So, we got hitched. We had an amazing wedding in a castle in Scotland (where Simon's Mum's side of the family is from). Simon is British, but has been living in the US thanks to his chemical company job for over 10 years now. He fell in love with a Yank (what the Brits call us Americans, it comes from Cockney rhyming slang, Septic Tank Yank, we are also referred to as Septics, can you feel the love from the Brits?) which made his decision to stay here a bit easier. We had a wonderful honeymoon in The Maldives and another reception back in good old Midland, Michigan. After over a month of wedding celebration, we have finished that chapter of our lives. Time to move ahead.
For me, moving ahead involves becoming Jennifer Arnold Parsley (we didn't get married until we were 41 years old, so I am kind of attached to being Jennifer Arnold, hence deciding to keep Arnold and add Parsley). Changing your name is an odd process which I am in the middle of right now, which has me wondering 'who is Jennifer Parsley'? Right now I seem to be going by about 10 different names - Jennifer Arnold, Jenny Arnold, Jennifer Arnold Parsley, Jennifer Parsley, Jen Parsley, etc. I am just going with the flow. I will legally be Jennifer Arnold Parsley and we will see how it all shakes out, hopefully I settle with one or two common variations.
The name change is underway and so is my new business - Jennifer Parsley Nutritional Healing. For those who may not know, I was a corporate drone for 18 years. I graduated from high school with a love of math, science, and chemistry, then dutifully went off to Michigan Tech and got myself a brand spanking new Chemical Engineering degree in 1994. Cool. I really had no clue what chemical engineering meant, I was just good at school. I have what I call a semi-photographic memory and can memorize and regurgitate anything. I really liked chemistry in high school because I liked the fact that there were 3 different ways to draw benzene rings and it was fun to draw benzene rings. Great reason to go into chemical engineering, right?
It just happens because the whole system is pretty crazy if you really think about it - having a high school guidance counselor and maybe a few other concerned family members ask a 17 year old kid what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Trust me, a 17 year old kid (well, me for sure) has no clue what they want to do for the rest of their lives. So, I got thrown into the system and because I was smart and can memorize things, I came out with a shiny new degree in 4 years.
But, I digress. I tend to ramble. I apologize. I am a fast typer and a fast thinker, but I will try not to bore you. I can share the story of my 18 years in the chemical industry some other time. Suffice it to say, it was not a passion of mine. I truly enjoyed maybe 10% of it; was ambivalent about maybe 50% of it; and dreaded, hated, and was brought to tears by it maybe 40% of the time. So hating your job slightly less than half of the time keeps you in it for 18 years I guess. As does a good paycheck, benefits, security, blah, blah, blah. They trap you. Although security in the work world is fading fast...
With plenty of love, support, and encouragement from Simon and plenty of politics, backstabbing, pain, agony, and crappy coworkers in my last position in the corporate chemical world........ I finally made the leap! I QUIT. Done. Can't take any more. My body was telling me to leave, my emotions, every fiber in my being told me I could no longer take it. So I quit at the end of January 2013. I still have dreams lately where I am beavering away (British saying, I can't help it, I have been with a Brit for 9 years, love the British sayings) at the chemical factory and then realize - wait a minute, I quit this job, why am I coming in here and working so hard? Will I get paid? What I am doing here? Then, luckily, I wake up.
2 weeks after I quit, Simon proposed on Valentine's Day 2013. I had a wedding in Scotland to plan. That took a lot of my time. I was also starting to get clear on my passions in life. I realized that they are Music (specifically The Blues), Nutrition (specifically plant based), and Spirituality. I started putting together a new business plan for Jennifer Parsley Nutritional Healing where I can combine my passions in life and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way as I teach and coach people about the benefits of plant based nutrition.
I have tons of cool business ideas, such as making a cooking show series called Jenny's Blues Kitchen which will feature healthy plant based cooking and awesome Blues music and musicians. What a great combo. Watch for videos soon. And I do plan to contact The Food Network, because my show is way cooler than all of the butter and grease shows that they have on today. The sky's the limit, why not?
Well, this is turning into a novel. Thank you to anyone who made it this far. I wanted to fill you in on who I am and what has been happening in my life. I left a lot out, but we have plenty more blog posts to come where I will weave in my life's story for sure.
I am working hard getting classes scheduled around town and if you are interested in coaching, feel free to contact me. I LOVE MY NEW JOB! And I can draw benzene rings if I feel like it, but I don't have to deal with the rest of the boring corporate chemical industry BS. I can focus on the things I enjoy - plant based food, Blues music, and a healthy dose of spirituality.
Namaste my friends.