17 Things About Me
17 Things About Me
Running and hiking, exploring in my own city and in new places, spending time outside in the forest, climbing mountains, chasing and photographing sunsets, and finding hidden gems. I get such a thrill out of exploring! I also love to try new restaurants and good food, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and really connecting with people. One of my favourite things is when I unexpectedly find something in common with a person I’ve just met. A lot of things make me happy apparently!
I do drink a lot of coffee, but I’m going to say that’s not a vice. I can over-commit, get overwhelmed by my busy schedule, and then cancel plans. I am working on saying no more often and only saying yes to what I really want to do. I am also terrible at sitting and doing nothing and it can take me awhile to relax. If you were to ask my Dad, my inability to follow a budget would also be another vice!
Clock, a lot of unread library books, candles, BBQ lighter (to light the candles), my sleep mask, gratitude journal (which I haven’t filled out in a long time), and a fan that my friend Karen brought back for me from her trip to China.
I play the flute and the piano. I went to an arts high school and completed my undergraduate degree in music. I also have a special talent for breaking things and causing kitchen disasters. Also I cannot forget my signature secret dance move, the chicken boob dance. That’s a story for another day.
Dark chocolate and nut butter! I’m also well aware running and fitness can be extremely selfish and indulgent things. I try not to forget that and be grateful for the time and ability I have to do those things right now. Running, exercise, and spending time outside everyday have such a positive impact on how I feel mentally and physically.
There are a lot of things I look back upon now and am so glad I have had the chance to experience. They have really helped shaped my life. A few of these experiences include: climbing mountains and getting over a serious fear of heights (somewhat!), training for a race (running consistently and having specific goals really changed the game for me), travelling, living on my own, living in new cities, living with roommates, throwing surprise parties, and going on spontaneous adventures.
It is pretty easy to make me laugh! Sarcasm, hilarious and unfortunate situations, pain. My response to probably too many situations is to laugh.
I can be a pretty anxious person and I get really worked up about big goals. I.e. crying and feeling like I was going to barf everyday the 2 weeks leading up to my first marathon. I also worked in property management for 2 years and I hated sports with a fiery passion when I was younger. Arts kid all the way!
Probably the better question is, what isn’t on my bucket list. See my list of ongoing adventures to do. At the top of my list currently: travelling to Portland a week today, run a 50 km trail race in spring 2017, start a consulting business with one of my friends by Dec 2016, and try the new plant-based pizzeria Virtuous Pie.
Pink Jefferson Native shoes. They’re super comfy, bright pink, and I’ve had way too many occurrences where I’m wearing the same pair of shoes as a 5 year old. What’s not to love?
I taught piano in high school as my part-time job in my basement, which was pretty sweet! Before that, it probably would have been a lemonade stand or selling homemade jewelry to my neighbours.
I never read my horoscope before getting on a plane.
At work: blazers from Kit & Ace (love that they are machine-washable) and skirts and wrap dresses from The Bay (seriously a great place to buy inexpensive, high-quality work clothes – so many sales). Workout: I generally stick to Lululemon, Old Navy, and Zella workout clothes. I shared some of my favourite running clothes here.
In the past several years, my parents have gifted us with family vacations to Italy and Alaska. Those have both been very special. When I was a kid, I fondly remember the cardboard puppet show theatre I received.
We have a ton of liquor at work (I work in the liquor industry) so I don’t have that much at home. My go-to drink right now is pinot noir.
Probably way too many appliances for a small kitchen! My slow cooker, blender, kettle, French press, a bowl of bananas, and fresh flowers.
In high school, my friend Trevor joked that I was a bag lady so that gives you an idea of how much stuff I bring with me everywhere (although I have improved things). One thing I never leave home without is snacks! Hangry is a thing, and it ain’t pretty.