You may have noticed a lot of bloggers are doing this Blog Everyday In May Challenge. I think it’s an awesome idea, but I am not going to do it as planned. Because (1) blogging every single day is too big of a challenge, sorry; and (2) this is a food blog. I want most of my posts to be food.
But I always intend to write more personal posts on my blog. My favorite blogs, including food blogs, have both good food and a personal writer. But I have so much trouble doing that myself! It’s intimidating. So I thought I’d use the blogging challenge prompts to tell y’all about myself and get more personal. But instead of everyday, I’m cramming a week’s worth of posts into one.
1. Story of your life in 250 words or less.
I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. I had a pretty easy peaceful suburban childhood, full of neighborhood friends, road trips, many pets (dog, cats, chickens, hamsters…..), camping, soccer, always fighting with my annoying sister. We rarely fight now 🙂
I was a pretty quiet, shy bookworm type through adolescence. Always reading or crafting. Actually, I still do a lot of that. I had your typical happy college years at UC Davis, came out of my shell – was still a bookworm who majored in literature
Life after the bar exam was rough. I’ve shared a bit on the blog, but I had so many changes during the next year! I went vegan. I got my adorable cat Seymore (and yes, I choose to spell his name that way – just go with it.) I started this blog. I was blind-sided by my breakup and moved back to Sacramento. I started a new job, joined the Vegan Society, made new friends (and reunited with old ones). I became an aunt! Seriously, that was all in a little over a year. Whew!
Now you’re all caught up.
2. Educate on something you’re good at.
This was such a hard topic! Plenty of ideas ran through my head (because naturally I think I’m talented and knowledgeable in so many ways). But they were mostly food ideas (did I ever mention that I took cake decorating classes? I will show you how to make a frosting rose like nobody’s business. How have I not made that a blog post yet?!), so I’m saving those for upcoming posts.
Instead, here’s a guide for something I’m good at: How to get ready for work in 20 minutes when you wake up super late. Yes, my version still does involve running around the apartment like a madwoman. It’s all part of the method.
Step 1: Hair first. Nothing will give you away or look less professional than bed head. You don’t have time to wash that hair. Spray thoroughly with dry shampoo, if needed. Twist into a bun or a braid.
Step 2: Put your face on! Wash quickly – use a pre-moistened face wipe or just swab some toner over your face. Put your moisturizer in your hand. Add foundation. Two birds, people. Rub on face. Smear some concealer on those under-eye circles. Throw concealer in purse because you probably need to touch up the first time you sneak to the bathroom at work to assess the damage. If you have a powder compact, throw that in your purse. You can put on powder in the car. Put mascara on before you leave the house, though.
Step 3: Wear clothes. Can’t really help you with this one, except choose an outfit you always look good in/are comfortable in. You don’t have time to try on nine outfits this morning.
Step 4: Multi-Task: brush teeth while searching kitchen for easy breakfast food.
Step 5: Door check. Since I’m scatter-brained even when I wake up on time, I go through a quick mental list of the bare essentials before I walk out the door. Here’s my list: phone, wallet, keys, reading glasses. That’s all I actually need to get through a day at work (clothing and shoes are of course required.) Make your own.
3. Things that make you uncomfortable.
Elevator rides with strangers. Poor grammar (okay, I guess it’s more the urge to correct poor grammar in inappropriate settings.) Confrontation. Writing personal stuff on my blog like I am today! That moment when you accidentally insult someone or something comes out the wrong way and you have to decide whether to make a super-embarrassing explanation, or just shrug it off….also probably the fact that I seem to do this a lot.
4. Favorite quote.
I don’t have one, so I picked one off Pinterest today. And put it on a pretty photo. Seemed fitting for a blogger.
5. Express your love and devotion for blogger friend or real life friend and why you admire him/her.
I picked someone who’s both. Maria, Lime Tree Life blogger, and real life friend. I’ve mentioned her before and even did a couple of posts with her – a recipe here and workout video here. Aside from being a wonderful friend, Maria is one of the most driven people I know. She worked her butt off to change careers from a career that wasn’t fulfilling to become a Pilates instructor and trainer. And still makes time to hang out with her friends, participate in our local vegan events, and run marathons!
6. What do you do (other than your job).
Well, of course I blog! I cook. And eat. I listen to music constantly, dance a lot, sing too much (without concern that I have a terrible voice.) Run. Hang out with my friends and family. Read. Take pictures. Play with my cat.
7. Things you’re most afraid of.
Mountain lions. I have no logical reason. These have always been my greatest fear. Couldn’t tell you why!
Blades. Yes, even before my little “incident.” Don’t believe me? I even mentioned it in my coconut video! Ridiculous.
Wasting time. Maybe more pet peeve, but I take it to an extreme level sometimes.
Putting my head underwater. I’m seriously convinced that I’ll forget I’m underwater and try to breathe. And that’s terrifying. Plus I’m the idiot who can never get goggles to actually seal onto your face, so putting my head under water means uncomfortably opening my eyes underwater or keeping my eyes closed. Nobody wants that!