I turned 35 last month so I thought I’d share 35 random things about me. Some are funny, some are serious and some are just plain odd. Enjoy!
Before we get to the 35 things, let’s talk about this striped deep-v dress I got for our upcoming beach vacation to wear as a cover-up (for $18, it’s a steal!) At 5’10, I’m too tall to wear this as a day dress, but if you’re shorter than me, this would be really cute for summer and to throw over your swimsuit for a pool party or lunch at a beachside restaurant.
I also have to say that I am really seeing results from my P.volve workouts. I can tell my legs are slimming down a bit and look more toned – I think it takes seeing photos to really notice the difference! I will do a full review once I’ve completed the 30 day program, which will be next week. striped deep-v dress (more options here) also love this and this| sandals (more bow sandals here and here)| sunnies | straw tote (more options here) | peonies are from whole foods | earrings (more floral options here) 3 5 R A N D O M T H I N G A B O U T M E A T 3 5
I haven’t eaten an Oreo since I was on a dairy-free diet. I can’t even buy them because I will eat the entire box. I avoid eye contact if I see them while grocery shopping. They keep coming out with these new freaking flavors but I’m a solid nope because I cannot control myself. RIP Oreos…will love you forever.
When I was 14, I was let go from a job at a coffee shop (my first ever job) because I didn’t remember the prices of every item on the menu. It was a good lesson for me and I have thrived at every job since that first one (and got a new job that same week). I also still love coffee. Like, a lot.
I wish I believed in myself more. I wish I was a risk-taker. I wish I took more chances.
At 35 years old, I’ve finally accepted that my anxiety will never be “cured.” I can only work to manage it. Accepting this was a big step for me, and a necessary one. I think I went into therapy with the attitude that I would overcome my anxiety, but I’ve learned that’s actually not the goal.
I was an excellent skier. My parents first took me when I was about four years old. By the time I was a teen, I could ski moguls, do jumps, etc. I really miss skiing.
I always wish I had taken ballet and become really good at it. Like if I could be Mary Helen Bowers, that’d be great.
I hardly ever read anymore, other than news articles and blogs. As a child and teen I would often read for hours on end and loved it. I used to go to the library and check out tons of books and just read non-stop. Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, books by Laurlene McDaniels, and tons of others. I miss that sometimes but now, writing/content creation is more of an outlet for me.
Full House was one of my favorite shows as a child. I literally had every single season and episode recorded on VHS tape and would watch the episodes over and over. I have no idea where those tapes are now…HOW RUDE!
I haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy in years, but still feel emotional when I think about Denny’s death. I literally sobbed hysterically for half an hour after the episode was over. I still remember this.
I don’t think I will ever have blonde hair again and have no idea why I thought it was a good idea to be blonde in the first place.
When I was pregnant with Harper, I thought I was having a boy. But I just knew that if I had a little girl, she would have red hair. She did! I had no idea I was a recessive gene carrier because no one else in my entire family on both sides ever had red hair (the gene was not expressed).
The thought that I’ll never feel the beauty of a life growing inside of me again is hard to let go of, even though we both only want two children.
I used to feel really insecure about my height and now it’s something I really love about myself. Heels forever.
I had an emotionally abusive boss in a past job and to this day, I will forever be proud of the last real conversation I had with this person. It was one of the few times in my life I stood up for myself against someone that scared me.
I’m still waiting for them to invent cherries without pits. Although maybe that’s not such a great idea because then I’d eat 50 of them in one sitting. Do these exist and I’m just not aware?
My biggest fear in life (other than losing my family) is that I won’t have a relationship with my children when they’re adults. It’s something I talk about in therapy often.
One of the best things I have ever done for my mental health is to stop reading mean comments online. I learned that it’s always about them, never about you. I’ve never been happier or more secure in myself and a lot of you have noticed. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the messages lately about my content.
I truly believe the iPhone is one of the best things ever invented. It allows me to capture amazing photos and videos of my children that I will treasure forever and I can also grow my business because of it. Thank you, Apple.
In my teen years, I waited for nearly six hours in line to meet the Backstreet Boys at Sam the Record Man in downtown Toronto in the freezing cold of March with two friends. It was worth it. My friends and I attended their concert later that year and made them a video telling them how much we loved them. I still wonder if they ever watched those fan videos. What I would give to watch that VHS tape today.
I attended a Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block concert in Houston by myself years ago. I heard they were in town on the radio, got tickets that day, and went and loved every second of it. Backstreet’s BACK! (Alright!)
I’m an only child, but always knew I wanted two children. So much so, that had I not been able to conceieve a second child, we would have tried IVF or adopted. I love watching them grow together and one prayer I always have is that they remain close as adults.
I still look at real estate listings in our area on a monthly basis. I can’t help it – I love seeing what’s on the market and imagining our next home. There are about five homes in our general area that are my “dream homes” and I love driving past them any chance we get.
I procrastinate big time on home projects. I always have all these grand plans…installing new lights, gallery walls, wallpaper, etc…and then it takes years to get done. I wish I was more devoted to finishing those projects so that I could actually enjoy them before wanting to move again…LOL.
Being a boy mom was full of more incredible surprises than I could have ever imagined. His smile and laugh slay me completely. It’s hard to even be mad when he misbehaves because he makes the sweetest (mischievous) little face. The other day, he just took both of his hands, placed them on my cheeks and pulled me towards him for a goodnight kiss and there is really just nothing like it.
My greatest hope for my children is that they genuinely love themselves.
I wish I was more patient. I consider impatience to be my biggest flaw.
I had to give away all of my perfume after having children. Strong scents tend to give me really bad headaches. I still miss Marc Jacobs Daisy and Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb.
Switching to natural deodorant has been amazing. I use this one and it works!
I used to Rollerblade everywhere as a teen. It was so fun and such an amazing workout. Why aren’t rollerblades popular anymore?
When we were in Key West for a wedding years ago, before we had kids, we rented bicycles to get around. I still remember feeling like a kid again riding my bike down Duvall street. There is something so awesome about riding a bike as an adult when you haven’t done it in a while.
One of my favorite things about myself is that I’m resilient. My life isn’t perfect and I’ve had some challenges, but I always do my best to rise above them and don’t let anything prevent me from accomplishing my goals.
One regret I have is not traveling more before we had kids. I only had five vacation days a year at my previous job and was too scared to ask for unpaid time off. If I could go back in time, I would have taken unpaid time off of work and traveled more.
I wish I could cook some of the intricate Slovak dishes I ate as a child. I miss a lot of that food!
I constantly wonder if my children think I’m a good mother. It consumes me some days. It’s something I’m working on in therapy and is deeply rooted in my childhood.
Speaking of being 35, Botox is one of the best things I’ve ever done for my skin, and I’ll continue to do it indefinitely.