When I saw the theme for this month, I jumped. Awkward is my jam, I’m so the right person to be the BOM this month. Who am I? I’m the silent partner who does the things behind the curtain. Think Wizard of Oz, not creepy neighbor (that one could go either way). I like to do things but I’m not good at being in charge. At least that’s what I tell myself.
I’ve been a part of the Oklahoma Women Bloggers since before it was a thing, working with Heather Davis under the guiding hand of the Park Wife to get this community started. Oklahoma needs this community, a place where bloggers can gather, grow and connect with one another. Blogging can be so isolating; connection is powerful.
So who am I, besides your awkward poster girl?
I’m a reformed pessimist with teenage kids and a change of life dog to fill the void. I’m a city girl who recently relocated from the suburbs to a bit more rural environment, just shy of an acre of land, half of which is feral woods where I fear that everything is poisonous and waiting to kill me. I’m a fair-weather runner who plans to run a half marathon, someday. I’m a mom who tries to find that recipe that will make her family (who all watch too much Food Network and who all feel compelled to give detailed criticism on dinner) just shut up and eat already. I’m a blogger who used to write about my kids but is refocusing because those kids are becoming adults. I get excited when I get to buy new pens and post it notes. I’m menopausal but still trying to figure out exactly who I am, and I’m figuring it out one step at a time.
I refuse to curate my life any longer but I do tuck in my crazy. And while I’m good at what I do, I don’t like to toot my own horn—but I will let my awkward flag fly.
Along with being awkward, Mari Farthing blogs at MariFarthing.com and is a prolific social media presence (meaning she drinks copious amounts of coffee each morning and proceeds to avoid housework by surfing the internet). She’s a freelance writer and editor and mother of two.