|Posted by Live Love Mom on January 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM|
By: Rev Dr Stéphanie Noircent
I share a lot about myself on this blog. I feel comfortable being myself and coming out of my shell through writing. There are still a lot of things to know about me. Here are 10 facts about me that you probably don't know unless you're in my immediate family.
Never broke a bone. The closest I came was a chipped tooth and bruised ribs. I'm not sure if it's because my parents encouraged both my brother and I to drink at least one glass of milk a day, but he and I both have never broken a bone in our bodies. It's pretty incredible since I fell off a horse, fell off my bike at a high speed and jumped off from a high tree, as well as flew straight into the air after jumping off a swing while swinging the highest possible. I easily could have broken a bone if my bones were less strong, but miraculously I never broke a bone.
Weight struggle. I struggled with my weight starting when I was about 12 years old. I was told by my pediatrician that I was about 25 lbs overweight and needed to lose some weight. It wasn't until he said this and I went back to school, that I started noticing that the girls in my school were skinnier than I was. I was 165 lbs and my doctor wanted me to be at 145 lbs max. The first time I was able to lose weight, I did some simple changes. I stopped taking seconds during meals, and I didn't finish my plate if I wasn't hungry anymore. I would serve myself smaller portions, and I started walking the dog twice a day and I went on a 20-minute run with him. While watching TV after finishing my homework, I worked out. I did lunges, sit-ups, push-ups, and squats. I became so good at it that I beat the boys in both track in gym class and push-ups and sit-ups. I did reach 140 lbs but only for a day. I fluctuated between 141 lbs and 150 lbs throughout the rest of my adolescence, but once my doctor saw me he knew I was at a healthy weight and he didn't bother me with losing weight again. I stayed around the 150-155 lbs range until my first pregnancy.
I prefer horror movies. This started in my teens. My parents liked watching scary movies, and my brother would jump-scare my mother and I by hiding in places and jumping out and yelling. After years of this, I eventually became immune to jump-scares, I just looked at him like ''really, again?'' so he stopped because it was less fun for him, but he kept going with my mom. Watching scary movies I watched my mom jump, or even a boyfriend or friends jump while I stayed calm the whole time. I watched a bunch of scary movies to see if any could scare me, and I have yet to find one. I like them because they don't give me jump-scares and I am one of those people who can watch it without having nightmares or being afraid. If anything, it's the gorey movies I don't like because I am empathetic and it just makes me cringe.
My favorite holiday is Halloween. When I was a teen I got into wearing black clothes, eyeliner, the typical goth attire. My parents vehemently disapproves when I would do makeup on my face that wandered from my eyes. My mother even forbid me to wear eyeliner under my eyes because she didn't like the way it looked. I noticed people who dressed like me and liked the same music also enjoyed halloween, but I started enjoying it more because it was the one day my mom let me go crazy with my makeup. I could paint my entire face if I wanted to. So, I began to see it as the only day of the year I was allowed to fully express myself. To this day, I still dress in costume every Halloween, and I probably will even when my kids reach adulthood. You can be whoever you want and you get to play dress up! What isn't fun about that!?
I'm a dog person. I grew up around cats and dogs my entire life, but ultimately I am a dog person. The main reason is because I hate cleaning cat litter, it stinks and becomes expensive to have to change out the entire litterbox weekly. At least with dogs, they do their business outside and I never have to clean up their pee (at least with big dogs). I prefer big dogs too, because I found out that smaller dogs often need pee pads and that is something I wasn't expecting. I would rather go outside with a plastic bag and pick up dog poop twice a day than to change the litter daily for poops and pees every day. Plus it's all outside, so it doesn't stink up the house. If someone else were to change the litter every day and replace it, I would probably perfer cats. I do like that they aren't always all over you and it makes the time they want to be with you that much more precious. I like their independence.
My dream was to be a doctor. I wanted to be an artist at first, but my father shot that idea down saying that artists don't make enough money to make a living. It was a real soul-crusher, but I knew in my heart that I wanted to do something that would help people. I thought maybe art therapy, but I did some research and I found that the medical field had a high demand. I wanted to be many things in the medical field, but the main thing I wanted to be was a doctor. If I dared to dream further, I wanted to be an OB-GYN. I wanted to deliver babies amd care for pregnant people. However, the hours and hours of work with little pay didn't mesh with my desire to start a family in my 20s. So, I never became a medical doctor, and I never will be. I thought about possibly being a physical therapist or an ultrasound technician, and I even went to nursing school for a bit. I did complete a doula course, so the pregnancy and birth aspect was still there and fulfilled. In a sense I did become a doctor, a reverend doctor. In small ways I accomplished my dream; I am a reverend doctor, I am a doula, and I have nursing experience.
I used to hate documentaries. They were the most boring types of movies ever, when I was younger. I was, and still am, very much into action movies. It's all I would watch for a long time, I liked the thrilling aspect of fast-paced movies and television series. Recently however, I actually choose to watch most documentaries that show up on Netflix. The ones that pop up in my feed are almost always something I would be interested in watching. Whether it's crime, historical or political, I seem to enjoy learning about these things. I have always had a love of learning, and just being able to sit back and cuddle on the couch while learning something new is the perfect way to do it.
I avoided comedy. I had tried watching comedies or comedians for a while growing up, but I was never really into it. It was hard to make me laugh out loud, I would maybe giggle inwardly a few times but that was it. This became an issue in later relationships because as it turns out, two of my most serious relationships, the man ended up loving comedy. Each of them would ask me to watch a comedian with them and I was bored out of my mind. I didn't find anything funny and I would refuse to watch more. The first time I started liking comedy is when I watched Adam Sandler movies. My brother also introduced me to Family Guy, and at first I found that humor stupid and offensive. After watching it over and over again, I started to see some of the humor in the tv show. I watched a few American Pie movies and as I reached adulthood and understood the sexual jokes, I started to understand movies more. My high school friend introduced me to FlufeeTalks and I found him hilarious. These were the only times comedy were part of my life in most of my 20s. It wasn't until a few years ago that it became part of my life daily, if not weekly. I got into Laura Clery with her viral flirting videos, and I ran into some prank videos by Charles And Alyssa and the ridiculous videos by Ginger Billy. I am subscribed to them all and I enjoy watching their videos. I watch comedy movies too, and I also enjoy Kevin Hart. Who knew?
I considered being a volcanologist. In seventh grade, science class was one of my favorites. We learned all kinds of things like earthquakes, cells, and volcanoes. I became so mesmerized with volcanoes and I told my mom that I wanted to be a volcanologist. I would look in my textbooks and see people in protective gear taking samples near an erupting volcano and I said, I want to work there. I learned all about the magma and the rock formations, sulfur, all of it. To this day, earth science still facinates me. Why didn't I become a volcanologist? They aren't exactly colleges teaching this around where I lived and live now, and it turns out extreme heat flares up my eczema.
I used to hate pizza. Oh, how I used to dread seeing pizza boxes coming my way! I hated tomatoes with a passion and tasting that tomato sauce and sometimes tomato slices in there was too much to bear. I hated olives, the onions they used, the peppers, pretty much everything on a pizza. It was hard to get invited to parties after I avoided several pizza parties because of the pizza part. There was nothing about it that I liked when I was a kid. When I would tell people, they were always so shocked. They couldn't believe that out of all the things in the world to dislike, I disliked pizza. To this day I never met another person who dislikes pizza. Thankfully I grew to love it, but to this day my favorite type of pizza is cheese.
There you have it, 10 things you didn't know about me! What about you? What would people be surprised to know about you? Comment below!