As I was putting this birthday post together, I kept thinking about how quickly time has gone by. There are times when I stop myself and think, “woah, I’m in my 30’s!” because honestly, it feels like I was just 21 a second ago. When I was a kid, I remember my parents always talking about how quickly time moves and I thought that was ridiculous because time moved so much slower for me. Now that I’m 33, I really understand what they were saying. But you know what? Not one part of me wants to be 21 again. I really love the age I am and I feel like with each year, my life gets better and fuller.
In the spirit of turning 33, I thought I would take the time to share 33 things that you may not know about me. In general, I tend to keep things more private because as an introvert, my first instinct is never to share but to listen. SO HERE GOES!
1.) I am an introvert. This always surprises people when I say it, but it’s 100% true. In fact, it leads me to #2…
2.) … It has been hard for me to make close friendships as an adult. I tend to be a homebody and my close friends know they basically have to reach out to make plans to hang out because I often won’t. It’s weird. I love hanging out with people but I also love being alone. It takes me awhile to fully be myself around people but once I trust you, YOU ARE IN MY INNER CIRCLE AND I WILL NEVER LET YOU GO.
3.) I hate calling people on the phone. I’ve always been like this. I would get so nervous calling anyone (boys, friends, restaurants, etc.). I don’t even know why! I’m getting better about this but there is still a weird anxiety there.
4.) Speaking of anxiety, I AM ANXIETY. I used to think that I was just shy but over the years, I have discovered that I have anxiety. I am always thinking 10 steps ahead and planning for that “what ifs” of life, which means that my mind is always moving a mile a minute. It is exhausting. Sometimes it prevents me from what I want to do but I am really good at overcoming my anxiety when I need to. Jonny has helped me slow down quite a bit over the course of our relationship by pointing out holes in my worries to help normalize them.
5.) I am a pleaser. All I want is to please people and be what they want me to be. This has been something I have struggled with for a long time. Even when it comes to picking out where to eat, I often choose what I think the other person wants because I want them to be happy. Working on this because I need to learn that it’s okay to voice what I want, too!
6.) I am Jewish. My family is 100% Jewish. I used to struggle with this as a kid because I didn’t want to be different from my friends. Working as a camp counselor at a Jewish camp for eight years helped me not only face my heritage but embrace it.
7.) I am a fourth generation born San Franciscan. My grandma still lives in SF today (hi Bumma!) and she has taught me a lot about our beloved city over the years.
8.) I have never tried marijuana. NEVER. I never really had the urge to.
9.) I am not a big drinker. I don’t love the way it makes me feel. I prefer water or non-alcoholic beverages. If I am going to drink, I love refreshing drinks like champagne or moscow mules.
10.) I chug water all day every day. I drink 224 ounces of water a day because I feel my best when I am hydrated.
11.) I am an elementary school counselor. I get to talk about how feelings all day every day.
12.) When Jonny and I got married, he took my last name.
13.) If I don’t exercise 5 times a week, I feel guilty. Like extreme guilt.
14.) I start sweating when I go into a designer boutique. This is 100% true. I feel like a little kid who isn’t cool enough to be there and I’m paranoid my credit card is going to be declined when I purchase something.
15.) I have one small eye. I just noticed this like two years ago and now I can’t unsee it.
16.) I can binge watch TV shows like a champ. My current favorite shows that I have binged in the past couple of months are PEN15 (Hulu), Russian Doll (Netflix), Crashing (HBO), True Detective (HBO), and others that I am blanking on.
17.) I live down the street from my parents. How cool is that?! This has been my dream for a looooong time and the fact that it’s finally come true is beyond incredible.
18.) My personal style is all over the place. One day, I love an edgier look, the next day, I love a super feminine look. When I first started my blog, I used to think that I needed to pick one “style” but now I just rock whatever I feel like because that’s ME.
19.) I majorly struggle with jealousy and comparing myself to others. Blogging has 100% made both of these undesirable qualities worse. I am trying to get better about this because it does nothing but harm.
20.) I am an open book. Ask me any question and I will answer.
21.) I prefer to listen to old mix CD’s I made back in high school and college than any music streaming device #oldschool
22.) I can only watch a scary movie if I know Jonny is going to be sleeping next me that night. If he is away, I will only watch happy movies and TV shows.
23.) I don’t drink coffee. In grad school, I took a substance abuse class that showed me that I was super sensitive to coffee caffeine so I quit cold turkey and never looked back. Matcha is the only caffeinated drink I consume now (and mostly only on weekends) because it doesn’t “jolt” your system like coffee does.
24.) I don’t think I’m a pet person. I love cats (I grew up with kitties) and dogs are cute but I am not sure if I would ever want a pet in my own house. If I were going to get a pet, it would be a cat because dogs are way too high maintenance.
25.) I am a very touchy person. I like to hug, snuggle, kiss people until they are sick of me.
26.) I am always early. I will literally get somewhere 30 minutes early to avoid being late.
27.) I am on a very strict shopping budget. I tend to overspend quite a bit so Jonny has me on a tight spending leash. I didn’t even have a credit card until five years ago.
28.) I don’t like to cook but make myself cook so that Jonny and I can eat healthy meals during the week. I much prefer takeout.
29.) I played soccer for 13 years. 13 YEARS!
30.) I approach most things in my life heart first. Sometimes, this can hurt me but most of the time, I like leading with love and kindness.
31.) I am a creature of habit. I live for routines. If my routine is broken (hello, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS) I feel completely off until I readjust.
32.) The first designer bag I ever bought was a Chanel mini flap bag about 6 years ago. It was preloved and I still love her so much.
33.) I have never met another Tamryn, which makes my name as unique as I am!
Thank you for reading through and for all of your support over the years! Hope you learned something new about me!
Loved this post!!
Loved this post! Happy to say I knew almost all of these, haha! Love you and happy birthday T! xx
This makes me reminisce about so many old memories together, and the journey of getting to know you!
Proud of you for being so real and putting yourself out there with this post!
OMGahhhh! I never thought I’d meet someone else who never liked calling people, shops, restaurants! I would always, always, always make my sister or parents call if we were gonna get take out or pizza or had to call for other things. I wanna say I finally got up the courage to call for my first pizza when I was in my mid 20s! I always order online so I don’t have to talk to people 🤣🤣🤣 and I still ask my mom to call and make my appointments for me or to cancel or to ask questions.
I didn’t know you were a school counselor- that’s so awesome!
I live with my mom now (we’re best friends) and I can’t imagine not living near her, so it’s so awesome to hear you’re down the street from your parents! 💜
I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I don’t know how people do it. The after taste is beyond disgusting! And every time you post about your bobas! I automatically think back to “crazy ex girlfriend” on the CW (on Netflix too!)
I hope you’re having a wonderful day!!!