About the Author

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I am a woman of 46 years with two places I call home, three dogs (three forever in my heart, but only one of them living), two college degrees, one full-time job (my paid work), four full-time practices (my heart’s work), at least a thousand favorite books and movies and songs, one husband of 20 years, lots of big dreams and big love, and most importantly–an open heart.

My core values are joy, kindness, curiosity, courage, creativity, mindfulness, and wellness. Gentleness and generosity are my superpowers.

My purpose is to know and love myself, to be a fully realized and embodied me.

My mission is to ease suffering, in myself and the world.

I am a thousand shades of gray.

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I lived more than half of my life in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  I grew up in a small town (835 people then, currently around 2600) named Sublimity, where I was a member of a large farming family, (my mom was the 2nd oldest of 12 kids). That place–its closeness to the ocean, its land and trees, its gray skies and rainy climate, its 37 types of green–set an internal rhythm in me that is like the waves, ebb and flow. Half my heart still lives there, no matter where else I go.

In 1999, my husband Eric (who married me/who I married in 1993) and I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado.  The sun, the 13 kinds of blue in the sky, the Poudre River, and the mountains somehow rhyme with where I came from.
eyeiEight Things about Me:

  1. I am a highly sensitive person, an introvert, an INFJ personality type, a Four on the Enneagram, and a Scorpio. In other words, I’m a passionate mess.
  2. I am an open-hearted warrior practitioner of love, word, yoga, meditation, and dog.
  3. I am a small town girl from the Pacific Northwest, and that will never change.
  4. My favorite place in the whole world is on the beach in Waldport, Oregon during the summer–walking and walking, looking for shells and agates, gazing at the sky and listening to the waves.
  5. Two of my favorite movies are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Groundhog Day–I value beauty and humor.
  6. My favorite author is Margaret Atwood and my favorite poet is Mary Oliver, but as a bibliophile, I have too many favorite books to even attempt a list.
  7. When I first started, and for years after, I hated teaching, but now I secretly love it.
  8. I started this blog at the end of 2011, along with what I call a “life-rehab.”

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14 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. Wonderful post. What you say about the self is so true. At our core we are light and love. perfect creations. I loved learning more about you.

  2. Hey Jill. I am in the writing class just starting with you. I wanted to connect you with a friend of mine, Ann White. It might be great for you to interview her for your blog and she interview you for her blog or radio show. Sharing each other with your readers / listeners. Here is her book The Sacred Art of Dog Walking and her reading her chapter in Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time. http://www.amazon.ca/The-Sacred-Art-Dog-Walking/dp/146990960X

  3. inspectorvirgo said:

    I stumbled across your blog and it’s very refreshing and just what I needed! You’re a warrior woman! I live in CO, too!

    Love and light,
    L

  4. I agree with Waldport. Well, actually Yachats is where I love to be…I live in Portland. And Mary Oliver, yes, among several others! I enjoyed your site.

  5. Barbara Markway said:

    So loving your site. I am an INFJ, too! “A passionate mess.” Love that!

  6. Dear Jill ~ are you still accepting contributions for this? http://thousandshadesofgray.com/2013/06/01/self-compassion-saturday-the-beginning/

    much love flowing your way,
    Allegra

  7. Great About page. You mentioned Mary Oliver as a favorite poet. Love her new book, Dog Songs. Have given it to several as Christmas gifts.

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