Fifty Facts About Me

I write a lot about what’s happening inside me– my brain, my heart, my spirit. But if you don’t know me personally, you might be missing some of the more fun, lighthearted pieces of my personality and personhood. So here are fifty of those pieces you may or may not care to know.

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  1. I swam for the first eleven years of my life, ever since my mom took me to those baby swimming lessons where you basically just blow bubbles and splash.
  2. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen the animated film Alice in Wonderland; I’m fairly certain I know every line.
  3. My favorite food is dessert. Especially brownies, cookies, and butterscotch pudding.
  4. I have one younger brother, born the day before my third birthday. We’re polar opposites yet best friends.
  5. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero, as well as one of my favorite fictional characters in general.
  6. I grew up in a small lakeside town in Oregon, at the foot of the mountains I will forever have a deep affection for.
  7. I went to university for two years and studied theology.
  8. I love all animals, especially cats and whales.
  9. I’ve had a life-long obsession with dinosaurs, and believe in the Loch Ness monster because I think she’s a surviving plesiosaur.
  10. I was in karate for twelve years and am a certified black belt in Shudokan (please don’t tell anyone, though, I am so done with doing demonstrations).
  11. My mom is the youngest of eight kids, so my extended family is huge and I have what seems like an infinite number of cousins.
  12. I want to try living in a big city someday. Not forever, unless I fall in love with it, but I think I want to experience that world.
  13. My grandparents were certified Bob Ross oil painting instructors and taught classes on weekends when I was little. Many of their paintings hang in my home.
  14. My first concert was Relient K and Switchfoot on the “Appetite for Construction” tour in 2007.
  15. Pinterest is my happy place on the internet. I use it as a vision board/dream space.
  16. I am terrified of snakes. Like, if I saw a hungry crocodile in the distance I would be less scared than if I saw a snake.
  17. I love movies and can’t pick a favorite. I don’t watch them like a seasoned critic, and there are many I’m not interested in watching, but I think they’re such a unique art form and I just really enjoy escaping into them.
  18. Watercolor is my favorite medium, but I love experimenting with anything artistic. I once had an Etsy shop for my projects.
  19. I work part time at my local movie theater.
  20. I am obsessed with Marvel movies; when the trailer for Infinity War came out, I cried.
  21. I took piano lessons in grade school, but I’m taking lessons again more passionately as an adult after I spent a few years self-teaching.
  22. My current favorite work of fiction is Les Misérables. It brings voice to many of my deeply held values.
  23. I have a fourteen year old cat named Dusty. Recently I found out that’s 85 in cat years and now I bring it up to her daily.
  24. I was entirely homeschooled, from preschool to high school graduation. I made my own diploma in MS Paint.
  25. I love elements of every genre of music, but my favorites are in the acoustic/folksy/singer-songwriter family.
  26. The first thing I ever wanted to be was an artist, and that has only expanded since.
  27. The only time I’ve had alcohol was the communion wine at a mass service, and it was a surprise to me. On my 21st birthday I had a glass of chocolate milk.
  28. I am an INFP (with a lot of J) and used to be pretty interested in MBTI, and I’m still very interested in brain science and psychology in general (not saying MBTI is official brain science; I am aware of that). I’m also a 6 on the Enneagram, if that’s more your thing, but I’ll admit it’s not really my thing.
  29. I grew up loving the same cartoons as my brother– Transformers, TMNT, Static Shock, Ben 10: Alien Force, Teen Titans, etc.
  30. I grew up with one parent in church and one outside of church. It taught me to seek middle ground and think empathetically.
  31. Eventually I would like to work up to being a vegetarian.
  32. My favorite Disney princess is Pocahontas (I swear, she counts).
  33. I have generalized anxiety disorder. I am usually high-functioning and have a lot of helpful tools in my belt, but I’m also learning that it’s okay to accept the diagnosis.
  34. My first “real” job was at an industrial supply company, where I landscaped, cleaned, took inventory, washed trucks, and did office work. I also watered my boss’ plants because he lived in an RV behind the store, and maybe that’s weird?
  35. Baking is my favorite creative outlet for when I feel uninspired; it lets me make something with my hands and I immediately get to reap the rewards.
  36. I didn’t get my drivers license until I was nineteen and didn’t regularly drive until I was twenty.
  37. I write a poem every day, to keep creatively awake and to process what’s in my brain.
  38. I watched HGTV all the time as a child and aspired to be as talented of a designer as David Bromstad.
  39. I was an extra in a short film one of my friends directed.
  40. At one point in my life, I didn’t believe I’d ever return to the institutional church. Now I’m the secretary at a church that prioritizes loving God and people and being responsible with scripture, and I enjoy it so much.
  41. I’ve loved writing from the time I knew how, but aside from a few poetry contest wins I didn’t share my writing publicly until I started this blog when I was sixteen.
  42. I had my first boyfriend at the age of 23.
  43. I kill plants no matter how carefully I try to take care of them. Cacti, succulents, air plants, spider plants– killed them all.
  44. I drink tea every day in the colder months.
  45. I love the creative journaling community online and would 100% join it if I used a bullet journal as opposed to one that hosts my thoughts and feelings on everything.
  46. My best friend and I have been pen pals since elementary school.
  47. Any time it’s possible for me to be barefoot, I will be.
  48. I am willing to travel anywhere and would like to visit as many places as possible, but France, New York City, and Australia are the ultimate wishes.
  49. My favorite past era is the 1970s and half the time I feel like that’s where I’m from.
  50. I love classic Disney animation and watch many of those movies purely to stare at the art and swoon at the music, especially Sleeping Beauty.
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