10 Facts About Me

IMG-6508Since I’m kind of new here and I’m just starting to introduce myself to you guys, I thought I would tell you all a little bit about myself. Here are 10 things about me that you might not know!

I have an Unhealthy Obsession with Fall:
Maybe I’m just like every other “basic bitch” out there but I LOVE FALL! I don’t know when I realized it but when that chill starts to fill the air and the leaves start to turn, I come alive. I wish I could say that I enjoyed laying by the beach with a cold drink in my hand and playing by the pool. I don’t. I don’t like heat and I hate sweating. AND THE MOSQUITOES!! The only thing I like about Summer is that my kids are home (and let’s be real, after about a month I’m ripping my hair out and ready for school to start back). I live in the south where Fall hardly makes an appearance but when we do get a little hint of it, it’s my favorite time. I would love to move somewhere with beautiful Fall weather. Somewhere like Maine or Vermont!

I Am a Single Mom of Two:
I recently turned 31 and I am a single mom of two little girls, ages six and nine. I got married when I was 21 years old and divorced at 26. My kids were pretty young when my ex-husband and I divorced and I became a single mother and honestly, so was I. We figured it all out together and over the last five years I have learned more about myself and my abilities as a mother than ever before. Being a single parent is probably the hardest thing a person can do. I’m so lucky to have my amazing boyfriend, Ben to help me navigate all of the craziness.

I’m a Scare Actor in Haunted Houses:
When I say I love all things Fall, that definitely includes Halloween. A few years back, right before my divorce, I got a role in my first Haunted House. Even though I was so nervous and anxious (see next fact) I got such a huge wave of excitement when I scared my first patron that I was hooked from that point on. I have since worked at one middle level haunted house and another big haunted house in Georgia that was voted #1 in America! I will be acting again this year in the big haunted house and I’m beyond excited!

I suffer from General and Social Anxiety Disorder:
In hindsight, I have had anxiety my whole life but I don’t think I really knew it until about nine years ago after the birth of my first child. I suffered from Postpartum Depression after she was born and it was the most frustrating experience I’ve ever had. After I got pregnant with my second child, things improved a lot. I did not suffer from postpartum depression after her birth but from that point on, my anxiety just  kind of became a part of who I am. It has definitely been there my whole life but it became more prevalent in my adult life. I have used medicine to treat it in the past but I am currently managing it with meditation, diet, and exercise.

I’m a Paranormal and Crime Junkie:
I love all things paranormal and crime related. I can sit and binge all of the latest horror movies on Netflix and fall asleep on the couch with no problem. I prefer paranormal horror movies but also love a good psychological thriller. Slasher movies aren’t really my thing. I do get freaked out occasionally by ghost movies but to be honest, I’m way more afraid of the living than the dead. I love watching ghost hunter shows and ghost sightings on YouTube and I’m all about a good Alien Conspiracy Theory. When it comes to crime stuff, I’m obsessed. I don’t care too much for fictional crime shows and I prefer to watch True Crime shows about mysterious disappearances,  unsolved murders, and even blue collar crime. I’m a total weirdo I know but it’s just all so interesting to me.

I’m a HUGE Harry Potter Fan:
I’m obsessed and one day I want to build and live in Hogwarts. I would love to have a big castle to explore late at night by candlelight. I’m a Gryffindor according to Pottermore but I think the sorting hat would have also considered me for Ravenclaw.

I Quit My Full Time Job as a Software Product Manager to Pursue Blogging:
While I was married, I was a stay at home mom. After my divorce, I went into the corporate world as an Office Manager and eventually transitioned into software roles and became a Product Manager. While I enjoyed being a Product Manager, I did not enjoy the politics and bone crushing stress that come with working in a corporate environment. As you know, I do suffer from anxiety and working in this type of environment became very unhealthy for me. I stopped taking care of myself properly and felt mom guilt hardcore every single day. I decided to save  money and leave my job to pursue blogging and spend some time taking care of myself, both physically and mentally.

So, this past May, I took a leap of faith and left my job! While I do have savings, I have been walking and taking care of dogs on the side to make extra cash and it’s been kind of relaxing and therapeutic for me. I have learned so much about myself in these past few months and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

I’m a Virgo:
…which means I’m a huge pain in the ass. Read the definition of a Virgo…that’s me.

My Favorite Color is Teal:
I love all things teal. My car is even teal. I always gravitate to things that are any shade of teal. I also like turquoise and mint (which are basically shades of teal, in my opinion).

I Have a Major Sweet Tooth:
My favorite candy is Twizzlers (just the regular kind, pull ‘n peel is gross) and I am obsessed with Nutty Bars…like it’s a problem.

So, that’s it! I think this is enough to get us started. After you’ve read this, you know quite a bit about me! Tell me about you in the comments below! I want to learn more about you too!!

 

Jess

 

 

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