The Townie Tourist Gets Real


Most of the people I know come up with a word to take them through the year. This year, for me, my word is REAL.

I’m getting real about who I am with regard to how I label myself (sober, feminist, professional enthusiast…) and how I allow others to label me. Physically being real. Not waxing this year. (Shock and horror!) Getting manicures and pedicures without any polish. (This one was kind of a must-do because of a dip-gel-polish incident that I’m still recovering from.)

And being more real with you. There’s a lot of my life that you don’t see on social media or read here on the blog. I’ve held you at arm’s length for a couple years while trying to figure out how much of myself to share. There’s so much that you don’t know or see. I think that by being more open I can get more real about how I travel and live life and see art in this tiny world, made tinier with social media and live video.

So here are a few things about me that you might not know or realize from what you’ve seen so far.

  • I’m actually an introvert who loves staying home in bed reading or listening to podcasts.

  • I have a heart condition called SVT or Supraventricular Tachycardia. It basically means I have electrical nodes in my heart that compete for beats. (Also why I should not drink coffee. Y’all, do not EVEN start with how many coffee pics I post on Insta.)

  • I have one younger sister who is a barber, and one older half-brother who is a truck driver.

  • My mom has Alzheimer’s. (Alzheimer’s sucks.)

  • I’m sober, and have been for 388 days (as of today).

  • I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford on an abandoned golf course in Orlando.

  • I have four tattoos. (A bird, a fish, my favorite quote, and hops)

  • I knocked out my front tooth in a bicycle accident when I was 12 and now I have a porcelain replacement. (Also why I’m super into bike safety and helmets and mouth-guards. Teeth are expensive.)

  • I love taxidermy. The anthropomorphic kind where squirrels wear pants, or the rogue kind where a rabbit might be mixed with a cat or some other animal.

I have to say I LOVE sharing with you through live video. You see things when I see them. It’s not scripted or planned out more than a couple emails. And I don’t want it to be. It’s not a reality show, it’s real life. UNSCRIPTED.

So, if you have a question about who I am or how I came to be…me, feel free to ask. I promise to be real.