“So, you want to get to know me do ya?” – well it’s about time I get outside of my comfort zone & share a few things about myself. As a blogger, I’ve struggled with the balance of keeping my privacy & allowing my readers to get to know me better. I’d like to thank my friend, Olivia Lucie Blake for nominating me for this challenge & letting us get to know her in her version of the post – check that out here. I’ll be nominating a few other bloggers at the end, so look out for that.
Technically I’m a lefty in a right hander’s world. For the majority of tasks, I use my left hand. But because of society, I’ve had to adapt. For example, using a can opener that is NOT electric is downright impossible for us left handed folk – or at least for this one. Desks at school were only made for right handed people. And at the slight chance there was a left handers desk, it was usually occupied. My hand smudges when I write with ink in a notebook. When I played softball, I threw the ball with my right, caught with my left and batted left. Talk about an identity crisis! In a lot of ways, I’ve learned to accept this about the world and considered it a way for me to strength both sides of my brain. And although I prefer using my left hand, my penmanship is actually pretty good with my other counterpart.
I Love Learning New Things
Throughout my life, I played countless sports & activities. Some of it had to do with wanting to be around certain friend groups, but it also was because I’ve always believed you don’t have to be tied to just one thing. I started swimming as early as three years old, learned to ski the slopes at eight. I played basketball, gymnastics, soccer & softball throughout my childhood. And when I hit high school, I decided to which gears and join the dance team – which I did for my whole four years there. From there, I’ve dipped my toes into yoga, drawing and of course – writing.
I was a Born Writer
I feel like so many writers say this but it’s the honest truth. As early as six or seven years old, I was creating illustrated children’s books out of construction paper and selling them to my neighbors. I’m not kidding. I piled them up in my little red wagon and went door to door selling my books. I was a true author in my heart. I even wrote this poem when I was ten years old. I’m definitely someone who tries to stay humble. So, I always brushed off my writing talents as something basically anyone can do. But I can’t ignore the passion I had and still have for this craft to this day. No matter what path I took, writing always returned to me – like a long lost love. In highschool, I decided to take a journalism class for the heck of it which catapulted me to being a news writer for my last couple of years. In college, I initially chose journalism as a major but quickly changed it to psychology because I listened to other people too hard. But I managed to still showcase my passion as a features writer for my college newspaper. And now, alongside other career paths, I managed to become a blogger in the middle of a pandemic because I was bored and needed a creative outlet. At the end of the day, you have to follow what makes you happy. As Oprah would say, “find your hum.”
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I Used To Want To Live in California or New York
Talk about a cliche? Am I right? It’s not that I necessarily disliked where I grew up and still live. I actually love it. But for some reason, either from watching too much F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Youtubers, I got it in my head these two destinations were heaven on Earth. My fantasy self pictured me as this big time magazine editor in New York, like Jenna Rink in 13 going on 30. Or I thought since I consider myself a beach bum at heart, I felt my tribe was in California somewhere. I remember during my single days which was a two year span between my first real relationship that lasted 4 years to my now fiance who I met on Tinder; I had my heart set of packing my bags and moving across the country. My dating life has been an eventful one for sure. But lucky for my fiance, I stayed put.
I Secretly Like To Sing & Music is Life
I guess the secret is out. But like writing, music is my favorite way to express emotions, define different stages of life & just fun to rock out to. My favorite “concert arenas” for my performances include the shower or the car alone. Who really knows if I sing well, but regardless – I enjoy it. Let me know if you’d like to hear about my favorite songs / artists in a future favorites post.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better and getting a taste of my life outside of blogging.