I am Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson.

The girl with the ridiculously long name.

I know. It is a mouthful, and no one ever calls me all of that, so you can just call me Renée. Or Nay. Or if you want to get all fancy and French, you can call me Née.

I can tell you are digging me and you’d like to take our cyber friendship to the next level.

I’m so glad you asked!

When my son was a wee thing, I started my own business as a professional organizer. In helping people to organize their external messes, I witnessed the strong (and often irrational) connection people sometimes have to certain physical possessions.

Now in my 40s and muddling through a divorce, I’ve been forced to face my own invisible messes, including my horrifying experience withdrawing from Klonopin, a highly addictive psychiatric medication, which I started taking in 2005.

After 30 months of intense suffering, I’ve been resurrected – a phoenix, come from the ashes, ready to battle doctors and big Pharma, while offering empathic support to those still suffering protracted withdrawal symptoms.

I also write about divorce and, sometimes, I post pictures of my artwork.

A perfectionist by nature, I still like everything in its place.

And yet.

I am learning to find beauty in the chaos.

Because it’s true.

Life doesn’t fit in a file folder.

*Comments opened on 1/15/12, Revised 1/30/16

50 thoughts on “About

  1. I just read your post on Sluiter Nation. It was absolutely beautiful! I look forward to following your blog. 🙂


    1. Hi Marie! Thank you for your kind words and for the follow. I do my best to respond to everyone.

      All the time.

      I’m kind of anal about it.

      I hope I wasn’t a one hit wonder.

      On Fridays I have folks who share their guests posts. This year they are sharing #LessonsLearned. And they are not always lessons learned in school. But sometimes they are. I hope you enjoy. I will check you out on blogspot very soon. 😉

  2. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Love this! Found you through the jean blog, and was curious, as I lived in NOLA for three years myself. Going to have a look around here.

    1. Another girl who loved NOLA? Whaaat? I need to come check you out!

        1. Just did! My son turns 13 tomorrow! Our August sons! Nice to meet you!

  4. I really like twits, and I especially like twits who recognize their twittiness.

    1. Well, perhaps I might have a little assignment for you *said the teacher with a smile* Would you consider doing a guest post? Details to follow if you say yes!

      1. sure–though the pressure might get to me

        1. What if I told you that you the deadline isn’t until 2013. Do you think you might relax? Details to come. I’m collecting good writers right now. Tag! You are one of ’em!

          1. that relaxes me a lot – am honoured to be chosen–love your blog

  5. Hi Renee. I look forward to trying to keep up with you. I’m enjoying your blog.

    1. Hi Bumble-Bumble! I’m glad you flew in! I just started this page. It needs to be cheekier. But right now, it is what it is. So nice to meet you!

      1. I understand. I feel that way about my own “About.” It’s not cool enough. Then again, some people already “Liked” it. A dilemma. It doesn’t seem fair to change it now. You know what I mean? I think yours is fine, by the way. It’s way cheeky.

  6. A teacher for 20 years? You can’t possibly be that old, or is the pic not recent… 🙂

    1. You are too kind. I’m that old. Really. The picture is about 2 years old. Is that okay? You can check out Tech’s bar mitzvah pictures and see if you think I’ve changed a lot since then.

  7. Awww….! I’m so much glad to find your creative world of outstanding thoughts and being in touch with a teacher, who is just 1 year elder than me, Renee. Thanks a lot for stopping by my lil world and follow me back. Have a great time ahead. Cheers.m/ 🙂


    1. Hi Rahul! So glad you stopped by! And thanks for reminding me I’m older than you are. Ouch! 😉

      1. Hahahahah! My pleasure, Renee. 😉 😀


  8. Renée,
    TBF brought you to Le Clown, and you did a good job luring Le Clown around here. For that, félicitations ! One day, remind me to share my daughter’s name with you… She will hate us. I’ll be browsing your posts this week. So if I can bother you for a glass of water and some prosciutto, I’ll make myself comfortable. I will even take my shoes off.
    Le Clown

    1. Bonjour, Le Clown. So glad you are here. C’est ci bon. I feel thrilled that you have even bopped by because you are so fabulous. And now you are unofficially bookmarked, so I will know how to get back to you. Merci.

      1. Renée,
        You just made Le Clown happy. You can tell all your friends. You will be the most popular woman in your circle.
        Le Clown

        1. Je t’adore, Le Clown. And I promise to tell all my blogging friends about you. Seriously. Just. You. Watch. 😉

          1. Renée,
            I was about to make a comment for you on my Magnificent™ Ecards© page, but I took it off until tomorrow. I’m glad to see you back, though… You’re pretty kick-ass yourself…
            Le Clown

          2. Mais…mais…pourquoi. Am I not chaud enough pour vous?

          3. Renée,
            You are very chaud. Could you also be the provider of more time for Le Clown? I would be forever grateful!
            Le Clown

  9. Hi Renee! Your blog is fun and sassy -I love your spunk!
    Your vocab idea is very fun, too!
    Looking forward to browsing now that I ‘know’ you a little better! 😉

    1. Hi Denise! How is it that I missed this comment? I am coming to try to find you now! I’m glad you are digging Tingo Tuesdays. And *nudge nudge* I have a new one up right now! Bop over to try to win some linky-love for February!

  10. I love your tagline … “Life doesn’t always fit in a file folder.” Very cool and very true 🙂

  11. Hi Renée. Nice blog you have going here. I think you are funny, but I’m not one of those people who found you by googling “hot teachers in bad girl costumes”. LOL! Keep up the great writing! I’m looking forward to reading more.

    1. Nice to meet you, Willam! This hot girl was REALLY hot as I was down in Florida the last few days. Sorry it took so long to get back to you! Nice to meet you!

  12. I am so glad I’m not the only one with a very long name.

    1. I don’t know. Seeker is pretty manageable. LOL. Nice to meet you!

  13. Likewise. Seeker is easier to say my full legal name. Anyway, I have signed up to read your post. I’ll be seeing you then.

  14. Lovely blog, happily now following

  15. I found your blog through your piece about what to give for a bat mitzvah gift. We just celebrated my daughter’s bat mitzvah on Saturday, and I’m de-stressing now. She did fabulous, the party was fabulous, and every gift was cash or checks, with the exception of 1 i-tunes gift card and some earrings from 2 of her friends. She loved both of those gifts, but she did appreciate the money as well. She knows its for her future. Anyway, I’m enjoying your blog; will keep following.

    1. Hi Marcy! Mazel Tov! It’s such a wonderful experience, to be surrounded by so many loving people! I hope you hold that in your heart for a long time! I’m glad you found me! And I hope you come back.

  16. Where are all the hot teachers in bad girl costumes??? Ugh, foiled by Google again. You seem very Type A and possibly overly anal retentive. I shall enjoy that.

    1. Seriously? That usually brings folks right to me. Maybe you have to look for “Hot Teachers in sexy HALLOWEEN costumes.” Do try this and report back. I’ll be devastated if I’m no longer considered hot. 😉

  17. Hi Renée – I too, found your blog when helping a fellow Gentile friend determine what would be an appropriate gift for her husband’s boss’ son’s bar mitzvah. (Yikes – say THAT three times fast!) And as I read a few other posts, I absolutely fell in love with your written voice. So now in my head we’re fast friends. Anyway, I am currently detoxing from Google Reader (where my blog subscriptions numbered over 150) and have moved to Feedly, where I’m trying to clean up my act. I just added your blog and I thought you might like to know the category – “General Greatness”.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Your new BFF,

    1. Hi Kimberly! I saw that you wrote this a while back, but I couldn’t figure out where it landed! I don’t know if you are still following along, but thank you for your kind words a few months ago! Sorry that I am so technologically impaired that it took me so long to accidentally find you. Oy! 🙂 I hope I didn’t steer you wrong at your husband’s boss’s son’s BM.

  18. Hello Renee! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #3! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

    1. That’s Jacob. I am literally JUST seeing your post right now, on this very last day of 2015. I have been going thru a difficult divorce and I rarely posted this year. In fact, I only posted 13 times this year. I hope you will give me another chance, as I hope to be much more of a presence in 2016. I hope your new year is fabulous!

      1. Thanks for the good wishes, you too!

  19. Letting you know Renee…thinking of you, hope things are improving, your growing excited about MORE life, lah-de-dah-de-dah and all that stuff!

    Hurry up and return to blogging Beautiful! 🙂

    1. Professor Taboo: Thank you for continuing to stand by me in 2015. This year has been AWFUL, but you have helped me to continue to believe in myself. Every day, I’m feeling a little bit stronger. I’m a good person, a good friend, an artist and a writer ~ a seer. I’m going to come thru this thing, I am.

      1. And you will find a deeper appreciation for the little things, the good things, the joyous things, AND be more empathetic with those who also go through it. You are an incredible person and now even more so because of these hard times, truly! <3 🙂

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