Member Profile

Name Patty
Location Baltimore, MD
Joined 596 days ago
Hobbies Gardening, singing, dancing, cycling
About Me I'm a middle-aged woman ready to start the next phase of my life. I love the arts and think I was born to perform. I have a deep appreciation for humor and the power of music. My favorite job so far was working in a property management office; always something going on and like to solve tenants' problems. My heart's desire is to work with families and children to enhance their quality of life.
Day 2 of 12 Days, and Gerard Butler!
596 days ago

Hi, Ellen.

What I really want out of life is to be happy. I want to be married to a wonderful guy and be part of a loving and fun family. I want to feel like I belong. I want to be able to do the things that I love to do but was always afraid to pursue, and not worry about money. I was never encouraged to expand on my talents, only to finish college and get a job. I began college as a theatre major and finished with a psychology degree. (My compromise, I guess; who get's a job with a psych degree?) I loved acting; I sang all the way through high school and joined local groups later on; I became a ballroom dance competitor and teacher, but quit when I realized that I couldn't afford to become the dancer I wanted to be.

So here I am, an adult, single, no family nearby, and unemployed for 2 years (having had my job eliminated 3 times in my career, grrr...), holding on to my house with a temporary job and loans from generous friends. I watch Dancing with the Stars and The Voice longingly, imagining what I could do now...maybe...if I could get a good job.

I want to feel happy, free and vital. To be fulfilled in my work. To be expressing myself and touching people with the gifts God gave me. To be able to bring about real change for children and animals, eliminating abuse and neglect (I have dreams and ideas!). To have the means to send my neighbor's children to college and make sure they have a chance at a successful life.

Thank you, Ellen, for bringing us joy. A lot of us still don't have that in our spirits. I think the key is to be grateful more often. And I am...grateful that I do have a place to sleep and food to eat, and people who wouldn't let me starve. I'm grateful for my animals who make me laugh; my dog who makes me exercise every day doing sprints ("Caution, we make frequent sudden stops") and figure-eights (I admit that gets freakin' annoying)-- and my cat who keeps my lap warm and exercises my "spidey senses" lest I fall over him and become lame (he's like the butler in Mr. Deeds). I'm grateful for a mother who taught me how to act right and be nice, parents who gave me a love for '40s music, a niece who's the bravest woman I know personally and who's wicked funny... There's been some good stuff.

Thank you for letting me share my wish for my future. God willing I'm only half done here, and maybe He's got a really cool plan for me!

God bless you, Ellen.