I’m working on my first cup of coffee this morning 1. I have a HUGE Spanish family with over 30 crazy cousins. If you’ve ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” you’ll get an idea of what our family get togethers are like. Loud. Crazy. And I wouldn’t change it for a second. 2. I LOVE the smell of new shoes and new books. I couldn’t work in a shoestore or a bookstore cause I would just stand around all day smelling the merchandise. 3. I like to break all the rules of business. I like to look at what everyone else is doing and then do the opposite. I’d like to think it’s part of what makes me stand out from the rest. Doing your own thing and doing it well. 4. I take a notepad and pen everywhere I go. In the car, by my nightstand, at my desk. You never know when a great idea is going to strike. I’ve filled countless notebooks with ideas, business models, marketing plans, and to-do lists to last me an entire lifetime. 5. I loved playing in boxes when I was little. In addition to building massive forts and pillow fights. 6. I think I’m the only marketer left who answers all of my own email. And I find it incredibly strange that other people outsource that task to some stranger in the Phillipines. Really? If someone takes the time to email you surely we have enough heart and self-respect to send a personal reply. In fact, many people are surprised when I do reply. Or surprised that I answer the phone when they call. Isn’t that wild? That people are surprised when they find out that you actually care! 7. Fear is my greatest friend. Whenever I’m afraid to do something new – afraid to go outside of my comfort zone – I know I’m about to breakthrough to a new level in my life or in my business. The biggest growth in your business ALWAYS lies OUTSIDE your comfort zone. So the next time your afraid to do something – realize that something BIG is about to happen in your life – if you fight through the fear and do the thing anyway. 8. I have two crooked toes. When I was young I used to cross them over the other and walk around the house. Yes – I was strange from a very early age ;) 9. I feel happiest when I’m living in my passion. And my two biggest passions are business and running. 10. I went to three different colleges before I figured out it wasn’t for me :) 11. If I could get rid of just one thing – it would be the need for sleep. I’m always wishing for more hours in the day. 12. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. You know how most girls have a walk-in closet full of clothes. Well, mine’s a tiny closet that’s half full. 13. I still drive the same car from high school. I call her ‘Ol Betsy. And plan on driving her until she breaks down in the middle of the road. 14. I like the small town life. I’ve lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky my whole life. Can’t imagine living in a big city. But…I do love to explore new places. I’ve caught a bit of the traveling bug lately and planning on doing a few mini-vacations this summer. 15. My favorite thing about running races is the free t-shirt. In fact, I need to run some races this summer so I can refill my closet. 16. I guard my emotions like a hawk. It’s incredibly hard to break through my shell. But I’m eternally grateful to the people who have. 17. I’m 25. But all of my friends are in their 40’s or 50’s. I have HUGE respect for older people and see no point in hanging out with people my own age. 18. It always confuses me when I go on a plane and they announce that your seat can be used as a flotation device. Excuse me! I think I’d prefer a parachute. That would be a bit more helpful right? 19. A part of me wishes I had gone through the traditional college experience. Another part of me thinks it’s a big waste of money. 20. I have the sweetest dog in the world. She’s a labrador retriever named Mattie and she constantly reminds me of the real meaning of unconditional love. 21. I have THE most amazing parents on earth. They have been my biggest fans since day 1. 22. Unlike most kids, growing up I thought my parents knew everything! It wasn’t until much later in life – when I had much harder questions – that I realized they didn’t have all the answers. 23. I watched the ‘Truman Show’ when I was 12 and I was paranoid for a month thinking that my life was being recorded for national television. But then I decided my life was way too boring and I stopped worrying. 24. I think ‘Being Yourself’ is one of the biggest keys to business and life. Okay… I’m headed back to the marketing lab – all this human stuff is wearing me out.
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