Hello.  My name is JoEll.  It’s nice to meet you.

Introductions are scary, aren’t they?  I mean, it’s your chance to make a good impression in front of a potential boss, boyfriend/girlfriend/lover, new family, potential new friends. Let’s just face it – in a digital age, where one can generally hide behind a screen – in-person introductions are hard.

So, as I sit here to introduce myself – and this blog – to the world wide web, to a potential community of people, I’m at a loss for words.

Words to bring you in, to invite you, to give you a sense of who I am.

The truth is though, if I’m honest (and I want to be honest), I don’t know who I am.

Without using my job to describe me – or the normal:  I am a sister.  I am a daughter.  I am a friend.  I want to use some other words that are dancing around in my head – and you, potential community, are the first to read them.

I am a work in progress.  I am an empath.  I am a home chef.  I am a writer.  I am logical and creative.  I long for connection.  I long for my own “ah-ha!” moments.  I long for freedom from depression.  I long to redefine success for myself.  I long to finally step into my own greatness.  I long to redefine what greatness really is for me.  I want to be loved.  I am loving.  I want to share my innermost thoughts.  I want to be raw and unafraid.  Brave.  Courageous.  My own hero – and maybe someone else’s because they read these words and found a kindred spirit.  I want to write that great, amazing, piece that everyone talks about, yet, I don’t want notoriety – but I am seeking it out – here, in this blog space.

As you get to know me, I hope you will give grace.  You will give pause before judging.  You will give kindness.  I will do my best to give the same to you.

So, hello, my name is JoEll and I’m so happy make your acquaintance.

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