Good evening everyone!
We've had a lot of heavy topics lately, so I figured there was definitely a lighter way for you to get to know me. So, in light on the New Year, here are 12 things people might not know about me!
I'm obsessed with school. Most people think I bite off more than I can chew, but staying busy is really important to me. Growing up, I didn't have a lot of opportunity because we grew up poor. Now that the military has given me a chance to go to school, I take full advantage! Right now I'm doing 6 credits a month and I should complete my BA in Social and Criminal Justice in just a couple months! I believe in moving forward and I also believe that it's very important to set an example for my son by always working on self development in some way, shape, or form.
I love long drives. If I ever have to chance to make a long road trip, I will. Driving gives me my time to heal mentally and recoup from life. I don't get the chance often, but to make up for it, sometimes I will drive home with no music just so I can think more efficiently in the short amount of time I have until I get home. I once drove all the way from Biloxi, MS, to Sacramento, CA, in just three days. I loved it. I loved how every city was different and sometimes it's nice to be somewhere where no one knows you. Even if it's just for a little while.
I'm addicted to the TV. Taking in account my full time job, two classes completed each month, and being a mom, clearly I don't have time for TV. Grey's Anatomy is my jam and I swear, it's all I will do for days, even to the point of neglecting other things in my life. (Homework, but I somehow still manage A's) My goal is to stay away from the TV at all costs. Because I "marathon" way too much.
I hate being touched. It doesn't bother me too much when I'm really close with the person, but simple taps on the shoulder, patting me on the back, etc. I absolutely hate it. I'm very big on boundaries, so If someone new to me doesn't ask first if it's okay, then I feel really, really uncomfortable. I'm even more uncomfortable when people force their kids to give people hugs and kisses. I'm by no means being judgmental of anyone else's tactics; I believe it comes from the things I have been through as I explained in My Chaotic Life: Part 1. My main goal is to teach my son that he is allowed to have boundaries and he doesn't have to allow people to touch him unless he agrees to it. So if he doesn't want you to touch him, expect him to blow kisses instead!
I need eye-contact. It's not a preference, I just need it. If someone isn't looking at me when we are talking I automatically assume that they aren't listening to me and they don't care what I'm talking about. I totally get that some people just aren't for it and they grew up thinking eye-contact isn't important. That person is my husband. Never makes eye-contact. But I can compromise and I know he is listening. HA. Like an itch I can't scratch.
I'm EXTREMELY loud. But there's a reason for this that not many people know about! After a trip to the doctor about a year ago, I found out that I have hearing loss! If I continue down this road, I will need hearing aids. But that's okay, it would not affect my career! The doctor says that I hear more vowels when people talk, so yes, I say "what?" and "huh?" all the dang time. It only sucks because no one else knows that by just looking at me. So people make fun of me all the time, but it's okay, because I know they are totally unaware.
I have high inter-ocular pressure. That means I have Glaucoma, minus the irreversible eye damage. This would have disqualified me from joining the military if I would have had it before I joined, but luckily I didn't have symptoms of the disease until after I was in the military for a couple years.
I'm a musician. A lot of people know this, but I haven't played guitar or sang in around three years. I don't really like to do it in public anymore. Growing up, music was an outlet for me. Like writing in a diary and I wasn't ready to share it with people. Whenever I did, people would ask me a million things about each song and it was always something I just didn't want to talk about.
I LOVE reading. I love hearing other people's words and seeing things in their perspective. Reading a book, to me, is like escaping the world. When I do read, I get so lost in the story, it actually feels like I'm not in my world. My husband has a hard time getting my attention whenever I'm reading because I'm so focused. Some of my favorite reads are the Divergent Series, Harry Potter, Fifty Shades of Grey, anything by Nicholas Sparks, any many others. Call me basic if you want, but they are good reads!
I prefer a Mediterranean diet. I have no idea why, but it tastes good and my body responds great to it. I spent some time trying a vegetarian diet (because I love veggies and I... felt like it?). It was pretty awesome, but takes a lot of prep. With how busy I am, it's hard to keep up with prepping all the ingredients and doing everything else I'm supposed to be doing. That's why the weekends are my best friend.
I love cardio. More time to think and better energy for the day. Now that the holidays are over and I'm done moving and unpacking, I am able to do as much cardio as I normally do. I shoot for at least an hour a day. Of course I work up to that... I don't just randomly get on an elliptical after nothing and just bust out a whole hour. I start with 20, then add ten minutes when it becomes easy and I don't feel like I'm struggling to get through it.
I always am insecure and feel socially awkward. People say I come off as this confident person and all this... But I'm always worried about if I looked at a person the wrong way, if I said the right thing, or if I sounded really snotty. When I was stationed in Guam, I was particularly picked on about my every last move. People didn't like my tone, my facial expressions, what I had to say; they just didn't like me. The people I was obligated to be around were not the best people at all and if I saw them again I'd probably run away from them like they were the plague, but of course I still look at myself and make sure I'm in check. I never take what someone says with a grain of salt. I make it seem like I'm okay and then behind closed doors, I'm not okay. People in Guam had this belief that I saw myself as perfect and put myself on some pedestal, but I do the complete opposite. I overthink everything and I'm always freaking out inside.
Well, there we have it! 12 things you might not have known about me! If you have any questions at all, I would be thrilled to hear it! Getting to know each other is important and I want everyone to have a good idea about the person who is talking to them! Stay tuned for the next post. Soon I will be talking about all the things I'm working on and how I manage my time!