring all that white hair!
7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
My oldest son is almost 14, taller than me, and sprouting a moustache. Last night I sat with him watching hockey and talking. I went to bed sad that the time is passing so quickly. I hope that I haven’t wasted it. I hope that I’ve given him the best I could.
I hope that my legacy is good, strong relationships with my kids and that they’ve been encouraged, despite all my miserable failings.
|A gourmand at heart, Jessica Fisher has learned to reconcile a tight budget with her love for great food. As a busy mom of six voracious eaters, she regularly shares healthy, delicious and budget-friendly recipes at GoodCheapEats. She also writes at her parenting blog, LifeasMOM.|