27 Random Things About Me

July 5, 2012

One of my favourite bloggers, B, posted 20 random things about herself last week. Then I noticed a bunch of other personal finance bloggers had done the same thing! With Saturday being my 27th birthday, I’m hoping you won’t mind if I follow suit and write something similar about myself here.

  1. My first name is Leigh. (Remember when I was LC? Yea.)
  2. I have 5 tattoos.
  3. Some days I hate my tattoos; other days I look at them and just remember exactly who I was in the moment I got each one.
  4. I love mermaids; so much so that I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo of one. I haven’t, but I do think about it from time-to-time.
  5. I have a slight obsession with penguins. I wouldn’t get a tattoo of one, but I’m not ashamed to say they sit on many of my bookshelves.
  6. I cannot wait to adopt a dog of my own. One day, when it’s in the budget…
  7. I love watching Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, etc. but I don’t ever plan on having a big wedding.
  8. That doesn’t mean I’m not a total hopeless romantic. I fall in love with people and things almost everyday, I swear.
  9. I want to have two kids. One day.
  10. I want to teach my kids about earning allowances and practicing savings, starting at a very young age.
  11. In high school, I wanted to become an accountant.
  12. In college, I failed my first finance course. (Go figure!)
  13. In all of my jobs, every one of my managers has been a woman.
  14. My career goal is simple: to make a difference and to inspire others.
  15. I’m nervous about finishing school, because I don’t know what I want to do with all of my spare time.
  16. I write my best stuff after 10pm.
  17. I prefer writing lists down on paper over using apps on my iPhone.
  18. I wish I drove a truck. Sure, cars are better on gas, but I’d rather be in a truck.
  19. I was rear-ended twice in 2005. And only 11 days apart. That sucked.
  20. Switching to a vegetarian diet cured my four-year long problem with severe anemia. No joke.
  21. Sometimes I miss eating steak. There, I said it.
  22. I used to be terribly arachnophobic. While I don’t particularly love spiders now, I’m not as scared of them as I once was.
  23. Turning 27 scares me. I feel like I should be at a much different place in life, than I currently am.
  24. I don’t regret most of my debt, because of what the lessons/this blog have brought me.
  25. I do hate that being in debt is holding me back from saving for my future.
  26. I think I just changed my next financial goal: I want to pay off the rest of my outstanding debt, before saving for a down payment. And I want to pay it off fast.
  27. I think it’s time to start a new debt repayment plan. After I celebrate my birthday :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

  • bogofdebt July 5, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Number 24 is the same way I feel about my debt. Something I always try to keep in mind is something my mom said: “I don’t regret any past choices. They made me who I am today and I have three beautiful kids because of “mistakes” I made. How could I regret them?” And I do think you are suceeding at your career goal! You are very inspirational.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      That triggered a reaction for me to grab my Grade 12 yearbook, because I remember writing something similar in my writeup. Will post about that soon. Thanks for your comment!

  • whitney4110 July 5, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I agree w/mom. I think that’s something you learn more and more as you get older. Even the bad decisions we make or the things that have gone wrong in our life is still a part of: our life. It makes us who we are today! Great post:)

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Whitney!

  • Michelle July 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I love how everyone is doing this! I must’ve started a trend :P

    And I know so many people obsessed with penguins. Two or my friends actually have tattoos of them.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Haha, how do they look!? I mostly have black outlines on my body… that’s why I haven’t ventured into anything crazy (like a pingu).

  • Melissa July 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I’ll turn 27 just a few weeks after I finish teacher’s college, in January 2014, and that actually scares me a lot, too, since I’ll be just entering the workforce AGAIN and likely have no money to my name AGAIN and probably have not an insignificant amount of student debt. So, essentially, I’ll be in the same place I was when I finished my undergrad at 23. That really does scare me quite a bit, so I totally understand where you’re coming from. But then again, as long as we’re both moving forward, I don’t think there’s necessarily a given set of milestones that need to be met at a certain time.

    Also? I don’t plan at all on having a big wedding or wearing a big poofy wedding dress but I LOVE Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings. LOVE! Do you watch Say Yes to the Bridesmaids Dress? I love that one anymore. Bridesmaids are such bitches.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Moving forward. I like that. Thanks, Melissa! And yes, the bridesmaids are crazy. I’m trying to be a nice one, as I’m in my best friend’s wedding next year :)

  • Budget & the Beach July 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I still prefer paper lists too. About turning 27. I can’t possibly emphasize this enough that enjoy and embrace every moment. And there is no set place you should be at any age. If that was the case I’d be married with 2.5 children, a house, a dog and a cat, and a secure job with a 401K that is well on its way to making me a millionaire by the time I retire. And even though you’re going to be 27…I found the 30’s to be way more awesome anyway, so you have something to look forward to. :)

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Something happened this weekend that helped me see that your 20’s suck anyway, haha. Bring on 30! (Ok, no… I can wait. But you get the idea.)

  • queenlbee July 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I also prefer writing things down to typing them in a phone. I still have an old school planner. Unforunately these days I am so forgetful I have to use both. As someone who just hit the quarter life mark I can understand how you feel about not being where you want to be–but trust me you already ARE an incredible inspiration to others.

    Happy early birthday :)

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Lauren!

  • belowhermeans July 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you for linking to me! I enjoyed your list. I think about tattoos all the time but don’t know if I’d have the guts to get one.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      I wouldn’t suggest getting one unless you were ready to commit to the permanency of it. I don’t think I understood what that meant, when I was 18, haha.

  • Canadianbudgetbinder July 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I enjoy reading these blog posts full of great tidbits about the blog owner. I think one day I might do one up myself although I don’t know what I would write yet. I did like this one point “My career goal is simple: to make a difference and to inspire others”. Doing something you love is the most important choice ever and it never feels like a job!

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! I hope you will write something similar, one day. It was fairly entertaining to spit out random facts, haha.

      • Canadianbudgetbinder July 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        I bet it was…I’ll think of something entertaining ha!

  • Asia July 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Love that you have tattoos. Congrats on being 27!!!!

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Remind me to love them, will ya? And thanks!

  • Allison July 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I write best after 10pm too! For school, especially, which is not good for my sleep schedule…
    And I’ve tried to use my phone as my calendar/list stuff, but I just can’t do it. I did switch to a smaller planner this year, so maybe I’ll focus more on using my phone for some of that stuff, but I definitely prefer to write things down on paper.

    Happy early Birthday!!

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Oh, I’m definitely the same about schoolwork. It’s 9:30pm and I’m just starting to hunker down and work on my last one right now, haha.

  • Amy July 6, 2012 at 4:27 am

    About turning 27, I felt the same way. I had planned to be out of my small town by then but here I was with a house. I just masked it with alcohol and pretended it didn’t happen.. I turn 28 this year and I can see it being a vicious trend.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Oh no! Don’t do that, haha. Or at least let me join you ;)

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  • LittleFrugalista July 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Totally hear you on #23-25. We might be the same person. I just turned 28 – didn’t realize we were so close in age! I feel like at 28 I’m starting over with my savings goals, job goals, etc. I’m not at all where I thought I would be, but now I just have to convince myself that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Melissa wrote a comment saying that it’s best to remember we’re always moving forward. That shifted my focus from thinking it’s a bad thing to being proud of not standing still. Maybe that’ll help you too :)

  • bluecollarworkman July 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Haha, these lists make me laugh because everyone is so weird and different in their own way. Haha. “In high school, I wanted to become an accountant” – Weird, who ever wants to be an accountant? Especially in highschool?! But then you failed finance in college. Funny and interesting for sure.

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      What can I say!? I liked numbers but not enough… obviously!

  • The Asian Pear July 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! :)

    How did going vegetarian cure your anemia? That feels… like an oxymoron. Usually vegetarians that I meet are the anemic ones. o__o?

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      I won’t give you the dirty details but let’s just say giving up meat helped my body (small intestine) absorb a lot of nutrients it was missing out on. At least, that’s my theory. Because the numbers don’t lie… it was insane how quickly it cured it.

  • iwtkangaroo July 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I love this idea. PS: penguins ARE awesome… as are turtles. lol :)

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm


  • Rob July 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Happy 27th b/day, Leigh. Hope you’re having a good one today. Back in the day I remember when we were both 27, having just bought our first house, wondering if we were doing the right thing taking on a mortgage and stuff. But you know – it all turned out well – just have a good budget, monitor your income/expenses closely and be patient and disciplined. Good debt is ok, bad debt is not. By the way, regarding your point # 9, I hope you don’t plan to have 2 kids in one day – that would be a bit of a (ahem…) “stretch” !!! (evil grin).

    • Cait July 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      What if I had twins!? Then it’d be like killing two birds with one stone. Err… so to speak. Haha. Thanks, Rob!

  • Pamela @ FabulousSavings.ca July 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Happy belated b-day! Hope you enjoyed your day and don’t be scared about turning 27 – you still have tons of time to reach your goals & you’re already on the right path :)