Here’s 10 fun facts that will tell you a bit about who I am as a person:
1. I’m an awkward clutz. No, really. In elementary school and junior high I was too tall for my own body. My legs were like giant stilts I couldn’t control. Dance helped make me a bit more graceful as I can control the movement of my limbs now, but I still quite frequently trip over my own feet-often while people are looking. As far as awkward goes, I catch myself saying things like “you too” when my waiter tells me to enjoy my meal.
2. I hate the gym, but I love outdoor activities. Working out is fine as long as I feel like I’m accomplishing some goal, and running to nowhere at the gym just doesn’t work for me. (I also can’t run because of a bad knee.) However, I love the sounds, smells, and views of nature. I love challenging myself and the sense of accomplishment that comes from scaling a mountain or rowing down a river while simultaneously feeling and seeing what my body can do for me. I mainly love knowing that the only one I’m challenging is myself. Hiking and kayaking are my favorite activities but I’m a fan of them all.
3. Coffee terrifies me. Weird fear right? Not really considering my mother has an addiction to it! If she doesn’t have coffee before 10AM, she gets massive migraines. And don’t even think about attempting to talk to her before her morning cup. If I drink the stuff to help myself wake up or when I haven’t had a lot of food, I literally get jittery, shakey, and I’m in constant fear of developing a dependence on the caffeine. So, I stick to drinking coffee as a treat, and never if I feel tired.
4. I’m really cheap. Or frugal, as my mom puts it. I used to think this was a good thing. My parents called me money bags as a kid because I never spent my allowance. And I’ll go out of my way to save a dime. My cheapness has made me super good at saving and I always have some emergency stash hidden somewhere. However, I think I’ve perhaps become a bit too cheap. I recently read an article that spending or losing money can actually cause emotional trauma to the spender. (Read article here.) And I’ve done some pretty stupid, not to mention inconvenient, things to save a buck. (Such as refusing to pay $3 for a foreign taxi and instead walking a km home in the dark with all my stuff.) So, I’m working on finding the perfect balance between spending and saving.
5. My favorite food is Mexican food. Which is the worst part about traveling. Half the world doesn’t even know what an enchilada is. Nachos in Taiwan are chips and salsa. But coming from Texas, Mexican food is what I grew up on. Our annual Christmas dinner is Pedro’s tamales (so good that apparently Bush had them flown into DC for his inauguration dinner) with homemade guacamole and salsa. Yum.
6. I’m slightly OCD, in that everything must be organized. My planner is my best friend and I’d be completely lost without it. I make lists for anything and everything. I love office supplies. As a kid, I even asked for a hole puncher and stapler for Christmas. And the OCD part comes in as I get anxious if these specific things aren’t perfect in my life. Like I can’t let go or stop stressing about that tiny hole in my dress that I know is impossible for anyone to see and is a ridiculous worry but yet is still causing me deep anxiety.
7. Family game nights are how I like to spend my time. I miss Sunday nights at home the most, since my whole family comes together to play Chicken Foot. Other favorites are Apples to Apples, Salad Bowl, and Cranium.
8. My biggest fear is running out of time. There’s so many things I want to accomplish in my life, so many experiences and goals, I’m afraid I won’t be able to do it all. Life goes by so quickly and I don’t want to miss out on anything. I think that’s what makes me adventurous and why I love traveling. It’s not that I’m not afraid to do some things, it’s just that I’m more afraid of missing out on the opportunity.
9. I love singing. If I’m belching out the words to a song, you know I’m happy. Doesn’t matter what type of music, I like a little bit of everything: broad way tunes, pop, country, classical, rap, oldies, etc. And a good song makes everything feel better.
10. I’m an avid reader. My Nook changed my life, makes traveling and reading so much easier. I basically eat through books, so if you have a recommendation, leave it here. I’m always looking for more great stories!
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