100 Things About Me
The short version: Author (Running Press, March 2011). Blogger. Life Coach. Football Fanatic. Coffee Addict. Yoga Lover/Teacher. Dessert Fiend. Gadget Freak. Personal Growth Obsessed. Read more at your own risk!
- I am incredibly optimistic and positive about what the future holds.
- I smile. A LOT. People say it’s contagious.
- I am spiritual, not religious. I believe in karma, that everything happens for a reason, that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, that change creates opportunities for growth, and that joy is found in gratitude and appreciating the small moments of everyday life.
- I am excited by change and embrace it wholeheartedly.
- I make a mix CD for every season of every year. It keeps me going.
- I love singing in my car. I also love driving alone, especially long road trips.
- I’m fascinated by human potential and personal growth.
- I still wear a retainer to bed at night. It’s zebra print.
- I love sunshine and blue skies. They make me smile. I know some people think Seasonal Affective Disorder is a myth, but I really think I have it.
- I don’t believe in self-pity. I can’t control what happens in my life, but I can choose how to respond.
- I am outgoing and friendly but very much an introvert too. I love spending time alone.
- I love learning for learning’s sake, and am a voracious reader.
- I subscribe to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (yes – the PAPER versions!) I cringe every time someone says the newspaper industry is failing.
- TV news gave me nightmares as a child. I still hate it because it makes me feel afraid of the world.
- I believe “I can’t” is a dirty word.
- On a related note, I cringe when people say “You’re so lucky!” Yes, luck has played a huge role in my life, but I’ve also worked really hard to create the life I’m living.
- Someone once dumped a pile of hot, fresh-out-of-the-dryer clothes on me. It came pretty close to being the best ten minutes of my entire life.
- I love to travel. My goal is to visit one new country every year.
- I want to go on a Safari. Badly.
- I get restless playing bored games. (Update: someone recently pointed out my Freudian mispelling of the word “board.” I decided to keep it because it made me laugh)
- I’m completely scared of spiders and walking alone in the dark.
- Great White sharks fascinate me. I still don’t understand how people don’t get eaten alive doing cageless shark diving tours but it looks exciting and I’d like to try it some day.
- I love the sound of bagpipes. I went to work one day and a guy was playing bagpipes in a nearby field. Early morning. I never wanted it to end.
- Letting my dog run around outside makes me incredibly happy. My dad and I take her for walks while we talk about life and read the newspaper almost every Sunday.
- I love all kinds of music – particularly anything I can dance or sing to.
- I own over 400 Pearl Jam mp3s, mostly because I am obsessed with Eddie Vedder’s voice.
- My personal motto is “live big!” (I also happen to love exclamation points)
- I love the smell of vanilla, real jasmine flowers, and men’s cologne (especially Aqua di Gio)
- I embrace germs. I think Purell is pointless, if I drop food on the ground I still eat it, and I re-use water bottles more times than I should. I’m still alive, right?!
- I was born in San Francisco and went to college in LA. I’ve always wanted to live in New York.
- I am the kind of girl that people always think they’ve met before. Or I look just like their best friend or their cousin or something.
- I love meeting new people and connecting others. One of my favorite recent compliments was, “It’s like you’ve never met a stranger.”
- People frequently refer to me by my first and last name – even when everyone knows who they are talking about.
- Nicknames: at work people call me JB. My friend Emily calls me J-Bliz, my friend Patrick calls me Jiggity, my brother calls me J-Bone, and my dad calls me Jenny-B. Oh – and when Forrest Gump came out, everyone called me JENNNAY.
- I have this problem of apologizing when I cry. It might sound ridiculous, but I feel like it’s my responsibility to be happy and positive for others and I hate the feeling of dumping my problems on other people. But I know feelings are what make me human.
- I love, love, LOVE! coffee; the experience as much as the taste. The only tea I tolerate is peppermint.
- I don’t cook. I toast and I microwave.
- I am fanatical about chocolate and dessert. If I could, I would eat three desserts after every meal. My favorites are red velvet cupcakes, flourless chocolate cake (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream) and crème brulee.
- I can’t stand noisy eaters.
- I hate fish. The taste, the smell, the concept. I don’t even like snorkeling or fish as pets. And please don’t ask me if I’ve tried Salmon or Swordfish or whatever other species you think tastes like chicken.
- I am allergic to nuts except for peanuts and almonds. Spotting them in a cashew cream sauce or walnut paste is harder than you might think.
On Family, Friends & Relationships
- I love my family.
- My parents met at Harvard graduate school. They are the smartest people I’ve ever met in their own very different ways.
- I have one sibling, a younger brother, who makes me laugh like no one else can.
- When I was about eight years old, I made my brother play school when his friends came over. I created worksheets with math problems and made each person fill them out so I could grade them. He hated it.
- It’s important to me to have guy friends. I find it refreshing.
- For as long as I can remember, my friends and boyfriends have always been older than me. Sometimes by as much as 15 years. My whole life people have told me I’m an “old soul.”
- I am very loyal.
- I struggle to shake my belief that all marriages end in divorce. I also don’t believe that fear of divorce is a reason not to get married.
- I’m pretty independent and I like my space: it’s hard for me to be around someone (or people in general) 24/7.
- I love being with someone who enjoys sports.
- I refuse to yell at my significant other or be yelled at.
- I am a romantic at heart. I love old-school chivalry.
- I am very driven and self-motivated but still consider myself easy-going and laid-back.
- I started working full-time when I was 20 years old at a start-up company in Palo Alto.
- I became a manager at Google at age 24.
- Leaving Google to pursue life as a solopreneur was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.
- I finish what I start. I pride myself on coming up with simple solutions for complex problems.
- I am passionate about helping others become their best selves, expand their potential and reach for their dreams.
- My Myers Briggs profile is ENFJ, which is all about seeing and developing potential in others. I believe making an impact and inspiring others is my fundamental purpose in this world.
- I am a certified life coach (CPCC) through CTI. Becoming a coach made me a better manager, a better person and a better friend. I can’t believe there is a profession that is so completely connected to what I love.
- I saved all my birthday money as a child because I knew I would want to spend it on something bigger one day.
- My brother and I plan to be millionaires.
- I bought my first house at 24. With my own money.
- I never want to stay in a relationship (or job) that makes me unhappy because I can’t afford to leave.
- I find the challenge of personal finance fun and creative.
- I hate credit card debt and will do whatever it takes not to carry a balance.
- I am a gadget freak. I often wish I could own all the latest technology devices at all times.
- iPods delight me. I have five.
- Call me old school, but I have no desire to own a kindle. I love the smell of books, holding them in my hands, highlighting and dog-earing pages, and proudly adding each book I finish to my bookshelves.
- I taught myself HTML and CSS and turned it into a second job/side business building people’s websites and doing Dreamweaver tutoring when I was short on cash.
- I love living in Silicon Valley. It’s my personal Mecca.
- I usually know how to use or fix something the first time I pick it up.
- I love keyboard shortcuts. I really want this keyboard for Christmas.
On Sports & Activities
- I’m a football fanatic and have been since college. I consider Superbowl Sunday one of my favorite holidays.
- Going to football and baseball games makes me delightfully happy. When I’m at a game, there is usually NOWHERE else I want to be.
- Football – I am fascinated by sky-cam technology. I often get the urge to cuddle with the sky cam like a teddy bear.
- Baseball – I love the crack of the bats, the smell of freshly cut grass and being outside. I also love eating peanuts, sunflower seeds and bratwurst. Yuuuuum.
- I used to believe I’d know if I reached “wealthy” status based on whether I could afford season tickets to every baseball and football team in the area.
- After I graduated, my brother played football at UCLA and that was major icing on the cake of my UCLA experience. Go bruins!
- Yoga is my religion. I completed Yoga Teacher Training at White Lotus in 2010. It was an incredible experience.
- I have no interest in sky diving. Despite my general optimism, I’m convinced I’ll be the 0.1 percent of the population whose parachute doesn’t open.
- I love dancing. My guilty-pleasure career is to be an NFL cheerleader (not that I would make the team).
- I’ve dabbled in many forms of dance: jazz, hip-hop, ballet, salsa, tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, waltz and pole.
- I played varsity softball for four years in high school. I won the coaches award all four years. It was their way of saying, “MVP is not in the cards, but we really love your attitude.”
- I love racquetball. The sweat-to-fun ratio is out of this world.
- I ran a marathon in 2008, despite a long-held belief that it was absolutely, 100 percent, downright impossible. It took me six and a half hours, but I ran the entire time.
- I LOVE being active: hiking, ice skating, dancing, broomball, trampoline dodge ball, ropes courses, beach volleyball, you name it.
On Reading & Writing
- As a child, I accumulated hundreds of books and read almost one a week.
- My love for books and entrepreneurial spirit inspired me to start a library operation out of my bedroom when I was ten years old. I had a catalog/binder with dozens of hand-written pages documenting my inventory. When people returned their books past due, I sent a late slip and charged $0.25.
- I started writing a novel in elementary school that I never finished.
- In the last four years, I’ve read over 150 personal development books about personal finance, time management, productivity, zen living, leadership, goal-setting, business and many more.
- 99% of the books I read are non-fiction because I like learning facts, strategies and new ideas. If I can learn one new thing from a book, I consider it worth reading.
- When I was eleven, I started a newsletter, The Monthly Dig-Up, that I sent to friends and extended family. I charged $5 to subscribe and sent it faithfully every month until I switched to quarterly high school. The last issue was almost 50 pages.
- I was the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper, The Oracle.
- I won the California Journalist of the Year award in my senior year of high school and went on to become a top four finalist in the national competition.
- I wrote for the Daily Bruin at UCLA for a year and hated how much it consumed my life. Quitting was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I didn’t know who I was if not a journalist.
- I write in my journal almost every night, and have kept daily diaries since seventh grade. I am terrified that one day someone will read them all.
- I now know, deep in my heart and gut, that I was born to be an author. I cried when I held the first galley copy of my book.
I am shocked you made it this far!
100. I find it fun and a little scary to reveal so much about myself. I have a feeling this list will be an eternal work-in-progress.