Things you wouldn’t know just by looking at me

We’ve all been on the receiving end of annoying snap judgments based on our appearances.

And we’ve all been guilty of making the same kinds of judgments about strangers, even though we know better. Have you ever caught yourself doing that? Did you feel a little ashamed about it? I have. It happens.

This week’s theme for the League of Extraordinary Ladies is things you wouldn’t know about me just by looking at me. In my vlog below, I share a few things—both trivial and slightly more serious—about myself you might not have known. And I invite you to share any surprising/fun/interesting things people might not know about you below in the comments! Make sure you check out the other extraordinary ladies’ videos from this week, too.

Have a great weekend!

If you really knew me


…You’d know:

It takes a couple drinks to get me dancing. But once I start dancing, I don’t wanna stop.

“Theme from Jurassic Park” by John Williams is my go-to whistling tune. I wish I could stop.

The first time I sold a story, it was to then-chief editor of Baltimore magazine. He offered me $2—I brought him up to $3. I was six years old.

I don’t sing karaoke often, but when I do, it’s a Bon Jovi song. Because once upon a time (not so long ago), I had a major thing for Bon Jovi.

Speaking of Bon Jovi, I once got on a Walmart conveyer belt and belted out “Livin’ on a Prayer.” I was sober. It was a dare.

My picture appeared in the first issue of Seventeen magazine with a boy on it (Teddy Geiger). It was my 15 minutes of fame in high school.

Before I got into school for journalism, I was convinced I’d end up getting an MFA in creative writing. Part of me still wants to.

Indecisiveness is my biggest downfall. The smallest decision stresses me out, and sometimes I wish someone else would make them for me.

I wish I were a more musical person. I played clarinet for years and loved it. I played guitar for a few years, too, and regret putting it down.

Uprooting my life and moving to California has given me a serious travel/adventure bug. Not knowing whether I’ll stay here or move for a job once I graduate is exhilarating.


What should I know about you that I might not already? What are your greatest accomplishments, proudest moments, biggest fears, fun secrets?