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.