I’m the person that loves the Instagram game where you have to share a little bit about yourself. This day in age, it’s hard to meet people and even more difficult to get to know someone. In the world of social media, you are left with perceptions of who you think someone is. After all, if their feed looks perfect, they must be too, right? I’m sure no one thinks I’m perfect in real life. However, I’m sure due to Instagram, people have misconceptions about me. Or, they want to know more but we haven’t met yet. So, here goes! I’m sharing 10 things you don’t know about me.
Get To Know Me
- I love sports. Sometimes I think I may have been a boy in my former life. Basketball is my favorite sport and I want Clark and Stone to play too. I think sports are an important part of childhood. Playing was so much fun for me – I wish I had stuck it out with basketball. I would be in heaven with my boys right now if I played. Instead, I have told them everything about Michael Jordan. I used to decorate my locker for Michael Jordan’s birthday when I was in school. Actually, everything about the Chicago Bulls and their six championships. I even had our interior designer find a Jordan, Rodman and Pippen screenprint art piece. Clark also has a framed Space Jam print. Now that I think about it, I was destined to have boys.
- I love country music. My uncle Joe is a huge country music fan. I grew up listening to Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Reba McEntire, Crystal Gale and John Denver. I have a few favorites that are more contemporary artists like Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Florida Georgia Line and Brothers Osbourne. Who, by the way, I met recently in Chicago at the Frye store. I’m almost certain you didn’t see that coming, did you?
- I’m 5’11. Sometimes people are shocked when they see me in person because they didn’t realize how tall I am. These days people shoot with wide lenses and they look way taller. But I’m a tall girl and I love it. It’s something I grew (pun intended) to love. It was not my favorite as a young girl especially when I started to like boys. Tall boys like short girls. I was miserable until I decided to suck it up and give the little guy a chance. My husband is 5’9 and I’m okay with that. Well, most of the time. Lol.
- I am sensitive. This may be a shocker because I have a big personality. I come across pretty confident. However, the reality is I am sensitive. I just hide it well with thick skin and I don’t show when my feelings are hurt. I take things personally even though I don’t admit it and I am sensitive to how people treat people when it’s not right. Also, I am extremely sensitive to feeling disappointed by people. I have a tough time dealing with disappointment. It’s something I have worked through since having children. I disappoint them every day and vice versa so I may as well work through my issues.
- I love food! People often think I don’t eat because of my thin frame, but I eat a lot. I mean, I can eat an obscene amount of food. I love to eat. Sweets get me every time. I will make room for dessert no matter where I am. If eating was an Olympic sport, I would be a gold medalist.
- I lost my mother to heart disease 10 years ago. It has been the toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life. Her passing changed me in ways I can’t articulate. I avoid answering my phone since she passed away. I screen every call via voicemail so I’m not blindsided with bad news. It also changed my view of relationships. Life is too short to be tolerated and not celebrated. Before my mother passed away, I made a million excuses for others treating me poorly. Now, I give the peace sign and move on without anger or regret.
- Back to sports – I’m competitive with my boys and sports. I guarantee I will be the moron parent ejected from a game because of my behavior – I just can’t help myself. I chest bump them after games when they do well and I lecture them when they don’t. Recently, I raced with Clark and Stone’s school to support them and motivate them to win. I was dying when it was over but I did it. Stone came in 3rd place out of the 64 kids in his class. Clark not so much, but it’s okay. I still love him. To make up for it, he recently had to pick 6’s in flag football and I was a proud mama. My cheeks hurt I was so proud.
- My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We married on October 22, 2006. It was one of the happiest days of my life. It was everything I had hoped for and more. I married someone polar opposite to who I am. First of all, marriage is hard. I don’t know who the people are that will tell you otherwise. It’s even more difficult when people are coming from two completely different perspectives. You have to put in the work so you don’t grow apart. You can’t take each other for granted. Each year involves many ups and downs to get to the next.
- Motherhood scares me. I love Clark and Stone so much but it scares me. I want to do everything perfectly as their mother. Sometimes I parent from a place of fear because I want to shield them from the world. The world is so scary right now and the thought of anything ever happening to them scares me. Life seemed so much easier when I only had to take care of myself. You don’t take anything for granted when you have children. Motherhood is so rewarding and stressful at the same time.
- Chicago is my hometown. I was born and raised in this beautiful city. I vowed to never return only due to my dreaded relationship with cold weather. But it gives me great pride to be able to raise my sons in my hometown. They have been exposed to the best this city has to offer. I love Chicago. I love the art scene, the restaurants, theater and the fashion. Oh, the fashion just makes my heart sing. There is something special about the Midwest. It’s a Chicago thing, you wouldn’t understand.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me. Never in a million years would I expect to become this vulnerable. Blogging is way more than a pretty picture, I tell ya. Let’s not make it one-sided. Share something about yourself with me in the comments below.
Who knew Ceta, (pun intended) that you are a 5’11 baseball loving, country music listening, tender hearted foodie from Chicago! As a parent I feel the fear too. I think that just comes with the territory – I have a 9 year old son. It takes strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable. It is a direct link to your inner self. I admire you for letting us get to know you better!
Brenna! Thank you so much. I’ve always wanted to be a mother but had no idea how scary it is.We are in this together.
Let’s see, I’ve known you since 1988 and had NO idea we had so much in common!! I am UBER SENSITIVE and my feelings get hurt so easily. I too am learning how to throw up the piece sign (and not the middle finger) and just move on!
This was fun!
Right! It’s hard to even admit it but it’s true. People are always so shocked to learn that about me. We are a work in progress.
Love basketball! How lucky were we to grow up in the Jordan era? I wasn’t raised in Chicago, but I grew up on Chicago teams thanks to my dad’s loyalty. 🙂 Great post!
I absolutely love basketball and Michael Jordan. The boys are obsessed with him too now thanks to me.