20 Things You Might Not Know About Me – Blog Tag

As a fun Friday post, I want to share some silly facts about myself for you all who might not know me well yet. This blog post is a part of the “20 Things You Might Not Know About Me” Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community with other bloggers in order to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing just a little too much information about yourself. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post right here.

Question 1: How tall are you?

What you can’t tell from pictures on my blog is that I’m super short- Only 5’1.” Basically everyone is taller than me!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Ice-skating! I used to be a competitive figure skater for a few years, but nobody really knows about that because I quit when I was only 11 years old. I can still do spins and such though!

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

I get offended when bloggers don’t respond back to the kind comments people leave them on their website. Unless you’re Barack Obama or Beyonce, you got time to show some love back to your followers! Am I right? *sassiness over*

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

People who talk during movies.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

My favorite song in the history of the world is “Heartbeats” by The Knife.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop?

Elise Mahan Fine Art has really cool art prints. She has the most unique style that really speaks to me. I have three of Elise’s pieces.

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone? 

I, of course, love to read blogs and books. And I also enjoy playing my ukulele to clear my mind.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

I don’t really like typical junk foods, but I am a huge lover of bacon and doughnuts. So there’s that.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I love dogs, but I don’t have any of my own pets currently. I travel too much. 😦

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

What counts as a favorite book to a book lover? Is it the ones that make me feel the most? Or the ones that fill my heart the most? Because “Wild”, by Cheryl Strayed, made me cry more than any book ever in the very first chapter. But as for the books that have captured my heart and imagination, it would be these:

Nonfiction: “The Blue Zones” or “Blink”

Fiction: “The Shadow of the Wind” or, to be basic but honest, my childhood love, the Harry Potter series 🙂

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product? 

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Not so much embarrassed, but more awkward feeling. I was alone on my road trip up the East Coast a few weeks ago and stopped to eat at this super nice, trendy restaurant in Raleigh. Everyone was there with big groups of colleagues or friends, and here I am all by myself at a dinner table looking all lonely. People kept coming up to me asking why I was there alone and trying to make conversation with me, like they felt bad for me! It made me feel super awkward! But the dinner ended up being one of the best I’ve ever had, and the restaurant owner gave me a big, free desert for being a trooper.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Honest Tea. Refreshing and not too sweet!

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Who can pick?? I’m much more of a TV series person- I get into dramas like Breaking Bad and Dexter. But my weirdest love, and they’re really my favorite, are Korean romance dramas. I recommend, in this order: Rooftop Prince, Love Rain, Boys Over Flowers, Dream High, and 49 Days. So emotional and addicting!!! Trust me on this!

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I think I was a combination of many of those. I hung out with band kids, I was on the dance team, but I was also artsy in my free time and did well in all of my classes… I guess I was well rounded!

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I would love to live in New Zealand! Or my favorite place on the Western Hemisphere, Costa Rica 🙂

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Only PCs for me!

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My boyfriend Stefan surprised me with doughnuts when he came home last week. It was love.

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Louis CK always makes me laugh; Robert Downy Jr. always makes me swoon

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

There are so many bloggers that I love- But I think April Bowles Olin, Mayi Carles, and I would make a crazy trio! 🙂

 

And that’s it for my fun facts! I’m going to tag three bloggers that I’d love to know more about: Julie from Girl On the Move, Gina Alyse at Creative Callings, and Liz from Liz and Lifestyle. Please feel free to participate and answer these twenty questions on your own blog, or not! It won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t. 🙂 Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

xo Caylee

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Life This Summer

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1. Your community doesn’t have to be made up of the people in your town.

In this age of the internet where people from all over the world can connect over Twitter, Facebook, and a variety of other social media forms, why not take full advantage of this opportunity? I used to scoff at getting deeply involved in social media, because I thought it was a waste of time- that is, until I started utilizing it for my blog. And now, in just the past two months, I’ve met some of the coolest lady bloggers online! From my experience, it can be difficult making new friends in your community once you’re out of college, because often times, you’re just waiting for a serendipitous event to bring you in contact with friendly and interesting people. Instead of restricting yourself to only forming business and friendship connections with the people in your local community, think outside of those social limits. I’ve been meeting amazing people who share many of my common goals and interests though participating in fun Twitter parties and inspiring Facebook groups. If you’re not feeling supported by your friends at home, perhaps your soul people are waiting to connect with you from other cities!

2. I’m the best version of myself when I’m on the go and traveling.

When Stefan and I were vacationing in Costa Rica a few months ago, he remarked that I’m so much happier and energetic when I’m traveling. I would hop right out of bed at the break of dawn, and I’d be ready to explore for the whole day. I felt exactly the same when I was on my recent road trip up the East Coast- pumped to try anything fresh that came my way. I thrive on a combination of being busy and inspired, rolling in momentum over stagnancy. But traveling and being on the go is surely not what makes everyone the best version of themselves. It’s important for each of us to listen to our bodies and realize when we feel most energetic and in the flow of things. Then, do more of it!

3. Just because you follow your passion doesn’t mean success will come quickly.

Wouldn’t it would be wonderful if dream jobs and amazing lifestyles came easily to us all? Though I do believe that part of the struggle is just letting go of our ego and ignoring what other people want for our life, it really is true that work is inevitable. I could spend all day writing articles, marketing on social media, reading coaching books, and learning tips for small businesses. Even though I have a deep love for this whole business building process, it’s hard on the days when I feel like I didn’t get anywhere. I always have to remind myself that it takes time to become successful. So here are my thoughts- if we’re all going to work long hours to make it big and earn money in any industry we choose, why not pick the path that makes us happiest? It’s a no-brainer. That’s why I’m starting from the bottom and working hard to become a coach and blogger. It’ll still be a challenge, but at least I’ll be in love with my job.

4. When you follow what makes you happy, you’ll give off a shining light that attracts amazing people.

Which traits are most appealing to you: joyful, kind, and inspired OR bitter, selfish, and dull? I’m assuming you picked the former. From my experience, the more you embody these positive personality traits, the more people you attract into your life who value the same positivity in life. Truth: I can be the sassiest person on earth, but I was tired of the negativity and dramatic things that were being drawn to me. Instead, for the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to act from a place of love and understanding in every situation that I’m met with. Is it difficult at times? Hell yes. Does it sound hippy-ish to do that? Probably. But does it make me a happier person? No question about it. The best part is that during conscious attitude change the negative people naturally distance themselves from you and the positive people stick to you like a magnet.

5. On that note, you have to accept and set free the people/ things that are drifting away from your life.
Struggling and fighting to keep them with you isn’t allowing the natural course of life to take place. Let it flow. Though it can be challenging, let them go in a peaceful, loving way. It’ll hurt you and make you feel all alone, but I believe that if they were meant to be in your life, they would be. And if they’re meant to come back into your life in the future, they will.

So what are the biggest things you’ve learned about yourself, or about life, this summer? Please share with me in the comments below!

Have a great end of the week,

xo Caylee