As I am preparing to go to my VERY first bloggy conference, Blissdom, I am reading a lot of blogs and trying to get to know some of the folks that I might meet over the next week.
I don’t know a soul (IRL) that is going… so, I figure getting to know some of these lovely ladies via their blogs will have to suffice until I can meet and make some new friends… which is what I hear that Blissdom is all about.
One of the things that has helped me to begin to get to know folks is a popular post many do called 100 Things.
So, I thought that I would do my version of this with a little twist… 10 sets of 10 things.
This is a VERY long post –wayy longer than I usually write and wayyy more information than anyone wants to know. Feel free to skip around and scroll down to anything you are interested in knowing.
1-10 Things folks might notice when they first meet me in real life. 11-20 Things I believe 21-30 Things I heart 31-40 Things I get passionate about 41-50 Things about my spiritual life 51-60 Things about my personal life 61-70 Things about my professional life 71-80 Things about my childhood 81-90 Recipes I heart 91-100 Things I want to know when I meet you at Blissdom.
This sooo could have been a series of posts, but I am running out of time before Blissdom…
So hear goes…
(1-10) Ten Things folks might notice when they first meet me in real life.
1. I am not a sepia tone in real life…shocker, right?
Some may recognize me by my profile pic from Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Business Card… but in reality, I look a little more like this –now minus the bangs:
2. You will likely rarely see me without a diet coke nearby. Seriously.
3. I talk with my hands… a lot. As a child, I wanted to be a sign language interpreter and I think all that practicing lent itself to a very animated communication style..
4. I am told I can be bubbly on topics I am passionate about and with people I know well. This typically rings true in most professional settings for me too– most of the time.
5. However, I can be extremely introverted in some social settings. Truth be told, it is really that darn small talk PARALYZES me. It is truly like social stuttering for me.
I fear it, it hits without warning and I can’t just switch it off…
Which, I have been told sometimes makes people think I don’t like them or that I am not friendly. Nothing could be further from the truth. I really want to get to know you, SERIOUSLY… Ya see, once I get to know you, this stupid, awful feeling goes away and we can be friends and you can get to know the real me (see #4).
6. I LOVE creative thinking and creative thinkers.
7. I REALLY love blogging. I know this will be a conference about blogging so that is a given… but chances are if you met me in real life outside of a bloggy conference you would probably learn very soon that I heart it and think it can be such a meaningful part of people’s lives and a way to help them find their voice.
8. I am a packer. I love to have everything I need with me… on my person. This got worse when I became a mom.
9. I am not overly (read: at all) organized. Which makes # 8 an issue at times.
10. I’m a gal that is way more comfortable at home, cooking for fam and friends, than out having a big night on the town.
(11-20) Ten things I believe
11. I believe that Jesus saved me and loves me despite the human that I am.
12. I believe that all people have value. My God didn’t make any garbage…just sayin’
13. I believe that no matter what you say you want, it is what you believe about yourself inside that will determine whether or not you will meet your goals.
14. I believe how one treats people says way more about them than the person they are dealing with.
15. I believe that when given the opportunity to build others up to reach their potential, one should do so. We have no reason to fear another’s success.
16. I believe those that are eager to criticize, but not willing to be a part of a solution, come from a place of fear, not wisdom.
17. I believe cookies do not have calories as long as they are served warm from the oven.
18. I believe that no one person has all the answers. One should have mentors and give back by mentoring others.
19. I believe in the healing powers of a long chat with a GOODe friend.
20. I believe that a person will eventually treat you the way you witness them treating others. If they uphold their friendships and respect others, they will do the same in regards to you. If they gossip about others and tear down others in front of you, they will do the same in regards to you.
(21-30) Ten things I heart
21. This man. He changed my life. He believes in me. He is my heart’s desire and I love him. I call him Mike, Mikey, Puddie, GOODe Ole Boy and Michael when he is in trouble.
22. This kid. She also changed my life. She is an amazing beautiful creature that takes my breath away. I call her Monkey, Miss Add, Fred and Addelynn Grace when she is in trouble
23. My Toshiba Laptop
25. Catching up with my girlfriends.
26. Getting a new cookbook and thumbing through it to mark all the recipes I am going to try.
27. Facebooking/Tweeting with friends.
28. Helping someone find their voice or learn something new.
31. Respect. When someone is disrespectful to me or someone around me, my blood gets pumping. I feel that a waitress should be treated with the same respect as the CEO of a company.
32. Blogging. I love it. It has transformed my life and the lives of so many of my friends.
33. Social Media. I see and experience the influence it has on my life and others daily.
34. Farming. I grew up on a farm and work with farmers everyday. I have been on farms large and small and have experienced– and been inspired by– their innovative nature and dedicated work ethic to their crops and livestock.
35. Politics in the Pew. Don’t like it. REALLY don’t like it. Enough said.
36. My daughter and children in general. I feel we have a responsibility to them to help them grow and learn in a safe, warm and positive environment. I don’t mean free of failure or criticism. I mean free of the negative seeds that tell them they can’t be something or can’t do something.
37. Those who aren’t being heard. I feel everyone has value, not just the loudest voice or the squeakiest wheel. We are all better off when all ideas are on the table. It is amazing what a group of people can accomplish when they listen to and use all of their assets.
38. My marriage. It is sacred.
39. Creativity and flexibility. Change is nothing to be scared of, but rather, if met with creativity and flexibility it can often turn out beautifully.
40. Speech/Grammar police. My blood pressure rises when someone’s ideas or stories are discounted or shut down when they accidentally misspeak or commit a typo. I’m all for putting our best foot forward, but it drives me bananas to see more value put on technicality than content.
(41-50) Ten things about my spiritual life
41. I am blessed to call Jesus my savior.
42. I was baptized at the age of seven at church camp.
43. The 13 years of church camp I attended are some of my fondest memories of my childhood– as are my youth group days.
44. I was “Sunday School Susie” as a child. Seriously. I went to the fall carnival and entered a sudden death bible trivia contest (hard core- right?) and answered every question in the box–without missing a single question. They ended up giving me the game–box and all– and sent me on my way.
45. As a teenager I was the poster child for Christian sub-culture.
46. I have always felt a strong connection to God. Except for a 3 year period in my young adult life where I felt God went silent for a time and the world had its way at tearing apart that sub-culture all around me.
47. My faith was wounded (but not killed) during that time and I have never completely healed from it… I have come close at times, but never completely.
48. I am thankful that God used that silence–as painful as it was– to change me and the person I was becoming. I am also thankful that He’s still working on me.
49. I don’t feel like I fit into the church world that I once knew like the back of my hand… and I often wonder if I ever will.
50. I am in awe of God and the beauty, the creativity and the power He puts into his creations. I feel this often when I look at my daughter.
(51-60) Ten things about my personal life
51. I married my college sweetheart at the age of 19.
52. We have been married for almost 13 years. He is my best friend.
53. We waited 9 years (after 2 miscarriages) to have my daughter.
54. I watch way too much TV. Gilmore Girls is my favorite TV series of all time.
55. I love to cook and don’t really like to exercise… I’ll wait while you add up that equation.
56. My daughter’s laughter is my favoritest sound in the world. (Yes, I know that isn’t a word.)
57. My all time favorite date night is dinner at Carinos and a movie with my hubby.
58. I am very close with my parents and my sister.
59. I love photography. I own a Nikon 5000 and take photos everyday. I am of the small group of people in the world that photograph our food before we eat it. I am ashamed to say I shoot in auto 99.8% of the time. One day soon, I will force myself to learn manual and deserve the awesomeness of my camera.
60. I am a hopeless clutterbug.
(61-70) Ten things about my professional life
61. I am a freelance writer for a handful of farming magazines/publications.
62. I am also a consultant and facilitator. I totally heart Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and I have seen it work its wonders in the most difficult of discussions and bring about common ground with many different kinds of clients.
63. I often work with women (and some guys too ;))–most of them farmers– to assist them in learning the basics of getting started in social media and blogging.
64. I used to be a print graphic designer and love to play around in the Adobe Suite. Here is a slideshow of some of my older stuff.
Because I enjoy living in a world of purpose and passion, I enthusiastically encourage others and problem solve because I am influencial and creative… Just sayin’
67. Now that I am blessed to work from home and be with my daughter, I get the best of both of the Working Mom/SAHM worlds and the corresponding guilt when I am tending to one but not the other. Not complainin’, just explainin’
68. I am of the “teach a man to fish” camp.
69. I have been told by many that they can just tell I am doing exactly what I am meant to do and that warms my heart.
70. I enjoy nothing more than an exhilarating brainstorming session. I love creative thinking without limits and turning it into an action plan that helps folks exceed their expectations.
(71-80) Ten things about my childhood
71. I grew up outside a little town in southern Indiana–Paoli. Home of the Rams, my childhood memories and Paoli Peaks.
72. I grew up on a small beef cattle (100+ head) farm with my parents and sister.
73. My sister–four years my junior– and I were often mistaken for twins as kids and sometimes still are to this day. I don’t see it, but it comes up often… especially from random strangers in Walmart.
74. As a child I had an imaginary dog named BoBo. He went everywhere with me and I was adamant that folks recognize his presence and accommodate him. When we moved into our new home, the former owner’s dog adopted us… his name? BoBo.
75. My grandma was my best friend growing up. We would talk for hours and take long walks together everyday. I miss not spending that time with her now that I live so far away.
76. I was blessed with the best parents–ever. They taught me that my thoughts mattered and encouraged me to follow my dreams. They engaged me in God’s word. “I can’t” was never tolerated and I heard “if it were easy, anyone could do it” more times than I ever wanted to.
77. My family would take a vacation every summer and drive to various parts of the US. As a child, I traveled to 45 of the 50 states and we weren’t allowed to utter the words “Are we there yet?”. Ever.
78. My mom always told me as a teenager that I would one day meet a man that would treat me the way I should be treated. She was right.
79. I would jump for HOURS on my trampoline as a child. When my daughter was two, I bought her a trampoline
80. I would often pretend to have a cooking show like Julia Child when I was little.
(91-100) Ten things I want to know when I meet you at Blissdom.
91. Where you are from?
92. What is your blog name and what do you blog about?–Please note: I have a really stellar knack for not knowing who someone is–even uber-famous people–… it isn’t you, it is me.
93. What are you passionate about?
94. Truth be told, I want to know that you don’t think I am weird or silly or dumb. It would be uber-cool if you liked me, ya know really liked me.
95. That you have an amazing knack for small talk and can carry me through that part of the convo or that you hate it/struggle with it as much as I do.
96. If you know where the nearest place is that I can grab a diet coke…
97. If you minded if I joined your group, table or activity… Truth be told, going to this thing all alone for the first time EVER is a little scary… just sayin’
98. What is the coolest thing you have learned/experienced so far?
99. Do you know how to use my camera better than I do? Let’s be friends.
100. If there is something that I shouldn’t miss. Tell me when/where and I will totally be there.
Whew… if you made it this far, I am sure you now know wayyy more than you ever cared to know about me. I will be giving out gold stars to anyone who read it all the way through
Now, I need to go pack… see you next week!
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Cris – who has written 1014 posts on GOODEness Gracious. I am the mama behind GOODEness Gracious and the owner of Cris Goode Solutions.
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