4 Surprising Facts About Me
As anyone familiar with blogging may know, it can be a lonely venture. Thankfully, the blogging community is amazing! The opportunity to foster relationships with other bloggers has been an important part of the experience for me. Depending on your niche, the person behind the blog may be invisible.
In an effort to open up and share something about who we are as individuals, Olivia Lucie Blake came up with the idea of the Behind the Blogger tag challenge. As a new blogger, I feel humbled and honored to be tagged by Molly of Transatlantic Notes to take participate. You can read her post here.
How does it work? Well, I simply share 4 interesting or unexpected things about myself that you may not have known before. At the end, I tag more bloggers to do the same on their sites. It’s a great way for us to support each other while inviting our readers to learn more about us.
Here we go!
I Have Always Enjoyed Writing
Writing has always been a part of my life. I’ve written creatively, helped with term papers, resume’s and other business letters for the people in my life. I wrote a children’s bedtime story in college and while it was never published, I’m still proud of it.
Even though I love writing, I could never really picture how it might be something I could do full-time.
In my mind, writing went hand-in-hand with authorship. As in, being a novelist. I never pictured that for myself. Sustaining a story for hundreds of pages never appealed to me. I considered short stories, but that didn’t resonate either. And a poet, I am not.
Professionally, I found ways to incorporate writing through creating newsletters, team-training and program manuals, but that’s about it. I know that there are many, many more ways in which I could have made writing a career. I don’t have any excuses. I’ll just chalk it up to aimlessness and insecurity.
As ridiculous as it sounds, blogging never came to mind as a career. I’m not sure how to explain it, but it was more an outlet of creativity than a business. It just didn’t register — until it did. Becoming a mom opened my mind beyond my 9-5 mentality to explore what else was out there.
It’s early days, but I am excited to share, connect and inspire through the growth of Let’s Grow Mom.
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I Became a First Time Mom in My 40s
Speaking of becoming a parent, I did it for the first and only time in my 40s. What was I thinking? I have no idea! Well, my story is probably not unlike others.
I always assumed that I would have kids one day, but didn’t really have a timeframe in mind. It was going to happen… one day. I went to college, started working and finally felt like I had things under control. Then, I experienced some issues that brought me to a gynecologist not too long after I turned 40.
Through that experience, (which was terrifying) I found out I had PCOS. I learned I would likely need medical intervention for the possibility of becoming a mom.
The certainty I always had of becoming a mom was gone. When imagining motherhood as a girl and young woman, nobody thinks their body could prevent it from happening naturally. I never dreamed I had to consider other options.
Financially, the process for medical intervention would have wiped out everything I saved. And as many women know, there were no guarantees that it would work. Since my options were already limited, I came to terms that it was not meant to be.
About 1 month after let go of the idea of being a mom and 7 months after that ill-fated doctor’s appointment, I found out I was pregnant. Naturally. Even after 6 home pregnancy tests and a confirmation from my doctor, I didn’t believe it.
To say that I am blessed is the understatement of my life.
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I Am Allergic to the Sun
Wait a minute… what did she just say? You read it right, I am allergic to the sun. My photosensitivity causes me to break out in a very aggressive heat rash. The rash attacks my face, arms/ shoulders and thighs, but nothing else. It’s uncomfortable and just not cute.
Does it prevent me from going in the sun? No. I don’t live in a bubble. I look forward to spring each year and love the long, lazy days of summer. To alleviate some of my suffering, I do have to take precautions well in advance of going out in the sun. However, even when I am cautious, sometimes it gets me anyway, which is frustrating.
I like to joke that it’s because I’m a delicate flower. But, really, I blame my mom. She doesn’t have any sun allergies, but she’s allergic to so many things. Sadly, I was the only one out of my siblings to be cursed with any allergies. Unfair? You bet!
I Can’t Stand Coffee
I live in the land of rainy weather, gray skies and coffee. The people here practically have their coffee on an I.V. drip, but I’ve never liked it. I don’t like the taste or the smell of it. It tastes bitter to me and in the words of my daughter, “it takes like sadness.”
I am often the only person in the room that doesn’t like coffee. It happens to be one of those things that people just do not believe.
I get a lot of, “But have you tried it this way?” Or, “don’t go <there>, that coffee is terrible, you need to go <here>.” It doesn’t matter what kind of coffee it is. It’s still coffee. Cold brewed? Nope. Mocha or latte? Vanilla, hazelnut, Tik Tok inspired? Just, no.
I really appreciate everyone for being so concerned about me and trying to lure me over to the dark side, but I’m really ok. I don’t feel like my life is diminished in any way by not liking coffee. I’m perfectly happy leaving it to the rest of you. You’re welcome.
Behind the Blog: Who’s Next?
This was fun! While I am a private person, I am so happy to have shared a little more about who I am as the person Behind the Blog. I enjoy writing Let’s Grow Mom and hope that you continue to stay on the journey with me.
I appreciate your time and hope that you will take a bit more to read about the people I am tagging to join in the fun.
Angie: Ang Meets Soul
Sarah: That Lemonade Life
Jeanette: It’s a Jeanette Thing
Lisamarie: Tired & Tenacious Mama
Christina: A Homebody’s Adventures
Off you go everyone! Tag! You’re it! Please don’t feel obligated to participate, but I sure hope you will. I’m looking forward to learning more about all of you.
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I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Share something that I don’t know about you!