Last year I skimped out and didn’t write my annual birthday list. At the time my life was consuming me and I just couldn’t, but now I’m missing a year! But here we are and here I am…this year, and today is my birthday. Thirty seven! This year, I made a point to continue my birthday list madness…with thirty seven new bits of randomness about me. I read back through all of my past lists. This is fun! So without further ado…and in no particular order:
2.) I am currently realizing some underlying fears I have. It’s something I’m working on. Sometimes I just don’t feel comfortable in my own skin.
3.) I’m currently learning that self work is a rewarding, but tough thing. My heart wants to be and stay open, but to get there, I have to dig really deep.
4.) When I was about 10 years old, I took golf lessons. My family used to golf a lot. I had my own little set of clubs my size and my own bag. I thought I was cool.
5.) The other sport that my family reveled in was ice hockey. My dad would watch the games after I went to bed and get all pumped up with each goal. We went to our fair share of hockey games too. It’s something that tied our family together in a weird sorta way.
6.) I love wildflowers and foliage. I pick them and put them in little jars in my house.
7.) As a kid I had this thing about jumping off high places. I’d jump off the very top of my swing set, over the railing of the highest step of our basement stairs, and even off the roof of my parents house. I can’t believe I never broke my legs.
8.) I love ice cream. Always have.
10.) My three siblings and I all live in different states. I’m the only one who lives in the same state as my parents, but am not the closest in distance.
11.) I dream of the days when I will get to sleep all night long without being woken by little people, all while trying to cherish the here and now. It’s a tough one.
12.) This year has been a hugely transformative year for me. I’m learning and realizing more about myself then I have in a long time.
13.) I hoard pens, but lose them quickly, usually due to other people in the house taking them, which could be the reason for hoarding them in the first place.
14.) As a kid, I believed there were little people with little guns hiding under my bed. So at night, if I had to get out of bed, I made this pillow “bridge” to get from my bed to the hallway. Apparently, as long as my feet didn’t touch the floor, my feet wouldn’t get shot.
16.) When I was little I often wished I was a bird so I could fly. I would just lay in the grass and watch them soaring above me.
17.) I am drawn to the clouds.
18.) Sometimes, when I close my eyes and take a really deep breath, I feel connected to everything. I appreciate this feeling more now then ever.
19.) At one point in my life I experienced so much de ja vu. Sometimes I’d even dream the next day before it happened, and then it would happen.
20.) Once I was held at gun point in Philadelphia after a bike rally. The guy wanted my bike, so I gave it to him. Later through the police, I found out there was no gun, just a lot of coke and nasty drugs.
21.) I once traveled to Key West with a backpack full of disposable cameras and two pet rats. One night while camping on the beach, someone cut a hole in the tent and out of everything, stole that bag…rats and all. I wonder what they thought when they opened up my bag.
22.) I have three of the best friends in the whole world. It’s taken me some years and situations to realize just how amazing they are and how much I need them and appreciate them in my life. They know me inside and out, sometimes better then I do. I don’t know where I’d be without them.
23.) I believe everything happens for a reason and that things, people, and situations appear exactly when we need them.
24.) I’ve worked up to holding plank pose for three solid minutes. It took, and is continuing to take, daily commitment and effort.
25.) I like architecture, especially that of old churches.
26.) I feel better physically then I have in many years.
27.) I love house plants.
28.) I love to visit the city, but will forever prefer the country.
29.) Sometimes I like to pretend that I have no kids, and just be me.
30.) I played piano for 7 years and drums for three. I am currently missing music playing in my life.
32.) My two dream jobs are #1 farmer/homesteader #2 photographer. Someday maybe they will both happen at the same time.
33.) My house runs out of toilet paper often, which doesn’t make my kids too happy.
34.) I resisted the switch from film to digital photography for a long time. Then I went digital because it got to a point where it just made sense to. So, I just bought myself an old film camera for my birthday this year and am looking forward to experiencing film again.
35.) In my early high school track running days, I trained with an Olympic trainer.
36.) My sister and I used to dress our brother up in doll clothes and call him “Katie Pies”. He was the best real life baby doll ever.
37.) I am too hard on myself, a lot. I need to learn to forgive myself and be a lot more gentle to myself, especially in challenging times.
So there you go, me in a nut shell. Thirty seven more things about me that maybe you did or didn’t know. For more, there’s: