gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-1100097');
Style, Beauty & Motherhood from 30A & Beyond

35 Things You Might Not Know About Me

January 11, 2019

I love getting to know all of you in this little space we have together and when I opened up my Instagram stories to your questions recently, I had several that I’ve never answered, so… I’m putting all the answers here in one place to help you get to know a little more about me.

Here goes!

30A Mama Jami Ray in Alys Beach - Such a gorgeous blue door!

1 – I almost always have background sounds on while I work and absolutely love listening to audiobooks and podcasts at my desk. I’ve been so excited to join the podcast world with the launch of the 30A Mama podcast!

2 – My nickname is James and is usually only used by my oldest friends who’ve known me for ages — pre-marriage and pre-kids, which is one reason I love it.

3 – I love coffee but rarely drink it hot. It has to be really cold outside, though even then I might just bundle up with a frozen or iced coffee.

4 – I love being able to travel with my kids and truly enjoy sharing new experiences with them. My favorite kid trips (so far) have been to New York and The Keys.

5 – I am a total sympathy crier. If I see someone crying, it is only a matter of seconds before my eyes well up and I join the cry party. In fact, my husband will monitor my face as we’re watching a movie or even a sappy commercial just to see the reaction unfold.

6 – I absolutely love being a girl mom. Give me all the pink, all the girly details, at-Home spa nights and plenty of princess unicorn flamingo mermaid birthday parties to throw!

7 – My family lived in Auburn for two years, the only time I lived outside of Florida, and I took two classes on campus while in high school. I was thisssss close to attending Auburn University for college before we moved back here and I followed the family FSU tradition. (My grandmother was one of the first women to attend law school there!)

8 – I am the oldest child of four and feel like I have always been in boss mode as an older sibling.

9 – Both my parents and Hunter’s parents live here, so we always have plenty of babysitting offers and have yet to hire a babysitter – ever. It’s such a blessing and we appreciate them so much!

10 – I actually worked as a Starbucks barista for one summer when there was a Starbucks inside the Watercolor Market, which is now Chan’s Wine World. And a random fun fact: at that time there were four Starbucks on 30A (Rosemary Beach, Watercolor, Grayton) and we supposedly had the most Starbucks per capita. I guess that didn’t last long…

11 – My resume includes being a college professor! Since I have a Masters degree, I was able to teach at the undergraduate level for 2 years and taught both Creative Strategy and Intro to PR.

12 – I used to work for our areas visitor center as the social media marketing coordinator and still feel like I can give a full media tour of our area with so many random facts I picked up along the way.

13 – Before I got married, I used to do wedding make up on the side. It was just a word-of-mouth thing, but I did makeup for about 20 brides and loved it!

14 – I love graphic design and making graphics so much I’ve even taught Emery a few lessons in how to use Illustrator. She made her own Valentine’s Day cards one year!

15 – I have a totally goofy side which not a lot of people know, but I love sharing that with my friends and I have been known to quickly find a hiding spot around the house just to jump out and scare Hunter. Always hilarious!

16 – I absolutely love trivia. When I was in middle school/early high school, I competed on our school’s “Brain Bowl” team and competed against other schools. It was nerd heaven and I’m always down for a trivia night or watching Jeopardy.

17 – I love music and listening to random playlists and usually end up being the DJ on road trips or random get togethers.

18 – I really like to paint and have a collection of colors and brushes on hand when the mood strikes. I painted most of the art in our house!

19 – My hair is naturally curly but I typically wear it straight or wavy. I’m not super adventurous with my hair, but I do have to thank my friend Kristal for introducing me to my first-ever straightener.

20 – I’m great at washing clothes but terrible at folding/ putting them away. Everything is usually found in the clean clothes basket and never makes it to the drawer or closet. Sorry, Hunter!

21 – My enneagram number is a 3 and my personality type is outgoing introvert. I love socializing but when I’m done, I’m done and all I want are PJs and low key time at home.

22 – I took one class of dance as a child so don’t really have a background for it, but absolutely love hip-hop, even though my moves are pretty lame.

23 – I love a good bargain! I’m more likely to invest in designer accessories than clothes, but I also like to find the best deal, so once I have my eye on a piece, I’ll search for coupon codes or sales before purchasing.

24 – My husband and I are total opposites, which makes decision making in our day-to-day life interesting, but I love that about us and can’t imagine being married to someone too similar to me. It would probably be a disaster!

25 – I do not like drama and feel way too old to put up with less-than-genuine friendships at this point in my life. It takes a lot to burst my bubble, but if I’m truly offended, I have a hard time forgiving and forgetting.

26 – I actually enjoy working out, but I am terrible at making time for it and actually showing up for it. I’m focused on making that change this year.

27 – I am a terrible phone talker. I am the worst at calling my family and friends, but I love when they call me to catch up.

28 – My guilty pleasures are watching The Office too many times, Nerds candy and donuts.h

29 – One of my worst habits is procrastination. Sometimes, it’s because I’m lazy, but often it’s because I completely analyze and overanalyze options, planning out so may details in my head before I take any action.

30 – Scratch that, my worst habit might be that I’m nearly always a few minutes behind. Definitely need to work on that!

31 – I’m great at following recipes and know I need to spend more time trying new dishes in the kitchen, but instead I just make the same 7 recipes.

32 – I love sleep! I used to be a night owl and now have trouble staying up past 10 unless I’ve had a late coffee. I could sleep in any chance I get!

33 – I love color! I bounce between brights and pastels, but as much as I appreciate a crisp white setting, I don’t think I could live without my happy hues.

34 – New York is my favorite city to visit and no matter how many times I go, there’s always something new to discover.

35 – The beach and anywhere tropical is my happy place. I’ll never get tired of digging my toes in the sand and soaking in the sun!

30A Map Print

30A Mama Shirt

30A Mama Presets

Click to Shop

1 Free Month

Baby Faves


At Home

Click to Follow

Follow

30A Mama Chat Club on FB