I often don’t share many personal things when it comes to Bon Traveler and/or my social accounts. Perhaps I am too dedicated to sharing aspects of travel that I forgot about the other parts of life. Hence why I created the travel journal, a place for when I get a kick in the pants about something I want to share. Those moments usually come when I am already tucked in bed and my mind is still ticking – this was one of those.
Here are 9 things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I was engaged at 19 and married at 20.
This is probably the most important part of me, my husband. I met him when I was 18 and when I had moved back to my hometown after my first year of college. Fell in love and was engaged after dating for 9 months and married him the next year. Yup, couldn’t even legally drink at my own wedding and yes I was young. He is my soul mate, my partner in crime, and the one who inspires me to live life to the fullest. Also, he is the brilliant photographer behind many if not all photos of me on social.
2. I’d rather hangout with my parents
They’re freaking cool. Simple as that. They’re so cool that even my friends want to hang out with them or maybe they want to hang out with my friends, but either way they rock. They’re young in mind and spirit. Both of them combined are hilarious, we laugh, we are competitive and we collectively love food and travel – maybe that’s where I get it from. My dad comes from Jersey, he can talk to anyone, asks many questions about you and is brilliant beyond belief. My mother comes from France. She is passionate, knows what she likes/dislikes, is inspiring and strong. How could I not want to hangout with them?
3. I have not eaten a banana since I was 5
It’s a mental allergy and I will leave it at that.
4. I am legally blind
I received my first pair of glasses when I was 8 years old and it has been downhill since. Without my contacts (you’ll rarely see me in glasses) I can barely see the back of my hand. Though with great weakness comes great strength, said someone wise. So my hearing is excellent. I can tell you when the person on the third floor has just flushed the toilet – though my husband attributes that to the thin apartment walls.
5. I have 4 tattoos
All of which have a story. I’ll start with the first. It’s technically a Mercedes sign but was intended to be a peace sign and I did it myself with needle and ink when I was 14. All of my friends were giving themselves temporary tattoos and they were disappearing but apparently I went too deep. I have the word “faith” on my hip. Ironically enough I was acting out when I went to a Christian college at the age of 18, which then makes the word faith, well quite ironic. The third tattoo was after I got married. It says “Thankful for His blessings” in Hebrew on my upper back – a reminder of the blessing I was given, my husband. The fourth and most recent, is a matching tattoo with my cousin, my best friend. We went to Biarritz, France as kids and got taken away by the riptide and had to be rescued – practically almost died. We got the coordinates for Biarritz as a reminder of our times together and the trouble we always (still) got in.
6. Nespresso is my jam
No this isn’t product placement, just the honest truth. The purple pod, cappuccino setting, one brown sugar cube, and a splash of milk. Often, if I see a hotel has a Nespresso machine, I will choose to stay at that hotel over another.
7. Soccer was my pastime
I grew up playing soccer, always center mid or striker. Played competitively and in college and loved every minute of it. One day in indoor when I was 19, my ankle just about snapped and haven’t played since. It’s a sore subject, literally and figuratively, and miss it very much. So I’ve resorted to overly competitive ping pong matches to get my competitive side out.
8. I am a morning and a night person
This equates often to little sleep. I love the mornings to get the “business” part of work done, like emails, proposals, and research. I love the night for creativity, writing and editing – just what I am doing now at midnight.
9. Avid organizer
A place for everything and everything in it’s place – my life motto. Hence why I love creating lists, like this one. It makes the text look visually neater and easier to navigate.
Thanks for indulging me Xx