24 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

24 things (I bet) you didn't know about me in honor of my 24th birthday! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Happy Friday, y’all! 
Today’s post is a special one in honor of my birthday this coming Sunday. I can’t believe I’m turning 24 (growing up, I always thought that any age over 21 was super old), and how different my birthday feels now compared to when I was little. I used to literally count down the days months in advance, letting everyone know how many days were left till the big day. Thankfully I’ve outgrown that rather cute (yet very annoying, I can imagine) habit, and now birthdays for me are more about having an excuse to hang out with friends and family! And cake. Lots of cake! 

24 things (I bet) you didn't know about me in honor of my 24th birthday! | read more at happilythehicks.com

This year, though, my birthday feels somewhat bittersweet. I’m excited for what this coming year will hold, and to see all that the Lord will teach me in the months ahead. The prospect of change is scary, yet exciting at the same time! But, as I look back on year 23, tears spring into my eyes. I am closing the chapter on one of the toughest and most fulfilling years of my life. I have grown so much through the trials and lessons this year has held, and I am definitely not the same girl I started the year off as. I’m a little bit wiser, more careful with the words I say, and more intentional with the time I spend with loved ones. I’ve seen the death of people I hold dear, enjoyed precious snuggles with long awaited newborns, watched my dad go through 6 months of chemo, and seen my older brother fall in love. It has been a roller coaster of a year, but I have never felt so close to my family, nor leaned so much on the Lord before. I love this verse in James that says, 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4

When I feel beat down and heartbroken, I just remember this verse and know that it’s the Lord teaching me to hold on to Him. He’s my anchor, my reason for living, and my ultimate goal is to glorify Him! 

24 things (I bet) you didn't know about me in honor of my 24th birthday! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Outfit details: Dress (Old Navy) | Kimono (Amazon) | Sandals (Old Navy)

So when thinking of a fun way to end this year of life, I decided to share 24 things (I bet) you didn’t know about me. Because who doesn’t love learning a few juicy secrets about others? ; )

  1. I was potty trained while on a camping trip, because apparently I loved the big hole in the ground we had to use. 
  2. When I was in 4th grade, I knew I would someday be a famous singer (HA!), so I came up with my first album title and cover. Let’s just say “Girl for God” (GFG for short) never made it big. 
  3. Sometimes I have dreams that I forget to wear my retainer at night and all my teeth fall out. 
  4. If I could be any animal in the world I’d be a Golden Retriever. Not because I’m biased or anything…
  5. After reading “The Princess Diaries” series in middle school, I kept my own extensive journals of every detail of my life- for three years. Needless to say, they were not near as interesting as the books.
  6. When I was 6 I think I accidentally killed my brother’s pet hamster by poking it a little too hard with a pencil. 
  7. In elementary school I LOVED the entire Little House on the Prairie series, Anne of Green Gables, and Nancy Drew. So naturally, any time one of my students asks for a book recommendation, I give them one of those ; ) 
  8. My dream vacation is either a trip to Hawaii or a tour of Europe. 
  9. I am terrified of going on a cruise, because of three things: 1. Titanic (‘nuf said) 2. What if we run out of fuel? 3. What if a disease breaks out on our ship and we all get it and die?
    I’m not dramatic or anything.
  10. Anytime someone comments on the fact that I like drinking my coffee black, I always respond with “Thanks, I’m trying to grow out my chest hair.”
  11. I HAVE to make my bed (or make Isaac do it) every morning. And if I come home to a bed that’s not made, you better believe that’s the first thing I do! 
  12. I used to wear my brother’s glasses to make my eyes “go bad” (as my mom called it) because I thought glasses were cool. It didn’t work, and my vision is still 20-20.
    24 things (I bet) you didn't know about me in honor of my 24th birthday! | read more at happilythehicks.com
  13. In 6th grade, I went through a short story phase where I wrote everything from love stories to murder mysteries to adventures. I thought they were amazing, but reading them now… Bless my 6th grade ELA teacher! 
  14. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be pizza. 
  15. Mine and Isaac’s first “date” was running 3 miles, then going to Sonic afterwards. #soulmates
  16. I will never run a full marathon. My limit is a half, and that’s where I’m stayin’! 
  17. My favorite fast food item is a bean burrito. That used to be the only thing I’d order at Taco Bell. 
  18. Even though I am fluent in Spanish, teach in Spanish and live in Texas, I’ve never been to Mexico. 
  19. Growing up, I wanted to be either an artist, singer/songwriter, author, photographer or teacher.
  20. My favorite chain restaurant is Cracker Barrel. I love their little store section, eating breakfast any time of day, and the roaring fire they have in the dining area during the winter. It brings back so many memories! 
  21. I can’t say no to brownies, fresh donuts, gooey chocolate chip cookies, Kit Kats or Twix, any flavor of Nothing Bunt Cake (SO GOOD), and macaroni and cheese. 
  22. One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking, and someday I want to go backpacking in Colorado. 
  23. In 7th grade I took a photography class and learned how to develop my own film. The chemicals were nasty smelling, but that class is what got me hooked on photography! 
  24. I met my college best friend, future housemate and maid of honor on Facebook when she randomly messaged me the summer before our freshman year. From there we started texting and planned on meeting up once we moved into our dorms. Little does she know that I had a dream a few weeks before we met that we became BFFs and lived together. I think I’m psychic y’all.

Well there you have it! 24 things I bet you didn’t know about me. : )

Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Do you have any similar “secrets”?
What is something I don’t know about you?

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  1. Harmony at Momma To Go

    April 21st, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Happy birthday from a fellow black coffee drinking, Cracker Barrel loving lady!!!! ????????????????????

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Aww I knew I liked you for a reason, Harmony! ;) We have so much in common!

  3. ColtonandJessica

    April 21st, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Love! Happy early birthday sweet girl! You make me feel so old. ;P I’m with you on the pizza thing. Every. Day. I didn’t know you were fluent in Spanish!! Definitely take a trip to Mexico. It’s my happy place!

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Aww you’re not old girl! <3 And happy almost birthday to you! I love that ours are so close together.
    And yes yes yes I want to go to Mexico so bad! Hopefully someday!

  5. StephTheBookworm

    April 21st, 2017 at 8:29 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    I love your list.

    Princess Diaries is one of my ALL time favorite series. I love that you were inspired by it, even if the journals weren’t too exciting. ;)

    I love cruising! You sound like my brother though who won’t go on one because he thinks sharks will get on the ship – haha!

    I also can’t refuse brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or mac and cheese. I hope you get some of those for your birthday. :)

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    YES to Princess Diaries! I was obsessed with the entire series. And I got lots of cookies and cake, so I was happy haha :)

  7. Larissa Joassaint

    April 21st, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Happy Birthday! I loved your list! The one about drinking black coffee made me laugh :) and I’m with you on not refusing cookies, brownies, Twix, or mac ‘n cheese! As for the glasses, if you still want some, they make some without any prescription. So it’s the best of both worlds for you :)
    I would say a lot of people don’t know that English is not my first spoken language.

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Aww thanks Larissa!! I’ve given up on the glasses thing (now I realize how much of an inconvenience they are!) And that’s so cool- what’s your first language?

  9. Larissa Joassaint

    May 30th, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I can’t believe I”m just now seeing this response *facepalm* But in case you’re still interested, my first spoken language was Creole. English was my first written language.

  10. Ilka Bermann

    April 21st, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    What a lovely post, hope you’ll spend a wonderful b-day weekend xxx
    Oh and I’m 100% with you on the bed thing! Hate it when the bed isn’t tidy

  11. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks girl! And YAY I’m glad to hear I’m not crazy. ;) I feel like the first step to a picked up room is having a made bed.

  12. Mary Leigh

    April 21st, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Happy birthday!! I am so with you on the fresh brownies and donuts! Never say no! I laughed out loud on the black coffee one! Where did you even come up with that? I’m sure you get some fun responses! Happy Friday!!

  13. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Mary! <3 I think I picked it up from my dad who jokes about his lack of chest hair sometimes haha. And the fact that black coffee is so strong that it makes your hair grow faster?? I have no idea hahaha!

  14. Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    April 21st, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Stop it, once upon a time I wanted to be a “famous singer” when I grew up too!

    Happy birthday!

  15. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Hahaha I feel like every little girl goes through that stage! I had big dreams, that’s for sure! And thanks so much Krysten!

  16. Corey Wheeland

    April 21st, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I used to love Cracker Barrel when I was a kid! I haven’t been to one in years!

  17. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Girl you need to go back! It’s still such an amazing restaurant. I am a huge sucker for breakfast food, though! haha

  18. David Elliott

    April 21st, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    That’s great that you are focused on bigger and better things despite life’s difficulties. God is good and helps us through the rough times. I know I had a rough 25 to 27 for it’s own reasons and God was the only reason I could make it through.

  19. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    So so true! And I’m glad to hear that you got through it. He is the only reason I’ll make through all of this okay. :)

  20. Taylor Mobley

    April 22nd, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Happy Birthday to you!! I loved reading all of these. Number 14 is totally me too.. LOL

  21. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you Taylor! <3 And yeesss! Glad you're a fellow pizza lover!

  22. ashortblonde

    April 23rd, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love Anne of Green Gables — I am looking forward to the new Netflix series.

  23. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    April 27th, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you so much! And I KNOW. I hope the series is as good as the movies they made. Those are my favorite!

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