Back in 2016, I wrote a post titled 10 Things I Never Thought I’d Do. I randomly came across it and decided I needed to add 10 more things I never thought I’d do since it has been several years since I wrote that post.
In 2016, I was fresh out of college, newly married, and childless. A lot has changed, so here are ten more things I never thought I’d do!
1. Overcome my fear of flying. I’d say flying in an airplane has been my biggest fear for the past 10+ years. I’m not exactly sure what changed, but I decided that my curiosity about the world overrode my fear of flying. I want to travel to places that aren’t feasible to drive to, and if flying is how I have to do it, then it’s worth it! I also had a child between developing that fear and overcoming it, and flying is a lot faster than driving with a young one.
2. Raise a daughter. From a young age, I can remember wanting kids. As I grew up, I always imagined being a boy mom. I even had dreams that I had twin boys. Imagine my surprise when I became pregnant for the first time and found out we were having a girl! I’ll tell ya what, raising a daughter is so special. I feel beyond blessed that God gave me Sadie. She has taught me so much in just four years and I absolutely love having a daughter.
3. Quit the gym. I used to be a daily 5:00 am gym-goer. And distance runner. I am neither of those things now and could care less. I think I quit the gym in 2015 and haven’t looked back. Sure, I’m still active, but I don’t need a gym or running to do so. Walking, yoga, pilates, strength training, and the occasional run are perfect for me at this stage in life–no gym required.
4. Drive through the City of Pittsburgh all the time. Pittsburgh is a city filled with one-way streets, a non-grid layout, tons of bridges and tunnels, traffic, and construction 24/7.
Growing up in a suburb just outside the city, I didn’t go through it often. Now? I drive through the ‘Burgh at least three times a week to get to church and also head into the city when I have a hematologist or midwife appointment. Jimmy and I live much closer to downtown than I used to and I’m now (mostly) accustomed to on-street parking, insane traffic, road closures, and everything city life throws at me.
5. Enjoy thrift and antique shopping. As a teenager, I liked new things. Trendy things. Now? Take me to an antique shop! Let’s go thrifting! I feel like there is so much value in older things. Often, they’re made better, and it’s also great for the environment to re-use clothing and home items. I also enjoy thinking about an item’s history–who used it, where, and why. Old stuff is the coolest.
6. Have a small business. I dreamt of plenty of business ideas as a child, teenager, and young(er) adult. I never thought I’d actually have a business, though.
When I was a child, a business meant a brick and mortar shop. Now, business options are endless thanks to the internet, phones, and more. If you would have told me I could have a bakery from my home even ten years ago, I don’t think I would have believed it.
7. Homeschool. I wasn’t homeschooled as a child and never imagined homeschooling my own children. It feels right for us, though. I love that I can instill faith in our schooling, be with my children during these important young years, and enjoy the freedom and flexibility that schooling at home allows.
8. Be okay with my hair. I used to loathe my curly hair. So much so that I would have my mom iron it with a clothes iron on an ironing board! I know, that was probably dangerous and also so bad for my hair.
Over time, I learned to embrace the crazy of my curly hair and now I don’t do a thing to it. I get out of the shower, give it a good comb through, a little bit of product, and go on my way. It’s easier that way and I figured that God made me with curly hair, so I might as well honor that.
9. Be a less picky eater. My poor parents. I did not eat very many foods as a child. If our family had spaghetti and meatballs, I just had spaghetti–no meatballs and no sauce. I can’t remember liking any vegetables and I didn’t even eat chocolate. I think I had a thing against color (red meat, red sauce, brown chocolate, green vegetables, etc. were all no-gos for me).
Over time, like 20 years of time, I grew to adore vegetables. I prefer them to meat and often get made fun of for my love of mushrooms, kale, and swiss chard. I love Korean food, Indian food, tofu, raw oysters, salmon, sushi, and any meat. I remind myself of this huge change when I see my daughter snub some of the same foods I used to avoid.
10. Write a blog for over 12 years. I didn’t know what a blog was until I was a teenager (who remembers Xanga?!). I have always loved writing and blogging but never assumed at age 18 (when I started this blog) that I would still be at it over 12 years later at age 30. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m hoping blogging is still part of my life for years to come because I love it!