Random Ramblings

Who Am I?

I am… daughter… sister… wife… mother… grandmother… dog-lover… retired from corporate life… active writer.  I am an extroverted introvert insomuch as I am naturally an introvert who has learned to be extroverted. I am aphantasic – one who lacks visual imagery. I am told I have a controlling nature, and yet, most of the time, I feel, like so many other people, as though I have very little real control over anything. I am on a spiritual journey.

Does any of this “make” me who I am?

Do the roles we play define who we are? Or is it who we are and our belief system that defines how we play our roles? In no particular order…

  • I am a good daughter who helps to look after her aging father whenever he needs it.  Mom passed away in 2016.
  • I am still (age 55+) the annoying baby sister to my 3 siblings.
  • I am a loving wife of almost 40 years to the same wonderful man.
  • I am a doting mother to 3 amazing children, all grown and out in the world.
  • I am a doting grandmother to 3 amazing grandchildren (so far), and I help where I can.
  • I am a friend to a handful of amazingly devoted and supportive friends.
  • I was pack leader to 1 amazing dog, a (now deceased) cocker spaniel, who filled my life with joy.
  • I’ve been challenged by chronic depression, panic, anxiety, and excoriation disorders.
  • I retired from the corporate world in 2018 and now pursue a calmer existence.
  • As for my writing, I have published a few short stories, several articles, a novel (out-of-print), a children’s picture book (very recent), and… I’m a blogger. My writing fills this tiny spot in me like nothing else.

So, Liana… who are you??

I am a strong, independent woman who believes in respect, honesty, and common decency. I believe there is a hero in all of us.  I believe in kindness and compassion and the freedom to be whoever you want to be.  I believe in following your dreams, success, failure, falling, and getting back up again. I believe in living in the moment and loving for a lifetime. I marvel at the glorious diversities in life; ethnicity, food, families, religion, sexual orientation, music, hair colour, paint colour, cars, wine, shoes… and so on. The list is endless.

Does any of this really define who I am? You bet it does!

I am simply me… an ordinary woman living an ordinary life gifted with extraordinary blessings.

My name is Liana… and in this blog, which I named Cascading Insights, I will share with you my reflections and insights about aspects of my life.

Welcome! Pull up a chair and stay a while.

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