I’ve wanted to write a “fun facts about me” post for a long time, but I’ve always been a little afraid to. Maybe I worried that you would judge me, or tell me this exercise is self-indulgent or just plain off topic.
But, you know, I actually love reading these types of posts by other people… I am, frankly, fascinated by humans; I am intrigued by their secrets and by what makes them tick.
Plus today is my birthday (I’m 33). Isn’t this a perfect opportunity to turn the camera on myself, so to speak, and make it all about me for a minute?
These 15 tidbits are meant as a supplement to my official bio. Some of them are clarifications or elaborations, but you may find some zany revelations too.
With that said, here are 15 bonafide Emilie Juliette Wapnick facts that you may or may not already know.
- I’m a Canadian-American. I grew up in Montreal, moved to Portland in 2011 and moved to an island in B.C. in late 2016.
- I lived in a tiny travel trailer for five months in 2014-2015 and traveled around the Pacific Northwest with Grendel.
- I’m married to an amazing, witty textile artist/editor (for now… she’s a multipotentialite, too) named Valerie. We have a miniature schnauzer named Grendel, and we’re obsessed with her.
- I was born in 1984. I mention this because people often think I’m younger than I am, and I don’t find that flattering. ;)
- I identify as queer and use female pronouns.
- My parents (both New Yorkers) moved to Montreal shortly before I was born. They wanted to give me “a bit of Quebec” in my name, hence the French spelling: Emilie. (If my parents truly wanted to grace me with a French name, they would have added the accent to the E, to make it the proper Émilie, but alas, I am best suited to the in-betweens.)
- I was bullied as a kid and struggled with depression and low self-esteem as a teenager.
- Growing up, my multipotentiality contributed to my feelings of “otherness,” but it also provided me with a much needed outlet. In other words, having loads of weird and amazing projects made my life richer + more fun, and ultimately led to an awesome career. But it was rocky for a while there.
- I really, really like the well-written teen dramas of the ’90s and early 2000s. Some of the best television writing can be found on shows like My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, and Felicity (especially season one). Such shows were a formative part of my youth. They made me feel more understood than anything or anyone else, and they are still pretty much my happy place.
- I hate being told what to do. I have a hard time with unsolicited advice in general, though I recognize that it is sometimes necessary. There have been times when I was grateful for someone (compassionately) letting me know that I wasn’t being inclusive in a blog post, for example. But for the most part, I find unsolicited advice to be obnoxious and I am particularly unresponsive to demanding or condescending behaviour.
- To add to my dislike of being told what to do, I have realized that autonomy—alongside social responsibility, of course—is very important to me. It’s definitely part of the reason I work for myself. It’s also part of the reason that doing things like moving to an island, using a dumb phone and getting my boating license (a new obsession of mine) appeal to me. Cause really, can you imagine anything more freeing than soaring across a body of water and to a little island, where you’ll have a picnic all by yourself?
- While autonomy is vitally important to me, I also like feeling safe and in control. I sometimes struggle with anxiety and I’ve found that routines, rituals, and strong relationships help me feel safe. Early in our relationship, Valerie told me that she described me to her friends as “solid.” I wasn’t too excited about the descriptor at the time… Now I understand it to be a very good thing.
- I have a law degree but never took the bar or worked as a lawyer. I actually think I would have made a very crappy lawyer. I hate paperwork and bureaucracy. But mostly, I quit the field because my heart was no longer in it.
- Ok Meyers-Briggs devotees: I’m an INFJ through and through. Funnily, INFJs are called “The Advocate” (see previous point).
- I’m kind of a tech-savvy luddite. I taught myself basic HTML at the age of twelve and I’m definitely the tech troubleshooter in my family. Yet, over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly irritated by my addiction to social media and email. Of course, I work online and I love my work and this community! I’ve just learned that I need to consciously create balance in my life by getting outside in nature and taking adequate time to rest.
Alright! I think that’s a pretty good primer on me. If you got this far, you must be as fascinated by other humans as I am.
Now it’s Your Turn!
What’s one interesting fact about you? I would love to hear it in the comments below.
Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites build lives and careers around ALL their interests. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is the author of How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up (HarperCollins). You can learn more about Emilie here.