Ten Secrets

Several of my favorite bloggers have been posting this “Ten Day You Challenge.” I’ve really enjoyed reading their posts, so I finally went to the source of the challenge — Kristin at Sweat Courage — where I discovered yet another blog to add to my Feedly to try to find time to read. And then I decided to jump in on this Ten Day You Challenge, too.


This first post of ten secrets definitely fit the challenge part of the title. It was tough to come up with ten secrets to post, because let’s face it — if it’s really a secret, I don’t want it on the interwebs. And really, I don’t have many secrets, anyway. So this is really more a list of “things you may not know about me.” If you know me in real life, it might not even be that. Oh well. I hope you enjoy it, regardless!

1. I really, really hate talking on the phone. I don’t mind talking to my parents, but they’re the only ones. I hate calling to set up appointments, or order food, or get tech support. I just hate it. I don’t know why.

2. I have to make bathroom stops on probably 85 percent of my runs. This is a huge reason that I’m always nervous about running with other people!

3. I don’t want kids. Maybe I’ll change my mind in the next few years, but I doubt it. I will readily admit that I am selfish, and I like to do my own thing, on my own time, with my husband, and not have to take care of little people. J and I will just spoil our nieces and nephews instead.
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4. My biggest regret is that I didn’t study abroad in college. It was the one time in my life that I could have lived in another country without worrying about things like a husband and a real job and responsibilities, and I didn’t do it because it was expensive. That was dumb.

5. If I could, I would move somewhere else in Colorado. I love my house and my job. I like my community, and I like small towns in general. But even after seven years here, I miss more than ever the mountains, my friends and family, and the more active communities on the Western slope and the Front Range.

Hi, mountains. I miss you.
Hi, mountains. I miss you.

6. I took piano lessons from when I was eight years old until I graduated from high school. Although I haven’t played much since, I don’t regret sticking with it for so long. It taught me discipline, exposed me to music I otherwise wouldn’t know, and gave me a lot of pleasure. Someday, I’d like to have a piano again (and, you know, the time to play it).

7. I have a hard time making new friends. As a kid, making friends was easy. In college, making friends was easy. As an adult? I’m the socially awkward penguin and making friends is not easy. At all.

Sarah, who is my best friend here, basically had to say, “We’re going to be friends now,” and then make it happen. And I’m so glad she did. (P.S. Sarah, we need to take some pictures together).

8. Although I absolutely love teaching, sometimes I think about a career change. I have a lot of other interests — nutrition, fitness, nature — that would also be fun to pursue. But don’t worry; I’m not leaving teaching anytime soon!

9. In my early teens, I worked out to a Richard Simmons cassette tape my mom had. I loved it. I’d kind of like to work out with Richard Simmons again.

Don’t judge. Richard Simmons is the stuff. (image source)

10. When I started this blog, I wanted to be a big-league blogger (you know the type). And then I realized how much work that is, and I’m not willing to put in that much time and effort. So now I’m happy being a little-league blogger.

Tell me one of your secrets! Or just comment on one of mine. 🙂 

18 thoughts on “Ten Secrets”

  1. How fun! I love it! I learned a few new things about you also! Here are a few of my secrets:
    -I too bounced around with Richard. We had “Sweating to the Oldies” on VHS and my sister and I loved it. Not sure how much of the workout we were doing. Really just b-bopping around the living room.
    -We are 100% kindred spirits on number five
    -I want to pierce my nose but fear it is too big to do so
    -You made me cry with this post
    -I get jealous of people easily, well more of hard on myself based on their abilities
    -I am horrible at math

    Ok, that isn’t ten, but this was hard enough to come up with! I agree, I don’t know if I want to share some of the true secrets…

    1. 1. We should find a Richard Simmons video and do it!
      2. Pierce your nose if you want!
      3. Sorry; I didn’t mean to make you cry!
      4. People get jealous of you, too… don’t compare yourself!

  2. When I was in college, I had a roommate who had a Jane Fonda workout video. We did that same video many, many days together in college. It was awesome. If I could find that video, I would send it to her and it would be hilarious!

  3. Interesting Cassie, i can’t believe you would wanna move in Colorado, if I could live there at all, I would be soooo happy, but I guess it is a case of grass is always greener 🙂

    A secret? Some peanut butter m&ms were the first thing I ate this morning, within 2 minutes of waking up….oops haha

    1. I got spoiled for the first 22 years of my life, living within 20 minutes of at least the foothills! And I don’t think there’s a thing wrong with eating m&ms for a breakfast appetizer. 😉

  4. I totally agree with #10! I so wanted to be a “famous” blogger but like you said, it is a lot of work! No, thank you!

    I also love the fact that I am not alone about the whole having kids thing. I read another blog that stated she and her husband didn’t want kids either. I am also the same way in the fact that we can get up and do what we want without having kiddos around. I love kids but I love my time. Gunshow and I will probably explore this topic in a few years but right now I am very content with having two nieces and then handing them back to their parents 🙂

    I love this challenge, I may have to partake since I feel like all I have been doing lately is talking about marathon training!

  5. Okay, even if you don’t consider yourself a big league blogger, I still LOVE your blog! I also admire the way you can pump out such mega mileage at fast speeds!!! (fist pump) 😉

    Number 8 also applies to me! It’s funny when you wrote the exact same thing I’ve been thinking about.

    I’d love to go to Colorado sometime and see the mountains. It looks super beautiful and Meg’s post of all those cool pictures made me want to go even more!

  6. I’m certain that we would be best friends if I lived in Colorado or you lived in California. Almost every single one of these applied to me (I did not play the piano). I am also pretty certain our sense of humor is the same, since you are constantly cracking me up with your posts. Finding good friends as an adult is difficult. I was so lucky to have found a few soul mates in my cohort this year. I just texted them and told them they are my “happy people,” meaning the people who can make me happy no matter what kind of mood I am in. Otherwise, at parties, I am that awkward person standing in the corner not knowing what to do.

  7. Great stuff, Cassie. I have so much to say! #1- I hate the phone too! #3- NO kids for us either, and don’t you dare call yourself selfish. It’s YOUR life. Oh, and you’re a teacher, which is one of the most selfless jobs there is! #6- Learning an instrument is a great way to develop discipline. I sometimes have parents poo poo the fact that my 4th graders learn the recorder in music class and have to practice at home. Are they all going to become professional recorder players? No. But will they develop some self discipline and responsibility skills? YES! #7- I can’t make friends either. Too hard. Too many people have kids haha! #8- I have many other interests besides teaching as well, however, you can’t beat the schedule and the job stability! #9- I read Richard Simmons’ memoir and fell in love with him. He is a great person. #10- I barely read any big leagues blogs because I can only stand so many pics of fro yo and different recipes for overnight oats. Seriously, the “little league” bloggers are where it’s at. I actually feel a connection with them and the CONTENT is more interesting. A lot of big league bloggers fill their blogs with “fluff”, Longest comment ever award goes to MEEEEEE!

    1. I love this long comment! I didn’t know Richard Simmons had a book, but now I need to read it. And I’m with you on unfollowing the big league bloggers; I love the community among small bloggers. I feel like they actually care when I comment!

  8. There are so many bloggers that have voiced they don’t want kids. I’m on the fence about it, as I fear how much my life would change (and I like my life now). I know what you mean about making new friends and finding that special connection that it takes to form a friendship. Two of my best girlfriends moved away in the past year and it’s been tough. I’ve always thought that I would get along great with a lot of my blogger friends – now I just have to convince everyone to move to Oregon. Haha.

  9. I LOVED getting to know you in this post! Thanks for joining the challenge with us:) I can relate to most of your ‘secrets’… 1 2, 3 (sort of, not sure about this one yet ha ha), 5 (I secretly want to move to the mountains in CO.. ), 7 (I’m having a hard time making friends after college too… like seriously hard time.. and it’s been 7+ years).. So glad we can connect through blogging!

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