You’re probably already getting to know me pretty well through my blog posts and Twitter, but I thought it would be fun to share 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Me. So, here we go…
1. I love to travel. Visiting a new place is an adventure. But you won’t find me zip lining in a rain forest or hiking ancient rock fortresses. For me, the adventure is in experiencing a different culture or getting to know a community that is new to me.
2. I’m somewhat of a logophile (a person who love words). Someone used the word onomatopoeia the other day, and it made me a little giddy. I remember learning it in an English class in elementary school, and it’s been one of my favorite words since then. It’s not a word that commonly comes up in conversation, so it’s a special treat when I hear it used. When I was a kid, my parents used to make me look up the meaning of words I didn’t know, and it’s something I still do regularly. It helps with my writing, even though editors usually prefer that writers use the simplest word possible.
3. Judy Blume was my favorite writer when I was a kid. Her books offered an escape, but she writes about real issues that made me feel like the things I was going through mattered.
4. I wish I could sing. I’ve always admired singers, especially those who make it look effortless. I have to really focus on singing, and it still usually doesn’t come out too well. Even when I was a kid, I knew singing wasn’t my strength. So I joined the junior usher board at my church instead of the youth choir, which was the more popular of the two service options for kids at my church. But it worked out. I liked being a junior usher because it gave me an opportunity to develop my leadership skills (in other words, I secretly liked being able to tell adults in our congregation where the could or could not sit).
5. Public health is important to me. National Public Health Week is first full week of April in the US, so now is the perfect time to share about public health. Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make that possible, we need to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play affects each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. We need to partner across public and private sectors to make sure decisions are made with the public’s health in mind. Within our communities, we need to start new conversations with our neighbors and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities. (Adapted from the American Public Health Association)
Did any of these things surprise you? Did you already have some idea? I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to share your thoughts with me on Twitter.
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