6 Things About Me That Have Nothing to Do With Being Gay

Lesbians: We’re Just Like You

My Dad called me the other day to tell me that while he loves my blog posts and YouTube videos, he thinks that there is a lot more about me that is interesting other than the fact that I am a lesbian.  He makes a good point!  So here I am – writing a blog and making a video about something other than “gay stuff.”

I honestly didn’t know how to pick a topic for this post/video at first because there are so many things that I am passionate about and things that I could share.  So, instead of picking one, I decided to talk briefly about 6 things that I think are cool and interesting about me.  I am just Your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbian, after all.

Don’t miss the video that I made about these 6 things at the bottom of this post 🙂

1. I am a certified Scuba Diver

Best.Hobby.Ever.  Seriously, every time I go diving I contemplate all of my life decisions and temporarily convince myself that I should move to a tropical island and become a dive master.  My Grandfather, Dad, and brother are all certified and have been diving for years so I guess it runs in the family.  I finally got certified in 2011 and I am so glad that I did.  So far I have been diving in a lake in Indiana (where I got certified), Key West, Australia, Belize, and Cabo.  My next trip is to Costa Rica in November so expect some amazing underwater go pro videos!

2. I speak Italian

Or at least, I did. I cannot believe it has been 10 years since I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and fell in love with the city, country, and the people.  Actually, after digging up these old pics and seeing what I used to look like, I can believe that it has been 10 years.

Like millions of other American students, I spent a semester studying abroad during my junior year of college.  Only, I was determined to go back…and I did.  I returned to Florence a few months after my study abroad semester ended to complete my degree required internship.  This time I lived alone while working the front desk/concierge at a luxury hotel in the middle of Florence.  I was the only American working at the entire hotel which allowed for a complete language immersion.  Man, it was so brutal at first. Going from only hearing Italian in a classroom to being forced to use it every day in real life.  At the grocery, the train station, with my colleagues…it was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.  By the time my four month internship ended, I was pretty damn proficient at understanding and speaking the Italian language.

Turns out, not so many people in the US speak Italian so I have not had much practice since then.  I am rusty as hell but one day I am going to get back on the horse and re-learn the language.  When I buy my house on Lake Como, obviously.

3. I was a Tourism Management major in college

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Yes, that is an actual major.  Really, it was hospitality management.  But, more importantly, it just sounded fun and there was a ferris wheel on the brochure that I stumbled upon in the guidance counselor’s office.  Studying about travel?  Sign me up.  Most people went on to work in hotels or on cruises.  I just wanted a way to move back to Italy or travel as much as possible working for a tour company. Neither of those things happened for me (not for lack of trying) and I ended up working as an event manager for Marriott for 5 years after college. But don’t quit your dreams kids because that is not where my story ends, obviously!

4. Yep, I was a sorority girl

Girl, I know.  I lived in a huge mansion with 97 other girls in the Theta house at Indiana University for 3 years.  Man, we made some great memories and also killed a lot of brain cells.  I was clueless about my sexuality in college. I really just thought that I hadn’t met the right guy yet. If only I had known…

Also, if you can’t pick me out of these pictures….good.

5. I love reading

I am especially obsessed with motivational books (I refuse to call them “self help” books).  The Jen Sincero book in the picture above was pretty life changing for me.  I am also currently reading The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.  Do yourself a favor and read these books.  I never used to be a big reader but I swear that after I turned 30, I became a huge nerd.  I actually look forward to Sunday afternoons with just my tiny dog and a good book. Step aside Netflix.

6. I have been single AF for 3 years

For the first six years of my “out” life, I pretty much went from one serious relationship to another with barely enough time to come up for air in between.  But times have changed and this girl has growed up (yes I meant to say growed even though it is not an actual word).   I have dated girls in the past three years but I have not actually been in a relationship.  I think there is something really special about enjoying your own company and feeling completely comfortable being “alone.”  I am not sure why people have such a need to always been in a relationship.  Some people deal with loneliness and insecurity when single.  I get that but if you can’t be a solid happy human when it just you then how can you be one in a relationship?  You are more likely to define who you are by who you are with and the role that you play in that relationship.  I don’t think that ever leads to a truly healthy partnership.

Anyway, enough making excuses for why I am single.  It has been an amazing experience getting to know myself but I am also completely open and willing to meet someone if the universe delivers.  I hope that happens one day because I am going to be a killer partner.

Check out my video to see my chat about these 6 things:

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

XO Liz Baxter – Your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbian

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