Memoirist of the Month: June 2014—JameyLee Nuss

“I’ve never really had an interest in writing
until Six Words. Now you can’t stop me.”

MOTM June 2014 JameyLee 1

“My life is full of adventure.”

Name: JameyLee Nuss
Place: San Diego, California
SMITH member since: January, 2012

JameyLee Nuss just crossed the 4,000 memoir threshold, a meteoric rate since she only discovered Six-Word Memoirs in 2012. Her memoirs are a tapestry of life itself, from her penchant for feats (“Only 7,500 feet…I’ll climb that!“) and love of recreation (“Today’s menu…sun, sand, and surf“), to her emerging assurance (“Before, low self-esteem. Now, feeling confident“) and gumption (Told not to. Did it anyway.“). Indeed, jl333 has discovered what is at the essence of Six Words for so many people “Finally a way to express myself.” Early in 2012, she predicted ”Eventually, I’ll run out of memoirs.” We don’t believe you, JameyLee, and we certainly hope you don’t!

Our congratulations to JameyLee as June’s Memoirist of the Month. Thanks to Spreadshirt, she can mark the occasion with one of their exceptional T-shirts bearing the Six-Word Memoir of her choice. Learn more about JameyLee as she answers our six questions.

How did you first hear about Six-Word Memoirs, and is there someone’s writing on SMITH that has especially moved you?
I first heard of Six-Word Memoirs in O, The Oprah magazine. The magazine gave examples and I was immediately hooked. I can count on my fingers and toes the number of days I didn’t log on in the past two years. Okay, so maybe I’m a six-word junkie. I’ve made quite a few friends through Six-Word Memoirs and talk with many outside of the site via email.

My long list of those who inspire me on SMITH would be—I was told to keep it short, this is as short as it gets—DynamicDbytheC, catsmeow, ShellDeFelice, canadafreeze, Solstice22, Believe, maryjane31, lillybrook, NumbrOneAunt, and _Miracle. And many, many more [Ed. Note: JameyLee started out with three dozen names].

When did you start writing, and what have been turning points in your creative life?
I’ve never really had an interest in writing until Six Words. Now you can’t stop me. I even have some of my bosses hooked, although they aren’t signed up on the site yet [Ed. Note: Signing up is super easy at sixwordmemoirs.com]. But they do speak in Six Words for my entertainment…and theirs, too.

Can you share a favorite Six-Word Memoir, Moment or other backstory of yours on SMITH; tell us why it’s meaningful to you?
Picking a favorite memoir would be any memoir written about my Mom. And we all know that I write a lot about my Mom! There are two I cherish most. “Dear Mom, look at me now!” is significant because I’ve really ventured outside my comfort zone in this past year, and have been doing things I never thought I’d ever do! ”Childless By Choice, Motherless by Cancer.” is meaningful because I had a choice in not having children, but I had absolutely no control over when cancer took my Mom away. If I had a choice, obviously my Mom would still be here with me today. I recently had both of those Six Words put onto a T-shirt, and I’ve gotten a lot of reaction because it’s a pretty powerful statement.

What authors inspire you or do you admire?
I don’t have a particular favorite author, but I do enjoy reading short anecdotes and any book from the Chicken Soup For The Soul series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. In addition, there is one book that I’ve read countless times called Dream Rider by Larry Harcum. It’s about a guy who rode 5,805 miles on a Jet Ski. That’s on my bucket list—to do the same thing!

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
For work, I do a little bit of everything. I was a full time nanny for 23 years, and then about a year ago, I switched gears—now I’m a personal assistant to seven families. I do anything from run errands, grocery shop, wash, chop, and package veggies, get cars serviced (because seriously, who has the time to sit and wait while cars are serviced?), and pay bills to general day to day stuff that people just don’t have time to do. Additionally, I have a fraternal twin brother (“Brother and I always in sync“) and I also work with my friend Jeremy, who is severely autistic. “I have autism, and a paintbrush.“ My work is fulfilling and each job is something different!

MOTM June 2014 JameyLee 2

“Why don’t they make pink motorcycles?? “

When I’m not Sixing, my interests include jet-skiing, motorcycling, kayaking, hiking, rock art, off-roading, snorkeling, volunteering, and pretty much anything having to do with the outdoors.

Finally, what are your Six Words for today?
Now go forth and spread love.


24 Comments » for Memoirist of the Month: June 2014—JameyLee Nuss
  1. _Miracle says:

    Can’t believe I almost missed the opportunity to get to know you a little more (and to be humbled by your appreciation). You inspire the wish for fun. Keep your photos upside-down ;-)

  2. Danette says:

    I got to meet you in person, fellow adventurer and San Diegan (don’t they go hand and hand?). You inspire me, make me laugh and sometimes make me hungry. I have to have a snack before reading some of your memoirs. I still get a chill when I read your memoir, Childless by choice, Motherless by Cancer. Thank you for being here at Smithmag.net jl333 (JameyLee). Your mom is very proud of you and she’s helping to make the Universe your playground. Let’s go do the flying trapeze in North County sometime. I always say yes to the adventure!

  3. notyouraveragegirl says:

    How did I miss this! Such a pleasure to meet you JameyLee! I have admired your writing and your passion for life, jet skiing, hearts and your mother since I joined Six Words! A well deserved recognition! Congrats!

  4. enginethatcould says:

    I second (third, and millionth) everything all that the others have said. You’ve reached out to me personally, via email, which touched me more than I could ever say. But it’s your sixing that is truly remarkable – as are you. Mazel Tov on the well-deserved MOTM. Keep ‘em coming (we need you!)

  5. lillybrook says:

    JL – you have such a caring, compassionate, energized spirit! It’s a pleasure to read a little snapshot bio of what provides the seeds for your fabulous sixes!

  6. ADHDean says:

    It’s about danged time! So awesome to have a face to go along with the name, JL. And what a shock: your bio is as energetic as your Sixes! Keep on jumping those waves!

  7. l2l3 says:

    Congrats on being MOTM!

  8. Shelldefelice says:

    Beautiful girl inside and out! Your honest “real life” writing is a staple here and we are all lucky to share this space with you. I am constantly amazed at your sense of adventure and endless energy. Happy to see you highlighted as MOTM!!
    xoxoxoxo

  9. Erin says:

    JL! I’ve been gone so long and come back to the surprise of you as Memorist of the Month! Congratulations. I loved seeing the pictures of you and your smile and reading about you. So glad you are doing well and staying positive as always!
    Cheers!

  10. notjustagirl says:

    Once again late to the party. Well done JL. You keep us hungry for more of your adventures!

  11. BanjoDan says:

    Dear JL, it sure was great to learn more about you and I applaud you for getting outside the comfort zone!

  12. TeaTopper says:

    You make the California lifestyle look very enticing, JameyLee. Inspiring!

  13. LetTheWolfin says:

    Our one and only JL333! Huge congrats, JameyLee! Great to put a warm and lovely face to the warm and lovely words! So delighted to see you as our MOTM. Love reading your sixes, backstories and comments. So full of heart and wisdom. As long as you keep writing, we’ll keep reading. Congrats again, dear JL, and happy jet skiing!!

  14. Kharis says:

    Lovely to see and read more of the gal behind the great sixes – I love the exuberance and originality of your work Jamey Lee and really admire your career outlook and insight into autism. Best wishes for your life and writing.

  15. G_Austin says:

    Great to be able to see behind the Memoirs. Well Done!

  16. maryjane31 says:

    Hey, wow my friend!! Big Congratulations!

  17. Solstice22 says:

    Yay JameyLee! I was so surprised you were Memorist of the Month! Not because you don’t deserve it! You do a million times, but because I forgot to guess this month! Every month I wonder who it will be and try to guess….and suddenly it’s June and I saw the Editors banner and boom! There you were as MOTM after a spectacular weekend at Relay for Life giving cancer your middle finger! You are one busy lady! I’m honored to be on your short list of inspirational six word writers. Truly honored!
    Hearts to you, jl 333! Endless hearts!

  18. Loon says:

    Easily you are one of the most often read Sixers…you are perhaps the most real of us as well…keep ‘em coming

  19. Kathi Wright says:

    Ahh! Nice to learn about you! Congrats!

  20. Wolfie says:

    Keep on rockin in the freeworld.

  21. JAD says:

    Congrats, jl you are so deserving. Happy Jet Sking!

  22. canadafreeze says:

    Congratulations! You energy and enthusiasm are contagious and I love learning more about you, JL. I’ve also learned some new, useful phrases from you, too. Thanks:-)

  23. bevvie says:

    Hi, jl333! So wonderful to know more about the lady behind the jet ski. Kudos on being the MOTM!

  24. favepeep says:

    Fun read. Your sweet manner and adventurous spirit show through. I hadn’t seen those particular MOM memoirs so am glad you mentioned them. In general, good on ya!

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