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20 Things You Don’t Know About Me | Lexington Kentucky Blogger

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Hey y’all! I figured that I would switch it up and do something a little different today. I hardly ever do anything remotely this personal, since it isn’t the nature of my blog. I focus heavily on bourbon, events, food, things to do, and local businesses. I still put my personal touch on those posts, but I’m not the center of attention. I figured this would be something fun, because I have quite a few new readers and it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase my outfit along with giving everyone an insight into who the girl behind the blog, Fabulous in Fayette, is.

What better way than a list of 20 facts that you may or may not know about me…

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1. I took dance classes for 16 years. I started taking ballet when I was 3 years old and started taking tap and jazz when I was 7 years old (FYI: With jazz classes, you won’t hear jazz music. Jazz is fast tempo and features unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. The classes I took were closely related to modern dance and hip hop). I finally quit dancing when I was 19 years. Even though I’ve had experience dancing for almost two decades, I hate dancing. Loathe it. My husband and I didn’t even have dancing at our wedding. Going dancing at the clubs or bars? Not going to happen.

2. I’ve been playing piano for 26 years. I started taking classes when I was 5 years old and stopped when I was 18 years old (My teacher only taught people from ages 5 to 18).

3. I have three degrees. I was a double major in undergrad; a bachelor’s in Psychology and a bachelor’s in Communication. I also have a master’s of education in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling.

4. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, and I’ve been working from home for the past 2.5 years. I absolutely love it! I started working when I was 16 years old, and this is been my favorite job that I’ve ever had!

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5. I’ve been blogging for over 8 years. My first blog was Everything Happens For a Reason, and I had it from 2009 to 2015. Out of the blue, I shut it down. People always would ask me why. Did you shut it down because you weren’t making money? Was it because of your page views? Did you sell it? Why? Why? Why? My heart wasn’t in it anymore, so I stopped. End of story. The blogging world is extremely different now, as in light years in comparison to what it was back then! Things you did back then, you would never dream of doing now (Those that blogged back then know what I’m talking about like Sarah from Venus Trapped in Mars with her post Old School Blogging and Instagramming). Don’t get me wrong, I loved my last blog, but I love my current blog so much more!

6. I’m a published photographer. I’ve had several photos published in online fashion magazines. I also have won a few awards in the Shoot and Share contest in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, I had 3 photos in the top 30%, 3 photos in the top 20%, and 1 photo in the top 10%. In 2017, I had 1 photo in the top 30% and 1 photo that was a finalist. Just to put it into perspective: Finalist badges are given to the Top 3.5% of the entire contest. That includes all the photos entered! (In 2016, 225,207 photos were submitted, and over 32.6 million votes were cast by people from 149 different countries. In 2017, 332,768 photos were submitted, and over 49 MILLION votes were cast by 104,378 people from 141 different countries!).

7. In undergrad, I use to have my own column, “Whit’s Pick Flicks,” in my school’s newspaper. I would go to the movies every week and write a review on it.

8. I’ve always been good with technology. I started playing piano when I was 5 years old. I didn’t have a piano at the time, but I did have large electronic keyboard. I hated practicing, so I figured out how to record myself practicing. That way, I just had to hit a button over and over until my time was up and I didn’t have to practice anymore. I ended up getting busted. That following weekend, I was the brand new owner of a piano. No faking it with a piano!

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9. I was interviewed and on the news moments before the University of Kentucky won their 8th National Championship. I was also interviewed and appeared on the news for the Feeder’s Cup (it was an event to find the best food trucks in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Tri-State Area – over 20 food trucks were in attendance), as well as when I did Goat Yoga. You could also see me in the background when I was standing in line outside of Liquor Barn waiting to purchase the Maker’s Mark Commemorative Bottle for 2017.

10. I was spelling bee champ from fifth grade to eighth grade.

11. I used to be an extremely picky eater. Around two years ago, I made the decision not to be anymore. I’m way more open when it comes to trying new foods, and will try almost anything at least once. It was just a really sad existence, since there are so many delicious foods and flavors out there to try. Lexington is a pretty big foodie city and has such amazing local restaurants, so you would be missing out on a lot of amazing food. The restaurants may have the “traditional” dishes that one may be used to, but the dish is elevated to a new level, since the chef has put their own spin on it. For example, chicken and waffles is such an iconic dish. Here’s how OBC Kitchen upped the flavor; spicy buttermilk brined fried chicken, candied walnuts, vanilla bourbon sorghum, hot pepper honey, cornmeal cheddar-chive waffles. Quite a few of the restaurants in Louisville and Lexington have been featured on lists such as: Southern Living’s 100 Places to Eat Now or The Best Restaurants to Eat in Every Southern State,

12. My lucky number is 23.

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13. I still have my first car from high school (a red 2002 Chevy Cavalier). I never drive it anymore, and haven’t for about 5 years. Instead, I drive a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4×4 that I got for my birthday.

14. I met my husband through my ex’s friend (We actually met 8 years ago on July 1).

15. I’ve never liked my name, Whitney, and I always wished I had been given a different name.

16. I’ve never broken a bone  (*knock on wood*)

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17. I’ve never been in a tanning bed. I actually tan very EASILY. I just like to take care of my skin and don’t want premature wrinkles or put myself at risk for skin cancer.

18. I’ve had the same cell phone number for 18 years.

19. I have thousands and thousands of song lyrics memorized. I could not hear a song for five years and still know all of the words. However, I can’t remember where I put my sunglasses or boots (I’ll give you a hint, it is likely in the pantry!)

20. I don’t like showers. I only take bubble baths!

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  • such a cute blogpost! What did you wish your name was when you were growing up?

    • I never really had a particular name in mind. I also hated my middle name and maiden name. While I was in elementary school, people would make fun of my last name 🙁

  • Jackie Cabrera

    Wow! You’re an interesting person 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    I love posts like these! It’s fun to learn more about the blogger behind the blog. I wish I had a big enough tub for baths, but maybe one day!

    I have two degrees – a BA in English Lit and an MS in Library Science, which I got from UK.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • We just moved into a new house about three months ago and the bathtub is a lot bigger. It’s not as big as my dream bathtub though haha!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    I loved getting to learn more about you! 3 degrees?! That’s AMAZING! Also, I’ve never broken any bones either *knock on wood*!

    • Thanks so much!! I hope to never break any bones. That would be so painful! :

  • Wow! I wish I could even do half the things you can! I used to play piano when I was younger – but I think I’m taking on the shakes passed down from my grandparents so I have just never tried going back to it. Yet, I have a degree in web design and am on the computer all day – go figure. But you have 3 – that’s impressive!! It was really nice getting to know you, Whitney! 🙂

    • Thanks so much 🙂 I’m hoping to buy a new piano, since I haven’t played in awhile. I think it’s so cool you have a degree in web design!

  • This is such a refreshing post! I also don’t like my name and have always wished it’s something different!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • I think Belle is such a pretty name! What do you wish your name was?

  • What a refreshing post. I haven’t done a post that talks more about me in a really long time. You have inspired me to revisit some of my older posts to see what I shared. =) Thanks for the idea.

    • Thanks so much and you’re welcome 🙂

  • Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    Wow, you seem like you are master of so many trades. Touch wood on your not breaking a bone, a week with a cast is not so cool whatever be your age.

    And I don’t like my name too. In fact I used to insist people to call me by other names.

    Gayathri
    From http://musings-over-nothing.blogspot.ae/2017/07/8-badass-female-protagonists-love-most.html

  • When it comes to song lyrics I am 100% the same way. Do I remember someone’s name 10 minutes after they told me, probs not. Do I remember every word to a random Backstreet Boys song I first heard 10 years ago, yes I do 😂😂😂

    • Hahahah!! Anytime I can’t find something, I’ll always check the pantry first. It keeps things safe haha 😉

  • I love getting to know bloggers! I also don’t like my name, and people always have issues with it. But well, it is what it is 🙂 And three degrees! How awesome!

    • What do you wish your name was?

      • Good question… I’ve always lived the name Zoë. Or Sarah 🙂

  • Woah! You are so accomplished. A super woman is what you are 🙂

    ❥ tanvii.com

  • Tabitha Bitner

    Hi fellow Kentuckian, i have a love for Lexington even though i didn’t grow up there! Let me know when you post about the Derby, yes i have never gone :/

    • That’s so awesome! Where do you live? I haven’t been to the Derby either *hides eyes* but I’ve been to Keeneland numerous times!

      • Tabitha Bitner

        Oh i lived in Hodgenville, not even to keenland either. I’m a terrible Kentuckian lol

        • Hahah… Keeneland’s fall meet is coming up in October!

  • Jivi

    It’s so nice to get to know people in this way! Your master’s sounds so interesting, I’d love to read more about that!

    • Thanks so much!! I actually quit the job I had in the field (of my master’s) two weeks after I graduated with it. It just wasn’t a good fit for my personality, and I couldn’t see myself doing it longer than I had been doing.

  • Hi, there – fellow Lexington lady here. 🙂 I love the fact that you stopped your previous blog because your heart wasn’t in it. That’s a great reason. I always think readers can tell if our hearts are not in what we write.

    • Yay!! A fellow Lexingtonian 🙂 I just found myself not updating it or caring anymore. This was around the time when the blogging world was shifting into something completely different and when tons of bloggers quit.

  • Laina Turner

    Lexington is a gorgeous place. I’ve been there a few times and love it. Thanks for sharing so I can get to know you better:)

    • I love Lexington! I think it is the greatest!

  • Anna Hubbard

    All these facts were so interesting – especially that you have 3 degrees! You go girl!

  • I love posts like these because I love finding out more about other bloggers. 🙂 I totally know what you mean about “old school” blogging. I started my blog in 2012 and it’s hilarious how things have changed so much. I’ve never broken a bone either! *knocks on wood with you* 🙂

    • I almost cringe thinking about it haha. I think back and think to myself why did I share that picture with the horrible editing or why did I overshare like that lol

  • Wife Sense

    Laughed when I read #20. All growing up we never had a shower and all I knew were baths. Life opened up when I got married and had a shower for the first time. Never looked back at a tub! 😂

    • Hahaha that’s too funny! Growing up (probably for about 10 years), we didn’t have a shower. We just had a clawfoot tub haha

  • Loved reading more about you! So cool that your master’s is in mental health counseling too!

    • Thanks girl! I don’t even use it. I actually quit the job that I had in the field two weeks after I graduated haha!

  • Angel Hamilton

    I loved this! And absolutely love your name!

  • Amanda Kanashiro

    It’s always so interesting reading these fun facts! I think I only took piano for a year or so when I was little. The Suzuki Method…if you aren’t familiar, look it up. I got tired of playing “Missisippi Hotdog.!”

    • I’ve never heard of that before!! Mississippi Hotdog? That’s too funny. I remember learning the technical aspects when I was young and the music theory. Basically from day one, I was taught how to read music.

  • Oh my gosh I also have my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling! That’s awesome! You sound like a super creative person! This is my first time visiting your blog and I’m excited to read more!

    • That’s so cool!! Are you doing anything with it? Are you a therapist?

      • Yup! That’s my full time job!

      • I don’t remember if I ever responded to this but YES I am a therapist full time!

        • That’s so cool! What kind of therapy do you do?

          I was a therapist/social worker in crisis intervention. Two weeks after I graduated with my master’s degree, I quit my job. That was December 2011 and I haven’t looked back since. It just wasn’t for me. I have friends that I graduated with, and they absolutely love it!

  • Ohbeehave

    Hey Whitney it was great getting to know you in this post!! I can’t believe how many things we have in common. Numbers 1, 2, 3, 16, 17 and 18 could all describe me too!

  • Taylor Smith

    This was SO fun. I loved getting to know you! I also danced for YEARS but unlike you, I lovelovelove it. We had a DANCE PARTY at our wedding. I love that you are so accomplished. Congratulations on all your success.

    • Thanks so much!! I can do a choreographed dance all day, but when I’m at a bar, I feel like I’m a toddler that is learning to walk for the first time lol

  • Thanks so much! My husband took them 🙂

  • Shani Ogden

    This is actually the first time I’ve visited your blog and it was fun to get to know more about you! I claimed the “no broken bones” one until I was in college and fell down a hill rollerblading and fractured my wrist.

  • Divya Budhraja

    I love posts like this as it gives me a sneak peek into the person behind the blog! I also love “meeting” other teachers!

    • What do you teach?

      • Divya Budhraja

        I’m a 4th grade special education/inclusion teacher.

  • Shauna Walker

    Wow same cell nuber for 18 years that is along time!!! I once had ine for 10 but they wouldn’t lt me transfer my number 🙁

    • I’m so attached to my number. Even though I live in another area code, I don’t think I will ever give it up, unless they make me!

  • eva

    Love these types of posts! Thanks so much for sharing! xx! Eva
    http://www.thecharliebird.com

  • Hello from the Peony Project!

    I love these kinds of posts because you really get to know someone behind the blog! I love that you have so many creative passions such as your piano skills, working as a teacher, and being so involved with your school (i.e. the newspaper!). What a soulful life you have…so happy to have found your blog!

    P.S. I love your comment about shutting your last blog down. It’s so tempting to do sometimes but I love that you were committed to staying authentic and trying again later on. So happy for the success of your new blog and that you love it so much!

    • Aww thank you so much!! You’re so kind!! 🙂

  • I found this so fun to read. Something not many people know about me is that I used to hold a Guiness World Record!

    • Ooohhh!! That’s so cool! What was the record?

  • I always love reading these types of posts. So I have to ask, did you hate dance while taking it? or just grow tired of it, and then hate it??

    • I loved it while I was taking it. But even though I was in the adult class and had been in for years (even when I was around 14 years old), 12-15 year olds were in the class too. That severely affected the type of costume we would wear at the recital and moves we would do. There weren’t any truly adult classes with just adults. The teacher that I had always had quit my last year. Choreographed dancing is so much more different than just freestyle dancing at the bar, you know? I just hate it so much. It feels so awkward.

  • Larissa Joassaint

    After reading your list, I realized another thing about you: you have a lot of dedication! You’ve spent years doing most of the things you love! I used to play piano, but unfortunately I stopped. I wish I never did, and now I’m thinking about starting again! I also received my undergraduate degree in psychology, but instead of double majoring, I double minored! One thing most people don’t know about me is that I was a competitive swimmer for about 13 years!

    • Aww thanks so much!! You should start again! It’s never too late! That’s so cool that you were a competitive swimmer. I can swim, but I’m definitely not a strong swimmer!

  • Sarah Emily

    I love “get to know me” type posts! I think it is so neat to find people with similar qualities/traits. It is funny that you don’t like your name because I have never been a fan of mine either. I feel like “Sarah” is so common. I also think it is pretty incredible that the things you have accomplished/ do in life you have done for years and years. Not many people can say that! Happy Friday love!

    • I also hated my middle name and maiden too haha. People in elementary school would make fun of my last name 🙁 I always wished when I grew up and got married that I would get an exotic sounding name (My married name is a German name). My husband always laughs and says nothing says exotic like a German name lol. Aww thanks so sweet! When I was making out my list, I was telling my husband that I felt lame because I felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything.

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    That was a smart way to get out of practicing the piano. If only I could have done that for clarinet.

    • That would be a little trickier to make that happen hahaha

  • Thanks for being willing to share 20 things about yourself. As for me, ummmm…i like to be alone. most people would think cause I am a people person I like to be surrounded by people all the time. Nope, I like to be alone when I am not “on”

  • Ashley Millar

    How’s funny about the piano!! That’s hilarious. Very cool post, and major congratulations on the pictures!

  • Victoria Fiermonte

    I was just hired as an ESL teacher yesterday!! What company are you with?

    • That’s so awesome!! I work from EnglishLive (it used to be known as EnglishFirst). What about you?

  • Wow! You have done so much in your life. Sticking to things like piano and dance for so long is incredibly impressive, especially when you didn’t even like dancing! When I was a kid, I gave so many things a go but always quit them after a short time, but I wish I didn’t as I still have a hard time sticking to things as an adult.

    You really are so impressive though. Working since you were 16, currently working from home, being a published photographer, having had multiple successful blogs, writing a column in your school’s newspaper… All such great achievements! You should do motivational speeches or something! Haha

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

    • Awww thank you so much!! You’re so sweet 🙂 I don’t feel extraordinary or anything. I was talking to my husband about my list, and I felt so lame, because I felt like nothing on my list was extra cool or interesting.

      • That makes me so sad because I was literally blown away by this list! I guess everyone’s life feels ordinary to them, but to others it’s a completely different world. I definitely think you should feel proud about the life you’ve led so far!

        • Aww thank you so much!! I think you are so right… It’s all about perspective. To ourselves, we may think something is not a big deal, but to others, they will think it is so awesome. Thanks again 🙂

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Girl you’re a rockstar! I loved learning more about you!😍😊

  • Number seven is super cool! I have been watching a ton of movies lately and constantly looking for new ones to watch. Any suggestions?

    • Thanks so much!! It’s been so long since I have watched a movie *hides eyes* However, over the weekend, my husband and I watched Sausage Party. It was fun and entertaining, but not as funny as I expected. It’s definitely worth the watch at least once!

  • Nazrin Miah

    The fact that you know how to play the piano makes you the coolest person ever! I wish I had picked up something as a child! Even dance classes would have sufficed!!

    http://www.nmdiaries.com

    • Awww thanks so much!! It’s never too late to learn!! 🙂

  • Kelsey H

    These are my favorite kind of posts. I love getting to know more about the gal behind the blog! xo