Alright, alright. So, I’m not always feeling super creative. Sometimes it pays to cheat a little bit? Of course, the day I start a blog I get writers block (mercury retro amarite)? So, I’ll be doing the 30 Day Challenge for New Bloggers! Wish me luck!
Guys, there’s lot of random shit about me! Random is kind of my thing. Here are 10 random facts about me that most people who know me totally know. So, get to know me why don’t you? If you happen to come up with your own 10 random facts post, please drop a link in the comments. I’d love to see it!
Okay… let’s dive in!
1. My First Job Was At Disneyland
I graduated from high school and decided I did NOT want to go to college. So, I went straight out and got a job. I put together the dinkiest resume you’ve ever seen and walked right into Disney casting on Harbor blvd. in my hometown of Orange County. They gave me a job in costuming and I’ve never felt more baller in my life. I worked there for almost 3 years and would’ve stayed forever if they could’ve paid me more! I helped preset all of the face character costumes and maintain wardrobes, order repairs and help the face characters get ready. It was truly a joy! Disney was an AMAZING company to work for.
2. I Grew Up In Orange County, California
What a weird, time-warpy town to grow up in. I’m used to the beach being no more than half an hour away. I’m used to the 91, 101 and 5 freeway traffic. I have no idea what it’s like to not be able to go in Los Angeles for ANYTHING. I super took this for granted growing up there. The city I was raised in was very affluent and very white. I know privilege more than most and while I’m grateful, I’m happy to be out of California experiencing life differently with much more diversity.
3. My Dad Adopted Me At Birth
When my mom was pregnant with me, she didn’t know who my father was. She decided to marry Billy right before my birth and when I was born, he put his name on the birth certificate. While he is not my biological father, he is 100% my Dad and has been there for me through the ups and downs. I found out about my biological father when I was 10 years old.
4. I Met My Husband The Old Fashioned Way: Drunk, At A Bar
When I met Jeremy, we immediately had chemistry. In my early 20’s I spent most evenings out, at clubs and bars. I LOVE to dance (that has not changed). My friends and I were at a random club in Riverside one night and I saw Jeremy and thought he was super hot. I started dancing with his friend group and eventually he started dancing with me. We ended up dancing/making out all night and be bought me all the drinks. I was there with my ex boyfriend and I was actually just trying to make him jealous with Jeremy. Instead, I ended up totally falling for him over the next year. We’ve been together for 14 years now.
5. I Gave Birth To My Daughter At Home (On Purpose)
When I learned I was pregnant with my daughter in May of 2012, I immediately decided I wanted to give birth to her at home when the time came. I have NEVER liked medical settings and could not imagine doing something so intimate at a hospital unless it was a serious emergency. So, when she was ready, I gave birth to her at home in a birthing tub with my midwife and husband present. It was a beautiful experience that I wish I would’ve repeated with my second baby in 2018. Oh well, live and learn.
6. I’m A Weight Loss Surgery Survivor
In 2011, I learned that my insurance would cover weight loss surgery. So, I met with a bariatric surgeon and scheduled my surgery. After the surgery, I could only consume liquids for 2 weeks and became extremely malnourished. As the band was adjusted I could eat less and less and needed to eat very slowly and chew for long periods of time. I wasn’t able to stick to the eating protocols and I joined a roller derby team and was doing strenuous exercise 4 nights a week. I lost over 100 lbs! I was mostly eating milkshakes and bread, which would only stay down sometimes. I’d have times when I was walking and my legs would give out. By the time I was 8 weeks pregnant with my daughter I was so nutrient deficient that I was vomiting up about 75% of what I ate. After her birth, I learned that the band had slipped and I was anemic and vitamin deficient. I know what starvation feels like. I opted to have the band removed and immediately started eating after my surgery in June of 2013.
7. I Briefly Lived In San Jose During High School
In 1999, after spending a summer in New York City, I was sent to live in San Jose with my Dad after my mom and I finally hit our breaking point. I moved there and was enrolled in public high school where I made friends and lived with epic freedom. It was one of the best times in my life. I learned how to take the transit systems to San Fransisco and Santa Cruz and I spent my days exploring all of Northern California. I loved it there and go back to visit as often as possible.
8. My Sister Is An Astrologer
When I was young I looked up to my Sister for everything! She lived in Los Angeles and New York and I wanted to be just like her. She introduced me to astrology and tarot when I was around 12 years old and we loved to cast spells and do readings. I remember meeting other astrologers and visiting new age shops all over Los Angeles. She even got a very underage me to The Viper Room a couple of times 🤫.
9. I’m Of Celtic & Mayan Ancestry
I was lucky enough to be able to do some DNA testing over the last couple of years and was surprised to learn of my genetic ancestry! Of course there were a lot of variations, but DNA results mostly consisted of Celtic, Mayan and Iberian descent. I was shocked to learn just how Euro/Mexican I really am. With dark hair and white skin I’ve always felt like Snow White (no complaints) and I’m so excited to learn more about my ancestry.
10. I LOVE To Work With My Hands
Many things in life have been a struggle for me. What, it’s true! Something that has always come naturally to me in working with my hands. I have been painting, drawing, gardening, sewing, knitting and creating since I was very young. Often, I’d find solace in my handwork and allow myself to be swept up in these creative urges. Most of my jobs have centered around handwork and creativity. It’s just who I am, I suppose!
Okay. So that was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Maybe I should re-think this whole blogging thing. Also, note to self, find some carpal tunnel prevention stretches.