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A Few Random Things About Me

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. cheer-3

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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