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I Wanna Talk About Me.

Mar 22, 2013

Remember that Toby Keith song, “I Wanna Talk About Me?”  Well that is precisely what we are going to do today.  I have been inspired by Chassity, Liz, and Alex’s posts revealing things about themselves.  It is always fun to learn more about someone.   I love honest posts like that.  In honor of my Birthday being Sunday I thought it would be fun to share some stuff about myself.  So here are 25 things you may or may not know about me!

1. I was 30 lbs heavier in College.  When I delivered Sterling I basically weighed what I did while I was in college.  Can’t believe I am showing this but here is a pic.  I was a big girl and look how skinny and baby faced Matt was.  I ate and drank all the time.  Please laugh, I know how fat my face looks and I really should have re-thought the strapless dress.   But you know what I had fun and I wouldn’t change a thing- except you better believe I won’t ever weigh that again!

2. I only applied to two colleges, North Carolina State and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I always wanted to be a Tarheel and go to Carolina (the real Carolina).  I actually got deferred from Carolina first round and was all set up to go to State and room with my best friend.  I got in Carolina in May and promptly ditched my plans at NC State and never looked back.  I wish Sterling would go there but boy needs to get a scholarship since we are now out of state!

3. When I was about 14 I started collecting Absolute Vodka ads, I collected so many I made a border around my bedroom.  My parents were so good about letting me hang what I wanted to in my bedroom.  Those ads used to be so cool.  I wish I had saved them all now.

4. I am terrified of flying.  I hate it but I will do it.  It makes me break out in a sweat even thinking about getting in a plane.  I hate that feeling when the door closes and locks and you know you are stuck on there.  I have issues.

5.  I have major anxiety about alot of things but I won’t ever take medicine for it.  I don’t even like to take tylenol for a headache

6. My wedding dress was basically the first dress I tried on.  I knew exactly what I wanted.  My mom made me shop around to make sure,  but I knew.  5 years later, I still am happy with my choice.

8. Matt and I met our freshman year of College.  He was in town in Chapel Hill visiting a friend and we met at a fraternity party.  We shared a kiss and that was it. He left the next day to go to back Wilmington.   I didn’t see or talk to him til 4 years later, but I talked about him all the time.   He ended up transferring to Chapel Hill.  We ran into each other again and that was it, together forever.

9.  We dated 6 years before we got engaged.  We have been together 12 years now.

10.  I am the oldest of three kids.  My sister is 2 years younger than me and my brother is 5 years younger than me.  My whole family lives in Charlotte, I am the only one in Charleston and I miss them like crazy.

11. I only drink 1/2 a cup coffee each morning.  Too much caffeine makes me shaky and anxious.  Then for the rest of the day all I drink is water or unsweet green tea (and wine most nights).  I don’t drink any sweetened drinks.

12. I am the least athletic person in my family.  I am not good at any sports.  I was a cheerleader in Junior High, but lets be real I never did back flips or cartwheels or anything, I was always the base of the pyramids.   This picture is up at my sweet grandfathers house- and yep that is my real hair color.

13.  We had a blow up doll at my Bachelorette Party (Peter Pecker).   This picture was cropped out for obvious reasons:) I had to carry him around all night and the funny thing was his face was actually a photograph of a real persons face plastered on the doll.   He was one well traveled doll.  He went to all my friends bachelorette parties from Las Vegas to Miami.  Can you imagine if the airplane officials found him in one of our suitcases?  Peter was the hit of the weekend.

14. My favorite band is Mumford and Sons.  That CD is usually on in my car.

15. I am an online shopping freak.  I love getting packages delivered to my house.  I return 70% of what I order but it is nice to try on in your own house.

16.  I am a morning person.  I like to go to bed early and get up early.  I am usually in bed by 9 most nights and up around 6- 6:30.

 17. My all time favorite song is the Gambler by Kenny Rogers. 

18. My celebrity crush is Adam Levine.  Normally I am not a fan of tattoos but on him me likey.  He is so sexy.

19. Before I had Sterling I was an Architectural Rep for 7 years.  I would meet with architects and designers repping a few lines of countertops and hardware.  Sometimes I wish I had gone to design school.

20.  I hit up TjMaxx and Marshalls once a week.  You have to go often to find good stuff.  I love digging thru and trying to find a bargain

21. I love to collect glasses.  Especially tiny ones.  I love drinking out of small vintage glasses.  These tiny purple glasses are some of my favorite.  

22. I am not outdoorsy or adventurous at all.  I have never been camping or hiking, and really I don’t care too.  Matt had to talk me into Snorkling on our honeymoon,  even that scared me.

23. When we went to NYC  a few years ago I made my family eat at Bobby Flay’s restaurant, Bar Amercain because I was so obsessed with him.  Would you believe he actually stopped in that night?  I could not believe my luck, I quickly went up to stalk him and sweet Matt grabbed my camera to get our picture.  Random but he was way shorter in person than I thought he would be.  But it was the highlight of my trip!

24.  Meat weirds me out.  I could almost be a vegetarian.  I love hamburgers but don’t like steak.  I also hate pork tenderloin and most chicken. I think it is thick meat that grosses me out.  I do love all fish and shellfish and bacon!

25. I have only been out of the country once (unless you count the Virgin Islands).  I went to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with my family when I was 21.  It was neat to see a foreign country and wow was it gorgeous over there,  but I much prefer travels in the USA.  I had a panic attack about the 8 hour plane ride home and seriously didn’t think I would make it.  A lady had to coach me on breathing exercises.  I survived but may stick to shorter flights from now on.

There you have it a few random facts about me.  Now I am off to celebrate my birthday.  I have a fun morning DT planned with my girl Caycee and then wine with a good friend tomorrow and alot of quality time with my boys.  I thankful because 32 was a good year, here’s to hoping 33 is even better. 


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  1. Jessica D says:

    Happy Birthday! And I too loved those absolut ads when I was in middle school and high school. I hung them in my bedroom! LOL

  2. Happy Birthday pretty girl! Cannot believe you met Bobby Flay!! You still look pretty with 30 lbs on you. Seriously!

  3. Happy Birthday Weekend my love! I just love this post so much. Of course I was nodding my head at so many of them! Thank god for being heavier in college, could you imagine having peaked at 20 like some girls do? You just keep getting more awesome my dear. Cheers to 33!

  4. Hope you have a great birthday weekend!

  5. A Manolescu says:

    You aren't alone–my husband also has terrible anxiety about flying, and has to work hard to avoid full-on panic attacks. We flew to London last year for our honeymoon, and I felt so bad for him–he was miserable the entire flight, sweaty palms, shaky and could not relax at all.

    And a very happy birthday to you!!

  6. Sara Mueller says:

    Happy Birthday Natalie! It's always great to get to know you better! Loved reading your list. And enjoy your day!!! happy weekend!


  7. Lala says:

    I was also 30 lbs heavier in college, must be normal?!
    Props to you for posting that pic, I don't think I have the courage. You carried it well πŸ™‚ My bday was yesterday, but I celebrate all week-Happy Birthday to you!

  8. It's so great to get to know a lot of things about you! And for what it's worth, flying terrifies me as well and I travel pretty frequently for work. Hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend!!

  9. Happy Birthday!!! Hope it's a great year for you!

  10. Chelsea says:

    Hope you have an awesome birthday! Love this post πŸ™‚

  11. Happy birthday pretty girl! I think I've thrown out all college pictures because I too had the "freshmen 15". Ha! And ditto to Adam Levine. But you know S.Caro is the real Carolina! haha.

  12. megan says:

    Always love learning random facts about my favorite bloggers. πŸ™‚ And I'm going to act like I didn't read that "real Carolina" comment. πŸ˜‰ Hope you have an awesome birthday weekend!!

  13. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Happy Happy Birthday sweet Natalie! I hope 33 is your best year yet! I love these posts. We have a lot in common. πŸ™‚ You still look beautiful with 30lbs from college. For real. I too have a major online shopping problem. And I return most stuff too.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  14. Meredith says:

    Love posts like these! I didn't know you went to UNC – my boyfriend went there and I love that I now have a chance to be a big Tar Heel fan πŸ™‚
    Have such a wonderful Birthday Weekend!!

  15. angela says:

    I actually think you look prettier with the extra lbs! (But I get having a weight that YOU feel good at…I am 30 lbs. over my ideal weight and have one of those horrible double chins. No one can ever believe I have weight to lose but, ugh.) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Jill says:

    Have a happy happy birthday, i hope you are spoiled this weekend!!

    I love learning new things about you

  17. Love this! I'm with you on everything on this list! Happy birthday! Hope you have the best weekend!


  18. Kelly says:

    Fun post. We all love that someone is like us in our weird ways.

  19. Have a wonderful birthday weekend Natalie!!! Love this post – thanks for sharing!!! I gained 30 lbs when I went off to college. But certainly did not look as fabulous as you did w/ the extra weight. LOVE LOVE Mumford & Sons!!!

  20. happy birthday- i am terrified of flying as well. like you don't even understand. i've got meds for it and have tried to have therapy for it but i still won't get on a plane. it's awful.

  21. you were by no means a "big girl" you crazy b!?! what did you change to lose the weight? just stop eating junk? my husband went to unc and i went to ncsu…i feel like everyone that went to carolina absolutely loved it and their college experience. i couldn't wait to leave raleigh, however. state is just different. NC is most definitely the Real Carolina!

  22. I think the "thick meat grosses me out" is going to have me chuckling all weekend. Excuse my complete lack of maturity, but I have been cooped up with a sick toddler and things are getting a little punchy:) And Im in complete agreement on the aforementioned level of outdoorsyness.

  23. Happy birthday love! I love all these fun facts about you πŸ™‚ Have a great time celebrating this weekend! Ps. You look hawt, 30 lbs or not!

  24. Tess says:

    Love it!! I love that you had some extra weight on you in college – makes you all the more rateable. How long did it take you to get it all off? Looks like you were in prime shape for your wedding – you were stunning!

  25. Happy Happy Birthday!! Always love reading more about you! And I have the SAME pic of me back in college…definitely put on the Freshmen 30! Eek! But love that our hubbys loved us then and now! xo

  26. Emily says:

    I love these types of posts, even if I do think South Carolina is the better Carolina… πŸ™‚ Have a happy birthday!!

  27. Christina says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I just want to say – there is no WAY you were a "big girl" in college! You look so youthful and beautiful in that picture! You still do! Don't knock yourself!

  28. Happy happy birthday!

    This was so fun to read. I love that you collected ads when you were younger – I did the same thing! I had them hanging all over the back of my bedroom door. It's so funny to look back on.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  29. Ashley says:

    Happy early birthday! I loved this list – I was almost 15 lbs heavier when I was in college, I swear it was all in my face and thighs. To this day I can hardly bring myself to look at the pictures – I look like a different person! πŸ™‚

  30. Katie says:

    Have a wonderful birthday weekend! I'm with you on the "seal of death" feeling when that airplane door shuts– thank god for wine on board!

    I'm 27 and boyfriend and I have been dating for 5 1/2 years now. If you made it to 6 before an engagement, I'm holding out hope πŸ™‚

  31. Julia says:

    omg you and the absolut ads were like me and the GOT MILK ads haha!!

    xo j
    Tartan & Sequins

  32. Have a great birthday!! My birthday was two days ago! Loved your post, I'm with you on the online shopping. That's pretty much how I do most my shopping these days:)

  33. 17 Perth says:

    I remember the absolut ads! Hahaha. Probably would have loved your room in high school. πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Birthday!

  34. Happy Birthday Love! I hope you enjoy your weekend! Great learning about you. I may have to copy all yall and do a post like this. I have been thinking out it….

  35. caycee says:

    Loved this my birthday babe! It reassured me that yep you are my bestie! I knew almost every single thing on here, of course I did πŸ˜‰ Loved shopping and dining with you for lunch today! Love you!

  36. You have always been and still are today so beautiful Nat πŸ™‚ Awesome post, such fun to read.

  37. The Gambler!!!! I die. My whole family was obsessed with The Gambler. My brother and I even ordered the album by calling the 1-800# from the TV commerical for it, way back in the good old days when they used to advertise albums to order on TV! (I'm 38 so maybe that was before your time πŸ™‚

  38. Taylor says:

    happy happy birthday!!!!! love this post – have a great weekend!


  39. Keep up the great work, the complete makeover is simply nice and in a lot of larger detail. Cool work.pantry doors

  40. Chimmy says:

    Happy Birthday dah-ling!

  41. Lauren says:

    Happy birthday!! Were you in a sorority in college?

  42. Laura says:

    happy birthday, natalie! i really enjoyed today's post! i'd love to see more of your wedding pics sometime!

  43. Happy Birthday! Loved reading all of these. I collected Absolut Vodka ads as a teen, too. : ) Your wedding pic is gorgeous!!

  44. Live it up, ladybird! Looks like it's already off to a good start (c: And you're one of the hottest 30 somethings around, cheers to that!!!

  45. I think you looked great in your college photo!! But what is most important is how you feel so if the smaller version of you is what you like best, then rock it!! I'm always so jealous of your figure when you post photos (not to sound creepy)!! Also I totally get the meat thing…it grosses me out too!!

  46. Catherine says:

    Loved learning more about you. BTW, you still looked great when you were 30 lbs heavier! Happy Birthday!

  47. Shannon says:

    happy happy birthday tomorrow!!

  48. Fun post – I love learning all these little deets! 33's not so bad – I think 34 is harder because you know 35 is on your heels. πŸ˜‰ Your wedding dress is gorgeous!

  49. Erin says:

    I love your blog and have been reading for quite awhile. I was really disappointed to see your post today describing your photo as a "big girl" and that you were embarrassed to post it. What I have always loved about your posts are that they are very kind, supportive,fun and pro women. As someone who is 5'10 and 170 lbs, not 5'10 and 130 I found it to be offensive. I don't believe that we are beautiful based on how much we weigh. You looked gorgeous and found a man who adores you at 30 lbs heavier. Please keep this in mind as not all of your readers are thin.

  50. Lauren says:

    Such a fun post! Gorgeous couple!!! A new mom, I think it's awesome to see how we can maybe even look more amazing in our 30s! But you looked fab with a glowing freshman 15 too!

  51. Love this post! Happy Belated Birthday! I was in Key West for my Bachelorette and am still playing catch up. We didn't have a Peter Pecker, but some of the girls definitely wondered if anything would be said about the, umm…interesting items in their carry-ons.

    And I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only obsessive returner. I have to get things in my own home and try them on with my own accessories before I can commit.

    I love these facts… might have to jump on board.

  52. Omg I definitely identified with so much of this post! I, too, collected the Absolut Vodka ads, was 30 lbs heavier in college & hate flying (also not real outdoorsy here either) Your college pic was so cute though! Love this post!

    PS I just got back from Charleston and I'm insanely jealous that you live there. I would move there in a heartbeat.

  53. Bud and Leo says:

    Gosh I suffer the anxiety bit too! I feel like Kristen Wig from BMs! I nearly freak out half the time. My hubby is trying to get me to go to Dubai and I can't do it bc of the plane ride! Seriously I have issues! AND I was 30lbs heavier in college too but that's when I met my hubby and he loved me that way.. and this way which is awesome! LOVED this post and learning more about you xoxo