Throwback Thursdays are the BEST!

Throwback Thursdays are the best!If you’re out of the social media loop, “Throwback Thursday” (or #TBT) is where you post old pics/stories from back in the day so all your new friends can learn more about your old self.

I love #TBT! Partially for the Aqua Net staying power and bad perms, partially for the cut-off acid washed jean shorts (especially on the guys), but mostly because the majority of my friends I have met as an adult and it’s fun to learn how they were as kids and teens.

I was thinking this morning how un-interesting my life was growing up. We were poor, latch-key kids whose parents divorced when I was a teen. We let our dogs and cats roam the neighborhood so we constantly had puppies all over the place. I was the oldest so I was the responsible one.

I babysat my sis and bro had a steady job from age 14. I didn’t smoke or do drugs and have only drank alcohol a couple times in my life. I was an athlete who made good grades, went to college, got a degree, and then got married…BORING!!

But then I started digging deeper into my memory and realized my life has been quite extraordinary. I got moved up from kindergarten to 1st grade after a couple weeks because I learned all that remedial kindergarten stuff in Montessori school the year before.

I then attended an open-living school where I was able to choose what I would learn every single day, I created my schedule and always chose activities like multiplying a 50 digit number by another 50 digit number on butcher paper.

I became a vegetarian when I was 8, on my own, I knew no vegetarians, because I didn’t want to eat animals anymore.

I was an exchange student for 6 months in Australia when I was 16. After college I moved by myself to California, came back to Colorado for a 90 day expedition with Outward Bound, and then married my husband in Vegas after knowing each other for 6 months, dating for 5. Oh…and I live in an RV. Ok!! So my life is not-so-boring after all!

So I hope the whole #TBT thing isn’t a fad and we can continue learning and discovering more and more about each other. Please post your pics and tell your stories. YOU ARE INTERESTING and you have a story to tell.

When I started this blog in July 2014, I didn’t know what to expect. I committed to sharing my thoughts, opinions, expertise, and experiences on food, fitness, finance, and fun, my four favorite topics these days. To my surprise, the posts that got the most response are the personal stories I have told about myself. And the more embarrassing they are to me, the more people seem to like them!

I had no idea the wacky world of Kirsten would actually be interesting to anyone outside my pseudo-narcissistic bubble. And I REALLY had no idea I would get emails from people THANKING me for being open and honest and transparent and real.

So open up and SHARE your INTERESTING story with the world (or at least your friends, friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends), you never know who you may inspire.

And now that I read back over my partial list of some of the things I have done in my life that have made me the person I am today, I am grateful for the experiences and opportunities I have taken and run with over the past 42 years of my life. Even more excited for the ones yet to come!!

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See you next week!

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