20 little things you may not know about me...

May 29, 2013


Granted if you are a close friend or family member you may have heard some of these before, but I'm going to share them all here for the newbies anyway.

When you decide to become a blogger, you spend a lot of time thinking about how to present yourself to the world - your ideas, your thoughts, your life, and more. And through that process, most of the things we want to ignore or hide about ourselves gets filtered out in favor of the pieces we love (or the way we want to be perceived) and we end up looking like "little miss perfect" instead of the real life messes that we are. Turns out...this is no way to find a proper audience. Unless of course you can manage to keep up that facade and make enough people jealous of your "perfection" that they desire to be just like you. (But who wants to be like one of those people anyway?)

The fact is...nobody is perfect. Nobody.

So today I would like to share with you some honesty, the good and the bad, and a few mysteries about me and the way I function in this world. Maybe somewhere in that mess you will find something you identify with and it will make you feel better because you are not alone. Or maybe you will find me just a little bit crazy, to which I will say...that is simply wonderful!

Here we go...

1. I'm 34 years old, with a blend of excitement and indifference at the thought of turning 35. (That's me above there. Hi, lovelies!)

2. When I was a toddler I tried to swallow a slug. I've yet to live this down within the inner family circle (that and the time I said I didn't want to eat a hamburger because it tasted like "cow") and I plead the innocent, 2-year-old curiosity card every time.

3. I have about 20 unfinished projects lying around my house right now, some I have had "waiting" for my attention for over a year. I start...I lose interest...I tuck it away...I find it years later....I tuck it away again. Suppose I should do something about that, huh?

4. I have OCD, or what I consider a mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder, when it comes to locking doors and some other "leaving the house" routines. It takes me forever to get out of my house and sometimes I even have to go back if I think I may have forgotten one of my "steps". We'll cover that in more detail another day.

5. I'm afraid of wax figures. I haven't always been this way, but somewhere in the second half of my life I developed a phobia of them. There's no explained reason for it either. Weird.

6. I wish I was funnier. Quick witted, I guess. I think the telltale sign that I am not regularly funny is my immediate desire to announce (usually through social media) the occurrence of any jokes I do manage to make. Homegirl is all "Look at me! I'm so funny!"

7. I am not photogenic. At least I don't believe I am. Even the photo above which people seem to like is driving me mad! (And this was a good hair day!) I seriously need to figure out how to silence my inner critic and properly pose for a photo.

8. I have a snappy temper. When I get overwhelmed or stressed I am quick to snap at others, and not in a smart ass way. Most of the time I don't even hear it in my voice - which sadly has not improved with awareness and time - but it has happened enough in my life that I know I have a problem with it and need to be better at apologizing.

9. I am secretly jealous of bloggers who have "made it". While I should be rooting for them, using them as proof that success can happen, or spending time joining their online community, I spend my time figuring out ways to be more like them or separate myself from them. That is going to end today...(moment of inner dialogue)...OK...and...done.

10. I eat toasted peanut butter sandwiches crust first and then around each side in order to keep it square shaped. (But only the toasted ones!) I've done this since I was a kid and it never gets old. I also eat my fruit loops and lucky charms marshmallows in rainbow order.

11. I have severe stage fright. I dropped several classes in college when on the first day I learned there would be a solo speech or other individual presentation required. There was no way I was getting up in front of a group...for anything.

12. I went to hypnotherapy for months to help me cope with that fear. Now, after a few beta blockers and some breathing techniques I can manage to get up in front of others and have a pretty good time. (I highly recommend hypnotherapy if you are looking to improve something or kick a habit. Did you know you can even be hypnotized to become ambidextrous?)

13. I have a problem with authority. I find this odd, because frankly I'm pretty reserved.  I follow rules...laws...and all that sort of stuff as best I can, but when faced with authority my inner rebellious teenager comes out to say a big snotty "hello!"

14. I once got a misdemeanor for an open container. It was an intensely illegal moment...my holding a beer bottle and standing on a dirt road for a total of 5 seconds. I'm not sure how I escaped without jail time. (Can you sense my sarcasm here?) That was my one true brush with the law. (Sorry Mom and Dad if you are just now learning of this! I was 23, so yes, you raised your daughter right.)

15. I have a little addiction to buying books. I have more "unread" books (easily 75 and counting) on my bookshelves than "read" books and yet I continue to buy more. In the past two weeks alone I have purchased 12 new books. It doesn't help that I am slow to finish reading a book. Probably because...

16. I'm addicted to TV. I would rather sit and watch reruns than read a book, go outside, write a blog post, finish a project, or a million other things. That may be a misstatement. I would rather be a person who did all of those other highly productive things, but I sit down in front of the TV and in a flash the day is gone. I know better, but yet, here I sit. (I must be making progress because I am blogging while watching TV. Yay, me!)

17. I rarely fold my clothes before putting them away...if I put them away at all. My closet has about 2 feet of clean, unfolded clothes sitting at the bottom of it right now. And I'll wear about 4-6 of those items to work this week.

18. I use a spray wrinkle releaser to iron my clothes. I have an iron, but I'm pretty sure I've avoided using it for the better part of two years. (That stuff is seriously magic for lazy people like me!)

19. I sing nonsensical songs to myself when I do the laundry. I can't say that about any other household chore. For some reason, laundry (that wonderful mindless activity) just puts the boogie in my brain. (Too bad folding doesn't bring me such joy!)

20. I have no idea why I decided to tell you all of that, except that I want to get to know my readers better and encourage comments here and there. I figured, maybe if you know me a little better...and that I am unapologetically as cuckoo as anyone else...that you may feel a little more comfortable here at joyful.life.

So, that's a block of random and somewhat uncomfortable facts about me! I'll be honest I'm a little bit hesitant to hit "publish" on this one, but in the interest of authenticity I will swallow my pride and carry on. That said, I hope you enjoyed learning a few new things about me, maybe even share in a little of my madness, and that you find my friendly photo is enough to convince you I'm not severely unstable.

Until next time, embrace what makes you different, celebrate your quirks, and remember that you are not alone. We're all a little bit beautifully crazy.

XOXO