1. I grew up in a small town in Utah. The population is about 130 on a good day. My grandparents lived down the street and two aunts lived within 4 miles. My other grandparents lived in a town 15 miles away (where the high school is). My dad is a nurse and my mom drives the school bus. My dad also farms in his spare time so I grew up baling hay (okay, I only did that a few times but I do know how to herd cattle with a four wheeler).
2. Before my parents did what they do, they owned a convenience store called DJ's Mirage (D, for Doug, and J, for Jodi). I started working there in 1994 when I was 14 years old for $3 an hour (not even minimum wage) but I could have whatever food/drink I wanted as long as I wrote it down.
3. I played softball, soccer, basketball, track and cross country in high school. The first three were before I broke my neck, the last two were after.
4. I broke my neck diving into a river when I was 15. It was 4 feet deep and I knew it. I dove with my hands behind my back and landed on my head (yeah, not the brightest thing to do but I was trying to prove I could do it -- obviously failed that one). My friend saw my feet come up and grabbed my arms to pull me out. I was paralyzed for a while and had to learn to walk again.
5. I graduated 10th in my class of 305 in high school -- and I'm still pretty proud of that. ;)
6. I went to Brigham Young University, Utah Valley State College, and BYU Hawaii. I had the most fun and did the best academically in Hawaii. I ended up graduating from BYU in exercise science (a pre med major) and minoring in Spanish.
7. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington DC (the DC North Mission with a special assignment to the temple visitors' center) when I was 21. I served for 18 months. A typical day was spent half in the visitors' center and half proselyting in my area (each missionary is assigned a specific area within the mission).
8. I married my husband when I was 26. We met while we were both working at a real estate seminar company. He was my boss. Haha! Now I'm his. ;)
9. We had our first (and only -- but hopefully not for long) baby in April of 2009, five days before my 29th birthday. Side note: I thought it would take 6 weeks to lose the baby weight (40 lbs). It took 8 months!
10. I choose this one because of the whole "neck" thing. This is a huge accomplishment for me physically. In June of 2010 I completed my first (and only) Ironman 70.3. That means a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run. I came in at the exact time, to the second, as my friend who talked me into doing it with her and our times for each individual thing were all different. I lost 6 pounds that day!
Now for things I want to do.
1. Have two more babies. I want one now and I'm very impatient. Usually I get what I want because I make it happen and this is just something I can't make happen. So, hopefully soon.
2. To be a decamillionaire. That is like 10 times a millionaire. And this I (and I mean my hubs and I) can make happen with good money management and wise investments. We were once $1.5 mil in the red and have been working very hard to pay off and sell stuff so we can be debt free. We are SO close and I will have an entire post telling you the whole story when that happens.
3. Serve a mission for my church with my husband. In another country.
4. Travel the world.
5. Most importantly I want to be happy and I want my family to be happy. That's really the purpose of everything, right?
Now you know a little about what makes me tick. Thanks for reading. I love my readers.
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