Hello everyone! Now that UnKayventional is finally a real-life thing and I’ve made my introductory blog post , I’m really trying to learn the ins and outs of WordPress to bring you a quality website that’s easy and fun to read. Before I begin any major categorized posts though, I think some fun, fast facts are in order to help you guys understand a little bit more about me and my life. So let’s get to it!

1.) I live in Upstate New York, in the Capital Region!

I know what you’re thinking: so since you don’t live in the City, you must live in cow country? No!… I mean, yes, kind of! The Capital Region of New York is full of hidden jewels, such as beautiful forests and hiking trails, scenic lakes, as well as more touristy-type areas with popular restaurants and shops. And while yes, the area I grew up in was semi-rural, it was a good mix of suburban neighborhood living and pretty outdoorsy vibes. For example, the pictures below are of my father’s backyard (yes, really!). I love how my siblings and I have several acres of forests, natural trails, streams and small waterfalls to explore. To me, this is what I imagine the enchanted forests out of my childhood princess stories looking like, I love living in New York- until winter comes!

2.) I’m originally from Florida!

Although New York owns a large piece of my heart, I’m also partial to Florida, my birth state! I was born on Eglin Air Force Base- the military has always played a decent-sized role in my life- on the Florida panhandle, near Fort Walton Beach! I love sunshine, I love heat, and I love the ocean: all things that are trademarks of Florida living, and few and far between in New York (although our summers are brutal!).

 

3.) I’m engaged to the love of my life!

Yes, I am lucky enough to have meet my person at the young age of 20! Steven is my best friend and the best thing that’s ever happened to me, quite honestly. He’s in the U.S. Navy- We met while he was at prototype in New York. I plan to write a lot about our adventures in military life!

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4.) I spend a lot of time in Washington state!

My mother’s husband is also in the Navy, and this is where they are stationed currently; as well as where Steven is stationed! I’ve been coming to visit for a couple of years now. After college I will move to the lovely Puget Sound area and officially begin my life with Steven.

5.) Seattle is my favorite city!

Seattle is the best city ever in my opinion. Every time I go I only fall in love with it more. If you’re not a city person (like me), Seattle is the city for you. Chill, uncrowded, with a cute ocean pier area and iconic sites like the Space Needle and Monorail!

6.)My top bucketlist item is to visit all 50 states in America!

I really love my country and traveling, and at 20 years old, I’ve already visited more than half of the states! I’ve driven down the east coast, almost the entirety of the west coast, and across country- talk about road tripping! I will definitely write some travel articles and spill some tips on how to make traveling happen, but it’s military life and a family that loves to travel that I owe my experiences to. Forever grateful to see so many great places!

7.) I’m an English major- and proud!

For awhile I struggled to come to terms with my skill, overcome with negative stereotypes: I thought, writing? There’s no money in that. There’s no steady, well-paying jobs in the writing world. I don’t want to teach! But I knew in my heart that there’s nothing else I’d rather do in my life, that for myself, money could never trump happiness. After deciding to follow my heart, I realized that my mind had tricked me, and my previously negative assumptions were just that-assumptions! I’ve got a couple of online publications, I’ve had publication companies and editors reach out to me via social media, and I’ve got this blog- and I haven’t even graduated yet!

8.) I enjoy hula hooping and yoga!

Fewer things make me so happy (and so frustrated) as flow arts and yoga! Let me explain what I mean: just dancing inside my hula hoop or flowing effortlessly through a yoga routine are so incredibly calming to me, and I usually get an instant mood boost for the rest of the day if I start my day off with them! But not being able to land a new trick or stick a new pose frustrates me to no end! However, the happy vibes I feel when dancing and flowing definitely outweigh any frustrations I feel. I actually teach yoga at my university, set to begin in a few short weeks! Let me know if you guys want me to post more on these topics, I’d be happy to share what I know, even though I’m certainly not a pro at either!

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9.) I have a huge family!

I am the oldest of 3 sisters and 3 brothers- all half or step and all coming from either side of my split family, and I love it. I’m also a lot older than them; the next oldest after me is 12, and the youngest is only 2. I’ve had the privilege of taking care of and watching them all grow, and I wouldn’t change that for the world! I also have a german shepard and bearded dragon! I love my big family and everything they do for me.

10.) I live with a disorder called Trichotillomania.

Trich, for short, is an impulse-control disorder that causes me, and millions of other people, to want to pull out their hair. It’s often accompanied with one or more mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, etc. Talking about the most secretive and shameful part of me is difficult, but perhaps I shall write some articles having to do with how mental illness affects relationships and daily life. I would love to be able to bring awareness to a disorder that’s highly unheard of due to low report rates, due to the shame and secrecy that accompany trich. Medical research on trich is also extremely limited; I’d be honored to contribute positively to a community that feels ignored by society for so many reasons. For any ‘trichsters’ who might be reading this, I love you, stay strong. ❤

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So there you have it, 10 facts about me. Feel free to comment some love, suggest any post topics you’d like to read, follow me on my social media accounts, and I’ll be back again soon with some more content!

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