Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tag- You're It!

 Amanda tagged me in her post today! So basically I answer six questions and the blog world will learn a wee bit more about me..! 

Yes, this is a picture of me as a hotdog with cartoon hands. That is all.

Six Things You Should Know About Me  

1. What's something that you love about yourself?

  I take pride in my honesty. I have a really hard time telling a lie. I hate it when I'm put in a situation where I have to go along with a lie because I am SO bad at it. Anyone, even people that don't know me very well know when I'm lying. My face turns red with embarrassment for some reason and I stumble on my words as well. It's pretty entertaining, actually. 
 Rob and I have such a solid relationship and marriage because of our honesty and communication. I also want to be clear, that I'm not mean about my honesty. I really dislike it when something hurtful is said and the person saying it simply says, "I was just being honest..." That's not nice and I don't do that. Since I'm on a roll about what I love about myself, I will also add that with honesty I am nice. I know that being nice can be a bad thing. But I am a firm believer in making people feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations. I don't see why people can't be friendly.. It's not that hard and it really goes a long way!

2. What is one thing in life that you're struggling to overcome?

 I struggle with my mom. I love her very much. But, she has had a back disability since I was thirteen or fourteen. Ever since then, it has always been about her. She has had a bumpy ride but so have I. I feel like I have to take care of her and I feel like I have been for many years. At this point in my life, I have other priorities and I am finished with taking care of someone that is more than capable of taking care of herself. I am hesitant to even write about her on here, because of the slim chance that she'll read this or someone she'll know will. I have guilt. I feel guilty for how I feel. I don't want to hurt her, but it doesn't take much to hurt her feelings. She's emotional and frail. But at the same time, she's a verbal bully and she can be very mean spirited. She has turned sour and negative in the last couple of years and it's really been frustrating. I love my mom, but I can't take the negativity anymore. So I'm having a really hard time, trying to let all of that go... I've always been there for her. But, enough is enough. 
 3. You get to meet any blogger in person- who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Amanda in person because I feel like we have quite a few things in common. She cooks incredible dishes that I always drool over and I have been trying to replicate them. So far, the food has been really amazing. I also like that she has an inner child inside and she's not afraid to let her out. She looks like a lot of fun and I think getting to know someone that is fun is always a bonus. Plus, it would be really neat to meet her on her turf because then she could give me a personal tour of all of the beauty that she gets to see daily in the UK. 

Amanda, having fun.
  I would also love to meet Jade because she is a free spirit that loves living and meeting new people. I think she would inspire me to want to explore the world more and she would bring out the free spirit in me! She also looks like a lot of fun and I would really enjoy spending time exploring her turf in South Africa. (I know that wasn't part of the question.. but why not go to the international bloggers and get a trip out of it?! It's my fantasy right!?)

4. What's something you've never mentioned on your blog, but feel like your readers should know?..

I'm reluctant to share.. But I'm married to a cannibal. There, I said it.

I mean, I do that every time he eats a hotdog.. You would think he would stop.......

 5.  You get a chance to go back to university (or start again), would you change what you studied? Why?

Well, this one is a no brainer. I didn't go to school. I want to blame my circumstances on not going.. My step dad passed away when I was nineteen and then I ended up moving out to the island with my mom. Then, I met Rob.. and again, the rest is history. But I didn't have any solid plans to go to school after I graduated anyway. I regret that a little. I wouldn't have met my hubby if I was in school and who knows how different my life would be today, if I did. But if I could start over.. and go to school, I would definitely! I told Rob that I would love to study psychology. I always enjoy listening to people's problems and then giving advice afterwards. I mean, yes I realize that there is much,much more to psychology than that. But it has always fascinated me. But, if I couldn't do that I would like to take care of kids.. I would either become a teacher of elementary school students or else be a daycare teacher. I love kids and I think it would be a very fulfilling job that I would enjoy. OR- if we're talking BIG DREAMS- I would just finally sit down and write that "best selling" book I have always dreamed about writing....! 

My book- I won a contest and was published. But now I want MORE! 

Pregnant me with my book.

 (That could actually be my serious answer to #4. I wrote a story and I was the winner of the contest I entered. My story was published, along with ten others. My story was the title of the book..!!) 

6. What motivates and inspires you in life?

 As of lately; my little girl inspires me in life. I feel like she is going to look up to me when she's a bit older and I will have to be the best that I can be. The best I've ever been, so that she grows up to be her best. I am motivated by my husband Rob. He is always thriving to do more in life. I feel like if he climbed the top of a mountain, he would be at the top, take a few pictures and be ready to get down and climb another, bigger one. He is just always pushing me to do more. He challenges me to want more... Without him behind me, encouraging me - I'm not sure if I would have accomplished all that I have. I absolutely adore him and Alina. So how fitting for my biggest inspiration and motivator to be the two loves of my life!

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 So, thanks Amanda for tagging me in your post today. I was happy to play along and answer some questions. Now Blogland knows me that much more!


Lisa-Jade said...

First off, I love the hotdog suit.
I'm sorry to hear about your troubles with your mom, it really pains me when I come across women who have issues or are dealing with issues surrounding there mother. As one myself, there are certain aspects that you should have as a mother, like taking care of your children to the very best of your ability.

Doesn't Jade just make you want to leave the everything behind and travel? I live just a little vicariously through her blog posts.
How exciting that you got some of your literature published! It's so great!! That's one of my dreams.

Really love this post :)

Areeba said...

I can't believe I missed many posts! Ahan, I think I have said you look so yummy in this costume! You can't lie Haley? I freak out every time I lie and someone investigates, duh!
I'm really sorry about your mum. A daughter needs mother in every little moment.
You're a writer Haley sounds like Hagrid saying You're a wizard Harry!

Helene in Between said...

You dress up like a hot dog so we can go ahead and be best friends?

Noor said...

A yummy costume , was that halloween ?
I am so sure about your honesty , though I never met you nor know you in real . But all I knew is Haley's Space girl with a cute daughter :)
Sorry to hear about your mom , I hope things go right , oh no super right for you two .
You Autograph please!
Noor @ Noor's Place

Amanda said...

Oh my god, the hot dog costume. It was killing me. That is why we'd be best friends. When you come stay with me in England we will cook together all the time, yes?! Also congratulations on the story win! That's amazing! How pleased were you?! I think it's amazing. Do you still write frequently or less so now that you have a little bean? xx

Melissa said...

Your husband is the funniest thing ever! love your blog, love the facts! amazing blog!

Love, The mind of an exchange

Anonymous said...

How can you stay a Cannibal!! Run while you can - you big weiner! LOL - Thanks Haily - you had me laughing tears this morning! Love you! And you inspire me !! Keep on writing -you have always been a shiny star! xoxo.

Haley said...


Haha, yes.. It is really difficult going to any bbq or outdoor function because there are ALWAYS hotdogs being served.. ;)
Glad I could make you laugh AND cry.. well the good kind of cry, that is!