Adventures in Imperfection

46 YO Married Woman seeks Shoes and Sugar


Hey all!

I’m jumping in with both feet to participate in the latest WordPress challenge called Zero to Hero . This is a thirty-day project where I will be completing daily blogging tasks in order to improve my site. I don’t expect you to read every little post (you DO have lives), but my ultimate goal is to make it better for the kind souls who have been so gracious and/or coerced into reading my ramblings.

The first Assignment? To tell you who I am.

Hmmm. That’s scary. Some of you have known (and tolerated) me for years, many are just getting to know me and a few have just popped over in the last couple of days. How does one accomplish this task efficiently without redundancy?

At the heart, my mission hasn’t changed. I broadcast my own, silly, real-life mishaps and imperfections so that yours don’t seem so bad. My pledge is to be authentic, vulnerable and positive. Even on my rare “bad” days, you should still be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t a train, plane or automobile. You can read my full mission here if you need more time to kill and/or Facebook is down.

Now for some new stuff. Like my cutest mini-skirt, I’ll try to keep it short and interesting.

Six Facts about MamaMick:

1. I am a former government agent. At 14, I was hired by the feds to take covert pictures. Well, kinda. Actually, I took aerial pictures of farmers’ fields so that the ag agency could ensure planted crops were adherent to federal aid programs. My job was to lay flat on the floor of the airplane and snap pictures from the camera that was mounted in a hole on the floor. They needed someone short who lived by the out-in-the-boonies airport. Bonus: I got to land that single engine plane…once.

2. I have a serious shoe fetish problem. In fact, I should probably be getting help. Being aware of a problem and having the desire to do anything about are two entirely different things.

3. Sugar. Give me sugar. I work-out faithfully and belong to two gyms that I actually go to. I run, box, do yoga, and survive tough mudders and adventure races. I’m also a registered dietitian and hide my cart when friends see me at the grocery store. I haven’t met a piece of chocolate I didn’t like, there is no such thing as too much frosting and I’m not above eating spoonfuls of crystals right out of the sugar sack.

4. I’m a closet introvert. I’m outgoing, friendly and comfortable in a crowd. My smile and interest in you is genuine, but those closest to me know that I’m happiest when I’m at home with my family. I need my alone time and can disappear for hours in the woods. In fact, sometimes my kids send me there.

5. Seed catalogs excite me. Like in a heavy-breathing , sweaty palms kind of way. I apologize in advance for all of the garden posts and pictures you’ll see come Spring. Pretty sure I was garden monk in another life.


6. I’m scared to death to publish this blog. As brave as I act and as much as I preach authenticity and vulnerability, it takes every shred of courage to put myself out there like this. How can I ask you to be brave if I’m cowering behind edited words and clever phrases? I can’t! The words I write are honest, but only surface after I’ve ripped away the bulky layers of insecurity. It’s easy to be clever, but it’s terrifying for me to be candid.

As I’ve mentioned before, I want this to be a long-term and two-sided relationship instead of a cheesy, one-night stand. Thanks to your support, I feel brave enough  to throw on those red heels and party dress and try this again tomorrow.


15 thoughts on “46 YO Married Woman seeks Shoes and Sugar

  1. This is great, M! I’ll be reading along (I get your posts via email), and cheering for you.

    Too much frosting? As if. 🙂


    1. I had a feeling that you were a fellow “sugar lover.” You’ve been on my mind a lot lately and hope that you are feeling better and coming out from under that fog of a cold. Get rest, drink fluids and find frosting.


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  2. Oh I’m loving this post, Michelle. You said:

    ” I need my alone time and can disappear for hours in the woods.”

    I got a huge smile slash grin on my fact because I really think you’re going to resonate with my next post (when ever that may be, ha).

    I hear you about the authenticity, vulnerable part (transparency) and that not so good feeling of putting yourself and your thoughts out there. I applaud you, dear friend, for your courage, and also your desire to polish your writing/blogging skills. I love the idea of building a welcoming blog and community atmosphere. It’s been a learning journey and one I’ve enjoyed. I look forward to reading your future posts and the progression of your challenge.

    You are an inspiration, Michelle, truly you are. I really enjoyed reading the different facets of yourself. Shine on. I will also have to raise my hand regarding sugar. Chocolate is a bonus, and these days, a luxury. I have a weakness for marzipan. :mrgreen:



    1. MMMmmmm….marzipan…

      I am SO looking forward to your next post. It will be the worth the wait, so no worries if it takes you awhile. It’s so ironic that point to me as a source of inspiration for you. YOU are that same inspiration for me. I’m a believer that coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous 🙂 Our paths crossed for a reason.

      Thanks for your continued interest and engagement…let’s see if I can do this consistency/task things for 30 days!

      *dropping off marizapan covered snicker’s bars*

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    1. Thank you so much! As I told Ned, “word economy” is defintely something I need to work on for 2014.
      I hopped over to your site, too. It’s so beautifully written…I love your words!


  3. Love the honesty and humor in this. I have a boot obsession so I feel you.

    You Said : ” I’m scared to death to publish this blog. As brave as I act and as much as I preach authenticity and vulnerability, it takes every shred of courage to put myself out there like this.”

    I feel this way all the time. I try to act like I don’t care, but every time I type something I question “will they like it?– will they get me?”. Not sure who “they” are, but each post comes with bouts of anxiety.


    1. Oh the boooots!! LOVE boots! Yep…add that to my list.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Don’t think I’m a stalker, but you are the one the bloggers I look to for extra courage. You seem to do it with so much poise, honesty and flair. Plus, you make it fun to read without being preachy.

      I know what you mean…the anxiety behind pushing that “publish” button is overwhelming. So glad to hear that I’m not the only one.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my stuff–I saw your cute comment on my dog blog post. I know that you are a busy lady, so that means a lot!

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