Representation

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Something I’ve noticed, as I surfed around the internet looking at blogs and websites, especially in the working from home, crafty diy and journaling communities, is that there seems to be a very common “type.”

I want to stop for a moment here, only one sentence in, to specify that this trend is what *I* have noticed up until *now* which is mid-June 2017.  This very well could change tomorrow!

I’ve noticed that these individuals are mostly women, mostly stay at home mom’s.  These women are often very conservative, living conservative Christian lives, often with little to no financial worries.

Now let me stop again to say this: If this is your preferred way of life, if this is your belief, than I am truly happy for you.  I wish you all the best and while that type of lifestyle is not for me, if it is for you then more power to you!

My point is that there is very little representation in this community for individuals like me.  Not Christian.  No children.  Very liberal.  I am Pagan.  My children all have four legs.  I am agender and part of the LGBTQIA+ community.  I have fibromayglia and I desire to work from home while still keeping my current standard of living, or bettering it.

And so here I am!  I remember several times over the last few years, trying to find blogs from people who have fibro and only finding a couple, if that.  So then I wanted to find blogs by people who did things like make their own soaps and cleaners  and while I found a couple blogs most of the posts were regarding their family life and how they want to be the best Christian wife and mother ever.  Well I wanted a blog that I could regularly follow.  So I went and looked for some crafty diy ones.  Same thing.  I’d find one or two but they were always ones that I had so much different from them I wouldn’t be able to regularly enjoy it.  And now most recently I’ve had the same with searching for journaling, paper crafting and bullet journaling blogs.  I find blogs with posts I love, but the rest of the blog is about being a Christian stay at home mom.  I’ve even been having this problem with motivational/inspirational Twitter accounts.  I have yet to find one that doesn’t also happen to be Christian.

Well I’m here to tell you that you can be motivational, you can be a blogger, a journaler, a crafty diy’er, a stay at home mom, or whatever the fuck you want without being Christian!  Without rolling in money!  Without having children!  And hopefully my online presence (as it becomes more regular) can provide, for someone else, what I have been looking for all these years.

So at any rate that’s that.  There IS a liberal part of this community.  There IS a LGBTQIA+ part of this community.  There IS a Pagan part of this community!

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Thoughts and Thinking….

It’s my dream to be self sufficient and to not be living paycheck to paycheck while also to not be working full time out of the house.  Due to being on medical leave for three weeks I have finally seen what I can accomplish at thoughtfulhome when I’m not beyond exhausted from work.  As I’ve been recovering each day I am able to do more and it feels great.  I’ve been accomplishing so much (in terms of what I am usually able to do) and I feel so capable!

I also recently discovered Bullet Journaling and it has totally changed my life.  I am planning and making realistic goals.  I am doing things about my goals, researching and making decisions.  I am so excited, so pumped and feeling better than I have in a long, long, long time.

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and brainstorming.  I’m writing lists and coming up with ideas, crossing some off that won’t work and coming up with more.  My end game is to not have to work out of the house more than one or two days a week, if at all and if I do to have it be because I want to, not because I have to.  So I’m also looking at ensuring that I have multiple sources of income because when it comes to working from home, for most people it’s flexible; based on sales and such.

Although I’m honestly not terribly worried about income.  Not that we don’t need me to have income, we absolutely do.  But, what worries me is health insurance.  I currently have fairly decent insurance through my job, but if I leave there I won’t have it any more, and most places won’t give insurance to part timers and I absolutely need it.  So…. ya.  There’s that.  I’m going to start looking at the state insurance exchange to see how much it would be for me to get on my own, but who knows.  I need to have steady income otherwise anyway.

So that’s it for today.

Jess