Eleven Things

A few weeks ago, a friend tagged me on Instagram to shared 10 things about myself. It was fun to come up with, somewhat arbitrarily and intentional at the same time, a list that gave a deeper glimpse into me. I’m posting them here as well with the hope that we get to know one another better.

  1. I’ll be 35 this month. The thirties have far surpassed the other decades and I think it will just keep getting better.
  2. I have 2 fake teeth. Growing up, my smile was pretty funky. At age 14 things improved when I got a retainer with a fake tooth attached. Now, these suckers are permanent and I no longer can forget them at home (as I often did with the retainer.)
  3. The ocean is my mothership. My current home is 80 miles from the ocean. The struggle is real.
  4. I’m a mom of two daughters just over a year apart. They’re 4 and 5 no. Over the course of motherhood, I’ve worked full time, part time, halftime and everything in between. I left my career in sustainability consulting 3 years ago so I could experience motherhood the way I wanted to. Sometimes I miss my career – it felt good to be successful, have an expertise, accomplish shit. For now, writing is my project. The place I challenge myself and look for success in the margins of my motherhood. So far, the hardest part has been detaching myself from the paradigm of income = value. Which is truly a hard thing to reconcile in our society. Okay, enough about that!
  5. When I was 22 I got engaged to a boyfriend who I’d been dating for less than three months. We’ll celebrate our 12th anniversary this year. Best irrational/early 20’s decision I ever made.
  6. Until I moved to Portland 2 years ago, I lived in the same 5 mile radius my whole life. But, it turns out you can feel “at home” in more place than one. And I’m so glad to call Portland home.
  7. My first car was a conversion van with drapes, blinds and a bed. There was a ladder on the back that I’d use to climb onto the roof and sunbath topless in suburban parking lots.
  8. I don’t have any pets. And sometimes I get super sad about this, but then I remember how I feel about animal hair and poop and I snap out of it.
  9. I’ve been told I make the best salads in the world. And I have to agree.
  10. Laughing is the best ever.
  11. Rules just ain’t my thang. Unless they’re rules about table manners and mouth-closed chewing, at which point I’m ALL about them.

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