July 30, 2013

So while I am waiting for my blog to transfer over, I thought I’d share a little more info about me. Just in case ya’ll wanted to know πŸ™‚

1. I’m an only child. I come from three generations of only children on my dad’s side. My partner is an only child. We are all stubborn.

2. I’m a full fledged scorpio– intensely passionate, sometimes bitter, and can hold a grudge.

3. My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. I just love Judy Garland so much and the story is so beautiful. I think it was a masterpiece for its time.

4. I’ve met David Lynch and told him I love his coffee at his art gallery opening.

5. I don’t want to have children, even though I have worked with children a large portion of my career. I feel like I have tons of them, I just don’t want any of my own. I am nurturing, I just don’t think I am maternal and it’s not something I am interested in.

6. I was in choir for 10 years, drama for 7. I love all forms of art, creativity and expression.

7. I didn’t eat sushi or guacamole until I met my boyfriend.

8. Weird coincidences follow me around. Best/Worst: 6 years ago, when I was single, I posted an anonymous ad on Craigslist ‘Women for Men’ (keep in mind, this is before online dating was big). Lo and behold, my real-life-work-crush responded to my ad! I couldn’t believe it. I had a crush on him for so long, but there was no way in hell I was going to $hit where I eat and tell him. Besides, I didn’t think he liked me anyway. But he responded to my anonymous ad! It was fate! We were meant to be! I contemplated how I would respond for a few days. I saw him at work and let him know that something hilarious was going to happen (I’m so smooth). I emailed him that night confessing that it was me and that I had feelings for him and I couldn’t believe this was happening. He responded something to the affect of “I’m just not that into you” OUCH! I went to work the next day and we avoided each other like the plague for a good six months. No one at work ever knew but us, but it was supremely awkward.

9. I was born a blonde, but like the fate of most blondes, went brunette. I tried to change that by dousing my hair in Sun-In when I was 13. Epic. Fail. For the past two years, I’ve gone au naturel, mostly for budget reasons. Before that I dyed my hair burgundy for about 5 years. I still miss it.

10. I suffer (slightly) from OCD. I have compulsions to check my things, especially my purse, and the lock on the door. It’s kind of embarrassing, because sometimes I will be checking my purse for an absurdly long amount of time and people will look at me and say, “do you have everything?”. I don’t want to respond to them, because it will ruin the routine. It doesn’t make any sense. Although most of my compulsions are productive, I still spend too much time doing them. This year, I am committed to trying to get better. I thought it was mostly psychological, but apparently some people say its genetic?

11. I was born 2 months early. My mom’s appendix ruptured while she was 6 months pregnant. Within a month, I had to get out of that toxic environment and was born. I was in the hospital for the first two months of my life, until I was approximately 4 lbs. I sometimes wonder if this has affected my psychologically? I will never know, I just think it’s interesting.

12. I almost minored in Philosophy until I realized it would lengthen my time in school.

13. I just want to be a cat mommy, but don’t think I can afford pets right now. πŸ™

14. My outlook on life has become much more positive as I get older. I wish I could tell my younger self that it does get better. I think my 15 year old self would be really impressed with who I have become today.

15. Technology scares and excites me. I was so late in the social media game and was frightened to even have an account. Sometimes I think the internet is a scary place, a timesuck, a rabbit hole where creativity goes to die. I’ve completely changed in the past year and am starting to realize the power of connections, social media and having a website. It’s a huge change/learning curve and I am enjoying it. Even though I’ve changed, I still think unplugging is so important for your sanity.

16. I believe you can learn something from everyone.

17. I’m obsessed with music and love. I’m kind of a sap and very cheesy.

18. I recently found out I am an abstainer and an obliger. An abstainer is someone who can’t “just have one”. It’s all or nothing for me. So if I am detoxing off alcohol or trying to avoid sugars, I can’t just have a sip or a bite. I will have a sip or a bite, say f it, and then have 3. As an obliger, I respond to external motivations really well. I am a good collaborator and don’t want to let people down. However, I have a hard time keeping myself to my internal motivations. I realize I need to set up external factors for my internal motivations. Lately, I’ve set an alarm for every single thing I want to accomplish and it’s really helped.

19. Sometimes I get consumed by feelings of nostalgia.

20. Starting this blog was one of the best decisions I ever made. I can’t wait to work on my new site, get creative and inspired to abolish my debt! I never thought in a million years I’d be able to pay off 9k in 7 mo on less than 30k.

Thanks for reading! Any tidbits you want me to know about you?


Melanie is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. She writes about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at DearDebt.com.

Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.

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19 responses to “20 things About Me”

  1. Pauline says:

    love the shit where I eat saying haha it is so true. Sorry it turned out bad. Didn’t know the holding a grudge part comes from being a Scorpio, now I can blame my date of birth instead of my resentful self lol.

  2. Morgaine says:

    I’m a Scorpio too and I totally get what you’re saying here! I also feel the same about wishing I could go back to my younger self and tell her that everything would work out (oh and to save money while in school!).

  3. anna says:

    I am the same way with checking my purse, certain routines I have before going to the gym, etc. I agree it’s all productive things but it takes up so much time! That sucks about the guy – I put myself out there once, too, and got burned, but hey, at least I did as much and, like you, I can laugh about it now. I loved getting to know you a bit more! πŸ™‚

  4. Are you moving away from wordpress? Good luck on your new site!

    • doordebt says:

      I am transferring my blog to self-hosted, so will actually have a legit domain. I will still have the wordpress plugin, they are working on it now.

  5. Thomas says:

    I think Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka are just classics! Thats some crazy ish with you and the co-worker. I am not sure I would have said anything to the personal. Just no way I would have risked that one. Great learning more about you.

    • doordebt says:

      Yes, I agree, classics all the way. That was by far the weirdest coincidence, but there are others too! It felt too good to be true, like this was my out, my way of telling him, like it was meant to be…..wah wah.

  6. I think every woman suffers from that same OCD. I check my locks a lot at night! I love these!

  7. doordebt says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post! It’s always fun to get to know people better.

  8. Sofia says:

    Thanks foe sharing so much of yourself. The new site looks great! Something about myself? I really like coffee ice cream, but don’t like to drink coffee. What else do you want to know?
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  9. Cait says:

    You’ll be a great cat mommy one day! I hate that I’m still stuck waiting to get a dog… but I know it’s not the right time. Also, I love #20. πŸ™‚
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  10. I can relate to you on a lot of issues! I also used to have a fear of sushi and guacamole – something about the texture of avocados freaked me out, but I’m glad I’m over it!
    I never thought that I would have OCD, but after reading about your description of OCD, I think I might have it…I always check my pockets for the essentials before standing up or going anywhere new, and I always get worried about making sure that I locked doors and turned toasters/ovens off.
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    • Melanie says:

      Mmm now I love sushi and guacamole! I want some now! You may have OCD — but typically what characterizes it, is by doing it a certain number of times. Mine is usually 3 or 5. It’s highly irrational πŸ™‚

  11. We have a lot in common! I was also born a blonde, but became a brunette (my natural hair color is a very light brown). I stopped dyeing my hair to save money, but I also used to dye it a burgundy-ish color and still miss it.

    I also have OCD and I also can’t wait to have my own pet (I want a pug!) but can’t afford that right now.

    Interesting list, thanks for sharing!
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