I pride myself on being open. Especially with my blog readers. I just want to make sure I’m honest with you and as genuine as possible. That’s why I’m so open about my challenges and life with chronic illness. No, these aren’t the easiest things to talk about, but I think it’s important. We’re all going through something, and it’s vital that we all know we’re not alone. However, that’s not what this post is about! I decided to keep it light-hearted this week and give you guys the opportunity to learn a little more about me.
You already know I’m a blogger, recently graduated from grad school, and live in California. But there is plenty you might not know about me! Some of it may even surprise you! I’m excited for this opportunity to really introduce myself to you. And when you’re done reading through these 7 Things You Might Not Know About Me, I’d love if you told me something about you!
7 Things You Might Not Know About Me
I was an athlete.
Growing up, I played almost every sport known to man. Well, that’s what it seemed like. It started with soccer, like basically every other kid in America, but I really didn’t like it. I also played softball, tennis, competed in field events (as in track and field), basketball, and volleyball. For me, volleyball was definitely the favorite. Coming from a volleyball family, it’s in my blood and I truly miss it all the time. I think it’s about time I find a recreational league around here! But I’m grateful for my athletic days. They taught me about hard work, teamwork, and resilience. I wouldn’t trade a single one of those days for the world.
I used to raise livestock.
No, I didn’t grow up on a farm. I don’t come from a family of ranchers. But I was in 4-H as a kid, which is what sparked my love for all things agriculture. I started with a rabbit named Coco, and there was no going back. I raised just about every farm animal you can think of including goats, sheep, pigs, and cattle. And it was incredible. Not only did it help me buy myself a car and earn scholarships for college, but raising livestock put me on my current career path. It’s how I got into agriculture, going on to earn two bachelors degrees and a masters degree in agriculture. It also helped me develop a closer relationship with food production, giving me a better understanding of what goes into animal products. And I think that’s pretty valuable.
I’m a Sagittarius.
I know to some of you this definitely doesn’t mean much. And honestly, it didn’t mean much to me until relatively recently. I’m not really the type of person to live by my sign, but I do find astrology super interesting. Apparently sagittariuses (sagittarii?) are adventurous, optimistic, and lucky. They love to try new things, are incredibly extroverted, and even sometimes reckless. With a little self-reflection, I know I’m not a typical sagittarius. While I tend to be optimistic and outgoing, I am by no means adventurous or reckless. I will overthink anything and anxiety makes me worry about the consequences of everything. But I do tend to be independent, honest, and (maybe a little too) open-hearted like a typical sagittarius. So maybe this fire sign does suit me alright!
I used to rodeo.
I guess this kind of fits in with the fact that I used to raise livestock. Similarly, I used to compete in rodeos! I was a breakaway and team roper, competing at the high school and collegiate levels. I didn’t start roping until I was 17, so I was a little late to the game. And while I was okay, I was never great. Regardless, I absolutely loved it. When I started grad school, I didn’t have much time to rope anymore, and my subsequent poor health kept me from the arena. I still ride my horse, Prancer, at least once a week (usually more), because it’s still one of my absolute favorite activities. However, I hope someday I can get competitive again, whether that’s with roping or another equestrian event.
I don’t eat condiments.
No, this isn’t a health thing. I just really don’t like most condiments. Ever since I was a little kid, I couldn’t stand ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, or even salad dressing. I still can’t. I eat all of my salads dry. The only “sauces” I like are the occasional BBQ sauce, cheese sauce, and tahini. And even with those, I’m very picky. I’m usually pretty adventurous with my food, but for some reason, condiments just don’t do it for me. In fact, they ruin food for me! But that’s okay. We all like what we like, right?
I have a minor true crime obsession.
lf you had a chance to check out my podcasts post, then you know I love true crime. Since I wrote that post, though, I’ve found new true crime podcasts to listen to, have read a few books about famous serial killers, and periodically watch Forensic Files. I know to some, it might seem dark and disturbing. And honestly, some of the content can be incredibly upsetting. But it’s also a fascinating look at the nature of some humans (definitely not all). True crime books, movies, and podcasts only make me slightly paranoid, I’ve learned a lot about protecting myself, which is very empowering.
I’m a total nerd.
And I’m not even a little mad about it. I’ve always been fascinated with history, loved math and science, and been entertained by sci-fi and fantasy. Reading was a favorite activity of mine growing up (still is!) and I generally read historical fiction. Jeopardy, The Walking Dead, and Supernatural are three of my favorite TV shows. My family literally records Jeopardy so we never miss an episode. When I’m not listening to true crime podcasts, I tend to go with educational ones such as Stuff You Should Know ro Stuff You Missed in History Class (or really anything produced by How Stuff Works). I’m always up to learn something knew and love to be mentally stimulated. I still don’t understand why “nerd” was ever considered an insult in the first place! Learning is cool .
Enough about me…
I want to learn things about you! You guys are what keep me blogging and allow me to get creative! I love interacting with all of you and want to get to know you. So please, tell me about yourself!