It is my birthday today :)
I was thinking about just letting it slip cause it is the 30th (I feel sooooo old, lol) but it would not be in the spirit of blogging. Seems everyone does something for their birthday so why not me.
I have seen some really cool ideas on posts on people’s birthdays and I had trouble deciding which one to choose. So I will stick with the basics.
It is all personal, nothing to do with blogging.
Note: a lot of you know some of these things, cause I am pretty open all the time, but I get new visitors all the time and for some, this list will be new!
I know politics, religion and similar topics should never be discussed publicly, but it is my birthday and I can do what ever I want :) So if you are sensitive to those topics, don’t read.
Don’t forget to read all the way to the end of the posts, there is cake below!
#1 I have been married for two years now (our anniversary is tomorrow, one day after my B-day). His nickname is Jim. He is an amazing person with a big soul and has the most beautiful blue eyes ever. Most of my girlfriends simply say he is HOT!
#2 I am Serbian. More precisely – Bosnian Serb.
#3 I am a Christian. More precisely – Eastern Orthodox and I belong to Serbian Orthodox Church.
#4 When it comes to political views, most people would call me “politically incorrect“.
#5 Hardly anyone can pronounce my real name in USA. However, I have a nickname. Everyone calls me Pit. Comes from Pit Bull, don’t ask why…
I am not a big fan of the nickname everyone keeps giving me here (Bran) LOL
#6 I have lived on 3 continents: Europe, Africa and North America.
#7 I love number 7.
#8 I love tattoos and have 11 of them… for now. Some of them are: a Spartan helmet, my hubby’s initials with our marriage date, a sentence in Portuguese across my back, a sniper crosshair, a dolphin, my favorite motto (see number #20), etc.
#9 I love sport bikes or as Americans call them “crotch rockets”. I have totally crashed 2 and partially crashed 1. My favorite bike is Honda CBR 600RR (below).
I don’t have a licence to ride bikes :)
#10 I love to learn new languages. By being Serbian, I can speak Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian (very similar, almost same languages).
I can speak English and Italian (learned it in 38 days).
I understand Spanish and Bulgarian but don’t speak them.
I know basic (beginner) conversation in Arabic.
I have studied Russian for 8 years and can’t speak it but understand it.
I learned Latin and I can work with it (no speaking of course, since it is a dead language and not in use).
#11 The celebrity I am most often compared to – Demi Moore. Yes, because of the hair, the push-ups, etc. See movie “G.I. Jane”.
#12 Although I am pro-pet adoption and recommend people do it, I have a purebred American Staffordshire Terrier (American Pit Bull Terrier) from a champion litter.
Her parents and all of her grandparents and grand-grandparents are champions. She is 10 months old and she is a show dog.
Her show name is AKC/UKC Kayo’s Eternally Bella (video). Her pet name is Roma. Roma is Rome (the city) in Italian and yes, she was named after a city.
#13 I used to work in a special police unit. When I joined I was 23 and it was an all men unit. I used to train at least 5 hrs a day, 4 to 5 days a week, for months, to make sure to get in. Hence the #11 reference.
#14 While in the unit, I was deployed to Liberia in Africa to United Nations peace keeping mission. I worked as a training adviser for the only special police unit Liberia has. I stayed there for a year and never got malaria :)
#15 I am a certified SCUBA diver.
#16 I had an unexplained fear of heights and decided to lose it by – repelling off tall buildings and cliffs, the special forces way. No fear since.
#17 I am a shooting trainer. I graduated from Sports University so that also makes me a personal (fitness) trainer.
#18 Until I moved to USA, I used to compete in practical shooting. I won a medal in every competition I entered but one (we partied the night before).
#19 My favorite movie quote:
“The ebb and flow of the Atlantic tides, the drift of the continents, the very position of the sun along its ecliptic. These are just a few of the things I CONTROL in my world.”
#20 My motto (see #8).
“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” by Hannibal (Carthaginian general). It means “I shall either find a way or make one.”
#21 Although I love guns and shooting so much, I hate shooting video games and can’t stand hunting.
#22 I have a scar on my stomach where I was shot with a ricochet of a 9mm bullet at a shooting competition.
#23 I love Jeff Dunham, the comedian, but only because I am totally and utterly in love with his companion Peanut.
Jim had to take me to Las Vegas just to see him :)
#24 If I could be one thing and it can’t be anything I was or am – I would love to be a photographer.
#25 I love to eat and I eat more than anyone I have ever sat at the table with. I don’t gain any of it and I believe it is thanks to the years and years of doing sports.
#26 I am a big meat eater. Can’t live without meat, especially something made with pork. Also love spicy food.
#27 I love sweets but I am the most picky person about them. You will only make me happy if you give me a Milka noisette chocolate, a jar of Nutella or one of the only 3 kinds of cakes I eat.
#28 My most favorite show of all times is “Sex and the City”. The movies too. I have seen each episode of all seasons at least 3 times by now. Some of them even 15 times.
#29 My favorite actor is Dwayne Johnson. Because of the way he looks. That reminds me, I also love Haka.
#30 I read a lot. I can read hundreds and hundreds of pages of printed books in a single day. I know how to speed read printed books.
My two favorite books are The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield.
That is it, 30 things that might make me weird in your eyes, lol.
And now for the cake
The tradition is, who ever is celebrating the birthday gets presents. Well, not sure if you want to buy me a present so I want to make sure at least someone gets something.
First 3 people who send me an email with subject line “Happy birthday, here is your cake” can send a question in that email that I will work on.
Send one question, the biggest issue you are having with your blogging, internet business, social media, etc and I will work on resolving it in order to move your business forward. I am not talking about getting a two sentence reply from me.
One person (out of everyone that sends the e-mail), will also get a special gift from me, which will be a blog audit or a consultation (whatever he/she) chooses. I will choose a person that I can help the most in the shortest amount of time, to move their business forward.
That is 4 presents from me.
For the end of the party
I hope you had fun with this post, I feel good that I got some things off my chest, lol. I also hope you will like my little presents for you.
In case you decide you must buy me a real present, here is my wish list. They know me over there and they will ship the present to me, you won’t have to enter my address :)
I would love to hear from you… comments or anything you want to share with us here!