I’m terrible at keeping up with this blog, mainly because I’ve been insanely busy and stressed. However, I recently had a conversation with an old friend about ways to calm down and was reminded of how much writing helped me in high school. Now, this isn’t to say I’ll write in this daily, as some of my writing outlets will be fiction pieces and reviewing movies on my new blog with my sister (http://firestonesonfilm.blogspot.com/), but I am hoping to use this more often than once a month. So, to begin the habit, I decided to accept the 15 day challenge I saw on a friend’s blog recently. And so, without further ado:
Day One: A recent picture of yourself and 15 interesting facts about you
Not the best, but I'm in the School of Social Work building and would look silly trying to take a picture right now...
1. I have my BSW from Spring Arbor University and am currently pursuing my MSW at the University of Michigan.
2. I am a Christian.
3. I am an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs. If you really want to get to know me without ever having a conversation with me, you can look up the personality profile of an INFJ. It’s almost creepy how accurate it is.
4. I am an introvert that loves people, so many in the past have believed me to be an extrovert. However, at the end of a day with people, I desperately need to read a book or watch a movie or just do something by myself to recharge.
5. I’m kind of obsessed with movies. I have no real favorite genre, as I like anything that is done well.
6. I will read anything written by C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allen Poe. Once again, while it’s a variety of genres, they are freaking brilliant authors that I adore.
7. I wanted to be a writer from the age of 2 until I was 16. At 16, I began to look into helping professions and decided social work was where I belonged. I still write and it’s on my bucket list to get something published.
8. Typically I only speak when I believe what I say will add to the conversation. Many people see me as quiet or shy in this sense, but I see no point in speaking just for the purpose of talking.
9. If I’m walking with my ipod, I’m walking in beat to whatever I’m listening to, and not on purpose. Because I realized this in undergrad, I’ve begun to make sure that I listen to faster songs when I’m running late to class and slower songs when I need to take a stroll and think.
10. My two favorite classes in high school were English and Math. This is an odd combination, but I liked a subject where every question had only one correct answer, and I loved a subject where analysis was important. Also, my mother is very much a literary person and my father is very much a math/stats person.
11. I work best when I have a loose plan. For example, I have just mapped out my homework for the next week, but instead of stating specific dates and times, everything is in a specific order to get done. So, once I’m done with this blog, I’ll begin what is at the beginning of the list and work my way through it till class. Whatever isn’t done will continue to tomorrow.
12. I choose my friends very purposely. I need people that I can have intelligent conversations with and will make me laugh. So far, I have had outstanding results in the friends I have chosen with these things in mind.
13. I’m currently listening to Death Cab for Cutie’s Something About Airplanes. Not sure if that’s interesting, but it is a fact.
14. Since Halloween is almost coming up, I’ll say that a major pet peeve of mine is when people skip over Thanksgiving. It seems like a lot of people celebrate Halloween and then put up Christmas lights, listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas movies. I refuse to do anything Christmasy until after Thanksgiving, even though it’s my favorite holiday.
15. The specific thing I miss most about undergrad is the late night craziness. I loved doing random things at 2 am, on or off campus, and that’s just not the same when living at home and attending grad school.