Jess, 38. North of Boston. INFJ. Educator and vocational coach by day, aspirational artist/writer/creator by night. Married to my wife of ten years, parent to a six year old code-named (for the purposes of this blog) Bear. Queer/bisexual. Non-binary/genderqueer. She/they pronouns.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender Studies, and am four credits shy of a Master’s in Moderate Special Needs Education, which I abandoned in a fit of pique regarding financial aide and the expectation of student teaching, and which, honestly, I don’t regret walking away from. I may yet one day pursue a Master’s, but I don’t think it will be that one (that being said, I do work as an educator, just in a position that doesn’t require a Master’s, and I love my job, my co-workers, and my students, and honestly, that’s enough for me).
I’ve always regarded myself as a creative person, though the focus of that creativity has shifted over time. For years I thought of myself primariy as a writer, though rampant ADHD and anxiety often meant that little writing got done for seemingly interminable stretches at a time. Late 2019 and 2020 saw my interest shift to visual art, and while I’m still very much an amateur in the learning stages, I have made huge strides this year towards improving and growing as a creator. Words and language are still very important to me, and I do intend to continue writing s the mood moves me, but I’m finding my self image shifting further away from “writer” as a defining feature.
With the dumpster fire of 2020 finally begining to smolder to embers behind us, I’m excited to grow more as a creator and a person in 2021. I recently took up Finnish on a lark (and because of a somewhat embarrassing crush on a particularly “wholesome” YouTuber) and intend to resume my lessons in ASL (which have been put on hold since the beginning of quarantine — argh!) My focus this year is on taking more risks, trying my hand at things that interest me (even if there’s no immediate pay-off), and trying to be a more creative, patient, and involved parent.
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