10 Things You May Not Know About Me
Every time someone posts a “10 Things You May Not Know About Me,” – I have to stop and read it. I’m always fascinated by people’s stories and what they share. I love getting to know people – and I always find it interesting what people share in blogs like this. I think it gives you a great look at the person and truly allows you to get to know someone – even if it’s just via the World Wide Web – just a little better. After all, they’re choosing to share these little bits about themselves. And the bits they share run the gamut from funny to informative to heartbreaking – and everything in between.
But when I sat down to write ten things that you may not know about me, I was stumped. After all, I consider myself an open book. And I put this blog off for a bit, and then when it was time to write – and I was still stuck. So, I asked my husband and Bert for some ideas – because they’re the two people who probably know me best – and they got me started.
I am strong Woo.
Have you taken the CliftonStrengths assessment? If not, you’ve probably taken something similar. It’s one of those assessments that helps you identify your strengths (and weaknesses), so you can maximize your potential at work. This particular assessment has 34 different themes – and I’m strong Woo. This is what CliftonStrengths says about Woo: Woo stands for winning others over. You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you.
I think sometimes that Woo gets a bad rap in the world of business, but it shouldn’t. It definitely has its place – and it has served me well over the years.
I was the president of FFA.
Yes, the agriculture part of me runs deep! From growing up on a farm to serving as president of my local FFA chapter in high school to the career I have now, I’ve always had immense respect for farmers, farming, and the contributions that it makes to our country. While I may not be living on a farm currently, being a member of FFA gave me an early taste of leadership – and helped me on my career path.
I have twins - a boy and a girl - who are twenty years old and conceived on my fourth try of in vitro fertilization.
Yes, you probably know about my kids – but you may not know about my journey to have them. I used in vitro fertilization not once, not twice, but four times in my attempts to conceive. About 10% of all American women suffer from fertility issues – and it’s something that’s still not talked about as much as it should be. I just wanted to share in case it’s something that has touched your life, too.
I ABSOLUTELY hate bridges.
The fear of bridges is known as gephyrophobia – and I have it. (If we’re ever in a car together and have to go over a bridge – I give you permission to hold my hand.)
I once broke off half of my front tooth.
Okay, I’m totally going to show my age here, but who remembers Evel Knievel? You know – the stuntman who did all sorts of crazy tricks on his motorcycle? Well, once I channeled my inner Evel Knievel on a motorcycle – insisting to my mom that I knew what I was doing – and yeah, no. Broke off half of my front tooth.
I make the best homemade biscuits and gravy.
Yup, not afraid to say it – I make some pretty spectacular biscuits and gravy! Everybody should have one signature dish that they’re known for – and that’s mine.
I hate running.
I’m not ever, ever, ever going to be a runner. It’s just not going to happen. Even if someone is chasing me – I’m going to try and put my Woo skills to work to win them over – just to avoid running.
I am a HUGE NASCAR fan!
Yes, I grew up as a huge NASCAR fan, and I continue to be one today? Can you guess my favorite driver?
I have a major fear and recurring nightmares about German Shepherds.
Once again, there is no rhyme nor reason for this – but they are just not the dog for me. And while some people have recurring nightmares about missing a college final or their teeth falling out – mine always seem to involve German Shepherds.
One year I called a city council member on Christmas Eve.
This is true! One year, I called a city council member (of a city that shall remain nameless) on Christmas Eve to follow up on something that affected one of my customers and needed to be addressed. Don’t ever doubt my ability to make things happen!
Wow! There they are! Ten things you may not have known about me – but now you do! Are there any that surprise you? Any that we have in common?
I’d love to learn something new about YOU! So drop a comment and share something with me! It can be ANYTHING – just as long as it helps me to get to know you a little bit better!