A few days ago my sweet friend Lisette tagged me in the cute "6 Things You Should Know About Me" post that's been floating around. I had another post planned for today, but it felt a smidge Debbie Downer-esque and I feel like there's been a lot of that around HOH lately. Sorry, friends. This post is a great substitute!
1. Is this how you imagined your life to be?
This is a really funny question. Yes, and no, depending on what stage in life you're asking about. Most parts of my life right now are exactly how I want them to be, but some things are not. Is this where I thought I'd be at 24, when I was 16 years old? Absolutely not. At that point in my life, music was one of the most important things to me. I played the oboe in my school's top band, full orchestra, and a youth orchestra on the side. My dream job was to create those amazing movie soundtracks (and I still nerd-out and have several in my iTunes library), and my parents, my lesson teacher, and I were thinking about where I would go study music. Our plan: a great music school for undergrad, like Michigan, then a conservatory or Juilliard for graduate school. Through a series of events, including intense burnout, disdain for the cut-throat music world, and breaking my hand senior year, I put that life-goal aside and went to study psychology instead. I miss music pretty intensely sometimes, but I always remind myself that if I had pursued that path I wouldn't have ever met H or done some of the amazing things I've done in between.
2. If money were no questions, I'd purchase...
A personal chef. Hands down. I think I've mentioned this before... but if I had all the money in the world I would have someone do all my grocery shopping, prepare all of the fruits and veggies, and cook me delicious, healthy meals. Like, I know it can be done on my own, but more often than not I go to get something to eat and resort to the less-than-healthy options. I'd be one skinny mini if someone else prepped all my food for me...
3. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Right now, it's definitely learning how to use my new DSLR. This stuff is like a dang foreign language... aperture, shutter speed, white balance, oh my! It's pretty confusing, but I want to someday be able to use my camera to it's full extent and get the heck out of automatic mode. Right now I'm just trying to learn what all of the buttons do, but I have to go back to my "DSLR for Dummies" book (yeah, I actually got one of those) all the time. One time I realized I was shooting great photos in manual, but couldn't tell you how I got to those settings to save my life!
4. Blogs you're loving right now?
So I don't know what rock I've been hiding under, but I just recently started reading the Musings by Monji from Melyssa at The Nectar Collective. As a long-time corgi owner myself, I DIE reading every entry. Girlfriend is seriously a talented writer. And this one makes me a total creeper because I've yet to comment on a post, but I'm really loving The Laurel Gazette right now. Her post on blog shame and insecurity pretty much could have come right out of my brain.
5. What's the best piece of advice anyone's ever given you?
I guess it's not quite advice because someone didn't really give it to me, but I suppose I've learned it through my interactions with people and the famous quote. My favorite "advice" is about treating people kindly because everyone's fighting a battle we know nothing about. It wasn't until college that I really internalized that, through two particular people I met. What I saw them as on the outside was really only a glimpse of the things they had experienced in life, things I never would have expected. It's really reframed the way I understand people and feel about them.
6. Tell us something we don't know about you.
This is always a good shock factor one... I've had 10 ear surgeries. You know those tubes they stick in babies and little kids who have frequent ear infections? Yeah, I still have those. My most recent set were put in in 2011, and when I don't have them I get 8-10 ear infections a year. (With them in it's usually only 3-4.) Before I found my current ENT I was getting the procedures done in a children's hospital... cause uh... they pretty much only do it on kids. Surprisingly enough I only have very minimal hearing loss! I do, however, have all sorts of nerve damage so I can't really feel pain when I get ear infections anymore.
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