The real me (sans makeup)
If you really knew me...
You'd know that I'm quite the perfectionist, and have been since I was little. As a kid, I would write and rewrite my homework for school because I couldn't get my handwriting just right (no, but seriously). It drove my dad crazy! As I grew older, this trait really helped me to advance in the work place. I worked my way up to Senior Project Manager of a market research company, a job where the details really mattered. It was the perfect way for me to channel this need to do everything to the absolute best of my ability. Once we're back in Dallas (a place with many MR job opportunities) and the kids are in school, I hope to return to this line of work.
You'd know that I used to be quite the party girl. I was very sheltered growing up, going to private school and whatnot, so when I started college, I may have gone a little off the deep end (and by a "little", I mean a lot). It was a whole new world without curfews or parental control, and I intended on soaking up every single second of it. After college, I swapped out pot (yes, I was very much a pothead during my college years) for alcohol, and Jack Daniel's and coke became my go-to for many years. Once I got pregnant with Nico, I stopped drinking, of course, and after he was born would only do so occasionally. Now, since having Lola, I can honestly say I have zero desire to drink. I've had maybe a glass of wine in the past year. I just sort of got over it. That, and at almost 30 (this Thursday!), I'm not nearly as good at nursing a hangover as I once was, lol.
You'd know that I was BFFs with 2 different famous people growing up, neither of which were famous when we were friends. Erin and I were besties in junior high, but stopped hanging out as frequently when she switched schools and I moved to Plano. The last time I spoke to her was when we were in high school and she had won a modeling contest (right before her career took off). The second, Ryan, was someone I went to school with (8th grade) and continue to be great friends with until around 10th grade. The last time I saw him was my freshman year of college when he played at Border's, about 3 years before he became a platinum selling recording artist.
You'd know that from K-8th grade, I went to a total of 9 schools. Granted they were all in the DFW area, they were different schools nonetheless. I know most kids wouldn't adapt to such a change so easily, but I embraced it with open arms. To me, getting a fresh new start was so much fun!
You'd know that while most children of divorce grow up with their mom's, I was raised by my dad. I still saw my mom often, and even spent many a summer with her, my stepdad and 2 brothers...but during the school year, I always lived with my father.
You'd know that I love music. Love it. So much so that pretty much every relevant song from my past has a distinct memory attached to it. One of my favorite things to do is listen to my jams from back in the day and relive these memories. I especially love thinking back to when the hubs and I were first dating. It was such an exciting, carefree time for us.
You'd know that, by far, my greatest accomplishment is having my 2 children. Before having kids, I found myself often pondering the question "what is my purpose in life?". But since having them, I now know, without question, it's to be their mother. They are such fascinating little individuals, and I am so thankful to be able to spend each and every day with them. It's truly an honor to be their parent.
That's all I've got for now, but I'm hoping to continue doing these post ever so often when the mood strikes.
And now for the winner of the NextStepIP System...
Congrats Steph! I hope you enjoy your video monitor. Thanks to all of you who entered this contest, and especially to Next Step Baby Monitors for offering such a great prize!