Buddhist | Ⓥalkyrie | Traveler | Writer | Sore from Jiu-Jitsu | Dog Lover | Picture-taker
My name is Janelle Nightingale and I love experiencing life!
I’ve nearly cut off my finger in Arkansas, I got lost in the middle of the night in Wacken, Germany at a metal festival, I was honored to accept an award in front of 14,000 people at a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, then, there was that time I was struck by lighting (sort of) on my way to Canada, and also spoke at a Veggie Fest in Oklahoma, and was quoted by local news. Oh, and I love to kayak and hike.
That’s my life – one adventure at a time. Yep, even if I end up with bloody fingers, chipped teeth, fractured bones (all things that have happened), it all still makes for a great story later.
I’m in my 30’s, originally from SoCal, now living as a southerner in Oklahoma. Currently, I am a freelance contractor, home school my middle-schooler, enjoy fostering boxer dogs, college student returner (SNU Thunder Cats!), and am an avid lover of jiu-jitsu, training at my home gym, USA Stars in Moore, OK. I believe in the empowerment of all people, but particularly women – girl power! Anything they can do, we can do better! Or, at the very least, just as well.
I love quotes. Quotes can be encouraging, uplifting and inspiring. I need reminders that fear will halt adventures and it is important to be brave. Some of my favorite quotes are:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”Frank Herbert
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”George R.R. Martin, (character: Syrio Forel) Game of Thrones
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”Gautama Buddha
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”Stephen King
Kateryna “Kitty” Voloshyna
My name is Kateryna, which means ‘honest’ and ‘pure’ in some Greek version, as far as I know, but I am Ukrainian 🙂 I was born in 1986, the year of the Tiger. This is very important in Ukraine, as we think the year of your birth can tell a lot about you. I know, it may be stupid, but… at least I’m a Tiger! I have two brothers, one a Dragon and the other a Mouse. That totally represents them.
Ukraine is a crazy country with constant instability, however, I do love it. I love to travel, and I am really big fan of trains. Once I wrote a novel in the train from one city to another. I feel magic inside the train. I like to write different stories and novels… I use to hide them in my desk. Maybe someday humanity will read about sarcastic geeky vampires, strong women, hard decisions…and more.
A couple fun facts about me: I am a cross-stitching’ maniac! I can create pictures and blouses; stitching and watching TV shows at the same time. Yep. Also, Once I traveled across all of Ukraine via hitchhiking – today, however, I prefer to book cheap tickets and fly low-cost; take a bus or use a train 🙂
My favorite countries include – Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Austria. I have a lot of plans for my future trips and hope you will join me here!