- One of my favorite quotes is ”Don’t ever compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got,” by Janis Joplin.
- If I didn’t live in Encinitas, I would live in Hawaii because life is slower there. Also, everyone there looks like me.
- The opening credits in the movie of my life would have Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” as the soundtrack. Life is a storm; when I’m not trying help others, I am seeking it. Here is where life’s greatest lessons are learned—whether seeking or providing shelter.
- If my current self could give my high school self advice, I would say, “You are so much better than you think you are. Stop dumbing yourself down and stop being so self-destructive. Get over yourself.”
- My favorite form of exercise is chasing after a soccer ball. My favorite way to relax is reading with one of my cats asleep in my lap, preferably after having worn myself out on the soccer pitch.
- When I’m in another country, my favorite type of store for window shopping is I’m not much of a shopper, but I do like to check out grocery stores in other countries. I’m fascinated by what people eat.
- One way in which my life turned out differently than I had imagined is I am happily married. I finally stopped sabotaging my relationships. True story, even for me.
- Something I’ve tried to quit many times but haven’t yet succeeded is cutting myself down. See: #4, high school advice. Yeah, I still need to get over that shit.
- If my best friend’s kid decided to be a flight attendant, I would feel exhausted because I’d have to do an intervention.
- The last time I cried was when I started a new job I knew wasn’t right for me. I kept my husband up all night. I’ve since quit, and we both sleep better now. (I had to ask, “What job was this?”) I worked as a classroom assistant at a high school. Just for summer. I didn’t tell them I had a teaching credential; I also have my master’s in education/counseling. I am really great at dumbing myself down, as I mentioned. I’d sit and grade papers for hours. It KILLED my back. I spent more money in chiropractors that summer than I made at that job. I did love working with the kids; I think next time I will actually tell my future employers that I have a teaching credential so I can use my brain and make a difference. Man, I am such a piece of work.
Kelley has posted hilarious stories on her blog “Jet Lag: Chronicles of a Recovering Stewardess.”