Suburbo-types is my brainchild but was inspired by many of my friends and my curiosity about others. Since I turned 40, I have been examining some of the preconceived notions I have had about myself and the people that I meet. Because of my work as an occupational therapist, I have a background in neuroscience that has made me wonder about the inner workings of our brain. These two converged this past year as I caught myself “profiling” another mom that I had just met. I knew her for all of 5 minutes and in my mind I had captured what I thought was an accurate representation of her, and I am sure she did the same. How did we come up with our composites? What made me think of her in these terms? What disservice was I doing to her by summing her up in such a way? What did she think of me?
My blog is a way to answer these questions and to help me understand why I think the ways I think when meeting another person. It will be a reflection of the recorded “conversations” (interview sounds too formal) I have with people I know. I will also examine media in relation to this topic. Sometimes I may rant, sometimes ponder, sometimes question. I invite you to share your ideas and thoughts and maybe we can all get to know each other, and ourselves, a little better, without the judgement.
My name is Jeanne (pronounced “jean-ee,” only my mom and sisters call me “jean”) and I am happily wed to an all around great guy and the proud mom of two seriously awesome school age girls. Pennsylvania was my childhood home and now enjoy the good life of the Pacific Northwest. My work as a pediatric occupational therapist is challenging and fulfilling. I have wonderful friends. I have always been told the following three things: “You’re overthinking it,” “Have you ever considered writing?” and the dreaded “You are not meeting your potential.” Hmmmm….