It’s April 15, which means I’m officially halfway through my 30 day blogging challenge!
I’ve been having so much fun writing these daily posts, and it’s been great having something to hold me to writing every single day.
For today’s post, I’m going to share some personal things about myself; these are things that a lot of people in my personal life know well, but things that may not have come up yet on my blog.
Let’s dive right in!
1. I love anything horror-related.
I’ve been watching slasher films since I was 6 years old, reading Stephen King since I was 11, and attending horror conventions since I was in college.
I don’t really get scared of any of this stuff, but I find it fascinating.
I’ve always been interested in dark and spooky things, and I love skulls, halloween, and anything that makes others squirm in their seats.
At my old office job, I used to dress up in elaborate horror costumes, and I won the contest for Scariest Costume all three years that I worked there.
I’m super excited for the Fall to come so I can share more horror-related posts with you guys, but you may see some before then because it’s just too far away for me to wait!
2. I was a dancer for 17 years.
Ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, you name it.
I started dancing when I was 5 and stopped attending classes regularly when I was 22.
I never really wanted to stop, but most dance schools are for high school age or lower, and once I graduated college I could no longer take classes there, either.
I’ll still stop by my old dance studio once in a while, especially since my sister is now a teacher there, but dancing was something that I always felt naturally good at and had a lot of confidence in.
I’ll always miss practicing and performing on a regular basis.
3. My dream is to be an author.
I’ve been writing stories since I was in kindergarten, and I’ve been trying to write books since I was a teenager.
There is one particular novel I just started working on again, which I started when I was 22.
It’s a daunting task trying to write a full novel, and most of the time my self-doubt and fear of failure keep me from progressing as quickly as I should, but I’m working through that and am determined to finish this thing before I turn 30…which is in 10 months.
So hopefully I can actually hold myself to that..
4. I ran my first ever marathon in 2018.
I’ve been running for sport since I was 14 and ran the 200 meter, 400 meter, and 4×4 relay on my high school track team.
Once I graduated high school and started training to play college field hockey, my short runs turned into long distance ones.
After I stopped playing organized sports, I continued running 4-6 miles a day to keep in shape and to help release some of the stress I faced in everyday life.
Soon after I started working full time I decided to get back into running competitively, and signed up for some 5k races.
I eventually realized I wanted to run more, and started training for my first full marathon.
My dream was to run the NYC Marathon–racing throughout the five boroughs of my favorite city in the world, running the same course that legends would pound through mere hours before me.
I started training without doing enough research or taking care of my body, and I eventually got hurt.
That one injury cost me three full years of my running life, because it turned into a chronic condition that would put my running at a complete halt every time I felt like I was building up stamina again.
In December 2017 I had surgery to remove an accessory bone from my ankle, did rehab and trained smart for all of 2018, and on November 4, 2018 I completed the NYC Marathon with my family, friends, and fiancé cheering me on along the way.
To say it was a magical experience for me is a complete understatement; being able to accomplish something I’d wanted for so long, and finally crossing that finish line knowing how much I had to go through to get there, was life changing.
5. I love to cook and bake.
I mentioned in a previous post that my mom is a former chef, so she always taught me how to make things as I was growing up.
When I got older and started to cook for myself, I got even more interested in learning how to make different dishes, and discovered I have a passion for baking as well.
I’m still learning a lot when it comes to cooking and baking, but I’m getting more comfortable and have even created one of my own recipes, which is a big hit with my friends and family!
Once our house is done being built, I’m planning to work on my culinary skills even more, but I promise not to wait that long before sharing more recipe posts with you guys.
6. I have always been obsessed with love.
Since I was a little girl I was always interested in true love and relationships, and anything romantic made me feel all dreamy.
I had a few bad relationships in high school and college, which I attribute to me wanting to find the real thing so badly that I jumped into things before taking the time to wait and see if they were actually right for me and my life.
I’ve written a lot about love, and read a lot about it as well; most of my favorite songs are about finding, losing, or wanting love.
When I was 25 I was lucky enough to finally meet the soul mate I had been searching for, and now that I have that dream relationship, had the dream wedding, and am living my Happily Ever After, I have to say, it’s even better than I hoped it would be.
You would think that after I spent my entire life building up true love there wouldn’t be anything real that could possibly meet my expectations, but luckily for me, that’s not true.
It sounds cliché but I’m so glad my past relationships didn’t work out; I’m so grateful for my past heartbreaks and let-downs, because I truly believe they led me to find my perfect match.
My husband and the love that he gives me are straight out of a storybook (well, our own quirky version of one) and I believe that anyone can find this type of happiness if they have enough patience and determination to stick it out and wait for the right person.
7. I’ve donated more than three gallons of blood in my lifetime.
They used to hold blood drives at my high school, and my best friend and I got into the idea of donating whenever possible.
It was an easy way for us to help others and to feel like we were making a difference in the world, so we started paying attention to when blood drives were happening in our town and going together.
There were plenty of times I was turned away due to low iron levels and one time when I didn’t weigh enough, but after donating consistently for years I’m now up to the equivalent of three gallons of blood, and I’m really proud of that.
I admittedly have taken a much too lengthy break from donating lately, and need to get back to it; so that’s probably another thing I’ll be working on in the immediate future.
8. I have a serious fear of heights.
Those who aren’t afraid of heights never seem to understand, but those who are know what I’m talking about.
Whenever I am high up or close to the edge of something (even if it’s just a second floor balcony) my body kind of goes into panic mode and I get terrified.
I think of this as a more physical fear than a mental one, because, logically, I know I am fine and safe, but my body just starts to freak out.
My husband does not understand this at all; in fact, he’s an adrenaline junkie and loves being up high.
I’ve tried many times to get over this fear or to force myself to do things that scare me so I’ll get used to it, but nothing seems to work.
I’ll just have to keep braving it and dealing with the weird physical symptoms that occur whenever I’m high up.
9. I never want to stop learning.
One of my favorite things about my job is that I’m constantly learning new things.
Things are constantly changing in the world of advertising, so you have to stay informed if you’re going to keep up.
In addition to that, I work in pharmaceutical advertising, so every new account I get assigned to means delving into the science behind a disease, disorder, or condition that affects the human race.
I always loved school growing up, and if I could take classes and learn new things for the rest of my life, I would absolutely do it.
One thing that’s kind of ironic is that I hated science while I was in school; I had the option not to take it my Senior Year of high school and opted out, but now I find the science–related part of my job to be the most interesting part.
10. I’m quiet, but that doesn’t mean I’m a pushover.
Whenever I meet someone they always, almost immediately, make a comment about how quiet I am.
I am not generally a talkative person; I’m more of a listener and always have been.
However, sometimes people see that I don’t speak up often and they assume that means I can’t.
Those people are wrong.
People are often surprised to find that not only do I have a backbone, I also have a voice.
And since I use that voice so sparingly, when I do use it everyone listens.
I’ve always expressed myself through writing, dance, and my affections towards other people, and I find it very hard to just talk to others casually.
When I’m conversing with someone it means something to me, and I’m very good at having open, deeply emotional conversations with people; yet somehow I suck at making small talk.
It’s even harder in today’s world because so many people are interested in discussing shallow things, or negative things, or other people, and I’m not interested in any of that stuff.
This isn’t me being condescending; if anything, I usually feel self-conscious about my inability to relate to others my age regardless of what age I am.
But when I feel that I or someone I care about is being wronged or taken advantage of, I do not hold my tongue nor do I hold back.
I trust my instincts and my point of view, and if I feel something isn’t right, I’m not too shy or scared to say something.
I’m also not afraid to stand up for myself or bite back when someone takes a verbal swing at me, but I always keep it classy, of course. 🙂
Well, there you have it…10 things about me.
I hope this was at least half as amusing for you to read as it was for me to write.
Most of the above speak to things I’m passionate about, and I enjoy how freeing it feels to be honest about who I am here.
This blog has given me an opportunity to share my views and myself with the wold. And so have you.
Thanks for being here. On to day 16 tomorrow! <3