Jorrie smiling

Jorrie smiling

(1/2) This is Jorrie. She’s a wife, mom and a writer. Her humor and honesty have jettisoned her page Close to Classy to over 100,000 followers in a little over a year. Although mainly humorous, she often writes about serious topics that affect mothers. I had a really great time talking to her. Stay tuned and ‘like’ the page for part two later this evening.

“I’m trying to find this balance where I do this nursing career, which I also love, and my writing career. I’m a behavioral health nurse and I’m passionate about mental health. I often write about anxiety and depression because I think it’s really important for parents, especially mothers with the prevalence of postpartum depression, to reach them and let them know that it’s normal and it’s not something to be ashamed of. And I think this blog helps fuses it all together. I can reach the demographic that I want and write about something that I know.”

“What’s the most challenging thing about marriage?”

“I’m a control freak and I’m super type A and my husband’s very laid back. We’re like peanut butter and jelly. When you combine two people with two different mindsets it’s hard, but we complement each other really well. You can disagree a lot, but as long as you have those pillars, those foundations, those important things, it doesn’t matter how you take your coffee. So coming together and compromising, especially with kids, is important because they put a whole different twist on marriage. But one day is going to be just you two again, so you have to remember that you’re on the same team, especially with little kids. So when you’re driving each other crazy because you leave stuff on the floor, or when I leave my stuff all over the cabinet in the bathroom,you have to remember that. You’re in this together.

But I think it’s good to have that kind of relationship. Brent calls it ‘my worst case scenario.’ I’m always like, ‘there’s a candle up there and he’s going to catch something on fire, the house is going to burn down, then we’re going to be homeless and we’re going to end up living in a van down by the river, and we don’t even have a van. Do you see where this is going?

It’s a trip being married, I tell ya.”

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