Hi friends! I’ve got a lot to celebrate this week! If you didn’t know, September 1st marked my 1 year “blogaversary.” It went by unnoticed due to our storm recovery and my blogging hiatus, but I thought it was worth mentioning now! Yesterday was also my birthday! As a celebration of both of those things, I thought we’d get a little more personal in here. It’s always fun to get to know the girl behind the blog, right? So today, I thought I’d tell you a little more about me!
1. I don’t actually drink Starbucks.
I know, I know. It’s a blogger sin, right? But, I figured I’d go right off the deep end with a really good confession. The funny part is, I was a Starbucks Barista for 3 years in college, and loved it. I’d have to say that was probably my favorite job, ever. I practically lived on their coffee at that time, too.
Don’t get me wrong. I actually have a lot of respect for Starbucks. As a company, they’re pretty great in my opinion. I have just learned way too much about nutrition and reading labels to be able to drink Starbucks regularly and still feel good about myself.
Believe it or not, I actually drink my coffee black, now. I know. I never thought I’d see the day!
So, yeah. No PSLs for me, this fall. Maybe I’ll experiment with adding a dash of pumpkin spice to my black coffee. Then again…maybe I’ll just keep drinking it black.
2. I went Paleo 2 years ago, but will still pound a plate of tacos or a burger without an ounce of guilt.
We all have those things that we can never give up, right? When I went Paleo, I honestly assumed mine was going to be Coffeemate creamer, but it turns out, I can live without that. It’s burgers and tacos that make life worth living, though.
Other things I’m not willing to give up to stay healthy and skinny:
- French fries
- weekend wine
- chips and salsa
Everything in moderation, right?
3. When I met my husband, I was such a bad cook that I couldn’t even boil water.
It may not seem like it now, as I share foodie pictures and recipes here and on Instagram, but I started out as a terrible cook. No kidding, I lived off of Ramen Noodles when I lived alone, and for the first year of our marriage, my husband cooked every single meal. It wasn’t until I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom that I figured I should start learning. It just didn’t feel right to sit around the apartment doing nothing, waiting for my husband to come home from a full day of work to start dinner.
Some fun facts about me learning how to cook:
- I once burnt my whole kitchen down trying to use a toaster oven. No joke. The entire kitchen was ruined.
- I caught a microwave on fire once when I forgot to take the foil lid off of a sauce cup.
- The first time I tried cooking for my husband, I set off the fire alarm. In an effort to shut it off, I tried to open the window. It was an old window and slid right back down on my hand, breaking my finger.
- The very first marinade I ever used was actually Kraft Italian salad dressing.
- Everything I cooked for 2 years came out of a box or a can.
I’m serious when I say, “If I can learn to cook from scratch, so can you.”
4. The first time I saw an Erin Condren Life Planner, I laughed my you-know-what off.
I had just come to realize that I could benefit from actually planning out my schedule. I tried using the calendar on my phone, and it kept wiping clean for some reason. I’m so technologically challenged, guys.
One day, I mentioned to my friend that I needed to start looking at paper planners. She got so excited and showed me hers. Poor thing. I know now that she was really excited to find someone with a similar interest in planning, but I just wasn’t ready at the time.
Now, here I am with an equally expenive planner and all sorts of accessories that I never dreamed of. And you know what? I love it.
Related: My 2017 Inkwell Press Planner Setup
5. I’ve been anti-MLM for over a decade, even though I ran a fairly successful business for several years.
In college, I sold Mary Kay briefly. It was a lot of fun, and I made some friends doing it, but let’s be real. I lost a lot of money. I never felt “sale-sy” enough to succeed in the business. My upline suggested things like complimenting the makeup of the lady in front of me, handing out samples to strangers, and getting my friends to throw makeup parties with me. This was before the days of social media, and I am extremely shy in person. None of these things even sounded possible to me! Walking into a room full of total strangers and helping them do makeup?! Striking up a conversation with a total stranger at the store?! These are the things nightmares are made of for me.
Then one day, I started a business with Young Living and actually did pretty good at it. It’s something I’m passionate about and a product I was already using, so it worked out pretty well.
Update 7/7/19: I’ve decided to step down from this position after several years, but I still don’t consider myself anti-MLM. I do think it takes a certain skill set to do, though. If you want some guidance, here’s a great post I wrote on MLM success.
I guess my point in this confession is to convince you to be open minded. If there’s an opportunity that keeps presenting itself to you, maybe it’s for a reason.
I hope this helped you learn something new about me!
If you enjoyed this, be sure to head on over to my Instagram, because I regulary post introduction threads and share about my life over there! I’d love to hear from you over there!