10 Things I Never Thought I’d Do

1. Pass statistics. I’m not a math person. I had to take a math course before I graduated from Penn State and this was it. It was hard, but I put in the time and effort and even got tutoring. By the grace of God I not only passed, but earned an A. I learned I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Stats

2. Look forward to mowing the lawn. Growing up with an older brother, I can count on one hand the number of times I mowed my parents’ lawn. When Jimmy and I bought a house with a big yard, I began mowing every week in the summer months and grew to love the distraction-free time to think, dream, and pray.

3. Enjoy Yoga. Ask anyone who spends more than a few hours with me; I am notoriously bad at sitting still. When a nurse practitioner recommended I practice yoga to help combat anxiety, I dove in. I now thoroughly enjoy my time on the mat a few times a week. Thank you to YouTube for free yoga videos!

4. Get into art. I didn’t think I was an artsy person because I’m not super skilled at art. I’ve come to realize that I can love painting, water coloring, crafting, etc. even if I’m not especially talented. It’s just fun and relaxing.

Watercolor

5. Enjoy tv shows about cars. I don’t know much about cars, but Jimmy totally got me into a few car shows. I find them really interesting.

6. Play video games. I also credit Jimmy for this, haha. He enjoys playing video games, so I try to do one of his hobbies with him from time to time.

7. Become a spinning instructor. I loved taking spinning classes, but I never thought I’d teach them until my parents gifted me the training course to become a spinning instructor for Christmas in 2012. It was totally random, but I really went out of my comfort zone and enjoyed teaching. I don’t teach (or spin, haha) anymore, but I have great memories from that time in my life.

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Hannah used to come to my classes from time to time!

8. Dislike driving. If you would have asked me at age 15 or 16 if I ever thought I’d dislike driving, I would have said no way. After being a passenger in a terrible car accident at almost 17-years-old, my tune changed on driving. While I feel blessed to possess a driver’s license and vehicle, and have physically healed from the accident, the emotional wounds still impact me to this day.

9. Love chocolate. I was just never a chocolate lover until fairly recently. As a child, the only chocolate I would eat was white chocolate, and even that made me queasy. Over the past few years, I have come to love milk and dark chocolate. I now like to have a square with lunch each day and never turn down a chocolate chip cookie!

10. Become a cat person.Β My family had a cat from when I was youngΒ until I was in my 20s, and I was actually afraid of her, haha. She wasn’t super friendly because we adopted her after she was abused. Poor girl. It breaks my heart knowing she was mistreated, but I like to think she had a great life once she came into our home. Years later, my parents adopted Lily and Felix, and I learned that cats aren’t scary. They’re actually the best! Now I’m a fur-mom to Malcolm and I love him so much!

snuggling-malcolm

What are some things you never thought you’d do?

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19 comments

  1. This was SUCH a fun post! (And for the record, you seem to be very artistic to me… I really can’t do ANYTHING artsy, so I’m very impressed by your abilities. Ha, ha. I’m pretty much still in the stick-figure stage. πŸ˜‰ I can get artistic if I’m behind a camera, but don’t ask me to draw anything)! πŸ™‚
    I definitely never thought I’d be a piano teacher! Or that I’d make friends via blogging. OR that I’d grow to love avocado. LOL! πŸ™‚

    1. Aww, thank you, Nicole! You are super artistic with photography and cupcakes, in my opinion!! And with makeup/beauty stuff!

      I’m with you on never thinking/knowing I’d make friends via blogging! It’s so amazing! I’m glad you love avocado now πŸ™‚

  2. I remember your spin instructor days and how your parents got you the certification for Christmas! I have been reading forever though… pretty sure I also remember your statistics stuff. It’s been great following your blog all these years and maybe I should do a post like this…

    1. YES! Please do a post like this, Amy! I think it would be so fun to read, and probably neat for you to reflect on the things you never thought you’d do. I am so glad you’ve been reading my blog long enough to remember the spinning instructor and statistics days! I love that we’re blog friends πŸ™‚

  3. First of all kudos to you for passing statistics, ugh I vaguely remember taking that back in the day and I loatheee math, not sure how I passed but it was for sure tough! Also, I feel you on the whole driving thing, I used to think that it was so fun and glamours, but ive been in an accident before too and it’s NOT FUN and totally scary. Although I’ve recovered (just as you will) I still hate driving and much rather be the passenger. Also, that is so cool that you were able to teach a spin class!!! You go girl!

    xo, JJ

    1. Statistics was so tough for me! I knew it was all about just plugging a formula into a problem, but man did I just freeze up with all those numbers and decimal points, haha.

      I am so sorry to hear you’ve been in a car accident, too. It really is so scary. I’m glad you’re okay though!

  4. I never thought I’d be the person I am. Seriously almost all my characteristics and things I do are opposite of who I thought I’d be when I was young. Part of growing up I guess πŸ™‚

    1. That’s a super neat reflection! If I think about it, a lot of my personality is the same as when I was younger, but some things have changed. I am a lot less shy, thankfully! Growing up can be a good thing, I suppose! πŸ™‚

  5. Cats are the sweetest things—so glad you are now a cat lady πŸ˜‰
    Also happy to read another testimony of a person proving that math is not something only a few can be good at it…it just takes practice and time just like anything else! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes! I just love when cats are all snuggled up and purring like crazy. It makes me smile so hard, haha.

      You’re so right about math! My brain is wired for reading and writing and speaking, but when I really put my mind to it and practiced 10,000 times, I made it through!

  6. Aww, I loved reading this, Allie! It is a great point to reflect on. Hmmmm, for me I don’t think I ever pictured myself moving to California, but here we are! ❀ Life loves it's curve balls.

  7. Yes, driving isn’t as fun as it seemed when I was 16-years-old! Country life sounds even more rough with tedious driving.

    I loved reading your blog post on things you never thought you’d do! It was clear to me how much thought you put into each point!

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