It has been a while since I have done one of these posts so I wanted to introduce myself in a fun way. If you are new around here, I am Rebecca Plotnick the founder and face of Every Day Parisian. I am a full-time photographer/blogger based in Chicago and Paris. Feel free to comment below and tell me where you are following from.
1. My storytelling skills come from my Dad. If you have been reading the blog for a while or you have met me in person you will know I love to tell stories that go along with the photo. What is the fun of a photo with no story? I didn't realize it until this weekend but my storytelling skills are from my Dad. He is the ultimate storyteller. You can hear the same story 10 times and he tells it like you are hearing it for the first time.
2. I am old school when it comes to certain things. I still use post its, paper journals and a calendar. My desk is filled with post its and every time I have an idea, I write it on one. It may look odd to an outsider, but my mind is constantly thinking of new ideas and it helps to keep them where I can see them. I always carry a notebook in my bag. I have a few empty ones just in case in the closet. Each project has its own notebook. Also, I can only write in black pen (never blue).
3. Being an Aunt is the best gift my sister has ever given me. I think my niece is one of the funniest people I know. I see the way she looks up to me and she makes me want to be a better person.
4. One of the jobs I had after college was working for Sean John, yes Puff Daddy was essentially my boss. I worked as a merchandiser for his clothing line in the Midwest.
5. I love all things marble. I really want a marble table and I haven't found the perfect one just yet. So I keep buying marble accessories like these shelves.
6. Raw carrots and cold mac and cheese give me the hiccups. My sister has the same reaction to raw carrots and we think it is pretty funny.
7. You may already know this, but I am grammatically challenged. My friends find spelling errors and typos in my writing all the time!
8. The phrase "lol" drives me nuts! I find it to be the oddest expression.
9. I am an early riser. I typically wake up before my alarm goes off. I am most productive between 7 - 9 am. In the Summer, I am up even earlier. I love the quiet of the early morning and watching the sunrise.
10. I love analyzing my business stats. I have a business background and I have been looking at stats since graduation in my old job as an assistant buyer. I look at blog, shop, and instagram stats probably a bit too much but there is always an opportunity for growth. It fascinates me to see what is working and what isn't.
11. I wear the same earrings every day because I am allergic to just about everything I put in my ears. I am so jealous when my friends can wear all sorts of fun decorative styles and I am stuck with gold.
12. I have anxiety about flying. It has nothing to do with the plane. It is actually all about making sure I have enough time at the airport. I tend to run a few minutes behind schedule, but when it comes to flying I rather be early than arrive right before boarding.
13. I had braces for 5 years and I still wear my retainer. Luckily, I got them off before high school.
14. I suffer from migraines, so I avoid certain triggers including red wine and anything smoked. I carry Excedrin in my bag at all times just in case I feel one coming on. It usually helps if I catch it in time, if not I am out cold.
15. I can't sleep without an eye mask. I have a few by my bed and one in my travel bag. It is like a security blanket. The minute I put it on I am more relaxed.
16. Last year, I read one book which is why I started the book club. This year, I am already at 13 and counting.
17. I crossed off a big travel bucket list this year with Cuba and now I have Greece, Croatia, and Morocco on my short list.
18. I am always thirsty. You can usually find a water bottle in my bag just in case.
19. Growing up, we had a pet bird, turtle, and dog all living in the same house. Now I just really want a dog!
20 I feel extremely lucky to live my life as a travel photographer and spend as much time as I do in Paris. I don't take a single day for granted and know that my life isn't "normal"
21. I recently reconnected with both of my Aunts. They are both so different but lovely in their own way. One Aunt will practice yoga with me and this puts a huge smile on my face. The other Aunt is the most amazing cook. I love spending time catching up with her in the kitchen.
22. I carry the same bag just about every day. When I find something I love I wear it until it falls apart.
23. I work from home when I am not photographing in Paris. Coffee shops are too distracting. I typically listen to jazz if I have music on.
24. I starting learning photography with black and white film. I will always have a first love of black and whites and love seeing Paris in black and white.
25. I have donated my hair to locks of love three times. The best haircut decision I made was my bangs!
What on the list surprised you the most? Is there something you want to know about me that I didn't share?