10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Infertility bloggers share a lot of private things about ourselves.  I’ve told you about my menstrual cycles, my marriage, my faith, and our three IVF cycles.  With all those serious topics, things can get a little somber around here sometimes.  So each year for the past two years, I’ve published a post sharing some random facts about myself.  It’s fun for me to write and I hope it’s fun for you to read.  (Be sure to read the 2016 and 2015 posts if you weren’t reading my blog back then!)

 

1.  I don’t drink coffee.  I love the smell of coffee brewing, but I cannot stand the taste.  I get my caffeine fix from tea.  I usually have a cup of hot tea in the morning, in the afternoon, and a cup of decaf or herbal tea at night.  One of my all-time favorites is Tazo Apricot Vanilla Creme (my grocery store doesn’t alway carry them, so I buy ALL.THE.BOXES when they’re on sale), but lately I’ve been enjoying Heath and Heather Green Tea with Coconut (I discovered it at Marshall’s).

 

 

2.  My favorite color is purple.  I keep my clothing color choices pretty neutral and basic, but I will ALWAYS buy purple if that’s an option.  My wedding color was purple, and I bought a purple bedspread when Tom and I first got married (much to his dismay)!

 

 

3.  My latest guilty pleasure is Velvet.  No, not the cloth.  In my last “10 Things” update, I wrote about how I was watching Gran Hotel, a Spanish drama, on Netflix.  Well, I finished the series literally HOURS before they pulled it off Netflix, but now I’m obsessed with another Spanish series: Velvet! If you like beautiful costuming, cheesy-yet-addicting storylines, and beautiful Spaniards, this is the show for you!
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 4.  I don’t like scary movies.  There are two reasons why I just can’t watch.  First of all, I’ll think about them for weeks afterwards and lose sleep over it.  Second, I can’t stand “jump scenes.”  You know, where something jumps out suddenly and makes you leap out of your seat.  If I even suspect that’s going to happen, I cover my ears so I can’t hear it.  In college, my roommates and I went to see the re-release of The Exorcist.  (We thought that since it was from the 70s it would be more funny than scary.  We were wrong.  We walked out of the theatre before it was over and spent the entire car ride home singing Jesus Loves Me).  Since then, I haven’t been able to see any scary movies because I end up thinking about them for days afterwards and scaring myself at night.

 

5.  I rarely read fiction.  I used to be a librarian, so this is like my dirty little secret.  I read a ton of fiction when I was a kid, but as I got older, I started to prefer biographies, history, and memoirs instead.  I read maybe one or two fiction books a year, and it’s usually a young adult fiction book.  And no, I haven’t read Harry Potter.  I think the last fiction book I read was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

 6.  I broke my brother’s arm.  When I was 6 years old, my 2 year- old brother and I were sitting and playing in a large laundry basket.  Our dad wasn’t home and our mom was in the shower.  I tried to get out of the basket and somehow ended up flipping it over with my brother still in it.  I still remember his screams as I ran to tell my mom.  The poor guy spent a few weeks in a cast.  He’s 31 years old now and loves to tease me about it!

 

7.  My least favorite chore is cleaning the shower.  Ugh.  We have one of those showers with a plastic, textured floor.  No matter how hard or how often I scrub, it never gets clean.  Also, our bathroom doesn’t have a window and the exhaust fan doesn’t work well, so mildew grows very fast.  We’re blessed to have a lady who comes to clean the bathrooms every other week, and things get pretty bad when she goes on vacation or gets sick!

 

8.  I’m a HSP (highly sensitive person).  Yes, this is a thing.  People with this personality trait process are more sensitive to stimuli and process things a little differently.  There’s a great book and website about it.

 9.  My favorite non-fertility blog is Modern Mrs. Darcy.  I love the mix of fun and informative articles on Anne Bogel’s blog.  She’s a voracious reader and I’m really impressed by her reviews and reading lists.

 

 

10.  I can’t drive a stick shift (or parallel park to save my life).  A friend tried to teach me how to drive a stick in high school and it was a disaster.  I haven’t tried since.  My parallel parking skills improved out of necessity while I lived in Los Angeles during college, but now that I’ve been back in suburbia I will park farther away to avoid having to parallel park.  My husband, on the other hand, can practically parallel park with his eyes closed!

 

What about you?  I’d love to hear some random facts about you!  Feel free to comment below.

Snag a Free Copy of My Book

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Almost two years ago I released my first ebook, 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility. Since then, I’ve been humbled and blessed by all the positive feedback I’ve received. Many of you have emailed me to let me know that you printed the whole thing out in order to write on the prayer journal pages. And many others have emailed me asking if it’s available in printed, paperback format. Well, I’m happy to let you know that it is now available in print on Amazon, and a Kindle version will be released in August.  Having the book on Amazon means that I have the opportunity to share the message of hope in God during infertility to even more people.

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Join My Launch Team

A lot of work goes into successfully launching a book on Amazon. Honestly, I can’t do it alone.  That’s where you come in!

One of the greatest things about blogging and writing online is that you realize how many of your readers are incredibly talented, creative, and smart. I have a lot of ideas on how to get the word out about the book, but I know that many of you probably have awesome ideas that I would never think of on my own.  So I’m creating a Launch Team!

The team will be personal and special.  We’ll be interacting on a regular basis, and together we’ll come up with innovative and fun ideas for spreading the word about the book.

What You’ll Receive

If you sign up to join the launch team (and get accepted), here’s what you’ll get:

  • A free copy of the newly-edited and re-designed PDF eBook
  • Exclusive access to a private Facebook group where we’ll interact and share ideas
  • The opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the launch
  • A link to your blog (if you have one) and a special thank-you on my website

Plus, I’ll randomly choose 10 people from the Launch Team to receive a free copy of the print workbook! {U.S. residents only}

What I’ll Ask You To Do

If you’re accepted for the team, it means you agree to:

  • Read (or re-read) the book and leave an honest review on Amazon during launch week (August 8-12)
  • Spread the word any way you can during the launch week. I’ll provide you with some tips and ideas
  • Participate in the Facebook group by sharing your ideas and interacting with other members

This book means a lot to me, both personally and professionally. I’ve invested a lot of time and money it in and I plan on taking this launch seriously. It shouldn’t take too much time for you, but I ask that you apply only if you plan on taking it seriously, too.

Apply Now!

I need to keep the size of the group manageable, so I won’t be accepting more than 30 members. You don’t necessarily need a large blog or a lot of social followers to be picked. I’ll be choosing members based on your ideas and creativity. Applications will close on June 15.  

I’ll be emailing everyone who is accepted by June 22. If you don’t hear from me by then, you can assume that you aren’t being asked to join the team. But don’t worry; there will be several other opportunities to help with the launch! Just keep an eye out on the blog and on social media for updates.

CLICK THIS LINK TO APPLY! 

If you don’t want to join the Launch Team, but would like to order a copy of the book, you can get a print version now or pre-order the Kindle edition.  

Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

What I Learned from My 2016 Reader Survey

Back at the end of January, I conducted my annual reader survey. Each year, I use the results of these surveys to plan my blog posts and projects for the coming year. I thought you might enjoy reading the results so I’m sharing them with you today.

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The Data

Based the responses I received from the survey, here is what a typical Amateur Nester reader looks like:

  • She is female (97%) between the ages of 25-35 (67%). The second largest group of readers are females, age 36-42 (27%).
  • She is a Protestant Christian (82%) and she integrates her faith into almost every aspect of her daily life (78%)
  • She holds a bachelor’s degree or higher (88%).
  • She has been reading my blog for less than a year (70%), and can’t remember how she first found the blog (36%). She usually reads it on her phone (40%).
  • She is actively trying to conceive via medicated fertility treatments (31%) or trying to figure out her next step in her fertility journey (22%).
  • She’s most interested in reading about the spiritual and emotional aspects of infertility (29%), how infertility affects marriage (14%), and practical tips for surviving infertility.
  • Her favorite posts are the updates on my personal journey, thoughts on faith, and the interviews with other infertility survivors.
  • She may or may not have purchased one of my products as the responses were pretty evenly split between yes and no.

How I’m Using the Data

Based on the responses, here’s what I’m going to continue to do…

  • I’ll continue talking about faith during infertility. When I first started the blog, I was worried that talking about my faith would turn off some readers. I’m not ashamed of what I believe, but I was sad to think that some readers might leave because of it. Now I’ve come to realize that talking about faith during infertility is exactly what some people are looking for. If some readers leave because of it, that’s okay. There are many other blogs out there that may resonate with them more.
  • I’ll continue to talk about how infertility has shaped my marriage, and bring you insight from other couples whose marriage has been changed by infertility. My goal is to encourage those of you whose marriages are under strain and to point you towards resources and wisdom that can help.
  • I’ll continue to do interviews on a regular basis. When I first started out, I was doing the interviews weekly. My stream of people willing to be interviewed has slowed down a bit, but I’m still working to publish interviews on a regular basis, even if it’s not every week.
  • I’ll continue to share the practical tips I learned during my treatment. Anything that can make treatments a little bit easier is worth reading, right?
  • I’ll continue to update you, in a sensitive way, about my own journey. Out of respect for those of you who are still struggling to conceive, I don’t talk a lot about my pregnancy and my daughter. But the survey showed that you are interested in hearing more. I will continue to give you brief, occasional updates and direct you to my other blog if you’re interested in reading more. I also plan on blogging about treatments again when we try for baby number two in the future (probably in early 2017).

Do you see any additional insights from the survey results I might have missed? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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