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Meet Amy: 27 Things I’ve Never Told You

Hi! Nice to meet you!

I feel like I’m always baring my soul for you guys because I sincerely hope that by doing so, I can help other people realize that change is possible.

This time, I thought I’d lighten the mood a little bit.

I don’t want to come off as a know-it-all-blog-writing-machine.  I want you all to know that I’m human, I still struggle, and I am a little bit ridiculous.

I was reading through some of my favorite blogs and came upon Dave Ursillo‘s post, 25 Things I’ve Never Told You (Or a Writer Upping The Ante), which lead me to Corbett Barr‘s post, 33 Things I’ve Never Told You (or, How to Re-Introduce Yourself and Kick Your Watered-Down Self in the Ass).  Corbett’s post challenged writers to introduce themselves and their personalities to readers to be more relatable, genuine, and to avoid falling into the trap of being a watered-down version of themselves.

So Corbett, I accept your challenge!  This post is going to be introducing my real human self to all of you.

Here are 27 things I’ve never told you…

1.  I live in Los Angeles, but have always fantasized about moving to Hawaii.  I would ideally love to live half the year in a mainland city, then half the year in a tropical destination.  I’m working on visiting other tropical locales to find one in which the cost of living is a lot less than Hawaii.  Up next, Costa Rica and Thailand/Bali!

My boyfriend, Rick, and me in Kauai

2.  I live with my boyfriend who I am absolutely head over heels in love with.  He constantly pushes me to be my best self and supports me in a way that no one ever has.  He still says and does things that make me wonder, “Where did you come from, and what did I do to deserve you?”

3.  I am half Chinese, half white mutt, and NO ONE can pin it down on the first try.  I don’t speak Chinese, but I wish I had learned (my mother never learned either).

4.  I was a punk rock raver in high school.  That means I wore spiky collars with pants that had 40″ openings for each leg.  Don’t ask me for pictures.

5.  My favorite song of all time is 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins.  It’s been on my mix for the last couple years and I just never get tired of it.

6.  From age 13-19, and again from age 24-27 I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian.  The first time I started eating meat again was because I questioned my belief system (circle of life and all that).  The second time was because my health was deteriorating on an intense lifting regimen, and after going to the Dr. for blood tests, I discovered that I was deficient in B12 and my red blood cell count was low.  It was either shots or meat, so I chose meat.

7.  I lived in New York City for about a year and a half.  I moved there from Northern California less than a month after 9-11 and jammed through my theatre program at AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in the summer to finish sooner.  I graduated the youngest in my class.

8.  I love superhero movies- my favorites are the X-Men and Spiderman trilogies.  I’ve always wanted super powers!

9.  I am addicted to coffee- There is a Peet’s in my neighborhood literally 2 blocks away, and I go there 2-3 times a day for my americano, halfway full.  If given the choice, however, I would go to Intelligentsia for an 8 oz soy latte every day.  I need to buy an espresso machine.

My little bro and me in Santa Monica

10.  I have a little brother who I am very close to, in relationship and in living distance (he lives about a quarter mile away from me).  I was born on November 2, he was born on November 3 two years later.  I was late and he was early, so keep your wise-cracks about that romantic day for my parents to yourself! ;p

11.  I realized I’m not a cat person after owning 2 kittens; I gave them to a friend.  I really love big, fluffy dogs, but one of my pet peevs is little-dog owners that assume everyone loves their dog.  I don’t.  Please get it off my leg.

12.  I wasn’t aware of the blogging world until about a year ago when my boyfriend introduced me to a few fitness sites.  I started my first blog (Four Leaf Fitness) in April, then after attending The World Domination Summit (hosted by Chris Guillebeau in Portland) this year, decided to blog more seriously and shift my focus from fitness to personal development.

13.  I LOVE surfing, but I hardly ever do it.  I don’t own a board, but it is on my life list.

14.  I hate cilantro- it makes everyone in my family gag except for my dad.  I think it might be a recessive gene…

15.  I’m double-jointed.  I discovered this while getting ready for a band concert in middle school (yes, I was a band geek).  I was playing along with a song on my alto sax (yet another thing you know about me- I played sax for 7 years in school) when my pinky reached for a key and only my first knuckle bent to push it.  It was like when Peter Parker first discovered he could shoot webs out his wrists!

16.  My favorite movie hero is Indiana Jones.  I met Harrison Ford once and he was very nice.  I just about peed my pants.

17.  I think of expensive purchases in terms of traveling.  For example, I just registered for the Precision Nutrition Certification for fitness professionals, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, “I could invest in this, or I could fly to Tokyo and back!  Hmmm…”

18.  My favorite thing to do every week is go to the farmer’s market on Sunday mornings.  I buy flowers for myself every time.

19.  The only TV show I watch religiously is Mad Men.  I can’t wait until next spring when it starts airing again!

20.  My guilty pleasure is ice cream or frozen yogurt.  I make room in my diet to have one every single week.

Pooh and me on my 26th birthday

21.  I worked at Disneyland for 2 years, and it was the best job outside of personal training that I have ever had.  I am a HUGE Disney dork and have been my whole life, even before I worked at Disneyland!

22.  My biggest fear is singing in front of people.  I can’t sing.  No, Mom, I can’t (she’s always trying to encourage me to sing).  I don’t even do karaoke because I am so afraid of people laughing at me.

23.  I’ve never been to Vegas, and I don’t really ever want to go.  It stands for everything I’ve overcome, and I think I’d just be bored and hot.

24.  I used to drink a lot.  I used to win drinking games against my buddies that were 30-100 pounds heavier than me.  Now I can’t drink worth a damn- I had 2 frozen margaritas the other day and thought I was going to throw up a couple hours later.  It’s for the best.

25.  I’m currently 27 years old, but everyone I meet thinks I’m older than I am.  I don’t get offended at all.  Ever since I moved to LA on my own, I’ve acted older than my age.

26.  My favorite memory is of sitting on a surfboard in Maui with my brother, even though on that same trip, my brother lost control of his board and the nose bashed me in the chin.  It wasn’t his fault, and I’m very proud of the scar I have from it.  If I get a chance to meet you, ask and I’ll show you!  The Dr. glued me shut!

27.  I used to say that if I could be any superhero, I would be Rogue.  Now, I think I’d be Phoenix. :)

*****

That’s it, folks!  I hope I have successfully shed the veil of “blog writer” to reveal my real self to you.

If you want to learn the serious stuff about me and why I came to write this blog, please visit my About page.

Now I have a request for all y’all…

I don’t know my readers nearly as well as I’d like to.  Would you care to introduce yourself to the community and to me?  I’d love to learn more about you!

Introduce yourself: write 5 things you’ve never told me in the comments below!

Don’t be shy- it’s fun to think of things that would help others better understand your personality!  Think of it as an exercise in coming out of your shell!

I look forward to reading more about YOU!


52 Responses to “Meet Amy: 27 Things I’ve Never Told You”

  1. Dawn says:

    Wow…love to know more!
    1. When I was 19 I almost died in a car wreck. Wasn’t wearing my seat belt (wasn’t an official law yet).
    2. I have lived in California, Hawaii and Mexico…I hate that we settled in Illinois, I’m not a cold weather girl.
    3. I want to take my kids to every state in the US…it’s our travel goal. We have a long way to go.
    4. I am ticklish only on my feet…but I keep it a secret, and can really hold it if someone is trying to find it.
    5. I can burp on command, several times, it’s a talent that used to wow my ex husband…my son got it, my daughter did not. We have marathons at the dinner table…

    I love get to know you sessions…

    • Amy says:

      Wow! I totaled my car when I was 16- it was my fault and luckily no one got hurt. I’m so glad you made it out okay.

      You lived in Hawaii?! Why did you move?!

      Ha! I have never been able to burp on cue. One day…

      Thanks for sharing, Dawn! I’m glad I know just a teensy bit more about you!

  2. China says:

    Love your blog!
    Okay – here goes….
    1) Your cousin has your autographed picture next to his bed and kisses you goodnight every day.
    2) I wish I had had the courage to do what you did and had gone to NY to pursue the acting thing.
    3) Bali is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Colorado is a close 2nd.
    4) Strong Inside Out is my inspiration to finally get off the butt and on the treadmill
    5) Like to sing but really not any good. Definately follow the “just grin and sell it” attitude.

    • Amy says:

      I love that Max does that! I miss him!

      Must. Go. To. BALI!

      You are one of the strongest, most courageous people I know. You have been an inspiration to me my whole life- you helped inspire me to start this blog!

      Love the grin & sell it attitude- fake it till you make it! ;)

  3. Eva says:

    Hi, my name is Eva and here are my 5 things:
    1. My favorite books is Pride & Prejudice. This is a timeless romance.
    2. I don’t like marshmallows and rhubarb.
    3. I would like to travel to small islands in the Pacific ocean – Nauru, Guam, Solomon Islands etc
    4. I would like to learn how to fence and shoot a crossbow.
    5. I am a bad, slow driver. So what? ;-)

    • Amy says:

      Hey, driving bad and slow is better than bad and fast!

      Do you not like marshmallows and rhubarb together, or each separately? That would make one gross pie…

      Ooh! I took stage combat at AMDA and learned how to “fight” with swords- so much fun! I’d definitely do it again!

      Thanks for taking the chance to tell us more about you, Eva! And welcome to the site!

  4. Christine says:

    1. I am the sister of that handsome devil of a boyfriend you have. The older sister as I’m sure he’ll point out :)
    2. I went white water rafting once on the Penobscot River in Maine. We went down a waterfall and through class 5 rapids. It is the single most terrifying and rewarding thing I have ever done.
    3. I have 2 boys that I am completely and totally in love with. They teach me more every minute of every day than I will ever teach them.
    4. I am petrified of bats. I mean, scream-like-a-girl, paralyzed with fear kind of petrified. Not a good thing if you knew the house we just moved out of.
    5. I am addicted to knitting. My grandmother tried to teach me years ago, but got frustrated with my inability. After she died I got all her knitting books and needles and I picked them up again. It all just clicked and now I can’t stop. Every time I complete a project, I have this amazing feeling of accomplishment and closeness to my gram.

    • Amy says:

      Hey Christine! Nice to see you on the new site!

      White water rafting?! That sounds amazing!

      I feel you on the screaming like a girl thing- I hate snakes… just like Indie. ;)

  5. Jeaneen Tang says:

    You’re awesome, Sis!

    1. I once scored a 9.67 on a vault at a gymnastics competition. It wasn’t an extremely hard vault, but I ROCKED it :)

    2. I used to spend my bus money on the Crack Seed Store (Icee, candy, salted plums) and walk the mile or so up the hill home instead.

    3. I thought that by the time I was 25, I’d be married and on my 2nd child! Obviously, I’m not there :)

    4. I love the sound of Christian Slater’s voice! Something about that raspy, smoker voice does it for me everything. Hmmm. . . the next favorite is Kieffer Sutherland.

    5. If you asked me 8 years ago, if I’d ever live anywhere than Hawaii, I would’ve said NO. A lot has changed since then. I’m glad I moved to LA. Otherwise, I would never have found you, SIs :)

    Love ya!!!

    • Amy says:

      Neeners! Welcome to the boards!

      For all those reading this, I didn’t forget to mention I have a sister- this is my good friend, Jeaneen! She’s like my sister.

      How did I not know you did gymnastics?! I did too… until I cried my way out of it because I hated it so much. Seriously!

      I had the biggest crush on Christian Slater when he was in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves! I used to listen to that Brian Adams song over and over again- the video was on the laser disc!

  6. C. A. Kobu says:

    I really love your list, Amy! We have some some things in common: #9, 11, 18, 22. and 24.

    And here are 5 things you probably don’t know about me:
    1. I speak four (actually 3 1/2) languages but English is not my mother tongue.
    2. As a kid, my dream was to join a traveling circus, but clowns scare the hell out of me. I also have a fear of flying insects.
    3. I’ve translated more than 30 books, half of them being into English such as ‘Bliss’ published by St. Martin’s Press in NYC.
    4. I got married twice. My second husband (the love of my life) and I found each other again after 18 years. I was 18 and he 21 when we first met at the beginning of the ’90s and we were secretly in love with each. Of course, we found out about that many years later :)
    5. I’ve received some training on flying Cessna airplanes. But I never completed the training to get a license.

    • Amy says:

      Hey C.A.! Nice to see you here!

      You did a great job with that list! For anyone wanting to take a peek, you can find C.A.’s here: http://www.lifeliteracylabs.com/secret-things/. Hope I didn’t just reveal your secrets!

      You should get that license! One more thing to add to the life list!

      Four languages?! Crazy! I need to start learning French for my trip to Paris this winter!

      Thanks for sharing, C.A.!

  7. Benny says:

    Great to learn more about you! What did you used to do at Disneyland? I used to hate cilantro but now I love it! I know you’ll think I’m crazy.

    1) I have the worst sweet tooth. I feel like something sweet after almost every meal. Have to resist often.
    2) I’ve read many books but never have finished them.
    3) My dream is to be in a major movie. If I’m an extra, I’m happy.
    4) I’ve stayed home all day on Sunday many times watching NFL games. I love it.
    5) I wish I could speak Japanese. Just seems like a cool language to speak fluently.

    • Amy says:

      Hey Benny!

      If I tell you what I used to do at Disney, I’ll go to Disney jail… ;)

      Dude, if you come out to LA, I’ll get you a gig as an extra in a movie! I used to do that for extra money!

      Oh, football. Rick loves it, too. I worry too much about the players when they run into each other!

      I’ve always wanted to speak Japanese, too! The only thing I know how to say besides “good morning (ohiyo)” is “Biru, kudasai.” I learned how to ask for a beer when I was about 10 from listening to a language tape in the car with my family. Don’t know why that’s the only phrase that stuck!

      It’s awesome to learn more about YOU, too!

  8. Doug says:

    Okay here goes:

    1) My first kiss was with Katherine Heigl. I was 13 and it was well before she was famous. We are still good friends to this day.

    2) I was on track to become a olympic figure skater, but at age 15 I was in a severe car accident. After a few weeks in the hospital and months of extensive rehab, I could never regain my combination of power and grace that made my so effective. I had to quit.

    3) My dad was the creator of “Shark Week” on the discovery channel.

    4) I once did a cannonball off an 80 ft cliff into a reservoir (thinking it would be funny), but it ended giving me a massive enima. I had to get reconstructive surgery of my anus – 32 stitches.

    5) 11 1/2 inches!

    ;-)

    • Amy says:

      Doug, your facts are more interesting than mine! I swear you made some of those up…

      Do I wanna ask what “11 1/2 inches” means? ;)

      Olympic figure skater? That’s so awesome! Do you still skate? Rick plays ice hockey, and tried to take me ice skating once. I was so scared! The rink was extremely crowded and the ice was choppy. The worst part was when he said, “I’m going to do a few laps…”

      I’d like to say thank you to you dad for making it harder to go in the ocean every time I want to do #13.

      I’m glad you’re ok after that cannonball! You were a wild child!

      Katherine Heigl! That’s so funny. I don’t know anyone super famous, but I do see them out here in LA fairly often. I have this uncanny ability to not recognize famous people.

      Really interesting stuff, Doug! Thanks for sharing!

      • Doug says:

        Okay, you caught me, that stuff isn’t true. I was in a weird headspace last night – 2 glasses of wine and 8 hours of huffing an oil-based primer. I’ll come up with some real stuff. Great post, it’s always nice to learn more about my favorite bloggers.

        BTW buying a surfboard on your life list? You need to put that on this week’s list!

        • Amy says:

          A-hardy har har. Let’s show Amy just how big a gulli-bull she is (Wayne’s World? Anyone?)!

          My favorite was the 80-foot enema. Hey, kudos on your creativity!

  9. Janet says:

    Nice to meet you too :)

    I am full Filipina, and immigrated to Oregon when I was 3.. :) I don’t remember the language either.. But I am back in the Philippines trying to learn. A lot of people can’t guess my ethnicity either.. Even Filipinos! They think I’m Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese or Malaysian!

    I think it’s totally cool that you went to the World Domination Summit and decided to switch your blog because of it! I’ll be checking around here more often :)

    • Amy says:

      Welcome, Janet!

      It’s funny- we get mad when people can’t tell our ethnicities apart, but we ourselves can’t even do it!

      Looking forward to hearing more from you!

  10. Vic Magary says:

    Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” is one of my favorites as well. And I also come from a fitness training background. I found your site and this post through the Personal Development Writers & Bloggers League on Facebook, and am glad that I did. Man thanks for sharing your 27 things.
    ~ Vic

    • Amy says:

      Hey Vic! Welcome to the site!

      I just heard 1979 this morning in the gym- I don’t know what Pandora station they had circulating through the sound system, but I wish they’d keep it on all the time!

      Glad to have you here, Vic. I’m a fan of your site, too, and I really liked your guest post on pistol squats on Wellness Renegade! Those are hard, man!

  11. Dan says:

    Awesome I love these posts, frozen yogurt rocks it’s my dream to date someone who owns a frozen yogurt stand.

    Cool blog design as well!

    • Amy says:

      Hey Dan!

      I think I’d have a big problem if my boyfriend owned a frozen yogurt stand…

      The blog design is from elegant themes- they have some great layouts and support forums over there!

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you around the comments again soon!

  12. Maria says:

    Hi Amy!

    So here are my answers:
    1. I used to play the bass guitar for a rock band when I was in high-school.
    2. I am both an engineer and a personal trainer.
    3. I have a BS, 2 MS degrees, and am now doing an MBA…

    • Amy says:

      Hey Maria! Welcome to the site!

      That’s a lot of degrees! You must be one smart cookie! …or protein shake… ;)

      I used to want to play bass so badly! I just never got the motivation to learn a new instrument. Do you still play?

  13. Maria says:

    Hahaha, I am smart protein shake!

    No, I have stopped playing & now I barely remember a thing! It was fun when I did though.

    Will talk about the value of NOT stopping (and NOT losing all your progress) on my blog next week.

    I think I will use “smart protein shake” on my signature from now on…

  14. Katie says:

    Hehe fun! :D

    1. I can flex my pecs, as a woman. Fun bar trick. :D
    2. I have two degrees in math, though I’m a 26-yr-old web developer now
    3. I’m dreaming of traveling the world while developing websites :D
    4. I’m going to WDS 2012. I can. not. wait. :D
    5. I’m absolutely addicted to new experiences.

    Love this idea, Amy! :D

    • Amy says:

      Hey Katie! Welcome to Strong Inside Out!

      WDS 2012! WOOOO! I’ll be there too, so make sure to say hi!

      What kind of website development do you do?

      Me tooooo! New experiences are my new addiction! Traveling especially.

      Thanks for sharing! Good to have you here!

      • Katie says:

        Hehe yay, thanks! :D I’m actually a WordPress developer, and particularly interested in working with bloggers in this niche – if you happen to hear of people looking for help, I’d love a shout! :D

        Thanks for the warm welcome! See you at WDS!! :D

  15. […] to share with you 30 things that I have yet to share on the blog about myself. I was inspired by Amy Clover’s post on her blog “Strong Inside Out” of her 27 things she’s hadn’t yet revealed […]

  16. James says:

    I’m new here, but here is my list of five:

    1. I hold a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon do, officially certified through the Kukkiwon in Seoul, South Korea.

    2. I served six years in the Maine Air National Guard, honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant (E5)

    3. I’ve been to Los Angeles, CA, visited Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.

    4. I visited London in 2005, and the architecture of the historical buildings (Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Big Ben) was more impressive than any modern building I’ve ever seen.

    5. I won a Michael Jackson “dance off” contest at the ‘Howl at the moon’ bar in San Antonio, TX, in front of over 200 people.

    • Amy says:

      Nice, James! Especially the dance off part. ;)

      I reaaaaaally want to get into martial arts again, but I have some time priorities that wouldn’t allow it right now.

      Did you like LA or London better?

      • James says:

        Amy –

        What kind of martial art have you practiced before?

        It’s hard to compare London to LA, as they are completely different. I’m more of a history buff, so visiting a city like London was a cooler experience for me. However, when I was in LA, I experienced strong feelings of wanting to be rich and famous lol! California in general is a beautiful State.

        James

        • Amy says:

          Hey James!

          My Mom was a karate teacher, so I did a few years of karate along with gymnastics. I quit before the rest of my family did, so I would hang out and just watch the classes that my Mom taught. I think that affected me more deeply than I know, watching this strong woman teach all these big burly guys… and being able to say, “That’s my Mom!” :)

          I’m with you on the travel side of things: I LOVED experiencing the history of Paris when I was over there in January- it’s so different than America!

          Haha! Well, you know I got caught up in the rich and famous thing in LA for a while, too! ;) It is beautiful here. I try not to take it for granted!

          • James says:

            Amy-

            That’s so cool that your mom was a Karate instructor! The combination of martial arts and gymnastics is a match made in heaven, and believe it or not, I’ve always wanted to train in gymnastics to compliment my training in TKD! I might be too old for that now though lol.

            You may be surprised like I was, but England is also very different from America! When I went there I was expecting it to be similar to the states because they are our allies and an english speaking country. I was wrong! It’s completely different there.

            On a side note, the facility that I am currently going to for counseling is raising my co-pay from $25 to $65, so I am going to have to find another counselor who will work with me financially. I’m going to find another practitioner who is trained in cognitive therapy too. It is essential that I stick with this because I need it very much. I’m also going to be starting a fitness regimen within a week or so too. The time is now, and I’m excited (and nervous) to start the process of change. I’m just really looking forward to feeling good again, and have that good feeling pour over into every aspect of my life.

            I appreciate you taking the time to respond to me, and I hope you don’t mind if I continue to speak to you during my recovery. I know that just conversing with you is going to help me. I can talk to you in a way I just can’t do with people that are close to me. Thank you already! I hope you are enjoying your summer too.

            James

          • Amy says:

            James, I am more than happy to be here for you during your recovery. And of course, feel free to email me personally if there’s anything too private for this public forum. Did you get my email back?

            My therapist worked with me on price and I find that all good ones in my past have. In the beginning, consistency is so key, so I think you’re doing the right thing seeking someone who will be flexible with you.

            I’m excited to hear about your fitness program! Remember: one step at a time. :)

  17. James says:

    Yes I did get your email Amy, thank you! Have a good weekend.

  18. Naomi Lancet says:

    Wow….reading your list I can relate a lot to you.
    1. I’m a half mutt as well ;) Can you guess what mutt?
    2. Got a inspiring boyfriend who encourages me as well.
    3. Age wise I’m a year younger than you. The older I get, life seems more interesting.
    4. I don’t surf but I kitesurf ;P and trying to start a blog around that.
    5. Super close to my brother, although he lives in London and I live in Canada ;( One day, though living a block away from lil bro would be my dream. Love the picture of you two. Too adorable, both of you.

    Everyone keeps talking about WDS so maybe I shall see you out there in 2013.
    Cheers
    Naomi

    • Amy says:

      Hey Naomi!

      I would love to see you there! Make sure you get tix quickly this year: they go super fast!

      Thanks for the compliment- I’ll tell BroFace you said he’s adorable ;)

      Kitesurfing sounds really fun! I’ll have to try that someday!

      Happy to hear your thoughts, Naomi! Looking forward to seeing more from you here!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Amy,

    I discovered your blog after reading your guest post on nerdfitness.com. After reading just a few of your posts, I’m already a fan. Thank you for sharing your story and your insights. And since I do plan on following your blog.. I might as well introduce myself :)

    1)I’m born and raised in California but went to college in Hawaii. I love it for awhile but got island fever. Now that I’m back in California, I’ve been dying to go back although I probably wouldn’t be able to live there ever again.
    2)Like someone else who posted, I’m full Filipino but rarely do people ever guess right. I’ve gotten EVERYTHING from Hawaiian, Samoan, black, Indian, Native American, Hispanic.
    3)I’m the only natural born American citizen in my family of British citizens. Both my parents were born the in Philippines but moved to London where they met, married and had my siblings.
    4)I’m 26 and don’t drive. I never learned in high school then by the time college came, I was always flying back and forth and didn’t have a car in either area so I never felt the need to learn. Since then, I’ve been in a couple of small accidents and one major one and have been traumatized ever since. I am determined to do it..one day :\
    5)Although I’m way too shy and don’t think I’m talented enough, my dream is to be on Broadway.

    Well it’s very nice to meeting you and I really look forward to reading more :)

    • Amy says:

      Hi Elizabeth!

      Welcome to Strong Inside Out! Happy to have you here. :)

      I’m so jealous that you got to experience living in Hawaii! I can definitely see how you got island fever, though.

      I don’t blame you on not wanting to drive. If you don’t have to, why not walk most places? You’re saving the environment! :)

      I think you should go for the Broadway dream. Keep taking action. Keep putting yourself out there! And by golly, get to NYC!

      Looking forward to hearing more from you!

  20. Joe A. says:

    Aloha Amy!

    I came across your site through Think Traffic and like I mentioned in my email to you, I am starting a blog and I hope that it can be as cool as yours. Here are my 5!

    1) I live and breathe Hawaii because I was born and raised in the islands.
    2) I paddled in a six-man outrigger canoe race from the island of Molokai to Oahu. Twice! No, not in the same day…haha.
    3) In my spare time when not with my family (most of the time I am), I like SUP – acronym for Stand-Up Paddle
    4) I am a sucker for comic book movies, like X-men, Batman, Avengers, Superman, Spiderman, etc.
    5) and a little bit of a Trekkie too.
    =)

  21. Dave says:

    New arrival here too – I came to your site via Nerd Fitness as well. As a way of introducing myself, here is my five:

    1. I have grapheme synesthesia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia ) which can be cool and frustrating at the same time. Basically my brain automagically associates colours with letters, digits, and even music (when I’m playing). This is turn means that words have colours – so if I see a word that is in the wrong colour (according to my brain), I think “eeeww wrong colour”. I grew up thinking everyone did the same until I saw a TV show about it, and asked my friends.

    2. I will try eating almost anything. I have had scorpions and silk worms in China, snails in Vietnam, I love durian, and drink lapsang souchong tea sometimes.

    But I cannot stand the taste and smell of cantaloupe (rockmelon). It truly makes me gag.

    3. I was arrested for videoing a market in Vietnam, and got away with it without having to pay a bribe.

    4. While the whole glam rock/soft metal thing was going on in the 80s, my brother and I were into punk – The Ramones, The Clash etc. We bleached and ripped our jeans, formed our own band, and played really loud music through our crappy little amps, while our friend and drummer banged on a snare drum and some cardboard boxes (until he could afford a drum kit), and we had a great time. The drummer and I played in garage bands for next 15-20 years (I played bass, the coolest of the instruments!).

    5. I have a multicultural family, and we are a family of travellers. My wife is Chinese, but was born in Vietnam. My sister-in-law is from Uruguay, my brother-in-law is French, and my father is English. My mother lived in New Zealand for a while, I have lived in Sweden and China, my brother spent a lot of time in South America, and my sister lived in the UK for a while too. I have two little girls who are growing up learning about the different languages and cultures, and through my wife speaking to them, I have learnt a smattering of Cantonese, like “hurry up!”, “listen to me!”, and “eat your rice!”.

    • Amy says:

      Woot woot! Nerds ahoy! ;)

      1. How cool is that! You “see” music and math! That’s super awesome!

      5. BAHAHAHAHA! I think that’s hilarious that the only thing you know how to say in Cantonese is “eat your rice!!!” Hi-larious, my friend. Thank you for that. :)

      Welcome! Great to “meet” you and learn a little more about you. Looking forward to seeing more of you here!

  22. Ricky Ferdon says:

    1. I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Was vegan for 14 months prior to this. Have not eaten flesh of any type for two years.
    2. I gave up any idea of “beliefs”. Prefer to move from knowledge, innate and reinforced from schooling and intuition.
    3. Service to others is the ONLY purpose comprehensible to ‘me’ as far as this life goes. Simply to raise the vibration.
    4. I use ‘I’ too much.
    5. I uphold, affirm and confirm you and all who work towards the health and happiness of others from a base of love (which is the only base there if for such as you). :0)

    • Amy says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Ricky!

      That’s interesting that you say you gave up on the idea of “beliefs.” I’ve never considered that before. Thanks for that paradigm shift. :) I’ll have to consider that a little further.

      Looking forward to hearing more from you in our tight community! :)

  23. jesickalabud says:

    Found your blog through Justin Harmon’s page and I am in love!!! So glad you’re here, alive and well, happy and helping others, Amy. Now here are 5 things about me!
    1. I am a halfie like you! I am half Korean and the other half is French/Italian. And both my parents are half Korean!
    2. I too was an on-off veggie for many years. So I was vegetarian for about three years since 2009, then vegan for 6 months, and then totally off the wagon for a while, and now I am vegan again. Love being vegan!
    3. I’ve lived in Seoul, New York City, Italy, and now I live in Berlin, Germany.
    4. A close friend in high school committed suicide and it was very sad… and your story made me very happy because you made the right decision in the end.
    5. I LOVE STUFFED ANIMALS. and I always name them.

    Keep in touch!!! I will be back to your blog girl~

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