Hi, I’m Janise. I’ve been alive 20 years, but I still like pretending that it’s only been five. Sunshine makes me happy. Not just because I’m always freezing cold, but something about the sun just tells me everything will be okay. Kind of like a smile from a stranger. Or chocolate in the morning. I’m a foodie. I snack my way through every day. Curling up with a good book and a good snack can make for a perfect day. I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on, but right now, I’ve been hung up on philosophy. I just wish I could remember it all. I dislike capital letters, but for some reason, they’re necessary. So when I can, I pretend they don’t exist.
I like adventures. I’m on the biggest of my life right now, studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and traversing across Europe and South America in my spare time. I never imagined I would be here, but God surprises me all the time. I take things day-by-day, because I like spontaneity. I don’t like for things to stay the same. Change can be the most beautiful thing, but there’s also a comfort and dependability when they don’t. I have a bad memory. That could attribute to my adoration of change. I love sparkles, the shiny new feeling they give off, I just can’t get enough.
Words are amazing. They’re like the numbers of writing, but more flexible. There’s a precise word to convey pretty much any thought, and there’s a definite beauty in that. And the fact that every language contains the same ideas … it blows my mind. My family means the world to me. Mommy, Daddy, three sisters and a puppy named Nilla. Short for vanilla bean. Like the frappuccino. I’m a self-declared “starbucks-aholic.” But I’m working on it.
My biggest fear in life is stagnancy (next to sharks of course). I want to constantly be moving forward and improving. In my relationships, in myself, in skills and hobbies and in my spiritual life. God is number one in my life, but I don’t always act like he is. I’m only human, but I strive to put him where he belongs every day.
And that’s me. I mean, I’d like to think that I am much more than a couple paragraphs on a blog, but there are the highlights. I’m impressed you made it this far reading. I’m a little scatterbrained, but I prefer capricious. I love you all like I love a hammock on a summer day.