I’m Liesl. It’s pronounced lee-sul or lee-zul, but definitely not Le-Seal, which is what my dentist keeps calling me when my mouth is stuffed with cotton balls or sharp objects and I can’t correct him.
I’m divorced and remarried. Neither of these events has gone particularly smoothly. I’m also a mother and step-mother. Again, not smooth. I’m currently alienated from one of my children, and am thrilled to have the other one back in my life. I suppose they call that balance. I work in the corporate world in eLearning, which means training you can take at home in your pajamas. Sadly, I don’t get to work at home in my pajamas.
My best life advice is laugh it out, embrace the weirdness, and don’t be afraid of just screaming or crying sometimes. Life is messy, and it’s not a paper towel commercial – don’t clean it up. Revel in it, I mean finger-paint on the walls with that stuff.
Life is also funny and sad, so my writing reflects that. Among other things, I write about life, depression, family, parental alienation (though this is often cloaked), personal growth and bravery, and yes, my dogs at times. I write poems as much as possible along with blog posts. I’m also plotting some bigger things, lots going on! I stopped writing for over two decades of my life, and hope to never let that sort of madness happen again.
And don’t worry if I seem too sad sometimes, by the time you read it, I’m already rolling on the floor with my dogs. My dogs love me. I mean, other people do too, but dog love is pure love, right?
Beer also says it loves me, but I think it’s only using me for my body.