7 Random Facts About Sonja
I had the honor of being nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by Peggy from Reducing the Overload.
I appreciate the nomination, Peggy. Be sure to check out her post in response to this award, as well as her blog dedicated to sharing ways to reduce stress.
7 Random Facts About Me
Since receiving the award means I need to post 7 facts about myself, I decided to focus on a theme of different job titles I have filled.
Camp Life is the Best Life
1. My favorite job was being the dishwasher at a summer camp in Michigan. Those of us working in the kitchen preferred the term “Hobart Technician”, because we operated an industrial dishwasher machine. I was 16, worked two meals a day, took naps during my downtime, attended campfires, learned how to walk the trails without a flashlight at night, and got to live on the beachfront dunes of Lake Michigan. The sounds of that area are still what I conjure up when I need to relax.
2. When I was 25, I had worked my way up at that camp to become the Summer Program Director. This meant scheduling three different camps’ activities and playing host to the family camp portion at our main dining hall. At mealtime, I turned on the microphone and gave a rundown of the day to the family campers. Basically I was the camp meteorologist and anchorwoman for a low-budget local cable news show that thankfully never was broadcast.
For the Fourth of July, I was in charge of driving the huge camp truck towing a parade float with my staff riding on it. I was white knuckling it the ENTIRE parade while muttering, “Grandma’s driving. Grandma speed.”
3. Out of nine summers working at a summer camp, only one was not in Michigan. When I was 21, I switched things up and headed to an outdoor adventure camp in Colorado. This meant I did several things each week that terrified me.
Activities included rock climbing, white water rafting, spelunking, backpacking, driving a 15 passenger van, and hiking a 14er – a 14,000 foot mountain.
Hands down it was my most amazing summer, but I never got over my fear of heights or cliffs. Fortunately, I learned the art of self talk to get through scary situations.
Other Job Experiences
4. As a wedding officiant, I have a 100% success rate. So far the couple is still going strong, so no pressure, Amy and Jared. Don’t mess up my perfect record. It is slightly unnerving performing that task, but I haven’t dropped the mic or the rings during the ceremony.
5. While substitute teaching and working on grad school, I was a barista at a coffee shop to make ends meet. I got a free coffee every shift I worked which may have been a motivating factor for choosing that job.
My best friend’s dad came in one day and boisterously shouted out, “Sonja! When did they let you out of jail?”
Insert awkward laughter and reassuring others that I had not in fact been to jail.
6. I taught for thirteen years before going on sabbatical. Alright, I am not really on sabbatical, but it’s fun to phrase it that way.
Over those years, I have taught all of the elementary grades, with the exception of kindergarten. The most comical experiences came from science lessons. As a result, I should be adding the title of professional caterpillar herder to my resume. While showing third graders the parts of a live lobster, Larry the Lobster pooped on the carpet, eliciting loud reactions. In fifth grade science we did a unit on green anoles. They are small lizards who are remarkably agile and can launch themselves long distances for daring escapes. Teaching was never dull.
The one thing I disliked about teaching the primary grades was all of the loose teeth. Broken bones, yakking kids, or getting sneezed on? Not my favorite, but I could handle it. Wiggly teeth? Makes me nauseous and woozy.
The beginning of every school year I gave the same talk to my new students: If you have a loose tooth, tell me. Don’t show me. If a tooth falls out, cover your mouth and ask to go to the nurse. Do not wiggle your tooth at me!
7. These days I work for two little bosses (3 1/2 and 1) and one French Bulldog as a SAHM, although I prefer that we don’t stay at home all the time.
My previous jobs have helped prepare me as much as one can be prepared for motherhood. However, I still create some impressive mom-brain moments with interrupted sleep due to a teething child. It’s been a couple of months since I have driven off leaving my stroller in the dust in a parking lot, but a few weeks ago I managed to forget about the groceries in the car for a whole night. At least I didn’t forget the kids.
While shortened sleep is a challenge for this current gig, my tiny humans more than make up for it in other ways. Cuddles, belly laughs, wobbly steps, and arms flung around my neck for tight hugs make my days brighter and heart full. I am so lucky to be on the receiving end of such fierce love while seeing the wonders of the world through their eyes.
Where to next? Well, I am hoping to turn this blog into something more.
In the meantime, I have been enjoying learning from other bloggers through their insightful posts. I nominate the following fifteen bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award:
And the nominations go to….
For mental health and personal development:
Naz at Grandomly
Lana at Finding Inspiration in the Chaos
Elizabeth from Uncustomary Housewife
For suggestions and honesty about momlife:
Jennifer over at Goldfish and Chicken Nuggets
Marissa from Just Simply Mom
Bekah over at Little Messy Hands
Mandis at Everyday Emerson
Nicole from My Casual Reflections
Kim from Him Me and Three
For travel inspiration:
Evie and Josh at Life Dreamers
For your relationship advice:
Elvery at Love Minus Limits
For fierce and fun fashion ideas:
Shraddha at Soda Pop Love
Michelle at The Beauty SOS
A blog for empowering women:
Abby, Lauren and Jordan over at My Lifelines
House design and decor:
Jennifer at My Modern Farmhouse
I am looking forward to reading their responses to this award!
Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award
Thank the person who nominated you.
Include a link to their blog in your post.
Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing to keep spreading the love.
Share 7 facts about yourself.