The Adventures of Bug and Boo

A Blogger (Re)Introduction!

My StoryRebecca O'LoughlinComment

Heeeey there! I know that I just blogged on Monday (true story!) but before that post it had been a pretty long and unplanned break since I'd been active in this space. I was actually wondering how on earth to re-enter the blogosphere's orbit when my friend Emily reached out with her idea for a blogger re-introduction as many of us have been quieter than usual around here lately, and I jumped at the idea! 

So let's see....

I'm Rebecca! I am currently mom to two daughters aged 1 and 3, and have a third on the way shortly (yes, life is a little bit chaotic!). As if that weren't enough, we recently added a black lab puppy to the mix who is in desperate need of obedience school - but the girls adore him and he makes for good entertainment at times! I'm married for four years to a wonderful Irishman who had my heart from our very first date. I met M back when we were both living in London, and after getting married and starting our family over there, we decided to make the big move Stateside, back to the general vicinity of where I grew up in western NY state - which is totally bizarre after 12 years out! I blog here at The Adventures of Bug and Boo, which started two years ago as a way for me to keep all of our family and friends up-to-date on our escapades, since most lived far away from us in multiple countries and cities. (Bug is my nickname for my first kiddo, from "Lovebug," and Boo was my nickname growing up - clearly cringe worthy terms of endearment run in the family!) ;) In the time that I've been blogging, I've been learning an awful lot about parenting, having a few identity crises, and picking up some pretty great lessons about writing again too. 

I had a pretty successful career for over a decade at a large investment bank, and making the transition to stay at home mom hasn't always been easy. But it makes more and more sense with each little chick that we add to our nest, and that validates my decision a little more each time. I often miss things about living in Manhattan and London - but there are some wonderful treasures to be found living in a less hectic, more family-friendly environment that are priceless in comparison (certainly at this stage in my life!). Some of my favorite things? God's love, reading for pleasure (despite the hazards!), chocolate baked goods (think brownies, cakes...), spending time talking with friends, swimming, trying new recipes, writing (of course), family hugs, spicy food, traveling, and having mini adventures with my husband. 

And some more completely random pieces of information! :

Where was the last place you traveled to? San Francisco! In February I took a long weekend to visit my BFF from middle school, and meet her new baby. It was my first time on the west coast and I fell in love! SF is so different to NYC & London but it's an awesome city in its own right. And the FOOD...I will definitely be back! 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three materialistic things you'd take with you? A solar-powered mp3 player, a vending machine that dispenses limitless Chipotle, and an e-reader stocked with 1000s of books. 

When was the last time you tried something new, and what was it? I joined a D-Group last month. Think of it as an intense and awesome Bible study, where you focus heavily on reading scripture and work through your understanding of it with a small group. It's been so quenching for my spiritual growth and I've also become a part of a fantastic community of women as a result! 

If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? A cool answer would probably be 'run for President!' but there's no way I want that job! Something I'd truly LOVE to do?? Become a neurosurgeon. The brain is flippin' fascinating, folks. 

What is your earliest memory? I have vague memories of looking up at the corner of one of my first bedrooms, the wallpaper and colors and the window. But my earliest interactive memory is probably reading a Frog and Toad book at a screening for kindergarten entry when I was five years old. I remember liking the book and having to read it out loud into a cassette recorder. 

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love spicy food from all different cultures so I'd probably say, burritos with fresh guacamole and salsa. 

Do you like your first name and why? If not, what would you change it to? I do like it, although I didn't growing up - there were seven other girls named Rebecca in my class year at school, and most had the same middle name too! I used to write pretend names in my journal, completely uncommon ones that were nothing like Rebecca - like Jaz, or Angel, ha. Now I love it because it's part of my identity, and it's what my parents chose to name me - specifically because of the meaning in their baby book ("bound to God"). I can't imagine being called anything else. 

If you could give yourself one gift, what would it be? Sleep! Oh, seriously? Still sleep. ;) OK. How about an endless supply of grace? Adulting is hard. Life is hard. Being better able to give myself grace in all of the mistakes I make, and not constantly hold them against myself, would be such a wonderful gift. 

Would you rather be the person asking the questions in a conversation or the person answering them? I don't mind answering questions at all, but I truly love to ask them. Inevitably someone's answer will trigger a follow-up question in my mind - I just love learning about what makes everyone tick! 

If you had to live in a place where only one season existed year-round, what would that season be? Spring. Visually I think it's the prettiest season with all the greenery and budding blossoms, and baby animals about. Plus it can be either nice and cool outdoors or edge towards warmer - but you rarely have to worry about snow and ice! 

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Read books, write a novel and a children's book, have living room dance parties with my girls and snuggle with them during their naptimes, bake, volunteer with charities that focus on social justice / giving a voice to the downtrodden, and go on a date with my husband. 

And now that you know everything there is to know about me, below are some truly awesome ladies whom I met on this fantastic blogging journey, and who have since become friends and wise counsel to me on many topics ranging from learning Mandarin to hosting linkups. Definitely go and check out their re-introduction posts too, you won't regret it! 

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Amanda || Knock on Wood 

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? I would totally be cool with eating pizza for the rest of my life. You can switch up the toppings and essentially have something different each day. Plus you still get all of the food groups!

 

 

Cassie || Sage

Would you rather be the person asking the questions in a conversation or the person answering them? I’m a complete introvert and have been told that I don’t talk about myself very often, so I guess that implies I would rather be the person asking the questions in a conversation.

Anne || Love the Here and Now 

If you could give yourself one gift, what would it be?  Without fail, it would be self-confidence.  I constantly second guess decisions and choices and don’t attempt new things because of a fear of failing or judgement.  Truth be told, I could fail and be judged and I would be ok.  Self-confidence would give me the edge I need not to care about those things and would enable to me to live free of doubt, fear, and feelings of inadequacy.

If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? I would do web development/design. It is a dream of mine, but I'm struggling to find time to study and perfect it!

 

 

 

Kelly || Southern Komfort Blog 

If you could give yourself one gift, what would it be? I would have to say the gift to be able to travel (no worries about money, who would take of the pups, boring adult things). I would love to travel all around the nation and the world, just meeting people and doing life with them

 

 

Emily || Ember Grey

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three materialistic things you'd want with you? A notebook, pen, and Sun-In. (Obviously.)

 

 

 

 

Christine || Christine Everyday 

If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? I would go skydiving! That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and if I knew for sure that I wouldn’t crash-land, I’d totally sign up.

 

 

 

Meagan || All the Joys 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three materialistic things you’d want with you?  A camera with unlimited memory, chapstick and a Kindle preloaded with hundreds of books.  (too much?)

 

 

Emelia || Dream Big and Buy the Shoes

If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? I’ve always had the dream to be a wedding planner, but I would love to work with all types of events. I have a love of details and creating beautiful memories, so I would give it all to be an Event Planner and have the opportunity to make special moments for other people.

 

 

 

Enjoy getting to know all of these awesome ladies!! And do me a favor and share one of *your* answers to the questions above in the comments - I love hearing from you! :)