Who Am I?

I am myself.  Like most other selves, I don’t condense well into a few simple lines of text.  Like a schoolbook, these words can only trace the shape of me, hint at the light and shadows within.

There is far more to me than you will see here, on this page.

There are words that apply to me, although they don’t define me: writer, mother, lover, adventurer, wife, reader, seeker, learner, mentor, partner, intuitive, delver, playful spirit, ambassador, advocate, talker, listener. strewer of joy into the lives of others, singer, sensualist, awakening, passionate, faithful, spontaneous, strong, daring, caring, sharing, wide-eyed wanderer.

I have lived my life widely and deeply.  I have lived amongst alligators, bison, rain forests, and mountains.   I have hugged an ancient tree and run through the forest wearing nothing but my wedding rings and my skin.

I have known tremendous joy and staggering loss.  I have learned from both, and grown richer.

I’m still learning myself, in many roles – and who I am when all the roles fall away, and I am alone with myself….

I welcome you to share a part of my journey with me, and to post comments – and, in that way,  we may come to learn more of each other, and we will both be enriched…..





44 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. […] And a special thanks to Shan for hosting today’s prompt. You can follow Shan’s blog here: https://shanjeniah.com/about/ […]

  2. […] of Gallimaufry. JustJotItJan is a January blog challenge guest hosted today by Shan Jeniah of Shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos. Featured Image is Rosa ‘Compassion’ by Ana Reg on […]

  3. Hello! Thanks for the follow and welcome aboard pensitivity101. Hope you find things of interest and will add your comments on my musings and writings. I love the interaction and feedback. Look forward to hearing from you!

  4. […] shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos Loving, Learning, and Laughing My Way Through this Glorious Mess Cal… […]

  5. calensariel says:

    I have lived my life widely and deeply. What a beautiful confession of who you are! Loved it! Thank you so much for the follow and I look forward to getting to know you!

    • shanjeniah says:

      Well, less a confession than a somewhat proud declaration – widely and deeply just suit me.

      I’m a bit crazy-creative just now, but I’m looking forward to getting to know you better, too! =)

  6. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there Shanjeniah! I’m doing a project where I’m following ten exciting, fresh, and interesting bloggers each day for the month of March 2015, and you’re today’s #1! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Have a good one!

  7. Prajakta says:

    Hi! I have nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award. Check out this link for the details – https://anarmchairperfectionist.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/premio-dardos-award-versatile-blogger-award/

    Happy Blogging!

    • shanjeniah says:

      Thank you! I’ve got a few awards to acknowledge. I think I’d better dedicate some time to that, in March, since the rest of February is designated family/vacation time for me and mine.

      What a lovely surprise, and a great honor, this sunny, cold Monday morning!

  8. Do I really not follow you? I thought I was. I’m confused. I shall follow you (again.)

    • shanjeniah says:

      Mybe your finger slipped on the follow button and you inadvertently unfollowed. That’s happened to me, and I always worry that the poor unsuspecting blogger saw me “leave”. It’s worse if the Internet freezes right then, and I can’t fix it immediately!

      At any rate, Welcome (Back?) to the Lovely Chaos!!!! +D

  9. willowdot21 says:

    Hello and and thank you for the follow. I am always grateful and surprised for a follow. I look forward to reading your blog. Xx

  10. […] , creating the first segment of her documentary piece. The story also answers some questions that Shan Jeniah posted in the comments of the original […]

  11. prior says:

    Shanjeniah, juts wanted to leave a quick note to again tell ya Ilike your blog!
    I finally had the chance to really look around your blog today – and I really like the articles page and other little things you have set up. (I still have more to see…) – 🙂

  12. prior says:

    I like your about page – 🙂 -and your blog.

  13. […] Shan Jeniah Burton will be posting her response to question #2 in the Redefining Disability Awareness challenge. Her first post is here, and is worth the read if you haven’t seen it. […]

  14. ReGi McClain says:

    By the way, I like the swirly pattern you have going on right now. 🙂

  15. […] blog here.  For more about what you will find there, here is an excerpt from Shan’s About […]

  16. pursuingthemuse says:

    I love your site, especially the photo collages! I’ve nomiated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award and linked to your blog through my post at: http://4chicks.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/kreativ-blogger-award/. Loooking forward to more of your posts!

    • You have made my day. My week. I’m trying to do something different at the PFFG. The blog is really an experiment in serious writing and brazen sexuality. The fact that lots of women seem to like the blog means I’m doing something right. Thank you so much.

    • shanjeniah says:

      Thank you so much! The collages are lots of fun to do. I love photographing children who trust me enough to show their true selves to me, and i love photographing the beauty of nature. Turning the photos into collages lets me share more, and it’s little like scrapbooking, but without the need for lots of space…

      Thank you for the award! =)

    • shanjeniah says:

      Literary Tiger (I love that name!) –

      Thank you so much for the award – it’s a new one for me, and this is definitely a small blog – not my intent to grow huge, but to share my truth and musings and fantasies and life…

      I have a lot happening, just now, but I will be claiming the award at some point – hopefully this month! =)

      Again, thank you!

      • Oh do I know what you mean about having a lot going on. 🙂 Best wishes on everything and keep on blogging. 🙂

        • shanjeniah says:

          Tiger –

          I am choosing to see this busyness as growth…sometimes, for quite a while, it seems as though I will never NOT have a lot going on. I keep doing a little of this and a dab of that, and, after some time, there’s less…

          I keep forgetting, though, that the kids and I are going camping in a week – time to think about packing!

  17. Shanjeniah, I would like for you to submit an article on blogging/being a blgger to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. The Gazette is now a paying market, not much but something. If you are interested, go to The Gazette and click on the Anything Goes (Non-Fiction) tab at the top of the page for details.


    • shanjeniah says:

      Guy –

      I am honored. I went to peek around your place, and will be back in a week or so, as I am in the midst of writing my Blogging From A to Z April Challenge posts, at the moment.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment here. I had intended to investigate your Gazette, and you brought it to me!

  18. Slowly hoping to bring this blog into something I can really enjoy creating and sharing…..small steps, little scrambles, and a playful spririt…..

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