Hi and welcome to my blog! I’ve been “meeting” a lot of new blogging friends, and I thought today would be a good day to share my top 10 facts about myself so they can get to know me a little better. And for my readers and friends who aren’t bloggers — maybe you’ll learn something new about me as well! 😉
So, to count down the facts…
#10 – I am a Georgia girl.
Yep, born and raised in Georgia, I grew up in the little town of Vidalia. (Not to be confused with Valdosta, which is much closer to Florida than Vidalia is). If you have heard of Vidalia Sweet Onions, that’s where I’m from! And yes, I do like onions. I went to college at Georgia Southern University, and I’m a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs (as long as they aren’t playing GSU) and the Atlanta Falcons. I say y’all. I like sweet tea. And I’m always fixin’ to do somethin’.
#9 – I do NOT like to be cold.
And I often am cold because my body temperature seems to naturally be slightly higher than everyone else’s. I don’t tolerate cold well at all, and much prefer to be bundled up indoors, or in the sun. Maybe it’s my South Georgia roots, but anything below 65 degrees just doesn’t feel comfortable to me. That’s unfortunate since I now live in snowy Colorado, but the view is nice here so I deal with it. Haha.
#8 – I’m a math nerd.
I joined the math team when I was in 7th grade, and stuck with it until I changed schools after 10th grade. That meant I spent time after school and on weekends doing difficult math problems for FUN. Ohhh the joy I would get after solving a difficult problem or learning something new! In case you were wondering, I definitely geek out on Pi Day. And it warms my heart that my daughter has followed in my footsteps.
#7 – I’m a spelling and grammar nerd too.
In middle school, my friends and I would pass notes in class. Whenever one of my friends misspelled a word, I would not only reply to their note…I would correct their spelling or grammar and send the note back to them. What a terrible thing. I’m really not even sure how they kept me for a friend.
((Sometimes I correct my boyfriend’s texts too. Oops.))
#6 – I’m a beer snob.
I love beer. I love the taste of it, the different flavors, the way it washes down a juicy burger or some cheesy nachos. I don’t just drink any old beer though. I prefer the local brands, the craft beers, and the ones that you can’t get for $1.50 on Tuesday nights. One local fave is Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, with my all around favorite being any of Leinenkugel’s shandy flavors. I could enjoy a Cranberry Ginger Shandy any day of the week. You can keep any hoppy beers for yourself though. I’ll pass.
((Not pictured…I used to be a Miller Lite Girl. Let your imagination run wild with that.))
#5 – I’m a runner.
I haven’t always been a runner, and I used to HATE running. It took me a long time to be able to run longer than one minute. But once I was able to make myself run a little farther… two minutes turned into five minutes, which turned into ten, which eventually became 2 hours 38 minutes when I finished my first half-marathon in 2012. Now I’m an ambassador for the Colfax Marathon and I’m always looking for my next 5k or 10k to run! I am excited to run the Colfax half in May 2016, and hope to finish under 2:30. Running through the Denver Zoo is going to be so much fun!
#4 – I have two Masters degrees.
Funny thing – I’m not currently using either one of them. I got my first masters in 2004, in Special Education. I thought I wanted to move into Educational Administration, so I got my masters in Educational Leadership in 2009 (while I was very pregnant, which wasn’t easy at all). While I loved teaching and loved my students and really wanted to make a bigger impact, I came to realize that administration just dealt with wayyyy more headaches than I was able to allow into my life at the time. That, paired with moving from state to state so often as an Army wife, just didn’t make moving into a higher position very feasible. And earlier this year, I left the classroom altogether to pursue my love of fitness as an online health coach and group fitness instructor. At least I am still able to teach and lead others, which I will always love to do.
#3 – I’m afraid of heights.
This little quirk isn’t that much of a big deal…until it is. I can fly in an airplane without a thought. I have no problem walking up stairs or riding in elevators. Even driving over bridges isn’t an issue for me. But walking up more than 4 steps on a ladder has me sweating. Thinking about getting on a ski lift puts me into a full blown panic attack (that actually happened on a family vacation in Gatlinburg, TN — and we never got on that lift). Even riding in an enclosed gondola to the top of a mountain in Breckenridge makes me feel weak, and I have to really muster up the courage to even look out the windows. Maybe falling down a few steps on an escalator when I was a kid is what started it all? Oh, there’s another one. I’m afraid of escalators too. Just keep me on the ground, ok?
#2 – I’m a Tinder success story.
That’s right — I met my boyfriend on Tinder. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just an app for people who want to hook up. When you’re 34 years old, living in a new city (or a whole new state), you are a full time teacher and you have two kids…. getting out and meeting new people is next to impossible. Thank goodness for online dating and dating apps or I NEVER would have met anyone here. It’s not like the school carpool line is a great place for a singles mixer. This guy just happens to be the most awesome guy I’ve ever met, and my kids are pretty crazy about him too. Tinder, if you’re reading this… thanks. You’re way better than Match.
And #1…not a huge shock at this point… I’m a mom.
If you’ve followed me at all, you know I have two pretty awesome kids. My daughter, Hunter, is a 14 year old freshman in high school. She’s a band nerd, a dancer, a math nerd, and she can cook. I have no worries about her starving in college. My son, Kaiden, is 6 years old and in first grade. He’s super smart and super sensitive and super energetic. He just knocked out one of his baby teeth today at recess. He wants to grow up to be a soldier like his dad, and I hope he always keeps a small piece of his innocence and genuine heart.
Ok so that last one was a bit of a cheat. I told you about my kids and not so much about myself. So I’ll give you just one more — I have 5 tattoos, and I think I’m going to get one more. My sister and I want to get matching tattoos…I just have to figure out where to put it!
So, did you learn anything new about me? Do we have anything in common?