I came 19 years ago for a study abroad semester. Then I met my husband. I came back 15 years ago to see if he was a keeper. He was. Finally, I came back for good 10 years ago after we got married.
Now I write at Jill’s Journeys (jillmichelledouglas.com) because that URL will never make me cringe. It was still my second choice name because Jill Douglas is apparently a famous rugby commentator in the UK. My own name was already taken!
Refraining from disclosing too much personal information. I’m an open book from the Midwest, where we trust most people. My husband is from Mexico City, where they believe everyone is out to get them. (That’s only a slight exaggeration, for all those chilangos who are going to protest that description!) He does not yet know that I have a blog named jillmichelledouglas.com, and it might just be better if he continues to be oblivious about that. 😉 After all, my whole name is out there (which is probably too much personal information).
I started writing about Mexico and my kids. For the Mexico posts, I’d try to paint a picture about those elusive things that I find charming here, things that are different from the US. And as a new mom, I had a lot of new-mom reflections that needed an outlet.
Now I don’t really notice those difference between the US and Mexico anymore. At least I don’t notice them here because I’m so used to living here and the oddities I encounter here are normal now (so they’re not really oddities anymore). That’s why on my new site, I have very little about Mexico at the moment.
At Jill’s Journey’s I focus more on parenting, exploring faith and Christian beliefs, and anything else I find helpful. If I’ve learned something that turned out to be particularly helpful, I write it down and share it on my personal blog, so 1) I don’t forget what I learned and 2) just in case others would be interested in learning from those experiences (just as I enjoy other blogs that explore those topics). I’m hoping that Mexico will flavor the site, but it’s no longer the central focus.
But we have traveled extensively, and I’m hoping to write about destinations in Mexico, share photos, and explore great places to go here. Less sociology, more tour guide.
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