The Alphabet of Me
Today I am sharing the Alphabet of Me. I decided to share a little bit about myself to help you learn a little bit more about who I am. I always enjoy reading these posts as much as I love writing them. It is always fun to take a peek behind the curtain (so to speak) and learn a little more about my fellow bloggers and authors whose posts I enjoy reading.
I hope you enjoy learning a little more about me, my family, and our crazy life.
The Alphabet of Me
A is for Age – I am 37 years old and just a few months shy of my 38 birthday. I have never really had a problem with getting older and often times have to stop and think about how old I am. I don’t like a big deal made about my birthday and was not happy when my husband threw me a surprise party for my 30th. I know I should have been grateful but I prefer to celebrate in a more low-key kind of way.
B is for Bipolar – I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2013, 4 years after I suffered a nervous breakdown. My diagnosis finally answered so many questions I have dealt with all my life but at the same time left me with so many more. You can read a little about my life with Bipolar, here.
C is for Coloring – This has been my favorite way to unwind, even before it became a popular thing to do. I don’t like to share my crayons, markers, or colored pencils with anyone but as a mother my daughter often “borrows” my supplies.
D is for Daughter – I am the second oldest daughter out of four children. I have a daughter of my own who is 6 months shy of being a teenager. I don’t know how my mom survived having three daughters but I sure hope we both make it out alive.
E is for Epic – I haven’t had many epic things happen in my life but when I was a child my father took my sister and I sledding. I went down the wrong side of the hill while he was down on the other. I hit a patch of ice and my sled went flying over a snow embankment and landed in the parking lot. My epic sled ride resulted in a broken arm and several days in the hospital.
F is for Family – I am an aunt to two wonderful cherubs (a boy and a girl.) I have one brother and two sisters. Our family is very close and made up honorary members that we have collected over the years. All of my immediate family resides in Michigan and leaving them when we moved was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Luckily they are never too far away thanks to today’s technology.
G is for Goofy – I try to be serious but I have a goofy nature that is always find simple, silly things to be hilarious. For some reason this gets worse after 9 o’clock at night and by then the chance of me being serious has gone out the window. If you get me laughing hard enough, I am bound to start snorting and my husband lovingly call me “Snorkle.”
H is for Hometown – I was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. I lived in the Metro Detroit area until last year when we relocated out of state. A piece of my heart will always be in the Metro Detroit area.
I is for Ice Cream – I hardly ever turn down a delicious bowl of Ice Cream especially if the bowl has any of my favorite flavors. I love Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and MooseTracks. Surprisingly, I don’t like Chocolate and will scoop around it when eating Neapolitan.
J is for Jesus – I am a born again believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for all that He has done in my life and know that I would not be where I am today if not for Him. I am not perfect and I am thankful that He has forgiven me and accepted me as His child.
K is for Kitchen – I love to spend time in the kitchen and try out new recipes. Many of which I share here on the blog. I find cooking and baking to be very cathartic and a great way to treat my family and friends to delicious adventures. Find out what I have been up to in the kitchen and discover some fabulous recipes, here.
L is for Likes – I have a long list of things that I like and it includes food, family, friends and shopping. I like the color black and it is a staple in my wardrobe.
M is Marriage – I have been married for 13 1/2 years to a wonderful man who puts up with me more than I put up with myself. Our marriage is far from perfect but the Lord has brought us through many tough times and each time we are stronger than ever before. I look forward to aggravating him for many more years to come.
N is for Name Origin- My first name is Gwendolyn and came about after my mom wanted to name me Quinn. My dad told her that it was a boy’s name and they eventually came up with Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn is Welsh and means fair, blessed and white browed.
O is for Occupation – I worked in retail during high school and after I graduated I started in customer service for a high risk finance company. Soon after I switched to the medical field as a receptionist and eventually went on to be a medical biller and medical office manager. In 2009, I became disabled and a few years later entered the blogging world to keep my mind occupied. I have been blogging here on my own site for two years.
P is for Phobias – I have several phobias including mice, cockroaches, small spaces, large crowds, public speaking and meeting new people. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks that are worsened when placed in circumstances where I have to deal with my phobias.
Q is for Quotes – One of my favorite quotes is “You can’t fix stupid!” I usually follow it up with “However, you can muffle it with duct tape.”
R is for Reading – Growing up we didn’t have a television till I was almost ten years old and we never had cable growing up. I grew up with a love for reading and could devour several books in a day. I don’t read as often as I would like to but I have two book shelves full of books just waiting for me to open them. Reading has always been a way to escape the stresses of everyday life and go on an adventure without leaving the house.
S is for Stepmom – I am proud to call my husband’s son my own and still remember the first day that I met my “step” son. I love his as much as our daughter and usually don’t use the “step” word because to me he is my son. He was not born of my womb but born of my heart.
T is for Tennessee – I moved here with my husband and daughter after spending my whole life in Michigan. We are in love with East Tennessee and so happy that God has brought our family here.
U is for Unique Trait – One of the things that most people don’t realize about me is that I am an introverted/extrovert. I enjoy spending time around other people and can fake it till I make it in a new setting but it takes me several days to recover. Even though I am loud and outspoken, I prefer spending time at home with my family than going out around people.
V is for Vacation – I have several dream vacation spots and they include Ireland, Australia and Hawaii.Some of the places I have been to include Orlando, Chicago, Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, Atlanta, St. Louis, Nashville, and Charleston, WV.
W is for Worst Trait – My worst trait is self-judgement. I don’t see myself as others see me and often very critical of myself. I question the thing I say, how I look, and what others think of me. I am continually working on cutting myself some slack but old habits die hard.
X is for X-Rays – I have had x-rays done on almost every area from my head to my toes over the years. There are too many to count or remember them all.
Y is for Yummy – I am always up for eating yummy food. I can’t turn down a piece of cheesecake or a jar of Cookie Butter. Some of my favorite yummy eats include wedge salads, lasagna, bagels, pasta dishes, blue cheese, feta cheese, fresh fruit, Better Made BBQ chips, and Slurpees.
Z is for Zoo – Our house is a zoo on its own with three dogs and two cats currently. At one time we had fish, guinea pigs, and a snake. My favorite animals are the elephants and penguins. My love of elephants came from my grandmother. I could spend hours watching penguins and my nickname in high school was “Pen-Gwen.”