{Five Things About Moi}

I’ve seen this circling around Instagram and blogs and thought I’d join in – why not? 
I’m tagging all of you next! Leave a link in the comments if you’ve done this – it’s always fun to learn more about my readers!
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I hate being cold with a fiery passion and rain annoys the crap out of me.  I feel like a totally different person when the sun comes out- my happiness level spikes! Don’t ask me how I’ve survived my entire life living in Portland and Amsterdam (two very grey and rainy cities). My sisters (who both live in LA) are constantly trying to convince me to move to California. Of course I’m tempted, but I know I’d never be able to go back to Portland after being spoiled with so much sunshine, so for now I just get my dose of sun on tropical vacations!
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At one point in my life I truly felt like I had no “passions” – like, whenever someone would say “follow your passion”, “follow your wildest dreams” – I felt like I didn’t have either of those. Now, totallyyyy different story. Every day I find a new hobby or interest that I feel is calling my name: photography, calligraphy (sure I’ve never picked up a pen, but I’m dying to learn!), interior design, cooking, baking, videography, event planning, you name it!
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Super random… But I can drive a stick shift! I think this is cool because most of my friends (and Corey!) can’t. While I find this useful, I also hate being the only one out of me and Corey who can drive manual because it has caused me to have to drive in crazy European cities (like Paris) and I would much prefer to leave those shenanigans to the huz. We’re off the Cape Town in less than two weeks and we will be driving a lot (on the wrong side of the road!) and we paid almost double to get an automatic so Corey could take the wheel 🙂
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I’m stubborn as a bull. Makes sense because I’m a Taurus! One of the biggest things my marriage has taught me is how to say I’m sorry, and admit when I’m wrong. This has been extremely hard for me to do in the past, but Corey is probably the least stubborn person in the world and the first to apologize (even when it’s not his fault!). I’ve learned so much from him and feel so lucky to have him as my life partner. I’m a better Liz thanks to that guy!
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I do too much.  My mom will attest to this time and time again. I try to do it all. I succeed many times, but those few times where I break down because I’ve put way too much pressure on myself and overplanned my schedule…It ain’t pretty.

Now it’s your turn! Five things about you… Go!

32 thoughts on “{Five Things About Moi}

  1. Love that you can drive a stick – I feel like I'm the only one of my friends & family that can't and I have avoided learning just so I don't have to drive in crazy foreign cities 😉

  2. I can drive a stick…was forced to learn when we flew home from our honeymoon where my husband hurt his foot. I drove across two states to get home and it was my crash course into learning.

    I love that you have lots if passions, I think thr makes life so much more rewarding and exciting!

    Bonnie Rose | The Compass Rose

  3. My parents made me learn to drive a stick before I could get my lisence. Luke doesn't know how to drive one either!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz! I think I'm going to share mine on my blog too, now 🙂

  4. It's almost like you just wrote my five things for me, haha – I'm even a Taurus who drives a stick shift! But I don't hate the cold very much anymore, which is impressive considering I'm originally from Florida and now have to make it through brutal New England winters.

  5. Love this idea for a post 🙂 I'm also a sun bunny – too much fog or rain turns me into a very unpleasant person. And – I can also drive stick shift! I was forced to learn when I bought a car in SA and I'm so glad I did.

    xxx
    Jenna
    ps Just sent you an email with some recommendations for Cape Town and Franshhoek 🙂

  6. Girls who can drive stick unite! Growing up, my parents only had manual cars, so it was either, learn it or don't drive. Saved me about $5000 a few years ago when I had to get my own car for the first time and used manuals were soooooo cheap compared to automatics.

  7. i love your #2 about passions! i've been reading your blog for a while and it definitely seems like you are passionate about many things. i also love the sun, growing up in san diego but when we lived in scotland for a short while, i fell in love and would definitely want to move back even though the winters are so bleak 🙂

  8. Yay stick shift club!:-) My Dad bought me a manual car back in high school and forced me to learn. Said it was a life skill that everyone should have under their belt, or something like that! I had to teach Daniel to drive it AND when I lived in Rwanda, I was the “fortunate” chosen one to drive around the city. Talk about a heart attack!

  9. I drive stick too! But only because Cam taught me so I make him drive every rental car we get in Asia! (; Cant wait to hear what you think about driving on the wrong side of the road – im so used to this side now im afraid of what i'll be like when we go back to the states!

  10. Wishing you an early welcome from South Africa. I`am from Durban, & Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in the WORLD. In the last 4 years, we have holidayed there 3 times 🙂 I know that you are going to have an awesome time.

  11. I would love to learn how to drive a stick! it just seems like a useful skill to have – especially if you ever intend to leave America.

  12. I'm actually really happy to hear you say you once felt you had no passions… I'm 20 years old, and every time someone tells me to “follow my passions” I get so frustrated… because I have no clue what they are! That gives me hope that someday I'll be able to define mine too.

  13. Stick cars are so much more Fun!! I'm from Europe so I learned how to drive it right away…Automatic ones are Boring imo…Ok now 5 things….hmmm…

  14. Hi, I just stumbled upon your lovely blog a few days ago. My husband and I are going to be traveling in Kruger National Park from March 12- 17th and Cape town from the 18th-25th as well! Did you get in on the great KLM sale, too? We were just like you, (I can drive a stick, my husband couldn't) but my husband asked me to teach him last year when we were traveling around Europe. It only took him about an hour to learn the basics, so maybe you could pull off in a smaller town and try to teach Corey? It looks like the weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous, so you should have a great trip. I'm glad I found your blog and happy travels!

  15. I can totally relate to #2 and #5. I have so many things I want to do and am passionate about. I used to just float along. But now I want to learn a new language and I want to learn calligraphy too!!! And yes, I'm always taking on too much. I think it's cause I'm total Type A and a Virgo (perfectionist).

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