1. I was homeschooled
Yessir! From 3rd grade to graduating high school I was super lucky to get to learn from home. I could talk all day about how amazing it was (and how no, I don’t have social issues because of it :P) but I’m definitely planning on homeschooling my future kiddos!
2. I’m a first generation American—sort of
My mom was born in England and my dad was born in the US but his family moved back to Italy where he met my mom! 95% of my family is still in Europe so you could say I’m pretty used to long-distance relationships. Marrying Zach has been an experience since all of his family is in Massachusetts and has been since the beginning!
3. I married the first guy I ever dated
Speaking of marrying Zach. So every time I say this I feel crazy. But I knew what I was looking for and to be perfectly honest, no dudes met my standards until I met Zach. And man when you know, you sure know. He’s one in a gazillion and I still can’t believe I get to be his wife!
4. I’m super thrifty and love DIY projects!
So much so that I got my (GORGEOUS) wedding dress for $30 at a Salvation Army. Retail shopping just doesn’t make sense to me. Fast fashion causes SO much waste and why would I spend $30 on a shirt when I could get one for $3? As far as DIY, I remember making a little hole in one of my t-shirts as a kid so that I could tell my mom it wasn’t good for wearing anymore and cut it up to make stuff for my barbies! I don’t quite do that anymore but I love making things myself whether it’s apple cider vinegar or home decor or deodorant or a pallet bed frame.
5. I competed horses from age 6 to 18
3-day eventing actually used to be the biggest part of my life! I wanted to be a trainer like my mom at one point. But then I decided to be a dietitian and had to take a hard pause with the equestrian stuff because my program was quite demanding. I’m hoping one day to get back into it again!
6. I used to run a jewelry business
One Trick Pony Jewelry actually funded a lot of my equestrian competitions back in the day! The summer before my dietetic internship it was my main source of income and I did farmers markets and jewelry parties. I’d love to also get back to that at some point but if you haven’t noticed already, I have so many passions it’s hard to balance them all and I tend to focus on things in seasons.
7. I’m the middle child
People say all these negative things about us but I honestly think it’s the best! I’m an older sibling (to my little sister, Alessia—she’s a freshman in college) and a younger sibling (to my big sister, Erin—she’s a physical therapist at Upstate Medical). So it’s pretty much the best of both worlds!
8. I LOVE playgrounds
Dude, I need to have kids just so that parents can’t give me dirty looks when I’m playing on a playground! I honestly don’t know why there aren’t playgrounds just for adults. That should totally be a thing!
9. I used to lead 11-day back-country canoeing trips
Best college job ever, right? Altogether I led 7 groups 8-10 soon-to-be high school freshmen through 85-miles of Adirondack wilderness. I actually got introduced to rock climbing through this jobs as well! My favorite way to vacation is back-country canoeing and hiking through my old stomping grounds and exploring new areas since the ADKs are huge.
10. I’m so pro-food
Okay I talk about this all the time so maybe you know this, but even still SOOOOO many people are weird about food when I’m around because I’m a dietitian. Like they feel the need to explain why they’re holding a box of cookies or that they’re fancy coffee has sugar free syrup and fat free cream. The ironic thing is that I’m the least likely person to judge what someone is eating. My approach is actually the opposite of what most people expect when they meet a dietitian. I’m pro cookies and doughnuts and pizza and cream puffs and pretty much anything you can think of that’s food. Because all food fits into a balanced lifestyle, you guys. Okay end rant.