As an introduction to my new blog, “Creating a New Life,” I decided to list some interesting tidbits, loves, quirks and peculiarities that make me, well, me.
Jeg Kan Tale Dansk (“I can speak Danish”). When I was young, I used to say I could speak two languages, “regular,” since I was from Pennsylvania, and “Texan,” since I visited family there often. Later, I studied Spanish and then Danish while living in Denmark so I can now understand some Swedish and Norwegian too. While in Europe, I learned a few words of many other languages to connect with the locals.
Once a Cheerleader, Always a Cheerleader. Perhaps one of my greatest gifts is encouraging people to do their best and cheering them on along the way. When I was in second grade, I said I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, and later went on to become one in grade school and high school.
I Love to Write…A lot. I started keeping a journal in high school and I never cease to be amazed at the magic of writing. I also wrote a lot of letters, really, really long letters with my best friend in high school (we would compete to see who could write the longest one), and with a pen pal in California whom I’m still friends with to this day.
Music Makes My World Go Around. I would feel something was missing if I didn’t listen to music every day. It all started with Queen, Pink Floyd, Men at Work, DEVO, AC/DC, Billy Joel, and the Sound of Music. (Side note: I played the part of a nun in “The Sound of Music,” at the local playhouse and got the part by singing a Madonna song!!).
I’m a Nomad. Okay, Maybe More Like a Gypsy. Originally from the small town of Erie, PA, I’ve lived in too many actual dwellings to count, but my list of cities include, Dallas & Austin, Texas (Go Longhorns!), NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Denmark, and now back State-side in lovely San Diego.
Tea is My Drink. I love tea — especially herbal tea. I was turned on to herbal teas after visiting a spa in Austria that had a “tea bar” with a variety of medicinal teas providing various health benefits. I’ve been hooked ever since. My latest is nettle, fennel seeds and passionflower.
The Silly One. I like to laugh and find humor in just about everything, and try not to take life so seriously all the time.
Dreams Are the Key to Everything. I’ve been a vivid dreamer for as long as I can remember and have learned various ways of interpreting and and working with my dreams. I truly believe it’s one of the most powerful healing tools there is, and in fact is one of the oldest healing methods dating back to Greek & Roman antiquity.
Nature is my Drug. I was gifted with an appreciation for nature from my father growing up camping in Canada and swimming in Lake Erie, and thankfully it’s stayed with me. Water is my element.
I’m Just a Girl in a Boy’s World. I am the only girl of five children. I was surrounded by boys growing up and I guess that explains a lot of my boy-ish tendencies, and why I am not your average chick!
Flower Power. It was a dream while living in Denmark to see sunflower fields and visit the lavender fields in Provence. My dream came true.
Foodie till The End. I am married to a chef, so I have an appreciation for good food. I also was fortunate to be an author of a Fodor’s Guide to Scandinavia and sample many of the finest restaurants in Copenhagen. Nothing like Nordic red beets and berries!
Björk Made Me Do it. I am a huge fan of the singer Björk and have been since I was 16. I’ve even traveled to Iceland a few times and it’s because of her that my life’s trajectory took me to Scandinavia.
Story Teller Through and Through. I love telling stories, and I especially like to tell them through photographs. I have been taking photos for as far back as I can remember and because of this, have a unique view of the world.