I want to introduce myself and what better way than to fill you in on a few things that many of you probably don’t know about me.
Although, I’ll start with some things that you probably do know. I am 21 years old. I’ve recently taken on the title of wife. (And I’m loving the way it sounds!) I’m obsessed with coffee and could drink it all day long and in fact most of the day I do. I have a pup named Wesson and although he’s not registered as one, he is most definitely my emotional support animal. He’s the best company I could ask for during the day when Sean’s at work. I work two days a week and am blessed to be able to work part time. I for the first time in years have managed to stay flare up free (even through all the wedding stress!) and overall am feeling the best I have in the 10 years since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I realize ups and downs are a part of life but I’m currently rejoicing in the up!
Now, for a few things you may not know about me.
(In no paticular order)
1. I love change. Some run from it and others embrace it and I am definitely someone who embraces it. There’s something awfully exciting to me about getting to restart or redecorate or just begin again. When Sean and I first started dating I was living in Texas although shortly after we knew we wanted to be together forever. He flew to Texas, we packed up my car, and moved me back.
2. I played with baby dolls until I was in the sixth grade. Seriously, I did. I had a favorite baby doll that I got from FAO Shwartz in New York when I was in the third grade. It weighed six pounds and felt like the real thing. I was obsessed.
3. I love to cook and bake. Really, I just love being in the kitchen, for me it’s a place to be free and creative. It works in my favor since I have a hubby who loves to eat!
4. I can sew and boy do I wish I did it more often! In high school I played around a lot with different fabrics and had big dreams of designing my own clothing line. I’ve always loved clothing and the ability it gives you to express yourself. My grandma bought me a sewing machine for my birthday one year and some of the first things I made was a striped shirt that fell apart in the washer.
5. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is, if I’m on the couch you’ll find me snuggled in a blanket. I love being cozy. I even wore stretch pants to school until the fourth grade and still will wear leggings over jeans if I can get away with it! I’m also the person who will stuff a blanket into their purse to take into the movie theater.
6. My husband was the first one out of the two of us to tell me that he loved me and when he did, I didn’t say it back. It took me a couple weeks because I wanted to be sure I meant it (unlike the other times I had heard someone say it) and bless his heart he was so patient.
7. I have two tattoos. One in honor of my grandfather (see below) and one in honor of my grandmother. The two people that I’ve lost that have meant the most to me. Before I got a tattoo, I thought I might get one and think, “Why did I get this? Get this off of me!” But getting something so meaningful has made me feel the opposite. I look down and see reminders of two people who had such a great impact on me and that I wish were still by my side.
8. I grew up with a mom who ran her own salon. After years of watching I thought it was also what I wanted to do. I began cosmetology school during high school through a local program. I met some amazing girls and loved it, but quickly realized that although I love styling and the different aspects of doing hair, I loved it as a hobby and not a future profession. The things I learned in school bundled with growing up in a salon has given me the knowledge and skill that I have.
9. I use mens deodorant and have for nearly ten years. Fact; majority of people who suffer from fibromyalgia (like I do) have a hard time regulating their body temperature. For me, this means there are times that I’m super hot and other times where I’m freezing cold. In those hot flash moments, my ladies deodorant just wouldn’t cut it so I tried mens, it did the trick, so I stuck with it!
10. I was born six and a half weeks premature. Turns out, I was born on my grandfathers birthday. We celebrated every birthday together since I was born up until my 19th. In his honor on my 20th birthday in 2016, I got a tattoo that in roman numerals that reads
2-19-15, last birthday that we spent together.