My entire life, one of the first identifying factors people associated with me was blonde (though I’m technically a strawberry blonde). I was frequently mistaken and stereotyped. My shyness was mistaken for being dumb, my easy going happy attitude was mistaken for flightiness or being “a ditz”, and as I got older my appearance frequently caused people to think I was a bimbo (the fact I was a cheerleader in high school didn’t help that). Growing up, amidst all the usual insecurities a young woman in American culture is subjected to, I took people’s perception of me very seriously and was always somewhat insulted by the fact that so many people judged me so wrong.
Luckily it instilled a strong desire to prove myself in many situations. I worked hard to overcome the mistaken conclusions people made about me and frequently shocked people when they learned that I was an honors student straight through college, worked in the retail and restaurant industries to pay my way through school, enjoy working out and eating healthy because I like how it makes me feel , and that I’m a gadget-loving, book worm who likes being outdoors and frequently saves the spiders and creepy-crawlers that wander into her office or house.
I’ve finally gotten to a point in my life where I’m comfortable with myself and have made peace with the various ways people see me. I know who I am and what I’m capable of and I make no apologies. Like almost everyone, I’ve been through ups and downs in my life journey thus far – breakups, losses, difficult jobs, moves and health obstacles – but I’ve also experienced some incredible things – loves, new friends, wonderful jobs, great homes, new places and healthy achievements. I choose to see the Silver Lining in things and want to share those things that make me happy with YOU!
Whether it be exercise insight (I’ve had a love-affair with working out since high school), food (which has always made me happy, but has also presented me with challenges), new places I visit or new things I try – I’ll share a bit of this Blonde’s Silver Lining and hope that you’ll tell me what you think. Never hesitate to comment or pose a question… I don’t bite.