About Me / Welcome

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my site.

My name is Janel. I am a woman in my 60s living in Northern California. My ideal is to live a fairly quiet, gentle life, as that is what works best for me and what feels natural. Perhaps part of the reason for that is because my internal world is very active, always curious and processing the mysteries of life, and taking delight in doing so. I feel a connection to nature that I can’t imagine living without, and truly sense that nature holds such a wealth of information, wisdom, and life lessons for us, if we choose to listen.

I hope that you will get to know me a bit here, and that you’ll also allow me to get to know you — by commenting on my posts when you feel the urge to, to let me know any thoughts and feelings a post may have sparked in you. My desire is that in some way this blog may be helpful to you; or that at some point someone may stumble upon a post that is helpful to them, perhaps even just by letting them know they are not alone.

There are so many experiences in this life we are living, and have lived. It holds so much. It is so complex, yet so simple. That is what drew me to create Messy Happy Life. To explore, to honor, to muse about the incredible depth of all that we experience in a lifetime. I think that I’m awestruck by the awareness of this. We handle, and live through, so much in our lives. Joy, pain, and everything in between.

My wish for you is that you will love yourself for all that you have lived thus far in your life. This is an incredible, unpredictable journey we’re on, and we all just do the best we can.