7 Things About Me You Might Not Know

Ali @ Hit the Ground Running nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


Thank you, Ali! Right back atcha! 

With this award I am supposed to share with you seven things about myself and then nominate other bloggers that I find inspiring.

I’ve been blogging for over a year now and I feel like I tell you everything! This is my attempt to tell you seven things about me that I haven’t already shared.

1. Humble Beginnings:  I’ll start off this list with a running thing… the very first time I ever run/walked 4 miles it took me over 69 minutes. That’s 17:25 pace! And I was SO PROUD of going that distance.

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Looking at this picture instantly brings me back to how happy I was that day!

2. My First Race: I ran my first 5K in 41 minutes. Adam ran his first 5K the same day in 24 minutes.


3. Scary Phobias: In Ali’s post she wrote about having a sea creature phobia. I have a fish phobia (cooked or alive, it doesn’t matter).

4. Career Day: When I was 16 years old I read the Shopaholic book series. The husband of the main character owns a PR firm He seemed really cool and that’s how I decided my career path. I feel lucky that PR led me to marketing and it all worked out!

Photo: RecommendedBooks.blogspot.com

Photo: RecommendedBooks.blogspot.com

5. Text Messaging: Adam texted me yesterday saying, “crap, I got the Sharing Size of peanut m&ms and now I’m going to have to eat them all.” I replied that I would gladly take a couple off of his hands.

6. Cecil is My Best Investment: When I adopted Cecil back in 2007 he was malnourished and infested with all kinds of bugs. His earmites were so bad the vet thought he might be permanently deaf.

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I was in college at the time and racked up close to $2000 on my credit card in vet bills. The vet let me know my “options” during the very first visit, but really there was only one option: get my kitten healthy.

In case you’re wondering, Cecil has full hearing now in both ears : ) I consider him my best investment.

7. Not Parenting Material: Speaking of Cecil, he’s the only child I have on the horizon. Adam and I just aren’t the parenting type. We can barely keep Cecil in line (actually, we don’t do that at all and he runs the house). Our parents are mostly at peace with the fact that we won’t be giving them grandchildren.

I told my parents when I was about 10 years old that I was never going to have kids so they have had a long time to come to terms with it.

I have no doubt it is a rewarding experience if you really want children, but I have never wanted them. I didn’t even like playing with baby dolls when I was a kid.

Bloggers I Pass the Award To:

Do you have any weird phobias? If so, I want to hear what they are!!! 



  1. June 27, 2014 / 9:40 am

    Wow…thanks for the nomination. I knew there was a reason I read here each day lol.

    Ah the beginnings, first runs, first races, always great to go back and remember where we started and how far we have come. That is crazy about Cecil but so glad he has healed up so nicely. Nothing wrong with not wanting to be parents, you two are living a wonderful life ad enjoying every minute of it, all that matters.

    I don’t have any strange phobias, sorry. Feel like a boring old blogger lol.

  2. June 27, 2014 / 10:03 am

    I’m surprised at how many fellow bloggers don’t want kids! It’s kind of a relief to know I’m not the only one. Especially now that we bought a house, everyone is asking a million times more often if we’re going to have kids. The more they ask, the less I want any haha.

    Your first two facts are why I nominated you. It is SO awesome how far you’ve come!!

    • June 27, 2014 / 10:26 am

      I think Time magazine published an article last year about people in our generation having kids later, or not having kids at all. i guess it’s a trend that people are concerned about…

      I can only imagine the baby talk now that you guys have a house! *Obviously* you HAVE to fill it up with kids! 🙂

  3. June 27, 2014 / 10:54 am

    Wow, you have really come a long way in your fitness and running. So inspiring, Kristina! I love the story behind Cecil and that you made that kind of investment to make his life so wonderful. He is one lucky kitty. I can completely relate because I would do anything for my Benny. 🙂 My biggest phobia is being gassed. I have never been put under and will avoid the gas at the dentist at all cost. I get freaked out by the thought of not having full control over my own body.

    • June 30, 2014 / 12:10 pm

      Being gassed or put under for surgery is a huge fear of mine as well! I cannot imagine what that whole “count backwards from 10” feeling must be like. I would be terrified!

  4. June 27, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    I love how you have pics from your early races!! So cool!
    I also think it’s admirable how sure you are about no kids. I like people who are confident and know what they want 🙂

  5. June 27, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    I was just like you for most of my life – never going to have kids. I totally respect when people make decisions to have or not have kids – it has to be what works for you!!!
    You have come a long way with your running – so awesome!!

  6. June 27, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the nomination! You know, I think we’re pretty similar re: the not having kids thing, but every now and then we think about but then change our minds, hmmmm…
    my phobia is of polystyrene! The feel and sound of it, and the thought of touching it, makes me cringe! Is this weird?
    So glad cecil is healthy now. Good on you for adopting him, he’s gorgeous, and deserves a loving home.
    I will post my 7 things soon! Thanks Kristina!

    • June 30, 2014 / 12:11 pm

      It is a bit weird, but it’s supposed to be since it’s a phobia! haha

      Can’t wait to read your 7 things! 🙂

  7. June 27, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    I love your bookends!!! Did you like the Shopaholic movie? I think Amy Adams is divine.

    • June 30, 2014 / 12:12 pm

      I wish they were my bookends! I borrowed the picture from another site.

      I loved the Shopaholic movie! I wish they had made the whole series into movies! Amy Adams is gorgeous!

  8. June 27, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    I love the Shopaholic books! Isn’t amazing how quickly you improve/change as a runner?

  9. June 29, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Awww, poor baby Cecil 🙁 Luckily you loved him or is little life probably wouldn’t have lasted long. I didn’t like dolls as a kid either lol and I didn’t now a thing about kids and cried for like 5 months worrying about how I was going to be a mom at 22. I didn’t plan to be a mom, it just happened. I felt just like you did about parenting but it turned out okay, I feel like it was and is the best thing that ever happened to me 🙂

    • June 30, 2014 / 12:14 pm

      I honestly don’t even know how the people who cared for Cecil before I adopted him let him live in the filth that he did. It’s not even like I picked him up off the streets…. so sad!!!

      I’m with you on the parenting thing. If it happened I’m sure I would welcome it and it would be the best thing ever, but I’m definitely not planning for it to happen 😉

  10. June 29, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    Cecil! So cute as a little guy, but what a sad story. I know so many young kittens who get good homes, but start with a bunch of issues 🙁

  11. July 2, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    hey girl!!!! thanks for the shout out. i’ll get to my answers soon. right now, i barely have time to keep up with all my commenting 🙂

    i love how much you love your kitty!

    i am really curious both how you decided/became aware that you weren’t going to have kids…and how you deal with the questions from friends and family. we’ve decided to stop with one child and i feel like people tend to challenge and question us about it all the time. i don’t handle that very well….

  12. September 17, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Thanks for your thtohgus. It’s helped me a lot.