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TMI: Too Much Information

I make mistakes and I’m okay with that. (Am I even aloud to call them mistakes anymore? I’m sure there is a more productive way of expressing one.)

I’m a small town girl, a single mom, a girlfriend in a long-term, long-distance relationship, a successful career women, an active community volunteer, a daughter, a sister and a friend. Life is busy. Each of these hats I love wearing, but in none of them would I claim to be an expert. In the millinery fashion montage of my life, I’m the model that wipes out on the runway, but jumps back up assuming the SNL Mary Katherine Gallagher Superstar position.

It doesn’t help that I like to have fun and laugh, A LOT and LOUD. Sometimes, I can have a big presence. You know when I’m in a room, (picture Melissa McCarthy.) That can rub some people the wrong way.

Another way I find I get myself into “learning opportunities” is by being honest. I know that it’s not always necessary to tell your friend their a$$ looks big in that jumpsuit, but my family and friends expect it of me. Too much information; I am a chronic over-sharer.

I’m not perfect, but I strive to be. So when I make mistakes I internalize them. I work them through sleepless nights and long drives with the music blaring, until I digest them into a lesson learned. So if you get an apology, it’s genuine.

My father was a great story teller. He told tall tales, which were grossly exaggerated, animated through his comedic expressions and sprinkled with lots of details of debauchery and degeneracy. Perhaps the best part of his stories was the moral at the end. He had the most unique way of weaving his own personal experiences into the current coming of age issues we were all going through or would eventually go through.

Staying true to family tradition, and layered in with a whole lot of my own colour, I hope to pass on tidbits of wisdom I pick-up through my crazy life. And I’m not going to make any apologies for sharing Too Much Information…TMI.

Janet Smith is a proud single-mom of one daughter and a marketing professional who is grateful for her rural roots in the London area. She is a big believer in connecting with people through laughter and honesty.


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