Twenty-One Things About Me
This is my hundredth post on my blog. A bit of a milestone for me. I wanted to do something a little more out of the ordinary to honor this occasion. It was with the encouragement of a few loved ones that I decided to write a “things you probably didn’t know about me” post. Honestly, at first, I was uncomfortable with the idea- having to talk about myself. Wondering who would actually want to read it. Then I realized that reading this type of post is my most favorite read from my fellow bloggers.
So here it is…twenty-one things you may or may not know about me!
- Growing up, I was painfully shy. I am still what most refer to as introverted, but have learned to use my voice when necessary.
- Since I was about 5 years old, my main interests were healing and animals. I have dedicated my life to learning not only how the body works, but how to create and maintain wellness.
- My first language was Spanish. I learned to speak English when I started school.
- I am a 3rd Dan (degree) black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I began my training at 10 years old. These days, I mostly teach and my practice is sporadic. I have maintained regular involvement in the family business for the past 26 years.
- Working with plants brings me immense joy and satisfaction. This is my moving meditation, my place of mindfulness. Whether I am planting seeds, tending the plants, harvesting, or creating remedies.
- My wedding had a fairy-tale theme. It was magical and lovely- there was even an ice sculpture of a castle.
- In high school, I regularly wrote poetry. At the urging of my English teacher, I had a few pieces published in the school newspaper. I went on to have some published in a book of poetry.
- A used bookstore draws me in faster than a honeybee to a sunflower.
- What’s my favorite color? It depends on what it is.
- I am passionate about learning. I am always taking courses or independently studying something related to holistic health.
- I enjoy cooking and baking but I really don’t like to follow recipes. I use them as guidelines to create my own recipes.
- Something I get asked quite often is if I follow a vegetarian diet. Currently, the short answer is no, although I have off and on over the years.
- I have an appreciation for all types of music. Heavy metal music is one of my favorite music genres. My husband and I have been to many concerts together. We now have our children joining us as they have grown older and express interest in attending.
- I love food. I feel that society has lost the connection of what food really means to us. The magical energy it truly imparts to our lives, beyond the simple sustenance it is commonly viewed as. I believe that food not only nurtures but heals as well.
- I am a night owl AND a morning person.
- Since I was a teenager, I have collected dragons and fairies.
- I love chocolate. Real, dark, organic, ethically grown, and produced chocolate. Not the store-bought run-of-the-mill variety.
- My favorite Star Wars character is Yoda.
- I have had a variety of pets. A memorable one was a chicken named Lola.
- A rebel at heart, I rarely follow the path of a trend. I travel my own path.
- Twelve is my favorite number, which is 21 backward. So this is where I leave off. Besides, it’s a beautiful autumn day and the leaves are whispering little secrets as they tumble down from their branches. Secrets that have only been shared with the ravens.
That was a little stretch within my comfort zone. Have you ever written out a list of random things about yourself? Have you ever made a list of strengths and weaknesses that you possess? The first time I gave deep thought to doing this was two summers ago when I was working on a self-development program. I was asked to write out what my weaknesses or least favorite parts of me were, this was a simple task. The next question proved to be a challenge, it was to write out what my strengths were. It is interesting how society has conditioned us to think that sharing about oneself is boastful. It can be if the intention is self-serving and perhaps untrue. However, there is a level of empowerment that arrives when we speak up and share about who we truly are. If you feel called to do so, I would love to read your 21 things (or any number you choose).
Daughter of the Earth, Mother of her creations. Ivanna (Evie) doesn’t care for titles, but the ones that fit best are homeschool mom, herbalist, and blogger. Her greatest joy is guiding others to find true wellness within themselves and Mother Earth. When not spending time with her beloved family, she can be found researching everything related to holistic wellness, crafting herbal remedies, or convening with the plants in the Magical Garden.