23 Things About Me + Revealing Our Wedding Venue!

Hey everyone! On Wednesday, I turned 23 years old, so I thought I would share 23 fun things about myself.

Kim at Block Island overlook wearing gingham

To be honest, I have over ten posts drafted up which includes our last adventures of the summer and my weekend trip to Portland, Maine where Dan and I celebrated my birthday. However, I am still in the process of editing my photos and it doesn’t help that I write terribly slow, so I thought I would go ahead and publish these fun facts instead.

In addition, Keri had kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award and Britney nominated me for The Liebster Award where I have to answer a few questions about myself, so I might as well combine these blog posts into one. Thanks girlies!

Here we go!

1. I am an early bird.

Luckily, I can shoot out of bed around 7am without the aid of an alarm clock or coffee for that matter.

2. Food doesn’t excite me.

Sorry sorry! I can sense all the hate comments being typed up now! Unfortunately, this is a very unpopular opinion of mine, as everyone in the entire world loves food, but for some reason, food doesn’t excite me. I’m just not a foodie. If I had it my way, I would photosynthesize like plants to avoid having to eat. If you are the one person reading this who feels the same way, please leave a comment for me so I don’t feel alone!

3. I still buy from the kids section.

Since I am really petite, I can still fit in kids clothes. So far, I have saved a ton of money doing so, but I will admit that kids clothing are sometimes worse quality than adult clothing.

Playing in the first snowfall of the year

My whole outfit (above) is from the kids section! Find the original post here.

4. I actually love receiving soaps, candles, and lotions.

Most people consider these types of gifts to be generic and lame, but I am the type of person who goes absolutely nuts in Bath and Body Works and Lush! Soap me up!

5. Wind blows right through me.

When you are as little as I am, there’s just not enough body fat to warm yourself up! Unfortunately, I get cold super easily, no matter how many layers I wear.

Windy Ocean Avenue, Newport, RI

Photo originally posted on A Winter Guide to Newport, Rhode Island.

6. The more pillows, the better.

When I go to bed, I sleep with a pillow beneath my head, between my legs, and hug one with my arms. Sometimes, Dan will go as far as to rest a pillow on my back so that I am literally surrounded with pillows.

7. Birds are my absolute favorite!

While people debate over cats or dogs, I am that crazy lady in the corner advocating for birds! On days when I am very stressed, I will even watch some bird videos on Youtube to calm me down.

8. Dan and I have a pet parakeet.

His name is Shiloh and we consider him our son. He’s about ten years old, blue and very shy.

Our parakeet, Shiloh

9. Dan and I were in a long distance relationship for all of college.

As you may have read here, Dan and I are high school sweethearts, but when we went off to college, our schools were seven hours away by car. We would try to see each other once every 1-2 months. It was really hard at the time, but it was all worth it now that we live together!

10. We are getting married next July on Block Island!

Remember when I had mentioned that our wedding will be a destination AND backyard wedding? That is because we will be getting married outside Dan’s Aunt and Uncle’s beautiful summer home on Block Island! WE ARE SO SO EXCITED! As you know, we spend our anniversary on Block Island every year, so this location is very meaningful for us. Not to mention, the island is absolutely beautiful. We are the two luckiest lovebirds!

Yeah we’re the couple that wears matching gingham shirts together (please excuse all my hair)

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Read all about Block Island here.

11. Despite being out of shape, I love adventuring.

So far, Dan and I have traveled around Washington, Iceland, and Costa Rica. We have seen volcanos, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, oceans, forests and more. Our next trip will be Scotland in October!

Makin my way to the top!

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More of our Iceland adventures can be found here.

12. Photography is one of my biggest passions.

While it seems like Dan is the photographer in this relationship since I am in all the photos, it’s actually the very opposite. Every single shot you see is framed then edited by me. Dan is nice enough to take art direction from me and press the shutter button. With that being said, I will do anything to get the perfect photograph. If that means waking up at the crack of dawn or standing in 4 feet of snow to capture my vision, then so be it.

13. When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a graphic designer.

Ultimately, I decided to study Marketing because it seemed more practical, but every day I regret not majoring in Art.

14. I am the daughter of two hard working immigrants.

My parents’ strength and sacrifice while making the journey from Vietnam to America motivates me to work really hard, so I can make them proud and support them in the future.

Kim's parents

15. My lifelong dream is to own a house someday.

As a kid, I grew up in an apartment, so my family has never owned a house before. Now that I am a bit older, I am still hopping from apartment to apartment. While we are grateful to be living safe and comfortably, the day I buy a house will mark my biggest achievement and the proudest day of my life (besides my marriage). This is the American dream, guys!

16. I love plants but plants don’t love me.

Unfortunately, my apartment is not sunny enough to house plants, but I try anyways!

Buttonwood Farms Sunflower Festival, Griswold, Connecticut

More sunflowers and sunshine can be found at the original post, Sunflower Festival!

17. My favorite color changes.

As a child, my favorite color was always “the rainbow” because I just couldn’t pick! Then as a teenager, I loved pairing pink and green together cringe. Now, I love turquoise and colors that remind me of the sea.

18. I love watercolor painting.

In my free time, I love to paint landscapes and birds. Sense a pattern?

19. Home is my favorite place.

Even though Dan and I love traveling together, home will always be our favorite place. There’s no better feeling than going home and cuddling up in your own bed.

20. I was a straight A student.

When I graduated, I actually got an award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA for all four years. Stay in school, kids!

21. School presentations are my worst nightmare.

Give me even one line to memorize and I will stutter the whole way through.

22. I am a Virgo and an ESTJ.

Basically, I am a huge perfectionist, very practical, traditional and not a very fun human being. No offense to other Virgo and ESTJs, but you know it’s true. Read more about ESTJs.

23. Boating is our favorite summer activity.

Dan has grown up boating with his family, so naturally I joined in when we started dating!

Little weekend adventures 🌀

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More on our boating adventures can be found here or all over my Instagram.

Thank you SO much for reading these 23 things about me! Sorry to have bored you. Or perhaps you’re judging me for being such an odd-ball? Either way, if you’ve related to anything here, please let me know in the comments below! I would love to learn more about you guys!

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50 Comments

  1. September 8, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I LOVE this post 🙂

    So, the food thing. Food for the most part doesnt excite me but I have to say that i’ve gotten more into it because i have a chef husband. There are certain things I love for food and it’s fun to have food adventures. However, if i was on my own, I prefer eating something quick and easy versus spending time and energy on food!

    I doubt you are out of shape!! You guys hike a lot!

    I can also buy from the kids section although i don’t much anymore for 2 reasons – one because i’m over 30 and i am trying to dress more my age. And two, because kids have different bone structures, the clothes sometimes fit different. Like jeans, I never bought from kids section because I don’t like the way they fit my body. Kids have less shape so sometimes it’s just less flattering. But totally depends what it is.

    You’ll definitely own a house (of course it would help to live NOT in New England lol). LIke you could easily move to Arizona right now and buy a house today, no problem. And that’s totally awesome if it’s your dream but there are aspects of home ownership that will make you realize some days it’s overrated. Sometimes it’s just nice to have maintenance or other people that do things for you included in your rent and no financial responsibilities for when water heaters break (grrrr).

    Happy Birthday!!!

  2. September 8, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Oh happy belated birthday! It was lovely to read more about you, and your wedding sounds like it will be wonderful!

    Your bird is adorable too – my grandpa had a similar one, it used to fly around the house and cause damage by chewing on things, haha! Cheeky bird but we loved it.

    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂
    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. September 9, 2017 / 1:20 am

    I love this post and you sound like a beautiful person, very very real !!! With all them straight As I am sure you will definitely own your own house very soon and make your parents real proud 🙂

    Glad to see such grounded people still exist 🙂

    http://www.talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com

  4. September 9, 2017 / 5:54 am

    Wow this is amazing Kim! I absolutely love your facts, you’re so super talented at water colouring! That’s amazing! Also, your parakeet is so cute! What a great name! I’m so excited to read all about your wedding, Block Island looks like the perfect place!

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

  5. September 9, 2017 / 6:24 am

    I really enjoyed this post! Block Island will be sooo gorgeous for your wedding – how exciting! Our flat in London doesn’t get that great sunlight either but one day I hope I get all of the houseplants! x

  6. Gabrielle
    September 9, 2017 / 6:28 am

    Happy belated 23rd birthday, I hope you had a fabulous time celebrating! How interesting food doesn’t excite you – I have an aunt who feels the same way, so you’re not alone! Your watercolour paintings are SO beautiful, by the way.

    aglassofice.com
    x

  7. September 9, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this post so we could get to know more about you! <3 Home is MY favorite place, too 🙂

    -Madison from breakfastatmadisons.com

  8. September 9, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I love reading your 23 facts! First of all: Happy belated 23rd honey! I hope you had a great day filled with love. Speaking of love, congratulations on the engagement!!!! I cannot believe you’re not a foodie, I wish I wasn’t a foodie. That would make my life so much easier sometimes, haha!

    Love, Layla Rosita | http://www.laylarosita.com

  9. September 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Oh what a fun post! Hahah congrats on being an earlybird, before 7am is pretty impressive! And your wedding location looks so gorgeous. Also, gorgeous paintings, love the watercolors! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  10. September 9, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post! Lucky you get to shop from the kids section ahha i dont think I would fit hah by the wayy your water colour painting skills are amazingg 🙂
    xx, Kathy
    http://www.kathywang.co.uk

  11. September 10, 2017 / 2:31 am

    Happy 23rd birthday, Kim!

    Haha, there’s nothing wrong with you not being a foodie! Everyone gotta be different in some way ;). I can totally relate to you about fitting into kid clothes! I find myself at Abercrombie Kids a lot XD. OmMMGG YES!!! MORE PILLOWS = WIN!!!

    It’s sweet to know that you and Dan are high school sweethearts! I am so glad that you both worked things out and look at you now! ABOUT TO GET MARRIED 😀 😀 :D.

    When I met up with another blogger a couple of months ago, that person asked my boyfriend how his photography skills are doing because it seems like our boyfriends are totally useful for taking blog pictures ;). Dan takes great ones! I can totally relate with you about wanting to own a house. Unfortunately, 20% down payment here is about 120k @__@.

    Look at you, rocking with your 4.0! You’re the harder worker here ;).

  12. September 10, 2017 / 7:07 am

    So many interesting news, and some are also as mine 🙂 I’m always cold, I love painting with watercolors, i love birds, I am a graphic designer 😀 I love plants but they always die 🙁 I love adventuring and photography 🙂 we are so similar!
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

  13. September 10, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Happy birthday again, Kim! I hope you had a great time celebrating it 🙂 I used to hate food but living in California + all the hype on hipster has changed that in me, whoops. I love your watercolor painting! it’s so beautiful.

    cabin twenty-four

  14. September 10, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I am an early riser as well! Yay! Photography is definitely my passion as well. Unfortunately I cannot agree with you on the food haha! I LOVE food. I wish I could be more like you! I’d probably be 20 pounds skinnier haha.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  15. September 11, 2017 / 12:27 am

    The fact that you guys were in a long distance relationship for that long of a time surprises me. I was in one for a year and could not do it mostly because I never knew when I was going to see my ex (we were in different countries). I am so glad you are looking at fun things like locations!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  16. September 11, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Such a cool post, thanks for sharing more about you 🙂
    I also still shop at kids section, but I cant help it. It is usually much cheaper and the design is usually fawless!

  17. September 11, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Happy birthday! We have so much in common! Especially with pillows, home, wind, and plants! Same! Oooh I absolutely love reading these posts. They are so personal! xx

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  18. September 11, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Such a great idea for a post!! I also totally buy clothes from the kids section…and have no shame about it bahaha.

    xo,
    H
    http://firsttimethings.com

  19. September 11, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you’ve had a fantastic day. Your list is hilarious, I really had to smile when I read about your pillows 😃 We have something in common with the plants, I had to accept to enjoy their beauty outside in nature and not inside the house lol. Have a great day

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  20. September 11, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Happy Birthday Kim! I hope you had a great one. This was such a great idea for a post! You are so talented with watercolor paint. And I love photography as well. My dream job would have to be something that involves photography x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

  21. September 11, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! That is so exciting that you found a wedding destination! Block Island looks like a beautiful place! Also I really enjoyed reading this post and learning more about you! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    http://roadesque.com

  22. September 11, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Such a fun post, especially since I had never visited your blog before, it’s fun to feel like I “know” you now!

    I am blown away by your watercolors, holy cow girl you are amazing!!! Also can’t believe that you don’t get excited about food! I legit LOVE food, though I kind of wish I didn’t hahahaa.

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com

  23. September 11, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I am so glad Kim you’re getting married! Glad you’ve found the one!

  24. September 11, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Wow! You can paint! Nice 😄😄😄

  25. September 12, 2017 / 1:23 am

    These are terrific facts! I can’t relate to #1 and #2. I’m an absolute night owl, and I just love food. I like birds too, but I don’t think I would want to have one as a pet. You can’t go wrong with pillows! I love when they’re nice and fluffy and you can cozy up in them. I think watercolor paintings are awesome too. Of course I love all art, but watercolor is one of my favorite types as well.

  26. September 12, 2017 / 1:53 am

    Aw happy birthday!! I renjoyed reading this post and learning about you! You are so talented with your paintings and your parakeet is adorable! My parents are also immigrants from Vietnam so I totally understand how proud you!! It’s amazing how our parents came from nothing and really built a life here in America!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  27. September 12, 2017 / 2:32 am

    I loved finding out more about you and you seem like such an adorable person! I can totally relate to not being able to grow plants regardless of how much I love them, and boating is one of my favourite things to do when I’m on vacation because I grew up doing it as a child. Well done for your GPA and straight As, hard work is so important and I can definitely see it paying off for you. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you have a great week! Love, Maria x

    whatismaria.wordpress.com

  28. September 12, 2017 / 3:03 am

    I absolutely love this post! It’s so interesting to learn so much more about you. Your painting is amazing and I’m so jealous of you being able to wear kids clothes! Such a brilliant post – thanks for sharing!

    And happy birthday too!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

  29. September 12, 2017 / 5:26 am

    Happy birthday Kim! What a lovely way to get to know you a bit more through this post! I’m also an early bird person. My alarm goes off at 5 AM (for work), but I have to say I also get up very early on weekends! Nice to read that you love birds, but I have a huge fear of birds/chickens/ etc. (sorry!). I think it runs in the family as my sisters, my cousin are also afraid of them haha! Congratulations on the wedding venue! Can’t wait to see more! Vivian x

    http://www.viviantse.net

  30. September 12, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Happy belated B-day Kim! Thanks for sharing this post, you look like a lovely girl, so so sweet!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

  31. September 12, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Yay finally you decided on a venue! Congrats! 🙂

  32. September 12, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Hey Kim, you sound adorable and I have not even met you yet! Thank you for dropping by my blog so that I could come over to your beautiful one. Love the design, the photos, the content…everything in it marries well. Looking forward to checking your other posts too. xx

  33. P-and-P
    September 12, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Great post, I enjoyed reading it. I am petite, too, so I also buy some clothes from the kid’s section and I can just agree with your sentence, “wind blows right through me”. Your painting looks amazing. Have a fabulous week! 🙂 xo

    P&P style

  34. September 12, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    I envy you on #1 and #2. I can’t get up for the life of me and when I do, caffeine is a must. And I love food too much, like way too much. So if I didn’t, perhaps I would be 10-20 pounds less and the perfect weight. I have a fear of birds so a pet bird would be a no-no for me, but yours is really pretty. And I hate presentations too because I can’t memorize crap and I get tongue tied.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  35. September 13, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday! You are so cute (and a smart kid) Kim!! I loved reading your post! Shiloh is adorable! 🙂 I am glad I got to know you better! And I am sure you will own a mansion someday! 🙂 Have a great day!
    xx
    Shivangi

  36. September 13, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Happy belated birthday!

    I’m surprised that you aren’t a foodie given that your parents are Vietnamese! You don’t have any fave home-cooked dishes? I credit my mom’s cooking for my obsession with food. :-/

    Congrats on deciding on your wedding venue! I bet that’s a huge relief.

    v
    blog: little green field book

  37. September 14, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I love this, all of these things are interesting! I’m also the one who takes all of the photos but my husband is the one who’s better at it lol. And I can never sleep in past 6am and I never drink coffee. Sounds like we’re naturally morning people!

  38. September 14, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I swear as I read through your get to know me post, I was reading a biography of one of my good friends lol. My desk-mate at work loves birds and loves to paint and draw and she paints birds too! She totally took a peak at this post and loved it!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  39. September 14, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    how exciting to get married on block island, I just know it’s going to be beautiful!!! ps I REALLY wish I didn’t like food.

  40. September 15, 2017 / 5:41 am

    So amazing that you are getting married on an island in Maine! Congratulations!I had the pleasure of participating in a photo shoot for my brand, The Maine Square, on House Island, Maine last fall. It was so beautiful! I was able to spend the night on the island as well. I don’t think I have ever slept so peacefully! Crazy that I have lived in Maine all my life, yet I had no idea that there were so many beautiful islands out there!

  41. September 18, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    What a fun post! I loved reading through these. We have so much in common, and a lot not in common haha! Excited for your wedding!! 🙂

    Hannah
    https://hannahcochranphoto.com

  42. Pepper
    September 19, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Great post, I loved reading through all these facts.
    I love that you and Dan are high school sweethearts, my boyfriend and I are also high school sweethearts.
    Congrats on deciding on your wedding venue! It’s going to be beautiful!

    Best wishes,
    Pepper | Peppermintheart

  43. September 22, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    This is such a cute idea for a post! I’m like you – food does almost NOTHING for me. I eat the same thing almost every day. That’s so funny – it’s so rare to meet another person like that!

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