“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
If you click on Jackie Paulson’s About Me page, you will see that, amongst her many qualities and the experiences that have shaped her life, she is a mother, traveler, researcher, a Christian, animal lover, avid reader and blogger. Jackie’s background includes work as an investigator, organizer and paralegal. She calls Illinois home, and lives there with daughter, Jorden, and her two cats; Wiley and Dee.
Jackie and I connected through the Daily Post Find a Blog Buddy invite. What stood out when we connected online was her sense of humor, and her passionate belief in the healing powers of faith, friendship and writing. In addition to blogging, she is working on her book of poems and other offline projects. Please give a warm hug to today’s featured blogger in our “Get To Know” series — The one and only Jackie A. Paulson of the PostaDayChallenge2011 blog.
Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I am a single mother born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and Illinois is home to me and my family. The one thing I find true for me that also stands out as a trait of that sign is – “knowledge is power.” I am a lifelong knowledge and truth-seeker and love to read and learn from others.
The reason why I blog is mainly to network and share knowledge with others. My passion is reading and research so this helps me to share what I know. I can read 167 pages of any book in two hours with complete comprehension of what I have read. I was not always a good reader but that all changed once I got married. The reason it changed was because I wanted to “fix” my husband at that time. He was a drinker and so was I. Of course I did not think I had a problem I thought he did. What I did was to get my hands on every self help book at Barnes and Noble bookstores and apply what I learned.
Eventually, I was invited to an AA meeting by a friend and took her up on the offer. I went there to “fix” my husband’s drinking problem. What I found out was that I could not “fix” anyone but “myself.” With time, I changed and quit drinking but my husband did not. The changes I made involved learning to not be a codependent, and live my life married but “detached” from my husband and his drinking.
When our marriage ended, I received “sole custody” of our daughter, Jorden, and raised her the best way I knew how. I did my part by raising her the best way I could; working many jobs to make ends meet, and taking on all the responsibilities of a single parent. She recently turned 17 on Valentine’s Day and is the light of my life. Yes, I am a Proud Mother!
What is most important to you/about you?
What is most important to me is the quest to learn more by reading and seeking the truth, and my daughter.
What motivates you to get out of bed?
I love to get out of bed and clean and organize anything I can get my hands on. I love the internet as a way of seeking knowledge and learning from others. I am a visual type and can read something once and understand the message. I love watching YouTube videos and hearing inspirational messages from different parts of the world. Additionally, I would love to help others in any way I can.