I'm really happy to take a break from my usual hyper opinionated posts and just let a little ordinary life out into the world. Rachele tagged me, inviting me to share five little known facts about myself and well, lets be honest, I would do anything that woman asked me to. Really. Anything.
1.) I've always used a shitty camera. On purpose. When I was in college and started taking (ah-mazing) photographs I was using a $20 camera from Walmart. For serious. Now I use a super outdated Nikon D40 and I sometimes liken it to a first car. Y'know... the one that you know inside and out and cant help but form an unhealthy attachment to and kinda feel like it's your best friend? Yeah. It's kind of like that. Now that I'm doing more and more weddings though, I'm starting to look into newer, heavier, expensive-er versions and that kind of feels like cheating. So weird.
2.) I'm starting a new job soon. Up until now I've been working as a Psych/Social Rehabilitation Specialist with an emphasis on Recovery Support Specialist interactions. Baaaaasically that means that I help adults through their recovery process using a lot of different clinical-esque techniques as well as my lived experience. This peer support stuff really is the future of behavioral health as the world is finally catching on to the fact that while doctors, psychiatrists, and other clinicians are totally necessary for services the most productive recovery assistants are those who have mental illness themselves as well as professional training. Y'know... so they can identify with members and meet them where they are at while having the same knowledge as the rest of the staff. It qualifies street cred, if you will. The long and short of it is that there is a lack of thorough education for those wanting to go into Peer Support and so with other team members I've written an approved curriculum that entails over 200 hours of classroom time and hands on training. As soon as we get the word that our grant proposal is approved, I'm going to be moving next door into the Clubhouse to teach it. Excited and terrified. This has never been done before! Well, in Arizona anyways. Australia is way ahead of the curve.
3.) I used to be quite the stage whore. Throughout my schooling I've always been performing in either plays, orchestras, choirs, poetry readings or singer/songwriter events. I'm not shy (obviously) and being a Leo, well, the spotlight is nice and warm. I've stopped most formal types of performances nowadays but did do runway modeling for a little bit. Fashion, hair, makeup, heels, music, strutting, crowds... talk about enjoyable adrenaline!
4.) I grew up Mormon for the majority of my life. Fully active, committed, and devoted. I even attended a church university. I refuse to say things "I wish such-and-such had been different in my life" and so I fully embrace that this religion will always have a place in my heart and an influence on my person. I wrote a little but about the negative aspect here but if I had to find a silver lining it would be that after I removed myself from the culture I was forced to learn how to structure my life from the ground up. I attribute my solid and distinct ethics and current belief system to this process. I now know who I am, what I believe, what I stand for, and where I am going. This brings me more peace of mind than ever before. Life is what it is, and I like the way I've turned out so far... so no complaints about the past here. Below is from the college days of white cinder-block walls and dorm couches. Idaho is a gorgeous state. Such good memories:)
5.) I have two huge fears: heights and great white sharks. I've consciously made a pact with myself to face those fears head on and so a few years ago I confronted the first and went skydiving. Photographic proof:
I am SUCH a bad ass. I had a fucking fantastic time (and would do it every day if it weren't so costly), but it did jack shit to cure my fear of heights. I happily fell 30,000 ft and am somehow still afraid to climb a ladder. As for the shark tank idea, well, I was looking at these pictures yesterday at work and a co-worker shouted in my ear. I literally fell off my chair in shock. I really don't think I'm ready to face that fear yet as I'm getting a little panicky just talking about it.
6.) I'm pretty sure Rebel Wilson and I are sisters from another mister. She is the most incredible bad ass bitch, and I'm so happy we're related! I just couldn't leave it at 5... Rebel and I's sibling-ship is just too incredible to leave out. Sorry I'm not sorry.
I'm going to leave the tagging "open" for all of you to join in. If you do your own version, leave the link in the comments and I'll add it to the bottom of this post. OR, you could leave five things below just for me;)