With the recent relaunch of my blog, I thought this would be a good time to do a little “get to know the blogger” piece for my readers. For those who are new to my blog, this will be a fun way to introduce myself to you. And for those who already know me perhaps, you’ll learn something you never knew about me. 😉
So without further ado, here are 10 fun facts about Mama@Heart (aka, Jen Traynor):
- I’m first generation Canadian. My parents are Portuguese, originally from the Azores islands, and moved to Canada (separately with each of their families) when they were in their late teens. I, unfortunately, don’t speak Portuguese very well and have often regretted not learning to speak fluently.
- Before developing my love of writing my passion was reading books. Growing up I was quite the bookworm and loved to read. As a preteen and teenager, my favourite way to spend the summer was with my nose in a book. One summer I went through a dozen novels!
- I never learned to swim and have a big fear of deep water. We’re talking like panic attack kinda fear. For most of my adult life, I have considered learning to swim but I can’t seem to muster up the courage. With my own children now in swimming lessons, the idea of finally learning is something I’ve been thinking about more and more.
- As I get older I’m finding my more adventurous side coming through. Things that I’ve wanted to try or experience when I was younger but too afraid to do are seeming like no big deal now and I’m anxious to just go for it! On our honeymoon in Maui, I got to experience two adventures I’ve always wanted to do: my husband and I went on a helicopter tour and we went parasailing! The parasailing was a big deal for me since I’m so afraid of deep water, but there was something so calming, yet exhilarating at the same time, about gliding way up in the sky above the Pacific ocean. I would do it again in a heartbeat! Other fun or crazy things I want to try are flying in a small plane, going in a hot air balloon, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, B.C., try out an escape room or smash room (or both!), do the Haunted Walk of Toronto and try ziplining again (I had an opportunity when I tried out treetop trekking but chickened out. I want to give it another go).
- I love musicals! Like, I’m kind of a musical geek. I’ve seen over 15 different musicals in theatres in Toronto. My all-time favourite it Les Miserables. I honestly will never tire of seeing it. Since I was a teenager I’ve had a secret fantasy of wanting to perform on stage. If I could I would love to do Velma Kelly’s “All That Jazz” from Chicago. It just looks like it would be so much fun to perform!
- While my career aspirations are to write for a living since it is my passion and what I feel most drawn to do if I could pick any other career to try it would be home staging or interior design. I am a big HGTV fan and love watching shows that involve renos, staging homes to flip and interior decorating. Going to stores like Homesense or Bouclair is seriously dangerous for me because I want to buy everything! If I didn’t have to worry about the cost, my own house would look amazing! I have so many ideas of what I would love to do for each room, and slowly I hope to turn this place into my dream home. You know, if Bryan and Sarah Baeumler want to come check out the pathetic state of my kitchen and give it a makeover, this mama would be thrilled. What do you say HGTV? Just a thought 😉
- I would love to travel more but can’t afford to do so as much as I’d like to. There are two places on my bucket list that are a must for me: New York City and Paris. I can’t explain why, but for as long as I can remember these have been two cities that I’ve felt drawn to and dream of visiting. The musical geek in me would absolutely love to see a show on Broadway, and in general, the city of New York fascinates me. As for Paris, well, it’s Paris! The food, the art, the shopping…need I say more? I would love to sit at a cafe with a view of the Eiffel Tower, soak in my surroundings and just write.
- Yoga has become a bigger part of my life in the past couple of years, especially to help through my struggle with depression. I see the many benefits yoga has had on my life and even occasionally do yoga at home with my kids. I enjoyed showing my kids the poses so much that when I saw an opportunity to get certified as a kids yoga teacher I decided to go for it. I can now be a kids yoga instructor.
- My husband and I first met at the local grocery store we both worked at as teenagers, then about 10 years later we were properly introduced and started getting to know each other. We’ve been together for 14 years and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this summer.
- The greatest joy in my life is my children. Sure, my son and daughter drive me crazy at least once a day, but I wouldn’t trade being their mom for anything in this world. I am still constantly in awe of how much I love them. I feel very lucky and blessed to be their mother.
Now that you know a little more about me, share a little something about you! I enjoy getting to know my readers. Comment below! 🙂