ten things about me

I’ve written quite few posts but haven’t taken the time to truly introduce myself. I don’t know who’s reading or who out there even cares but I feel like we’re friends. So, much like friends that get to know each other over time, I’m going to tell you ten things about me (that you probably don’t know).

ONE:

I tend to describe myself as a kaleidoscope. I’m ever-changing, growing, and learning. However, there is more than one reason that I use this word to describe who I am.

I have also chosen to use this word because I used to be a kaleidoscope in a different sense. I was the object, the thing that someone held and turned to change his view of the world. When I decided that I wouldn’t be his kaleidoscope anymore, I changed, this time for myself, and I haven’t stopped changing and growing since.

TWO:

I’ve discovered that I’m kind of a dark person. It’s strange to understand that I’m not just this innocent, bubbly, and naive woman any longer. Heck, I’m 30 now.

I still consider myself a positive person but somewhere along the way the optimism that I once had shifted into a mix of realism and pessimism. I don’t come across this way in person, even as you get to know me, but I do tend to think this way, especially when I’m in a bad mood.

But, let’s face it, who isn’t a pessimist when they’re in a bad mood?

THREE:

When I grew up, I celebrated Christmukkah. Ok, let’s be real, I didn’t officially celebrate this holiday until Seth coined it on The OC, but we celebrated both Christmas and Hanukkah nonetheless.

When I was little, we got eight gifts and Christmas gifts too. It shifted to a check for Hannukah and gifts on Christmas morning when we got older.

FOUR:

I’m a major hypochondriac. It might not be full-blown. I mean, I know I’m not dying when I have a bad cough, but it isn’t exactly the best thing about me.

When I get dizzy from not eating enough, I start talking about my blood sugar. When I get tons of bruises that I can’t remember obtaining, I start wondering what auto-immune condition I have. When I think about traveling to Costa Rica, I get worried about coming back with bot flies.

Don’t even get me started about mosquitos.

FIVE:

I often wonder where I would be if I had tried in high school. Yep, I didn’t really try. Yes, I went to a nice, liberal arts magnet high school. Yes, I got into a good college (USF – go Bulls!) but I didn’t have the background knowledge, nor the math skills, to even consider a major that required College Algebra.

I’m good at my job, very good, and I’m so happy with where I ended up (I love the students), but I do wonder if I would’ve chosen a different path if I had had the option.

SIX:

I have only dated two men in my life. Ok, I had other three-month-long-non-relationships, but I’ve only been in two real ones. The second one is the only one that matters. He is my best friend, my other half, my soul mate.

He’s the first person to ever get me on a roller coaster, go into a haunted house, get on one of those rides that shoots you way up in the air, and watch scary movies. I still can’t believe the things I’ve done with him. The best thing, though? Hiking Gros Piton in St. Lucia.

SEVEN:

I never learned how to swim. Consequently, I’m afraid of water. I keep telling myself (and Adam) that I’m going to take lessons. But, for now, this odd fear of the water keeps me from stepping near a pool or ocean.

Adam is still mad I didn’t tell him the first time we went kayaking. I guess I would’ve mentioned it if I had fallen out…but it kind of would’ve been too late, huh?

EIGHT:

I can’t ever decide what my personal style is. One minute, I’m super feminine, like Blair Waldorf, and the next minute I just want to wear bf jeans and loose tees. I can’t ever make up my mind and, with one look at my wardrobe, you’d be able to tell.

I do think that I am, overall, casual chic. I prefer minimal clothes and will often be seen wearing minimal outfits. I don’t really use jewelry, but I love (love, love!) shoes.

NINE:

I canNOT cook. I’m awful at it. I tried, some time ago, to learn (using Blue Apron). However, I didn’t learn a thing, other than the fact that I’m good at following directions.

Oh, and there was once a time that I was a vegetarian too. It lasted for two years. I ended up gaining weight so I chose to go back to a meat-eating diet.

TEN:

I still view the completion of my first trilogy as the greatest accomplishment of my life so far. I was, and still am, so proud of myself for accomplishing that dream. I hope to find the motivation and inspiration to finish my current work in progress.

I’ve posted a little bit of it (I got super excited!) here but it’s still in first draft mode. Things are subject to change.

Well, I think you’ve learned enough about who I am right now. I’ll be sure to share some more at a later date. If you liked this post, leave a comment. I’ll be sure to share more of who I am (on the inside) if that’s what you want.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    John Smith
    December 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    You underestimate yourself….you are a good cook and a great daugther-in-law with tremendous potential! Damn good writer too!

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      jloeak
      December 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Haha! Thanks for liking my cooking!

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    Mara
    December 22, 2017 at 10:18 am

    You are awesome just the way you are! You have accomplished so much and I am very proud to call you my niece.

    • Reply
      jloeak
      December 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Thanks! I’m super proud of all I’ve done too!

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    Gaga
    December 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

    You are my beautiful granddaughter. I learned a lot about you from this post. Just keep enjoying life. I love you.

    • Reply
      jloeak
      December 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Thanks!

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    Ann Smith
    December 22, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    We are blessed to have such a beautiful, talented and thoughtful daughter-in-law! I wish you were a fly on the wall for the MANY times John has told me that I need to get your recipes. You fed him well when he was in Orlando! Thanks to you both for welcoming him into your home and taking such good care of him! We love you, Jamie!

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      jloeak
      December 24, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I’m glad he liked my cooking! Now I need Adam to too. Haha!

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