17 ‘Getting To Know Me’ Things

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… besides the stuff you already know like my deep affection for mountains, running, peanut butter, Bodypump, etc.  Jen’s post inspired me to bring something else to the blogosphere today, aside from my usual weekly chats about my fitness. You should play along too!

1. What brings you the greatest joy?

Oh, where to start. So much comes to mind. Sharing honest and open life chats with friends. The sense of total freedom and aliveness while running. Deep connection. Biting into a perfectly ripe, sweet, juicy peach.  BOOKS. After a long day of hiking, nothing feels better than a hearty meal, hot shower and getting into bed (with clean sheets and a good book!) Cooking and sharing a meal with someone I care about. TRAVEL. Writing and sharing my stories. A good night’s sleep. Flowers. Being perfectly content and happy in seemingly mundane moments:  standing in a grocery store lineup with my guy and giving him a hug. Holding hands in savasana 🙂  Can you tell I thrive on connection?

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2. What are your vices?

Ice cream and  salty snacks: crackers, popcorn and tortilla chips, which I have very little self control around!

3. What is on your nightstand? iPhone charger, the book I’m reading, a photo of Lauren and me at Lake Louise,  a buddha and a giant bowl filled with Momentum Jewelry bracelets and shoe charms, mala beads, sunglasses and other random stuff.

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4. Do you have a secret talent?

I don’t know if I’d describe this as a talent, but I’m deeply fine tuned to the energies and emotions of the people around me. I have a knack for reading people and have the ability to easily connect with people’s hearts and spirits.

5. What is your greatest indulgence?

My fitness. It’s my daily “me time” to run, strength train or take a yoga class.  It’s an investment in myself and #1 priority over everything else. I take care of me so I can take care of others and bring my best Self forward. Tony Robbins hits the nail on the head with this truth bomb: “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”

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Also, this jar of peanut butter is EVERYTHING.

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6. What should everyone try at least once in their life?

Running a race – whether it’s a 5k or marathon. Running changes your life for the better, period. Same with climbing a mountain. I don’t know anyone who began running or hiking and didn’t become a better human being because of it. Aside from the outward physical benefits, putting yourself in uncomfortable situations creates resilience, inner strength and confidence that will undoubtedly and positively flow into every single life facet.

7. What makes you laugh?

How ridiculous my friends and I are together. Deep belly, gut-wrenching laughs are one of my greatest pleasures. The absurdity and shared humour between my best friends and me is…. uh, questionable.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m an introvert. I wouldn’t say I’m shy or nervous in social situations, but rather a gentle, soft-spoken and peaceful being. I tend to take a more reserved approach until I  get a feel for ‘my audience’ and what/who I’m working with. I have to keep an emotional safe distance from people who are very high energy, loud and abrasive. Does that make sense? I very much appreciate serenity!

Additionally, I can’t stand clutter, messes, disorganization or being late. Not sure if it’s the Virgo in me (Virgo moon!) or if I’m slightly OCD, but I “must” complete a series of daily specific tasks… like tidying my room  before bed (otherwise I can’t sleep) laying out everything I need for the following  day, mentally planning what I’m going to eat for meals, etc.

Sometimes, a mood will come over me and I’ll begin cleaning and organizing other people’s houses. Like my BF’s. I was trying to get ready for a party the other night, yet I couldn’t stop organizing his fridge and spice cupboard. I am THAT person who will fix your toilet paper roll if it’s on backwards.  Do I need help??

9. What is on your bucket list?

Travel. Destinations that are currently calling me:

-India
-Iceland
-Costa Rica
-Peru
-Hawaii (I’ll be back in the magic of the islands in 6 weeks and can’t wait!)

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10. What is on your feet right now?

Busted open blisters, calluses… oh wait. I am barefoot.

11. How did you make your first dollar?

Selling orange and grape Kool-Aid and lemonade on my parents front lawn

12. What superstition do you believe in?

Astrology. I don’t fully understand “how” it works, but people born around the same time of year tend to have very similar personality traits. If you look at how lunar cycles affect life on earth – from ocean tides and plant life, it makes sense that the moon and other planets would influence humans too!

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most?

I’m going to answer this question based on work-Jo and real-life Jo

Work: Banana Republic dress pants (my fav!) plain tanks, blazers and Michael Kors flats
Real life: whatever I can workout and move in! Running shoes, lululemon shorts, leggings, dri tanks and tees

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What can I say? I’m a simpleton.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

I have a few to share:

For LOL factor: My best friend David mailed me one of those Go-Girl funnels TO WORK (!!) as a joke. No I haven’t used it… yet)

Over the past couple years, I’ve received several handwritten and heartfelt cards and gifts from the parents of a few friends saying things such as, “Thank you for being so kind to my daughter…” It’s funny because I’m all, “No really, the pleasure is all mine, I didn’t do anything!”

Lastly, my Fitbit Surge! Birthday gift from the dude. He done well. 🙂

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15. What is on your liquor shelf?

I believe I’m currently in possession of vodka, hard root beer and craft beer. I’m not much of a drinker, but enjoy treating myself to a couple beers after an outdoor adventure or if I’m celebrating something. Essentially, I’m not someone who comes home at the end of the day and has a drink to “unwind”.

16. What is on your kitchen counter?

Mainly fruit bowls. I share a kitchen with a handful of people and we keep things pretty tidy and tucked away in the pantry.

17. What would you never leave home without?

Fitbit. During  the work week I always have my gym bag with me so I can workout on my lunch break or immediately after work.

Over to you:

Tell me more about yourself!

What is your biggest vice?

What brings you the most joy?

Best gift you’ve received?

19 thoughts on “17 ‘Getting To Know Me’ Things

  1. Um, chocolate coconut peanut butter? Is this real life? I neeed that in my life! Haha. My man and I just got back from Costa Rica last week, so I’m totally vibing on your travel list. And Iceland is definitely on our list too. I get joy from connection, deep connection, too. I love the stay-up-till-2 talks and shared moments.

    • Yes you do need it in your life! I love stuffing medjool dates with it… or ya know, spoon and jar to mouth.

      What did you love most about Costa Rica?

      • I just loved being out of our element and normal routine in a place where it was normal for a flock of parrots to fly overhead or a toucan to drink out of an outdoor shower. LOL. I really love all the adventures you could have there on volcanoes and in rainforests. And how super chill everyone is there: pura vida and no military.

  2. Ok, so I’ve seen Wild Friends pb on a few blogs over the Internet but have never tried it .. should I perhaps make an order? Is it worth it? Of course you’re going to say yes haha We just don’t have it here.

    Also, fantastic post. Such a good read for people trying to get to know bloggers they follow!

    What brings me the most joy –> there are so many things but I LOVE fundraising! I get such a high on organizing events and making a difference!

    • It’s available in Canada – I get it at my local health food store and I’ve seen it at several Winners locations (of all places!)

      The vanilla espresso almond butter is my fav!

      • Newfoundland is the slowest province for supplying ‘uncommon’ products (we were forever getting Maranatha nut butters) ! I went to two Walmarts today but couldn’t find it. I asked around and a friend of mine from here said she ordered in bulk so I might just do that if I have little luck!

  3. This was such a lovely post, getting to know you a little bit better 🙂 I love the colour of your new fitbit – so bright, and fun! I want to hear more about your upcoming trip to Hawaii! How exciting!!

    • Well, there’s not really much to say. I had a flight credit to use up before December, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Hawaii, the stars aligned so I booked a ticket. I’m so excited! I’ll share more details on an upcoming post soon. 🙂

  4. I loved this! And I may steal this survey for my blog! Haha. Definitely similar things bring us joy… I had a delicious peach in my breakfast porridge this morning! And I just love being outside all day hiking. Fitness is certainly an indulgence for me, but in some ways I don’t even know if you can call it that – honestly, it almost feels like a “daily requirement” for me to be at my best! I love that quote from Tony Robbins. And oh my god, that go-girl funnel… that is hilarious.

  5. Reading my bible, drinking coffee, and spending time with family brings me joy! Peanut butter isn’t too bad either 😉

  6. I definitely want to do this little survey on my blog soon! Your talent reminds me a lot of my best friend. She just FEELS things, especially other people’s emotions out of empathy, a lot more than other people do. And YES to good times with friends— nothing like it.

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