Several years ago, I saw this on a blog and thought neat! Then did nothing with it. Luckily, the idea stuck in my brain and resurged this weekend when I working on what to write this week.
1) Is my life how I imagined it would be?
No, but that’s only because I never had a definite vision of what my life might look like. When I was young, I knew there were things I wanted to try , but I never thought, “gee, I hope my life turns out this certain way.” In fact, I envied my fellow classmates who had dreams of becoming doctors or teachers or actors, or knew they wanted X number of kids and wanted to live in NYC or Chicago. I, instead, had thoughts such as, “I like writing” or “hey, that’s an interesting subject.” But no ideas on specific goals or career paths other than I knew I wanted to go to college.
In fact, my first summer after college, I had a number of people surprised that I wasn’t in music school or art school or some other specific place. Apparently, other people had ideas for me, which I found amusing.
So I even though I haven’t figured it out (hence the double major in college, the two masters degrees, and the obsessive need to continue to take classes even today), that’s okay. I’ve just always been interested in many different things, and so I focus on the journey, not the destination. And that makes the answer to this question that even though I like how my life has evolved, I don’t know I can say this is how I imagined it would be.
2) Do I collect anything?
Souvenir magnets, quotes, and coins.
3) Favorite dessert?
All things dark chocolate. And coconut ice cream.
4) What is my signature style?
Jeans, a tee, and flip flops with no make-up and a wash and go haircut. While I can do spiffy, formal, or business, I prefer casual and laid-back. Sadly, I chose a profession that loves the stuffy black business suit. But at the end of the day, I’d rather be in jeans.
5) What is my biggest struggle in life?
Eating healthy. I hate to cook and put off thinking about dinner until the last minute, which means I go with the easiest option (usually eating out). I’m really trying to work on this. So if you have any easy recipes, and by easy, I mean quick prep times, please send them my way.
6) Something that I really want to do before my next birthday?
Every year, I try to have a new experience. Something I’ve never tried or done before. Last year it was paddle boarding. In 2015, it was sailing. Previous years have included going to boxing and mixed martial arts classes, running a full marathon, moving cross-country to a new state just because I wanted to see what it was like living on the west coast, attending NaNoWriMo‘s Night of Writing Dangerously and “winning” NaNoWriMo, learning to crochet, taking figure drawing and pottery classes. This year I haven’t quite figured out what I will do (maybe a stained glass class?). But I know it will be awesomely fun.
So, that’s a bit about me. But it shouldn’t be all about me. Let’s hear from you. Share something about you in the comments.