My Birthday + 7 Things About Me


Last Sunday, I turned 31. I had a little bit of anxiety last year about turning 30, but for 31, it was smooth sailing. Most days, I feel about 26. If you’re only as old as you feel, then I’m in good shape 😀

While I was away, I was given the Versatile Blogger Award that’s been making the rounds. Big thanks to Aldo at Million Dollar Ninja and Greg at Travel Blue Book for thinking of me!

To go along with that, here are 7 things about me that you probably didn’t know:

1) I’m a Libra, and I’m truly a Libra, through and through. I love reading my horoscope for fun. Sometimes it can be so eerily accurate.

2) I was the girl least likely to leave home, but I turned out to be the big adventurer in my family. I was bitten by the travel bug at an early age, but I was also very much a momma’s girl, which is why people were surprised when I packed up and moved from Pennsylvania to Florida at 22. After that, all bets were off!

3) I’m a beer lover, so no fruity, girly cocktails for me. In the summer, I like to keep it light with Modelo and Corona, and in the fall and winter, I love a good porter or stout. Yum

4) Some people prefer the beach, some prefer the mountains. I love both! Take me to a sunny seaside escape or a cozy cabin in the woods; either one suits me just fine.

5) My “bucket list” includes parasailing and going on a paranormal investigation, among other things.

6) I’m not fluent in Bulgarian, but after spending so much time there and being immersed in the language, I have a really good grasp of it. I did make a big effort to learn when I first started dating my husband, and after living there for 2 years, I can follow conversations with ease.

7) My husband is the chef in our family, but I’m the baker. I make a mean chocolate chip cookie!

So when I started this site, I was mostly anonymous. It was something that I struggled with, which I wrote about here. 9 months in, and I’m feeling much more comfortable. I’ve always had a little photo of myself as a Gravatar, but I recently added a picture to my About page:










I plan on using more of my own photos on here, rather than just using free images from the web. I really feel comfortable on this site now, and I’d like to connect on a more personal level with readers. I think sharing more of myself is the best way to go about doing it. I hope that you’ll agree 🙂

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

16 thoughts on “My Birthday + 7 Things About Me

  1. Happy Birthday! My husband and I always wanted to stay at a “haunted hotel” and do a paranormal investigation as well. He find those things very fascinating, and so do I.

    1. It would be so cool. We watch a lot of Ghost Adventures, but my husband won’t do the paranormal investigation- he doesn’t want to mess around with it in real life. I’m trying to find someone to do it with me, but everyone’s too chicken!

  2. I’ll email you my address so you can ship me a few choco chip cookies! That or let me know when Write Budget Bakery opens.

    And the post you wrote about not staying anonymous was one I read early on in my blog/freelance writing/domaining/etc. life. It encouraged me to use my real name. I couldn’t imagine now if I had stayed anonymous. So thank you for that! And thank you in advance for the cookies! 😀

  3. Happy Birthday!!! My best friend is a Libra and I love Libra women. 🙂 And I salute you for being a baker. I always wished I could bake, but I have realized that I don’t have the patience or attention to detail that is required for being a good one. I do love to eat chocolate chip cookies, though, they are my favorite sweet.

  4. Happy belated birthday! I’m so glad you’re feeling comfortable with the blog want to share more with us. Looking forward to it, and I like the picture! I have to admit, I entertained the idea of moving early on, but when my parents left first, I ended up missing them a lot more than I thought. So I moved, but I’m still 3.5 hours away, so it’s a good compromise!

  5. Happy birthday, Lauren! I love that you’re starting to include more personal photos. I’ve recently started using my real name (Kate) and including more photos of me, as well. It feels good to connect with readers on a more personal level.

  6. I’m a big fan of the more personal photos and I’m excited to hear that you’ll be sharing more! Yay! #7 is how we operate too. I’m so thankful that Mr. FW enjoys cooking–it is just no my forte! But baking is so much fun 🙂

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