10 Things About Me

There's been a party going around Instagram that involves people sharing 20 things about themselves. I'm all in, because I think that sharing the voice behind The Cozy Keep creates connection and humanity in the account. I also wanted to share some pictures for some of those 20 things, so I'm going all in on a blog post.

So here goes. If you want to know 20 random things about me - Alli - then dive right in and see my first 10! Next week, I'll share the rest. 

Just adorable, right?

Just adorable, right?

1. I'm bilingual. English is my native language, and I acquired Spanish through school and study abroad trips. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching high school Spanish.

2. I'm the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2012. Whoop!

3. I love to sing, play guitar, and write music. I enjoy the process of creating lyrics, but I need to improve on creating melodies.

4. Speaking of singing, I once competed in Aggieland Idol when I was in college and was rewarded a spot to sing the National Anthem for the Big 12 opener for the Texas A&M baseball team. This was before we transitioned into the great SEC.

This is my family after I sang the national anthem. I'm the one in the middle. Excuse the outdated instagram filter!

This is my family after I sang the national anthem. I'm the one in the middle. Excuse the outdated instagram filter!

5. I've traveled to Nicaragua, Haiti and Russia. I really, really want to hit up Australia.

Here are some of the churches I've worked with in Nicaragua.

Here are some of the churches I've worked with in Nicaragua.

6. My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird. I refuse to read Go Set a Watchman; I don't want to ruin my experience. Also, I'm determined to use Scout as a future kid's name, even if I have to settle for the middle name.

7. I played soccer growing up, for about 13 years, and I sure do miss it these days.

8. I joined an adult coed soccer team a few years back to pick it back up for fun, but I tore my ACL halfway through the season. I've experienced a slow recovery post surgery, and I have yet to participate in any sport since then.

This is before I knew that I tore my ACL. And personally, I may still be a fall risk.

This is before I knew that I tore my ACL. And personally, I may still be a fall risk.

9. I created a goal to read 12 books this year. This is the first reading goal I've ever created. I decided to stop letting the stresses of work keep me from reading. I've been inspired to read because my favorite speakers and leaders always cite and quote incredible books. I figured if the qualities I value in them are due to their discipline of reading, then it should be a hobby that I consider for myself.

10. My jaw is screwed together with 6 screws. When I was a freshman in high school, I underwent a major jaw surgery to fix my underbite and a variety of other issues. The whole process involved 2 straight weeks of a liquid diet, and then slowly progressing to soft foods over the next 4 weeks. My whole face was swollen, and eventually I looked different. Parts of my face were numb for over half a year. I was a FRESHMAN. I still have no idea how I survived. God bless good friends.

Okay, let's stop there for today! You'll see the next 10 next week! Have an awesome weekend!