Some of you might be asking yourself, “So who is Erika Jones?” You have some insight based on my blog posts, and even more if you knw me personally, but there are a few things that you might not know. Welcome to a brief “behind the scenes” look at who I am.
I love watching the weather reports, radars, and The Weather Channel, but I hate weather events like flooding, lightning, and tornadoes. I am actually very nervous about severe weather, but watching reports is fascinating to me. My obsession with weather has grown over the years to include movies like Twister, 2012, The Perfect Storm and The Day After Tomorrow. I also made my sister come with me to a screening of a movie about Tornado Alley at a New York museum. It was AWESOME! I guess I like it because it is a true act of God that no one can really predict or control. However, I like it even more when it doesn’t show up on my doorstep.
I love to read, but I never have the time. I tried to join a few book clubs, but I never make it past a month or two. Generally, everyone can finish the book, but I am only halfway through it, at best. We have three Kindles in our house, but I still prefer hard copy books. It is something about turning the pages and having cute bookmarks that really makes me happy. I have an extensive book collection (as do my children), but I don’t get caught up in their order on the shelf – alphabetically, time read, color of the spine, etc. However, I do make name labels to put inside and I write the date I finished reading the book in the front cover. It’s weird, but I have read so many books that I sometimes can’t recall if I have finished so the date helps.
My love of reading is a great segway into my next favorite thing – podcasts! How are they connected you asked? Podcasts are the next best thing to reading. I started off downloading the Podcast Addict app just to see what was out there, and I was hooked. Now I have over 50 podcasts in my “short” list of things I like. It is all I listen to in the car during my daily commute. I’ll share just a few, with links included, so that you too can get your whole life together!
- Paychecks and Balances paychecksandbalances.com – Hosted by Marcus and Rich, this show focuses on helping millennials gain financial freedom by becoming financially focused. Every week they offer various tips, tools, and resources that anyone can use to apply to their daily lives. While I consider myself just outside the millennial age range (maybe I’m just a “super millennial”), their shows always have me taking notes and jumping at the chance to put it into practice.
- Woman Evolve womanevolve.com – This podcast will have you laughing, crying, hollering, and shouting all within an hour. Sarah Jakes Roberts leads a dynamic show with more layers than an onion. She’s down to earth, authentic, and speaks from her heart about today’s issues. She might be a preacher’s kid, but she definitely is a woman who has evolved and isn’t afraid to tell you about it.
- Gettin’ Grown @gettingrownpod – Adulting is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Jade and Keia discuss all things adulting including the tests, the trials, the triumphs, and the taxes. These ladies leave no topic on the kitchen table. I enjoy listening to their sisterhood unfold as they share their experiences with the audience in real time. One episode is all it takes to feel like they are your favorite play cousins.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin gretchenrubin.com – Gretchen and her real life younger sister Elizabeth bring tips and tricks about how to add more happiness to your life. They share what works for them and what doesn’t, and they remind you that happiness can be achieved even in the smallest of ways.
I don’t wear makeup. I have never really been a makeup person, but it is not for lack of trying. I have watched YouTube videos about applying makeup, natural “light” looks, all of that. I like the idea of makeup, but the idea of daily application makes me cringe. I love it on other women. I am quick to tell someone, “Girl, your face is beat to tha gawds, hunty!” and sincerely mean it. The only time where I am adamant about wearing makeup is when I am taking professional photos. I will not meet the camera without my face on. Trust!
I am a medical drama nerd. I have watched every medical tv show since I can remember. I was a true ER fan and I have that same enthusiasm for Grey’s Anatomy today. If it is about medicine or has a hospital in it, I am already hooked. Currently, I am watching six medical dramas. SIX! Who does that?! I am in awe about the types of cases these doctors and nurses have to manage. With some shows, I am attached to the characters and get emotional when things happen to them. Yes, I cried when George and McDreamy died. Other shows, I generally like it for the “hook” it presents like The Good Doctor’s autistic first year resident or Chicago Med’s complex medical department that manages to involve everyone on both personal and professional levels. I can watch these shows all day, and still with 100% confidence, I can say I never wanted to be in the medical profession. Ever.
Answering the question “Who are you?” can be long, complex and complicated. Or it can be pretty simple. But as long as you know, that’s half the battle. I am trying to keep my edges, stay hydrated, honor my spirit and be true to who I am. I am trying to live my best life because we only get one shot. So now it’s your turn to answer the question… Who are you?