Some facts about me...

My name is Beth and I am a thirty-something year old girl.  Woman.  Sorry.  I feel like I am about 21.  Well, maybe a slightly smarter version (although that may be debatable) of my 21-year-old self.  I am pretty new to the blogging world.  Feel free to throw me my "Welcome to the Year 2000" party anytime. 

Here are some things that you should know about me.  Warning:  I got a little carried away with this section, so it is quite long.  The good news?  This is not a mandatory reading so you can stop at any time.

1.  I love, Love, LOVE red wine.  I love it so much that even when I wake up and think that I cannot possibly have another drop of wine for at least a week, come dinnertime and I am desperately craving a generous glass of this delightful beverage (I promise I don't have a problem, just a powerful love.)  

2.  I also LOVE coffee.  The only reason I look forward to the morning is to drink a wonderful cup of strong, strong coffee.  If I don't get my daily jolt from coffee, I am lucky if I can remember my own name.  Seriously, you want to steer clear of me on these days.  Talk to me at your own risk.  You have been warned.    

3.  I have a love for reading and writing.  I know, I am just soooo original.  Quit rolling your eyes at me.   My job requires me to do a lot of this, but it's not the kind of reading and writing that thrills me.  I love to read books that make me laugh out loud and that tell an extraordinary story about ordinary people living ordinary lives.  When it comes to writing, I also like to write about the ordinary things in life that, for one reason or another, strike me in some way.  I prefer to focus more on the things that strike me as hilarious.  Nothing is better than genuine laughter.  I'm talking laugh out loud-belly shaking-tears rolling down your cheeks-laughter.  I want to fill my world with more of this.  

4.  I am an extreme Type A personality (borderline OCD)... about some things.  I like to be in control of my day, I am a germaphobe, which leads me to washing my hands a million times a day (I have the raw knuckles to prove it), and I am a perfectionist about almost everything I do.  The irony of it all is that I am not very neat.  I am extremely disorganized and messy.  How is this possible you ask?  Well, your guess is as good as mine.  Messy Bethy is what my husband, P, likes to call me.  My dad calls me The Tornado.  Enough said.  What can I say?  I am a walking contradiction. 

5.  I take myself very seriously.  Too seriously.  I often forget to laugh at myself and hold back a lot when I am around other people because I am afraid that I will make a fool out of myself or offend someone.  Even though I try so hard not to, I care way too much about what other people think about me.  I want to be liked (okay that's an understatement, I want people to ADORE me).  Being self-conscious may be one of the heaviest burdens a person can carry.  What a waste.  I am yearning to chuck this baggage in 2014. 

6.  I waste a lot of time worrying about things that are really not that important.  I would hate to see a log of the hours I have wasted in my life Googling questions like, "How much radiation am I exposed to on an airplane?" and "What are the chances that I have tetanus?"  I spent part of my New Year's Eve researching the likelihood of whether I might die from tetanus after cutting myself.  Not kidding.  In my defense, the metal was rusty.  I have a call in to my doctor, so I will keep you posted on whether or not I am dying.

Boy, I sound like a barrel of fun don't I?  Well, now you understand my motivation behind this blog.  Now that I am well into my thirties, I want to lighten up.  Life shouldn't be so stressful and serious all the time.  Getting older can be a bummer.  Let me be clear, I do not believe being in your thirties makes you old, but it is that point in your life when you realize:  Damn, years actually do continue to tick on and I will not live forever as a twenty-something.  

I don't want to become down and out by things that are just a part of life.  I will continue to grow older (and really, we should feel lucky if we get the chance to do this, because it is not a given for everyone), my mind and body will change, my friends and family will change, my whole life will change.  I can fight it kicking and screaming or I can admire the changes, adapt, and grow.  I want to find the laughter and light in every day and I want to bring laughter and light into the days of others.  I hope that My Post-30 life will be a way for me to do just that. 

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