Tuesday, February 21, 2006

hello, it's nice to meet you!

Inspired right back by Claudia and some other conversations that I have been having with fellow bloggers I have decided to take this introduction thing a lot more seriously. When I began this blogging journey I was excited by the slight anonymity. As someone who has often been wrapped up with body issues it was nice to not have a body - just a voice. I didn't want to give away too much at first. I agonized about what to put in my profile. What did people need to know? What would they WANT to know?

I've enjoyed the beginnings of this trip but I have also loved the emails that I have shared with people. I've enjoyed getting to know people's children, people's jobs, and how they feel, what they think and what they are doing. I've loved getting to know new friends through their words alone.

Knowing that I am a Canadian and that I live in the UK isn't enough about who I am, so I'll tell you a bit more. I am a 31 year old ex-teacher. I took one year off after university to travel a bit and after two stints waitressing, a few years and several trips back and forth I ended up living in London teaching high school. A crazy year and lots of decisions later I was living in a coastal village with the love of my life and not teaching anymore. It was a big year!!

I took the test that Alexandra suggested and found out that I was an ENFJ. That translates as a 'Teacher-Intuitive.' The description appeals to me: "Idealist types search for their unique identity, hunger for deep and meaningful relationships, wish for a little romance each day, trust their intuitive feelings implicitly, aspire for profundity. This is the "Identity Seeking Personality" -- credulous about the future, mystical about the past, and their preferred time and place are the future and the pathway." I love this!

I am afraid of the dark and of mushrooms and I don't like to eat seafood. I have a ridiculously sweet tooth, am addicted to blogging, and am an uptight traveller. My full first name is Meghan. I love walking outside and writing. I am very easily hurt and can be an extreme worrier. My secret dream job would have been to work in Jim Henson's Creature Shop. (Ha ha ha! This is sounding frighteningly like a personals ad. )

There is another glimpse into who I am. I promise I will not make any more lists for awhile. The picture above is the one that I was going to put on here - but in a last minute bit of bravery I have attached this one. This is me. Hello! It is very nice to meet you.


Swirly said...

Nice to meet you as well. I am afraid of the dark too.

Jamie said...

Meg, how nice to see you! I love both pictures. Yay to your bravery! It's wonderful to be able to put a face to the sensitive, fun and smart personality that comes through in your writing.

And I don't eat seafood either!

tara dawn said...

Oh I absolutely love this Meg! Bravo to you, my friend. I am so proud of your courage and so inspired by your beauty...not only that of your words, but that of yourself as well.
Sending love,

Kerstin said...

You look lovely, Meghan, your smile matches the personality that is apparent in your writing. I actually like learning more about the people behind the blogs, their backgrounds, and what they did and do. It is what makes blogging 'real' to me, to see the 'real' people behind it. I am looking forward to more of the real you ... :)

chest of drawers said...

Thankyou for introducing yourself - nice to meet you to!
It´s lovely to know the faces behind the amazing blogs, it does make it seem more real - like a big circle of friends.

Laini Taylor said...

Meg, so nice to see a picture of you! You're so cute - as a kid and a grownup! I know just what you mean about not feeling sure how much of you you would reveal on blogs - part of me wants to launch a second "secret" identity to post comments with the protection of anonymity! (but I spend enough time blogging with one identity, let alone two!) But right away I found I wanted to share as much as was seemly and I wanted to know more about you and others I've been getting to know. So thank you!

HoBess said...

Megg, sometimes I'm spooked by are similar line of thinking ... What a wonderful post! I'm so glad to get to know more about you ... I promise to get my booklist together today!

melba said...

Hi. It was so nice to learn more about you. I really love books too. I have been meaning to add a list on my side bar of "books that made a difference to me". I had almost all my books in the basement because with two toddlers there is just not much room in our house. But then I was really missing seeing my books so I bought inexpensive book selves, moved around the living room, and put all my old journals and books on the shelves. I have to rotate some of the books because there just isn't enough space, but I like that they are up here with me filling the house with their energy.

Blue Dog said...

hi megg! it's nice to meet you too. except, in all honesty, i already feel like i know you--at least parts of you. as i was reading this post i started to feel like we were sitting down for a cup of coffee together and getting to know each other better, detail by interesting detail. and yes...you always keep me coming back for more.

thank you also for the comment you left on my blog. and just so ya know...i visit your blog everyday too. :)

Cate said...

You're just beautiful, inside and out! Thank you so much for givng us that glimpse into who you are!

felicia said...

nice to meet you, too! i too loathe fish, however, the dark is getting easier.
warmly, f.

la vie en rose said...

ohhhh...look at you...you are gorgeous. i love knowing more. working for jim henson would have been cool!

Bohemian Girl said...

fun getting to know you here. you've had quite the cultural journey.

how beauteous you are and what a lovely smile!

we have loads in common.

: )

ps. my hubs is Canadian and we're thinking of moving to British Columbia someday.

andrea said...

This is great ~ like an artichoke, peeling back one layer at a time. BTW I also adore blank journals and also fear writing in them -- so I don't. :) A blank canvas is even better, though.

Bohemian Girl: Come quick, before the impending winter Olympics here in 2010 drive costs through the roof!

Frankie said...

Meg! It's SO wonderful to see your smiling face here!! I'm so, so, so glad you shared all of this with us. It has been a real honor and privilege getting to know you through this blog world. You are a beautiful person and soul and I'm forever grateful for your presence!

Anonymous said...

Megg - I am excited to get to know you. It sounds like we have a lot in common :)

I love blogging, too, because it's such an easy way to make new friends without having to worry about body issues. I struggle with those a lot, too.