Happy Thursday! I am currently at the Jeep dealership getting my car fixed for the second time this week. Car maintenance is so fun #saidnooneever. But what IS fun is getting tagged in blog surveys! Time for some thinking out loud. 🙂
These questions were sent to me by one of my blogging besties, Molly, from Colors of Life. I’m changing the rules a little bit…choose one of these questions/statements and answer it in your comment so I can learn a little bit more about you!
Tell me something most people don’t know about you.
I get the hiccups every night before I go to bed. I have a sixth sense that allows me to escape any and every room approximately ten seconds before someone throws up (Lord help me when I start teaching). I take epilepsy medication even though I don’t have epilepsy. I get migraines that make me pass out. The neurologist likes to call them seizures. I like to call them passing out because that is actually what happens. No movement, eyes shut = pass out. I really really really hate the word seizure. The triggers are too much time on the computer and not enough sleep, but I can fix this problem by taking medicine and getting eight hours of sleep. If I have to do two things in life that make me “normal”, taking a pill and getting enough sleep are fine by me.
Who is one blogger you have to read everyday? (Let’s figure out who we’re missing out on!)
I read WAY too many blogs…it’s starting to get hard to keep up. 😉 I have been reading Hungry Runner Girl and Peanut Butter Fingers for years, and I just recently found and love to read Morgan’s blog –> The True Life of KMK!
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I loved Blake Shelton’s concert in Pittsburgh in 2013! My friend Johna and I bought the Country Megaticket that summer, so we had lawn seats at an outdoor amphitheater to see a ton of country artists all summer, from Tim McGraw to Toby Keith to Rascal Flatts. Tim was a great concert but Blake was the best because it was the first concert where he was the headliner. Before, he had always opened for someone else, and now he had people opening for him, and it was HIS show! He was so humbled by it all and he just told great stories while he was up there! Plus I love his music and I went to this concert with Johna, my mom, and my youngest brother. We had a ball. 🙂
How many kids do you want?
I have two brothers and I think I like the number 3! Or maybe 4 because both of my parents are from families with four siblings (they are both the babies of the family!) and with four, there is technically no middle child. 😉 I was just thinking today how weird it would be if all of my children were girls. Not that I don’t know what to do with girls…I love little kids in general so I could certainly hang with a little princess…but with two brothers and lots of male cousins, I definitely want to have a boy!
What/who inspired you to start your blog?
A girl I went to high school with inspired me, actually! Allie would always share her posts to Facebook and I would click over and just read about her life. I wanted to do something like that, but I never really seriously thought about it. Once I started reading running/healthy living blogs in college, then I wanted to take the leap. I definitely didn’t think I could “keep up” with the bigger blogs that I loved to read, but I was still reading Allie’s blog and she seemed “normal” like me so I thought if she can do it, so can I! It’s funny when people ask me when I started blogging because technically I started in May of 2012. And then I started in May of 2013. And then I started in January of 2014. And then I started in January of 2015 and kept going! In the past, days and weeks would go by without a post and then I would feel like I “wasn’t allowed” to pick back up again! Which is just plain crazy because it’s my blog so I can do whatever I want. 😉 Planning a semi-consistent posting schedule has made it so much easier.
Sidenote: My blog is going under construction soon and I need your creative help! If you have an idea for my blog name (besides Kylie McGraw), please send me an email. 🙂
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of moving to a new place all by myself (like I literally knew zero people) and making a new life. I LOVE my family and I LOVE Pittsburgh, but I have never been away because I went to college downtown. When I graduated from college (which is also a proud accomplishment), I went straight into grad school, so I figured if I was going to do that, I would go somewhere different. I have done so many things in the last year that have changed me in all the best ways and most of them wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t taken a leap of faith and moved. Washington, D.C. is the perfect distance from home because it’s far enough to feel like you’re in a totally different place but close enough that I can go home essentially whenever I want. The plan was to do grad school here and then go home…and then I got a teaching job. So now the plan is when I get married and have kids, I will move back to Pittsburgh. But who really knows! 🙂
What’s your favorite holiday?
We really like Christmas around here. And I’m not talking just me, I mean my whole family. 🙂
We make gingerbread houses…and the icing that holds the house together is thebomb.com. I’ll have to get my mom to share the recipe!!!
We have two trees…one upstairs in the family room and one downstairs in the game room. Both are artificial (though we have had real trees before too) and the tree in the family room is 8 feet tall and sits on a rotating base. Yep, that’s right…we have to decorate every side of that tree because it spins. 🙂 The tree downstairs is just for fun and has a lot of homemade ornaments on it! I love having a December birthday because my birthday presents are under the tree. 🙂
We bake some of the same recipes every year…and then we always try something new. Candy cane cookies are one of our traditions, but reindeer Nutter Butter cookies with M&M eyes and pretzel antlers were Pinterest’s idea. 🙂
We all hide in our rooms and act like little elves on Christmas Eve Eve to get all of our wrapping done! Even Colby knows he’s supposed to be in on the madness!
And we wear really fashionable clothing, like vests and turtlenecks. Hahaha
We spend Christmas Eve at my uncle’s (my mom’s brother) house and our parents make us take a picture in order of height with our hand on the person’s shoulder in front of us. This worked really well when we were younger because we were in order by height AND age! I have no idea what happened this year because our heights and ages are all over the place and I looked awkwardly short so my cousin CJ picked me up. Hahaha
If you had to give me one piece of advice what would it be?
It sounds selfish…but the only person that you really need to make happy is yourself. Society and social media and sometimes even our own friends lead us to believe that we should be or need to be doing certain things, and that just isn’t true. You have to live with yourself your whole life, so you better be doing things that make your own self happy!
Also, no one in the real world knows what they’re doing. You know how you think once you finally have that degree or that job you’ve always dreamed of, THEN you will finally have your life figured out? Those things don’t hurt…but adults are honestly like little children in grown up bodies running around trying to make it look like they have their lives together. 🙂
If you could live off of one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chips and salsa. Which is what I ate while I laid in my bed and wrote this post. #glamorous
Link to your favorite blog post that you’ve written.
This post is very important to me. In college, I hopped on the crazy calorie counting train. I was the person that sat at the dinner table Google-ing the online menu, because usually that menu would give you a calorie count of each dish. I self-identified as orthorexic because I was absolutely obsessed with only eating the healthiest foods. And it also didn’t help that I worked out a lot and burned off almost everything I ate. I weigh almost 15 pounds more now than I did when I was at my lightest, and though every BMI chart would tell you my lightest weight was considered “healthy”, it certainly wasn’t. I had no muscle, I lost my period, I was always tired, and I craved sugar all the time. I still struggle some days but I am much more balanced now!