Who is this Jane person?

Hi. My name is Jane Sorensen. These are 9 irrelevant and mostly-subjective facts about me.

  1. I love farming, farm equipment, barns, paddocks, fields, and yards, including lumber yards. I also love trees, woods, and swamps and everything that lives in them. I do believe we need more of “me” around.
  2. I always have a stack of 4 different things to read and do. I have a paper problem. Every piece of paper represents an intention. I’m fixing this, though. For instance, it’s now two sprints of two weeks per month to deal with those 4 different things.
  3. When I travel, I try to stay awhile and live like a local. I often visit churches, pubs, cemeteries, and, of course, the countryside. If I have the chance, I volunteer. I have a lot to say about volunteering, and will start saying it soon.
  4. I love trains.* Any mode of transport will do, but I especially love trains and ferries. And bicycles. *Model trains are for other people, not me. I just like taking the train.
  5. I have an old man workshop in my garage. I installed a garage door with windows so I could have natural light in there. Then, I built a Wifi-enabled programmable switch so I can open the garage door with my phone. My next project is building bat houses.
  6. A house is just not a home without animals – both wildlife and pets. Having a squirrel house outside my bedroom window brings me a lot of joy and distraction.
  7. I can be obsessive about organizing, rationalizing (meaning combine and eliminate), finishing, closing, and deleting things. I love the sound of emptying the Trash and taking out the recycling. And I love doing my own accounting. 
  8. I recently bought a box of random Lego because I felt like I needed a new thing to get OCD about. It worked for a week and then I left it all in a box.  There’s no point to it. I have other stuff I need to do.
  9. I love performing at Hip Hop Karaoke. Any karaoke. I do it better than you’d think.
Chillaxing at a friend's
I also like to knit. I made that rabbit.

Now, why am I the person to be doing this work?

I’m a good listener, and if and when I give advice, I usually do it in a different manner than other people do. I don’t want to package that and sell it as my job. I just want to build frameworks that other people find useful and that unclench a tendency to fret and not take action on goals.

I’m not a life coach. Don’t wanna be a life coach. Everyone likes giving advice. No one likes it when people don’t take their advice. If you have a problem I consider boring, I have enough patience to give you the same attention as if it were interesting – but the fact you’ve not solved your boring problem already is because you’re not ready to.

Maybe you just need to hear yourself speak it out loud to solve it. If you need to hear yourself say it out loud to figure it out, congratulations, you are normal, and maybe you just haven’t permitted yourself enough talking yet! But you may be looking for someone to tell you what you want to hear to reaffirm a choice, and I’m not your girl for that. There is no choice but to find the smallest thing you can do about it to see how it works, and give it a go.

Every single one of us struggles with procrastination. When it’s bad, it helps to have a coach or someone who is trustworthy, kind, and astute who can hold you accountable until you can do it for yourself. So get a life coach. It helped me, and I saw one who specialized in ADHD. (If you are a life coach: please consider my tools as a way to help your clients!)

If you’re not ready or in the position to get a life coach, and if you’re basically trustworthy with your time, then my tools – and building tiny habits – can help. Setting intentions and following through really makes a difference.

Here are my unique strengths that make my work compelling and trustworthy. You might skip over these because I did get them through an aptitude test.

  • Strategic — looking for alternative ways to proceed to a goal; relevant patterns and issues and how to hit escape velocity when you need to surpass them; and how to go deep when it’s difficult
  • Intellection — I used to pride myself on being brainy, ’til I realized it offended people, didn’t mean much by way of success in life, and could itself be a distraction. Intelligence – thinking – has a level of innate magic, pleasure, and skill in it. I have spent time in discourse, and I’ll do it again.
  • Learning — naturally an outgrowth of pleasure in intellectual pursuits, learning manifests in other ways too. By doing, for instance, or keeping the rigour of a life-long practice. Behind the strength of learning, however, you’ll find a tendency to observe. As you mature, you’ll observe for a lot longer, without a need to explain or bias the observation until it becomes obvious. Curiosity and a desire for continuous improvement are two traits one can cultivate.
  • Futurism — I don’t really consider “futurism” a strength, as I can be a Luddite and have some empathy for people stuck in the analog world — but I do consider possibilities, I enjoy speculation and planning, and my interest is in enhancing outcomes and preventing dystopias.
  • Ideation — this is where I have a lot of fun. I enjoy finding connections between disparate fields and observations and beliefs; originality often isn’t recognized as such and I know how painful it can be to have an original idea rejected. It’s not always genius: necessity is the mother of invention; alternative uses of things is probably a field of knowledge unto itself. Ideation is one of my strengths because I hate stifling or trapping a thought as undoable. My only limit, because I’m a sane person with a moral compass, is that ideas turned into reality should be confronted with an ethics test. After all, these ethics tests will generate even more ideas to create a more robust and verdant world.