10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Hey friends!

It’s the weekend, woo! Finally. This weekend is particularly strange for me as it’s the first time in a long time that I get to break the pattern of my usual weekend activities (working) and exchange it for fun (we’re gonna pretend I didn’t bring my laptop with me with the intention of stalking my job all weekend). It’s bachelorette party weekend in my friend group and we are in the city enjoying the sights and each other’s company.

 

Not working on a weekend for me is actually a big deal. Not only because I am always and I mean always doing it. But mainly because I’m a recovering control freak…I really like to be in control of my environments and work is an environment that is labeled as mine therefore I need to be in total control of it at all times. Pro tip: wanting to be in control of an environment 24/7 doesn’t mean that you will actually be in control of that environment ever. Needless to say, this weekend outing/getaway thingy is really good. A little stressful, but definitely good for the brain.

Since this blog is still relatively new, I thought this would be a great time to share way too much information with you all about my life and who I am. I have always loved sharing stories about my life as it has been anything but conventional. I’m actually that person who will tell someone way to much information about myself because I feel like I need to for whatever reason. Formal introductions make me super uncomfortable, therefore I try to race past the awkward I-kinda-know-you-because-we-were-introduced-that-one-time thing and instead force a premature familiarity onto people who would have been satisfied simply knowing my name. It’s really great.

With you guys it’s a little bit different since you’re reading this by choice. You might actually, I don’t know, appreciate knowing a little bit about who I am and what I’m about.

Here are 10 things that the typical person would not know about me:

  1.  I am an introvert. I know people say that real introverts don’t go around telling people that they are, but I do. I do for one main reason. My job forces me to be extremely extroverted, it’s my professional persona. When people see me in that environment they assume that is who I am. That creates issues for me. People will look at me and see what looks like an extrovert and as a result they approach me and expect things of me like you would an extrovert. Now, I love people. I love social events and being surrounded by my friends. I can talk to anyone about anything and carry on a nonsensical conversation for hours. All me being an introvert means is I need time to myself to breathe. I thrive in that place of solitude. This is where the essence of who I am gets refreshed and restored. Without it I become cranky and emotionally fragile. It’s necessary to my existence.
  2.  I am a first generation American. My parents are both immigrants from Barbados. Ya girl is West Indian bred! I have been to Barbados. My first flight there was when I was under a year old. My brother and I lived there and attended school there for a little while and my mother finished up school in the US. I’ve been back 3 times since and would like to visit every year if I could. One day I will. I would also like to bring my future children there often. Knowing where you come from is so important and I desperately want them to value that.
  3. I’m a Christian. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but I’m not pushy about it. It’s simply what I am. Just as I am a black woman I am a Christian. I’m not really a fan of religion in itself. But I am a HUGE fan of Jesus. Heads up, this does influence how I think and how I live MY life. If we live differently that’s cool but just know I don’t exist to judge you, that’s an exhausting way to live.
  4.  I laugh hysterically when I’m scared. My emotions are a little backwards haha, but I find It entertaining. Scary movies with me are a terrible idea, I mean I hate them, but besides that I laugh in the theater at the scariest parts and it sure does attract a lot of attention.
  5.  I tend to cry when I laugh too hard. My dad does this too, I think I it may be genetic. I used to be embarrassed by it but now it makes me laugh more which equals more tears. It’s a pretty cool party trick if I do say so myself.
  6.  Crime shows = obsessed.
  7.  I am a salt fiend. Popcorn. Chips. Pretzels. Cheese puffs. Salted peanuts. French fries. Give me all the salt. My blood pressure is fine, I checked
  8.  I’ve been single for 6 years. Yes. 6. 6 blissful years of no male induced stress (minus family and co workers of course). Don’t get me wrong. Men are….great. But DANG you all can give a girl some gray hairs. Now, being honest of course there have been times where I have been desperate to change that status. But I have gotten to such a beautiful level of contentment fairly recently that I’m no longer dying for a status change. Am I open to it, yes. Do I fantasize about permanently (that’s the goal) attaching myself to a flawed human being of the opposite sex and waving goodbye to the freedoms that come with being a single woman?…lol no. No I don’t. But when my single stage of life ends I think I’ll look back on this stage and be satisfied with how I invested my time. This is a topic I talk about a lot by the way. So we will revisit this soon I’m sure.
  9.  I paint things. I also design things. I’m low key creative. These are things that will eventually be shared here too.
  10. I’m a recovering perfectionist. Hence why none of the above things have ventured into the public eye just yet. I’m working on it tho, one step at a time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these 10 facts about me. I will be doing more of these in the future so keep an eye out.

I also want to thank those of you who have been keeping up with my previous posts. You guys are wonderful and if you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see here or simply want to say hi, go right ahead and say something below! I’d love to hear from you!

Have a fun safe weekend!

Stay Lovely,

Nicole

 

 

 

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