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I am in the midst of a big week – my birthday week! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On the docket today is bridal portraits, then it’s back home to finish up packing because I’m leaving for the RewardStyle Conference in Dallas tomorrow morning.
If that wasn’t enough, I am turning 29 tomorrow (omg) and thought it might be fun to share 10 facts about myself that y’all may not know. There have been some BIG changes around here and since the list continues to grow, I thought it might be fun to mix the announcements in with some interesting quirks about myself. And there’s no time like a birthday to share everything! So here we go…
1. I am a Full-Time Blogger!
For the last seven years, I have worked in NASCAR. Little background – I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Communications and always knew I wanted to work in the sport. So I packed up and moved to Charlotte without knowing anyone or having any idea how to get a foot in the door. I volunteered anywhere and everywhere racing-related that would have me before finally landing a full-time job. I have been a secretary, travel coordinator, PR rep, and ultimately a marketing and communications director before putting in my resignation last week.
Working in NASCAR has had its share of highs and lows. I got to travel the country with my best friends (by private plane, no less) and see so many cities I wouldn’t otherwise have. I had the opportunity to spend time with and give back to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. I made some of my best friends in the sport, as well as meeting my soon-to-be husband.
But there was a lot about NASCAR I didn’t foresee. And while I will continue to be a part of the sport working with Jeremy’s team, the passion I have for this space and blogging at large has overtaken my passion for NASCAR. That is in large part to y’all. Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the web whether you are a regular reader or today is your first time here. This transition will mean you will find more and in-depth content on Cort In Session. Sure, there will continue to be outfit posts, but there will be so much more. I know how much y’all like learning about blogging and I can’t wait to dive more into that! Plus, I hope to get more personal – starting today!
This transition definitely has, and will continue to be an adjustment. Making it to work at 7:30am for the past seven years has been almost impossible, so I see time management as being my biggest hurdle but I am willing to do whatever it takes to follow this dream. I can’t wait for y’all to see what’s to come! 🙂
2. I’m Moving to South Carolina
When it comes to my upcoming nuptials (three short weeks away), I have been super traditional and have forgone cohabitation until after marriage. I have always felt like it was the best decision for me, although I harbor no judgement for those who choose to live together first. Quite the contrary – I am BEYOND jealous! For some many people getting married is a special day and once they get back from their honeymoon, it’s back to business as usual. Not for me! I am changing jobs and moving states, in a matter of a month, on top of the stresses of wedding planning.
Don’t get me wrong though, I am so excited to move in with Jeremy! Our biggest issue has been living an hour and a half away from one another and all the logistics that come with that, so we are looking forward to spending more time with each other. I’ll be living right outside of Greenville and can’t wait to get to know that city more. And I will be closer to my family in Atlanta. Plus, my two best friends in Charlotte have a spare bedroom so I can always go back and stay with them when I’m feeling homesick.
3. I’m an Only Child
But it gets weirder. My mother is also an only child and my only aunt never had children. So I am also the only grandchild with no cousins and the only person under 60 in my family (my parents had me at 40). But I swear I’m not some home-schooled jungle freak. I grew up in a cul-de-sac with a lot of kids my age, so I was forced to assimilate.
Being an only child has had a lot of ups and downs and helped shaped the independent person I am today, but as I get older, I get more and more jealous of the relationship people have with their siblings. So basically I am THRILLED to be marrying into a big family. Jeremy has two siblings (with fabulous spouses), two nieces and two nephews, and a cousin, all of whom I love. They quickly made me feel like part of the family and I am so thankful for that.
4. I LOVE Anything Scary
And I have for as long as I can remember. My favorite books growing up were Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and my favorite shows were Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps. Flash forward 15 years and not much has changed. Investigation Discovery is my favorite channel. I actually fall asleep to Forensic Files almost every night. I will see every horror film on opening night – my favorites of which are the Saw franchise, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Conjuring, The Descent, and Cabin Fever. Come October, I will be visiting ALL THE HAUNTED HOUSES in a 200-mile radius. In the meantime, though, Jeremy and I are escape room aficionados. The scarier, the better!
Ironic part about all this is – I will faint if I see real blood (lol).
5. I am Happiest When I am Learning
I am beyond envious of college students. They don’t realize how good they have it getting to spend a good chunk of their life learning. I ALWAYS listen to NPR or podcasts in the car, much to the irritation of my passengers. When I’m home, I usually have the TV tuned to a news station. I am addicted to self-help books, my favorites of which are The Defining Decade, Settle For More, and The Happiness Project. Seriously, those three books will change your life.
What is great about blogging is there is always something to learn, be it photography, Photoshop/Lightroom, coding, SEO, etc. The feeling of finally nailing a new skill brings me so much fulfillment!
6. I am Uber Right Brained
I am sensitive and feel things very deeply. I have a passion for design. I am terrible at math. I overthink everything and always look at the big picture instead of breaking it down into manageable pieces. I speak before I think and a lot of it is totally random. I am messy and may have some hoarding tendencies. I’m an easy crier (holy moly, the first rift of Garth Brooks’ The Dance gets me every time).
7. I Drive a Truck
My first car was a 1989 Chevy Silverado and about three years ago I purchased a Toyota Tacoma PreRunner. I honestly don’t know how people drive cars. I feel so low to the ground in them!
8. My Celebrity Crush is Andy Samberg
Close runner-ups are Jesse Eisenburg, Charlie Day, and Jesse Watters. Let’s just say my type is unique and I have never had to fight with my girlfriends over a guy.
9. I Was Never a Dog Person… Until I Was a Dog Person
About four years ago, a coworker of mine decided I needed a dog. Some back story – working for a NASCAR team is more of a casual job with quite the cast of characters. This particular guy wanted to make his crush jealous (apparently she wanted a dog), so he went god knows where, selected a pup, drove back to the shop, and placed her on my lap. Of all the breeds of dogs in the world, he found a super rare Brussels Griffon – they are legitimately bred to be ugly.
As I previously mentioned, I am an only child. While we have oodles of self responsibility, we have hardly any responsibility of others. Additionally, I grew up with cats, so to say this was an adjustment would be an understatement. But I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Molly is the center of my universe and I don’t know how I ever lived life without her. I’ve turned into a Judgey McJudgerson on people who don’t have dogs (like, what’s wrong with you?! You’re missing out!)
10. I Have a Valley Girl Accent
Like, totally. I was born and raised in Atlanta, went to college in Auburn, Alabama, lived in Nashville and now Charlotte, so someone PLEASE explain to me how I am cursed with this SoCal accent?! I blame watching Clueless one too many times as a child. I mean who didn’t want to be Cher? As if!
I hope y’all enjoyed getting to know me a little better. I am so excited to spend more time sharing blogging tutorials, daily looks, travel, and more with y’all every day! If there is anything in particular you want to see more of, please let me know below in the comments and I’ll make it happen 🙂