20 Things You May Not Know About Me

16 Aug
by Jenny, posted in Off Topic   |  23 Comments

If you’re reading this then you probably already know a few things about me. For example, you know that I’m fascinated with personal finance and minimalism and try to practice both disciplines to the best of my ability. You may also have figured out that I’m passionate about advertising and how it influences us.

The purpose of this list is to introduce you to some things you may not know about me. After all, there is more to who I am then money and minimizing.

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. I was so shy up until the 3rd grade that my mom had to have regular parent-teacher conferences about my refusal to speak to my teachers during class.
  2. During the 3rd and 4th grade I became less shy, but spent the entire two years trying to stop “the light people” from following me around. *The light people were small people with glowing mouths and eyes that I believed were following me everywhere.
  3. When I was younger I wanted to be a singer. I organized two rock bands before finishing the 6th grade. The first was “The Rosies,” and the second was “The Hot Rockers.” I was always the lead singer.
  4. I was and am a terrible singer.
  5. Around the age of 13, I decided I wanted to be a writer. A poet to be exact.
  6. By the time I hit the seventh grade, the only thing that held my attention was boys and my social life. This lasted for a good six years.
  7. I once was taken to the police station with two of my friends for unknowingly getting in the car with an underaged driver who tried to outrun the police.
  8. I have a tattoo.
  9. I was raised Catholic and attended CCD every Wednesday evening through the end of eighth grade when I was finally confirmed in the Catholic Church.
  10. I spent hours at the library each time I had a school project to do, but used my time there browsing books on ESP, witchcraft, astrology, extraterrestrials and any other forbidden subject matter I could get my hands on.
  11. You will never find me without a tube of Burt’s Bees chapstick in my pocket.
  12. I used to take two to three showers per day. I’m now down to one.
  13. I’m directionally illiterate and get lost almost every time I go somewhere new.
  14. I spent six months trying to have an out of body experience (OBE). When I finally had some success it freaked me out and made my dog go crazy. I never tried again.
  15. In high school I graduated 13th in my class. From the bottom (see #6). I was boy-crazy. My parents were worried.
  16. I married my high school sweetheart.
  17. From college, I graduated summa cum laude. Whew.
  18. I’m the last born of four children. My closest sibling is eight and a half years older than me. Oops.
  19. I once owned an ice-cream shop, which I started from the ground up.
  20. I can’t eat gluten.

Your turn! What’s something I may not know about you?

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23 Responses to 20 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. It’s great to get to know you a bit better, Jenny, thanks for sharing these details about yourself! Glad to see your overcame your shyness! Oh, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one wondering this with respect to #8…exactly what is your tattoo (if you don’t mind sharing)?

  2. It is nice to learn a little about you. I am not sure what I should say although I am somewhat reserved myself. I like Dr. Suess and can speak in rhyme on command fairly easily.

    • Hi cashflowmantra – I love to rhyme too. My mom and I used to play the rhyming game all the time when I was growing up. She always grew tired of it before I did though. When she was finished playing, she would just scream…”orange.” :)

  3. It’s funny that I’ve been thinking of writing a post like this. I have two points so far, I think!

    I reveal a lot about myself on my blog, so I’m not sure there are 20 items left. But just wait. A post along those lines is coming soon — I promise.


    • Hi Gip! You only have two points about yourself that you haven’t mentioned? That’s impressive. I’ll be curious to read what you come with!

  4. Jenny, m’dear, you are fascinating! :) What’s the tattoo of and where is it? Or is that something for another “20 things” list? LOL Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Nenette! I don’t know about fascinating — maybe a little kooky though.

      And yes, the tattoo placement and such is for another day. Ha, ha. ;)

  5. Lists like this fascinate me. Thanks for sharing Jenny. I too have a tattoo – like you though only one. I occasionally think about getting some more but always decide against, as I can never work out what design I really want! Are you planning to get any more?


    • Hi Steve! I always like reading these lists too, so I thought it would be fun to create one of my own.

      I only have one tattoo, and I don’t plan to get any more. Of course, I also never say never. ;)

  6. It is nice to find out stuff about people! I was never shy and got into trouble quite a bit for talking. And my 3 girls inherited that trait from me. Oops. Comes in handy in sales field though.
    I was once stopped by the police. I was 13, hitchhiking with my 18 year old brother. Cops gave us a ride to the mall. Good thing they didn’t realize my brother had 35 joints in his pocket to sell at the mall. Oops.
    I was a bad girl from 13-14, spent my 13 birthday in a carload of messed-up folks driving the perimeter around atlanta all night long (a 60 mile circle) A wonder we survived.
    I love your library secret. :)

    • Hey Bernice! Well, I would have never guessed you were so mischievous when you were younger. :)

      I think back to so many of the things my friends and I did when we were younger and shudder. It makes me want to keep my sons locked up until they’re adults! Ha, ha.

  7. Deb

    Hi Jenny, just letting you know that I’m still following you even though I’ve closed down life beyond stuff. We have a few of interesting similarities: I also tried the out of body experience, can’t sing and am geographically challenged (seriously). congrats on paying off your debt by the way. I’m getting stuck into mine now.


    • It’s so great to hear from you Deb! I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how you’re doing. I didn’t realize Life Beyond Stuff was closed — I was keeping you in my blogroll in case you decided to keep it going. Let me know if you open it back up, OK?

      That’s great that we have many goofy things in common! :)

  8. Christine

    How is the tattoo getting so much attention while the out of body experience is being glossed over? lol. I must hear more about this!! ???

    • Hi Christine! An out of body experience (OBE) is also called astral projection. It’s a fascinating theory about the ability to leave your physical body and travel to higher dimensions.

      I never made it out of my bedroom, but I did get up above my bed and saw beings in the corner of my room. My dog at the time didn’t appreciate the experience and ran towards the beings growling and snarling, which snapped me back into my body. The whole ordeal scared the crap out of me and I never tried it again after that!

  9. I’m intelligent and literate and have many talents and skills, yet my formal education ended when I graduated from high school.

    • Hey Mike! Thanks for sharing a tidbit about yourself. :)

      I don’t know how much formal education feeds into intelligence. For some people, the education system isn’t a good match at all. It’s just as easy (and free) to go to the library or research academic databases on any subject we want to learn more about!

  10. I loved this post! A great way to learn more about you.

  11. Laura

    I am still cracking up about #14. :) Great list.

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