Your Guide to Figuring out Who the Hell I Am
Hello again and welcome to my blog. So a thought crossed my mind, and I feel like we haven't exactly had the chance to really get to know one another....so, properly, I created a guide to help you get to know me a little better. Here are some random facts about who I am, what I love/hate, and everything else under the sun.
Things You Might Not Know About Me
- I'm an avid explorer - On Dustin & I's shared days off we jump in the car and just drive around, sometimes aimlessly, sometimes with a destination in mind. We love roaming through Maine, or anywhere in New England to hunt for good eats, scenic views, or good hiking trails. I've seen so much of New England by just aimlessly driving around with my guy, stopping at various places, I wouldn't trade our adventures for anything.
- I hoard magazines & books like nobody's business - I'm obsessed with Self, Allure, Fitness, Oprah, pretty much any magazine I can get my hands on. If you were to take a peek in my room, you would be floored by the amount and how old the magazines I own are. I love reading, and could spend hours flipping through magazines.
- I have some weird phobias - I can't stand seeing a used band aid on the ground, if I see one I pretty much lose my mind, gag, and almost throw up. I also detest stickers, any kind, they make me extremely uncomfortable and I avoid them at all cost. I've never really understood my fears, or why I hate sticky things so much, but I try not to think about it because it just gives me the heebie jeebies.
- I'm legally blind without my contacts/glasses - Ever since I was in the first grade, I've always needed glasses. My prescription is so high that glasses for me are super costly ($300-400) Luckily when I was in junior high I upgraded to contacts, which are a little less costly at $250 for a six month supply. I wish I wasn't blessed with this blindness.
- I played Field Hockey for seven years - Ever since fourth grade when my sister decided to join the sport, I just had to follow in her footsteps. Field Hockey became a love I could never let die, until my junior year of high school when my grades slipped and I couldn't afford to dedicate my time to it. I love everything about the sport, the conditioning aspect, all the scrimmages and practices. Over all, I miss running up and down the fields and having a blast.
- I've only had my license for one year - This is something I'm pretty hesitant to share, due to judgement. Most people get their license at 16, whereas I had my permit for three years and was just so anxious about driving. My dad and friends had to take me to and from work, and school, I was just too anxious to get behind the wheel. Finally I had to get my license when I went off to SpaTech Institute, which was about a forty minute commute from my hometown. It was one of the hardest things I've done. It took a lot of work to silence my anxiety about driving and finally get my license. When I went to buy my first car, I instantly knew I needed a Subaru to keep me safe, and I purchased a 2001 Subaru Outback for $2,500 and drove it into the ground. I recently traded my Outback in for a 2011 Legacy, and it feels so good to be "adulting" working so hard to pay for the things I want & need.
- I'm addicted to coffee - As soon as the alarm goes off I need my morning coffee, I crave it... I love Sunday mornings when I can take my time sipping my coffee curled up on the couch. I would be lost without caffeine in my life, coffee is pretty much my soulmate, and we will never break up.
- I love pickles - I blame this on my mother, who munched on pickles & drank too much lemonade when she was pregnant with me. There is always a jar in my fridge, and I even have Dustin hooked on Dill Pickles. One year Dustin went as far as buying me a huge jar of Amato's pickles for my birthday, and my heart was content. My entire family has always been obsessed with pickles, and I love that quirkiness about us.
- I love talk shows -I've always had a weird love for talk shows my favorites: Oprah, Ellen, Dr. Oz, Tyra, Maury, and Dr. Phil. I used to hit the gym at exactly 4:00 each day so I could watch Dr. Phil as I workout on the elliptical. Sadly, we don't have cable anymore so I've been skimming Dr. Phil's website every so often to get my fix.
- I'm a natural blonde - Yep, when I was younger I was platinum blonde. My hair darkened throughout the years and I was a "dirty blonde" until I began to die my hair, mostly deep red. I experimented with hair color throughout my Cosmetology program I've been dark brown, violet, candy apple red with orange and fusia. I've always taken great care of my hair, I'm not big on breakage, or chemical haircuts, so I lay off the color. Just recently I had one of my coworkers balayage lightner through the ends of my hair to lighten up my look for fall. I haven't colored my hair in over a year, and I'm glad to finally see some of my natural color back.
- I had my first haircut at twelve years old - My mom wouldn't let me cut my hair because she wanted all three of her daughters to have long and beautiful waist length hair.... until we begged and begged to get it done. My sisters and I went to a little salon two towns away and decided to donate out hair to "Lock of Love" to help those battling cancer in need of wigs. I chopped ten inches off my hair that day, and made it in my schools monthly newsletter. That day I knew I truly helped someone, even at twelve years old, I felt proud.
- I love to clean - I clean my car out weekly, vacuum and all. I need my living area to be spotless... or close to it. My oldest sister had always taught me to keep everything neat and tidy. Growing up watching her always do laundry, take care of everyone else, and keep herself well organized had always inspired me to do the same. I love finding new ways to organize my makeup and closet, to me it's fun. Each weekend before the start of the new week I have to do laundry, dishes, clean our room and tidy the house up so I can feel more organized and put together. I'm a little obsessive over my cleaning habits, but at least I know how to take care of myself and Dustin.
- My closet consists of only dark clothing - Go figure, I'm a Cosmetologist, we all wear black. I've never been a big fan of the color black, but things have changed. My closet consists of black, wine red, navy, olive green, white, gray, and some dark purples. I'm on the neutral side of the color spectrum, so I could technically pull of brighter colors, but I don't think I'd consider it. I've always been more attracted to the darker side, luckily my profession allows me to get away with an all black ensemble.
- I'm Stevie Nicks biggest fan - Well, maybe not her biggest.... but pretty close to it! Rumors is the only album I listen to on repeat, and love every single song on it. She just has such a beautiful voice, and amazing taste in style. Even now, she is still so beautiful and so inspiring. I can't get enough of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie.
- I'm impulsive - In true Aries fashion I'm very impulsive... and a huge risk taker. I believe in taking chances, and making a leap of faith. Some of the craziest decisions I've ever made has triggered many great things to happen in my life. If I hadn't taken chances and done gutsy things, I wouldn't be the person I am today. When life starts to seem boring, I'm all for going on a crazy adventures, or making big changes.
- I hate spending money - I'm a saver, not a spender. Unless it comes to makeup and skincare, then I'll spend whatever it takes to make myself happy :) I hate going shopping for clothes at the mall, because of how expensive everything is. Growing up poor we could never afford to go to the mall, or even to Wal-Mart really, we almost always went to Goodwill. I'm grateful to have grown up poor because it truly makes me a savvy spender. I still go to Goodwill, but I've branched out quite a bit from my younger years. It's hard for me to justify spending $25 on a sweater, or $250 on a North Face winter jacket, but I've realized somethings are just worth an investment. I'm slowly but surely working on developing more womanly shopping tendencies.
- I want to build a Tiny Home - Maybe not an actual "Tiny Home" but a very small home. When Dustin and I talk about our plans for the future together, we always bring up the fact that we want a small home. Once we saw Tiny House Nation we were convinced we wanted to build one of our own. It's crucial to downsize and life simple, in my opinion, it puts so much into perspective and helps you truly get in touch with what matters. I'm not materialistic whatsoever, I would never expect Dustin to buy me a $400 Coach bag because it's "in" and "hot now" or need a status symbol to define who I am or how much money Dustin and I have. We want to build a tiny home somewhere beautiful and life a simple life, and be truly happy with less.