I am, I am, I am

A short list of things that I love: my son, the dude I am married to, books, summer dresses, shiny hair, banjo music, my sisters, feminism, Sylvia Plath, dusty record stores, yoga, rainy summer evenings, coming of age movies, Frida Kahlo, history, forest animals, Wes Anderson, nostalgia, being pretentious as fuck

92 Responses to “I am, I am, I am”

  1. kateshrewsday September 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    A wonderful list of loves. I love your priorities 🙂

    • bellejarblog September 27, 2012 at 1:58 am #

      Hah, thanks! They’re definitely not in any order of importance. I mean, for one thing, being pretentious comes way ahead of my love for my husband in real life.

  2. Kylie February 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    I don’t think you take awards, but I’m sending you a ‘valentine’ tomorrow.

  3. bhuwanchand March 11, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    ha ha ha, would be interesting to know about the things that you hate/ dislike… I read somewhere that “Common hatred binds people more closely than common liking”

  4. Naomi March 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    We seem to love the same things – except I probably rely on caffeine a little more than yoga to fuel me these days. Nice to meet you, and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  5. Su Leslie March 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Just to let you know, I’ve nominated you for an inspirational blog award, you can read my nomination post here: http://suzysu.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  6. Dancing with Pain (@dancingwithpain) March 20, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    OMG I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Will you be my new BFF, please pretty please?! You will love my book, I promise. http://loolwa.com/archive2/consequence.html

  7. Holy Cowwu March 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Scary person you are with words like “Sylvia Plath, Dusty Record Stores, Feminism” and Being pretentious all the same… How unauthentic ma’am, I just want to run away and hide in my den… I’m SCARED !

  8. emilyarden01 March 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Hey there! I nominated you for the Liebster Award because I think you have a great blog. Please go to my blog for information about accepting it: https://thedailycreativeproject.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/day-80-three-twentysix-13/

    Here are 11 questions for you to answer, should you so choose:
    1. What is your favorite blog post (from your own blog)?
    2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
    3. What is one thing you believe in?
    4. If money was no object, what would you want to do in your life?
    5. Where is your favorite place on earth?
    6. What are three qualities you look for in a friend?
    7. What is your favorite Sesame Street character?
    8. What is your favorite book?
    9. What was the last thing you posted to your facebook page?
    10. Do you prefer hot or cold weather?
    11. What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?

  9. L.W. March 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Wonderful! I just discovered your blog (after someone linked your Easter Ishtar post on facebook) and I’m in love. I don’t know if I love you as much as you love Wil Weaton, but I definitely love your blog. Keep up the good work! Come visit me at my blog if you have a spare minute!

  10. lilly March 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Do you have a Facebook page for your blog? I’m in lurve.

  11. tashsn April 17, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I have no idea where I stumbled upon your blog, but I’m sure glad I did!

  12. tracey28 April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Hello!! Just wanted to let you know I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go here http://wolfangel43.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-2/ to read the official rules of acceptance. It’s alright if you can’t but either way I enjoy reading your blog and find it very interesting.

  13. Ben Bruges April 20, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    An American who isn’t scared of being pretentious and who loves the word ‘fuck’ can’t be all bad.

    • bellejarblog April 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Oh, I’m Canadian, hah. But hopefully the “can’t all be bad” still applies! 🙂

      • Ben Bruges April 21, 2013 at 6:28 am #

        Gosh! So sorry! And of course I know that from your ‘Boston’ post. It doubly applies if you are Canadian. We share a queen, which is hysterical. Any chance you could go the whole hog and take her off our hands? 😉

  14. Diana Hernandez May 6, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    I absolutely love your blog and I would like to nominate you for the Awesome Blog Content Award. Thank you for all of your work, it truly is inspiring to read.

  15. peacewisdomprosperity May 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Well hello there! 🙂 I recently (as in, about 10 seconds ago…) discovered you through today’s post on the daily post. I’m so happy to have found a passionate and inspiring blog like yours, it kind of gets you fired up inside to find others you can relate to…it makes you keep doing more or what you’re sometimes doing while asking yourself why you’re doing it…and then people like you come along and you’re like “Oh….right…that’s why!” 🙂 Looking forward to reading more, keep smiling 🙂

  16. Josette May 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Hello Anne,

    I just came across your blog today after receiving it in my inbox via the Daily Post. I have to say right off the bat that I haven’t had a chance to read yet though your interview has got my intrigued. However, the reason I’m writing here is because of your name. My mother is a Thériault (just like you spell it), from Clare, Nova Scotia. I haven’t come across many Thériault’s except for in my hometown and in the surrounding Acadian communities, and for some reason right now, I feel a deep desire to reach out and find out if we are connected somehow. Could be the whole Acadian heritage thing of finding our long lost ancestors. Seems to be something engrained in our DNA at this point. In any case, I realize this may sound strange. Out of all the people in the world with that name, why would WE connect. But I’m a curious person so I’ll click post.

    Thank you for indulging me. 🙂


    • bellejarblog May 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

      Hi Josette,

      Oh amazing! And funny, because it looks like your last name is LeBlanc, and my grandmother was a LeBlanc 🙂

      My family is definitely Acadian, though from Cape Breton & Les Iles de la Madeleine. I’ve been to Clare, though – in 2004 when they were celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians 🙂

      I definitely feel the same way whenever I meet someone with the same name as me! It seems so rare, and Acadians are kind of few and far between in Ontario.

      Thanks for reaching out!


      • Cheryl Brown Dapsauski January 27, 2015 at 9:18 am #

        To both of you ladies, I descend from Theriaults and Le Blanc is a name I’ve seen in my research, too. Anne, my great grandmother suffered from depression 100 years ago. Her name was Claudia Theriault. I’ve been fascinated with her story for the past three years and have been trying very hard to learn more about the Theriaults. I am in the US as my father’s ancestors went to America in the late 1890’s to work in the mills. I am a lifelong artist and wannabe writer, now in my 50’s, and have been toying with the idea of fictionalizing Claudia’s story, as a way to shed light on how mental illness was considered in 1915, and how women’s health was considered as well. Claudia’s mother was a Soucy who happened to have had 22 babies, including numerous multiples, even a set of quadruplets! 13 survived to adulthood, and to my knowledge, Claudia was the only one to have been hospitalized for mental illness. She went into the hospital in her early thirties after the birth of her fourth child, and lived out her life there until the age of 75. Back then, they did not treat post partum depression as an outpatient situation. Her father was not hospitalized for his issues but was found to have taken his own life after his wife passed away. I didn’t know any of this history until I started researching my ancestry. The family, as you might expect, was shattered, and Claudia’s children (one of whom was my paternal grandfather) didn’t know each other very well, not to mention being cut off from the Theriault side of the family. There is much more to this story, and I’d love to connect with you and share what I have uncovered. I suspect we are cousins, as our wing was in Quebec. Anyway, hoping to not sound weird, but your writing resonates with me and I hope that there is something we can learn about each other. Please feel free to write back.

  17. ARK May 24, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Hi Anne… Great to see such a cool blog like yours which inspires young aspiring bloggers to write qualitative blogs… I really appreciate the pictures included in your blog of you and your son are very beautifully captured…

  18. huntmode May 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Read your interview today and wanted to be sure to remember your site for follow up. Very much enjoyed your commentary. Glad to know about you. Best ~ HuntMode

  19. Simple Northern Life June 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I look forward to following your real life blog. I am interested in family stuff and teaching my daughter how to be independent. A little help along a way, great platform.

  20. dentaleggs September 24, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    I’m so glad I smacked into your site. Wow.

  21. Jillian Theriault (@Jillian_T) September 27, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Another Theriault here, through my paternal grandfather who was from Cape Breton, d’Escousse to be precise! I too love to see other Theriaults. I found your blog via a facebook post that has been shared by more than one of my friends. That’s viral in my books. Thank you for telling off David Gilmour. *high five*

  22. stressingoutstudent November 8, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Hoorah for being pretentious as fuck

  23. kristinarenae November 27, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    I have nominated your blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. 🙂
    More information at: http://kristinarenae.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    • bellejarblog November 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Oh thank you! I don’t know if I’ll have time to do up the post, but this is very sweet of you! Thanks!

  24. literaryvittles December 6, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    howdy, do you do blog awards? if so, I can nominate you for the Sunshine Award. If they’re not your thing, that’s cool too!

  25. diahannreyes December 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Great post! Informative, thoughtful and really hard to dispute. I’m with you in that there is no reason to shame women who thought they were virgins- whether or not they were- and what does that mean anyways.

  26. diahannreyes December 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Oops- I meant to post on your latest one about virginity-sorry about that. Really appreciate your blog.

  27. nbford January 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi there Belle! I nominated you for a Liebster award. I am sure you are used to it! Here’s the link! love the blog! http://wolfmandreamboat.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/liebster-award/

  28. Geneviève Berthault March 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Good for you! I was curious to see if a newspaper had the guts to print the conversation but I have found it here FIRST!

  29. deb March 30, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    hey who the fuck are you? ive never followed a blog before but i will now. thanks for speaking up and being right the fuck up.. but seriously how do i spit this shit up/ share in bite sized non puking pieces. thanks. Dirty Deb xxxO 707.596.0810 call me.

  30. pallavitomar March 31, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Hey! Just came across your blog and quite like it. 🙂 Look forward to reading some more. Best.

  31. katmphotography April 18, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    i love your loves, and your writing. thank you for sharing some fabulous articles. i will definitely return to The Belle Jar and read some more at some point. you’re an interesting and bright woman. not at all pretentious as fuck…. lol 🙂 all the best from Scotland x

  32. Monica April 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    I’m making up a word for you. Coolatastic.

  33. Ana April 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I happened across your blog & I am so glad I did- it is really beautiful from your graphics and type to the words that you write. looking forward to reading more from you!

  34. Vanessa May 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    How can I email you?

  35. Niq May 11, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Wow I’m so glad I found your blog. As a young adult, I just “discovered” feminism and it has been both enlightening and empowering. I’ll definitely be checking here once in a while to read some of your old posts.

    -Niq (20somethingmedlife.wordpress.com)

  36. Tatsat May 11, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    I am given to understand that culture makes people from different patches of globe be… different. But I must disagree, because nothing in any culture says that- it is the misplaced interpretation by the strident few who suggest so. ” Love thy neighbour” and “vasudhaiiv kutumbakam” ( meaning the same thing in Sanskrit ) are, at best, the same goodness spoken in different tongues.

    With that in mind, a cursory reading of some of your posts ( the recent ones ), makes sense to me. I like to think I read a lot of world literature but that shouldn’t be a reason.

    Pleasure to be here!

  37. Marcy Erb May 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I too stumbled across your blog recently because a friend put up your Easter/Ishtar post on their FB wall – but I knew I was here to stay when the first thing that greeted me was a quote by Sylvia Plath! Have thoroughly enjoyed it and always look forward to new posts. Thanks! – Marcy (illustratedpoetry.com)

  38. ThisGirl May 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I actually have this tattooed 🙂 ‘I am. I am. I am.’

  39. Sian Mann May 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I dig your style. I too enjoy being pretentious as fuck, and Plath, and Kahlo… Not yoga though, interferes with my love of food.

    Glad I found your blog (albeit rather morbidly by looking at articles on Elliot Rodger, but I found it nonetheless). Looking forward to reading more.

  40. E July 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Hi! I’m nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. 🙂 (Although it looks like a bunch of people already have… What can we say? You’re fantastic.)

  41. womancipate July 17, 2014 at 2:05 am #


    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at


  42. sparklebumps August 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Hello! From what I can tell from your list, you are… me! Fabulous! Hello, me!

  43. lylaalsayyid August 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER AWARD! Check out the link here: http://insightintothemindd.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/beautiful-blogger-award/

  44. janetisserlis August 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    thank you for your writing. I’m facilitating a conversation at my university’s women’s center on Wednesday, about risk and trauma and learning and you like to include your blog as a resource, but want to be sure that that’s OK. I think it is, as you’re in the public space, but want to be sure. thanks. janet.isserlis@gmail.com

  45. findingfabyoulous October 16, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Great blog. Thanks for writing and sharing. http://findingfabyoulous.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/one-lovely-blog-award/

  46. culturetastic October 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I really love your writing and find your blog truly inspiring. For this reason, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Keep up the good work 🙂



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