… to me!
Now that I have a blog, I couldn’t pass up this chance to exercise a bit of narcism and write a birthday post. I hope you don’t mind But because I’m rather paranoid about internet security, I couldn’t actually post this on the date of my birth. The point is: sometime during the next two weeks I’m turning 20!
It’s been a really crazy year for me. Although I vainly tried to steer life in a certain direction, challenges arose and of flipped my plans upside down. But plowing through those struggles uprooted beautiful blessings. Blessings like healing, starting this blog, making awesome blogger friends and connecting with YOU!
“We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, as to have the life that is waiting for us.” After all, God knows the plans he has for us: plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future!
My favorite part of blogging is connecting to people. I haven’t shared much of my life here, but I think doing so would make our relationship seem more personal, and less like a computer telling you the best way to make potato-less hash browns.
Oh… and there is the part about me being kind of nosey and wanting to learn personal details about my own internet acquaintances. I thought (just maybe) you might feel the same way.
So, in honor of my 20th birthday, here are 20 random facts about me!
20 Facts about Lauren
1. I’m a bad driver
Not a dangerous driver, just not skilled. Driving, parking and following directions traumatizes me.
2. I had pet rats
I had two dearly loved pet rats in elementary school. And they were smart! One could unlatch its cage and it would escape and walk on my face when I was sleeping.
3. I was homeschooled
Yep, from grades 5-12th. And yes, I do have people skills.
4. I love Lucy
My sister and I grew up without cable and watched an episode from our I Love Lucy DVD collection almost every night. As a result, we have spotted mistakes in the official I Love Lucy trivia book.
5. And I love the Dick Van Dyke Show
We also have the Dick Van Dyke Show DVDs. And we can mimic Laura’s many nuances of “Oh, Rob!” to a tee.
6. I don’t own a pair of jeans
I simply can’t stand them.
7. I often stay in pajamas all day
That is the benefit of taking online college courses and blogging!
8. I play piano
Although I fostered different sentiments when I was younger, I’m grateful my parents stubbornly required piano lessons for 12 years of my life. I think music–especially using music to release emotions–is extraordinarily healing.
9. I love Alphonse Mucha art
I’ve bought an Alphonse Mucha calendar for the past 5 years.
10. I’m an entrepreneur at heart
I’m always cooking up a business scheme. When I was little, I graduated from lemonade stands to selling my hoarded halloween candy to my sister and neighbor kids in July.
11. I’m a neat freak
When I’m stressed, I’ll re-organize a drawer or my closet. It’s a bit ridiculous.
12. I’m a recovering Type A
Guess what? Being a die-hard perfectionist has taken a toll on my health. So now my goal in life is to learn to chillax.
13. I belong in Pacific Northwest
We’re living outside of D.C. for a few years for Dad’s job, and I cannot wait to return home to the Pacific Northwest. Because I like rain, Pike Place Market, super fresh Alaskan salmon, and folks wearing socks with their Tevas (you’ll only get that if you’ve been to Seattle).
14. I dislike traveling
Well, that’s probably because it’s such a hassle to travel with an autoimmune disease and while following the GAPS diet. But I love being home and having my routine. And staying in pajamas all day.
15. I fainted at the sight of my own blood
In 9th grade, I had returned home after 2 weeks in the hospital due to a colitis flare. I was changing the band-aid over the spot in my arm where the I.V. needle had been. It looked to me like a gaping hole in my arm, and I ended up fainting. With my eyes open. For a moment, I think my parents thought I had died.
16. I’m a total sucker for infomercials
And I would probably believe in Bigfoot if my family didn’t force me to change the channel when “Finding Bigfoot” airs.
17. I watch puppy videos when I’m sad
Who doesn’t? My favorite is this puppy who loses self control.
18. I’m mostly Danish
I have Danish roots from grandparents on my mom’s and my dad’s side. We weave paper hearts and cook krumkake at Christmas. And I love my extremely fair complexion from my Scandinavian ancestors.
19. Until last week, I was wearing bobby pins upside down.
Of course, I was in good company because everybody else wears them upside down.
20. I’m starting a distance-learning course at NTA this February!
I’m so excited to start training to become a nutritional therapy practitioner that I’ve (very prematurely) designed my business cards and bought my new business domain.
Okay, enough about me! I want to hear from you now. What type of posts/recipes do you want from 20-year-old me? What are the food restrictions/food allergies you’re working with, so I can tailor recipes for you?