After my post a couple of weeks ago about the new direction I’m taking with this blog + some inspiration from this post by Helene, I felt like this would be a good opportunity to reintroduce myself to y’all and hopefully get to know everyone a little better in the process!
I’m in love with industrial cities. I love the culture of industrial cities, and I especially love repurposed buildings and spaces. Cities that are industrial tend to have such rich and interesting histories, and I’m just completely fascinated by it. There’s nothing like visiting a business that’s pretty cool on it’s own and learning that the building used to be something completely different.
I have a serious case of wanderlust. This month alone I’ll have visited a small, lake front town in South Carolina, Raleigh, and Nashville. I’ve explored more cities this year than I have any other year of my life, and since I’ve started traveling alone more frequently, my travel style is changing. I’m hoping to integrate more travel content onto the blog in the coming months!
|My little burro friend & I in Mexico!|
I’ve started to actually enjoy photography. I think this relates to my serious case of wanderlust! Haha. I used to get so stressed out about capturing the perfect shot, but now that I’m traveling more (and also trying to live a lifestyle that’s not so attached to my phone), I actually enjoy snapping photos of things. It’s amazing how much more enjoyable it is (and how much better my photos are!) now that I’m not so obsessed with capturing the “perfect shot.”
I took dance lessons for 15 years. I wasn’t always the best or the most talented, but I truly loved dance. Taking dance for that amount of time really shaped who I am as a person. I learned discipline, I learned when to rest versus when to suck it up and keep moving, and I learned that in show business and in life, the show must go on.
I’m a firm believer that numbers do not define a person. It’s so easy to become obsessive when numbers are involved, so I do what I can to avoid fixating on them. I don’t have a scale in my home, and I couldn’t tell you the last time that I weighed myself. I check my bank account every few days instead of every day. I try to relax when it comes to Instagram instead of getting wrapped up in a follower count or the likes on a photo. The only number that I let define me is five. I’ve been cancer free for five years, which is the point where you can breathe a little bit and let go of a lot of fear. Whenever I start to get wrapped up in a numbers game, I remember what I’ve overcome and that it’s okay that my story is a little different because of that.
I have two rescue pets – a dog & a cockatiel. I write and tweet about Franny so much that she might as well have her own blog, but I rarely talk about my pet bird, Pearl. Pearl belonged to my co-worker that moved to Montana when her husband joined the military. She had to move earlier than expected and finding a home for Pearl was one of her biggest sources of stress, so I just adopted her. She’s old and cranky, but her singing makes her endearing. (She’s also beautiful, but extremely hard to photograph because she’s so non-cooperative! Haha. I’ll try to do a Snapchat video with her tonight for y’all!!)
Enough about me – I want to know about you! Tell me something about yourself in the comments! If you aren’t sure where to start, tell me about your pets, the city you’ve been dying to visit, or a mantra that you live your life by. (Or if you have any questions for a future Q&A post, leave those too!) I can’t wait to hear from you!