The Road to SteemFest3 | Did you already know these 3 things about me?

in roadtosteemfest •  20 days ago

For the @steemfest pre-fun @anomadsoul challenged us to write a weekly post on our 'Road to Steemfest'. In the first week I shared some insecurities on dealing with my physical challenges in combination with visiting @steemfest - and I have to say I got so many lovely comments and offers for help already! That made my day :-) This week is a nice and light topic where we all share '3 fun facts', so I thought it would be a nice moment to join in posting in the #roadtosteemfest tag again :-)

Here are my three 'facts'!

#1 I used to dance ballet but didn't want to wear pink


At the age of 9 I started ballet class. 20 girls in pink ballet clothes, pink skirt, pink tights, pink legwarmers, pink ballet shoes... I remember buying all those pink clothes in a store in my town and having mixed feelings. I was proud to wear these 'pretty' clothing items, and I knew it was going to cost my mother a lot of money, but when I was asked at home to show the outfit to my father I remember I just simply felt - uncomfortable. Cute, and proud because I was suddenly part of 'a club', but at the same time it felt very much not like me.

I felt pretty much naked and like I was literally being forced to show a side of myself that just wasn't there.

So when I grew out of my pink clothes and went shopping again I bought: a bright yellow pair of shorts, a matching bright yellow tanktop, black tights, black leg warmers and black ballet shoes.

A photo of me being yellow-black like a bee standing between 19 pink clothed girls exists somewhere in the analog photo realms. Yesterday evening when I thought of sharing this story in this post I went on a detective style search and found the e-mail address of my ballet teacher (who now apparently owns a ballet clothing store!) and I e-mailed her if she somehow can retrieve that picture.

If she does I promise I'll share it here on the Blockchain. I feel like me being yellow between all those pink girls is pretty much the only picture that has to exist of me - ever.

#2 I studied psychology but never became a therapist


I studied psychology because basically I find people the most interesting thing in the world ;-) Behaviour, motives, struggles - I try to observe them and not judge them. I let people be, which is why I often receive feedback that people feel comfortable near me. In return I expect people to let me be me as well, not happier than I am, not more dramatic then I feel, just let me be. If you try to force me into being someone else I'll just turn my back and let you be you ;-)

Even though by studying psychology it would have made sense I should become a therapist I never did become one. The mental health care system in the Netherlands works is not the worst, but also not perfect, and I don't like treating people as if I can fit them into questionnaires with check boxes, so working within that system just doesn't fit how I would treat people.

I do believe all my knowledge of people and my observation skills are the recurring theme through all that I do. I've done huge projects with people with autism, interviewed them and created websites for them to use throughout all aspects of their lives. I wrote health-care educational material for people in therapy, therapists could use 'my' texts and homework assignments to use in their treatments of people with all kinds of disorders or temporary challenges. I am working with underprivileged kids who need some extra guidance in life to become disciplined citizens. Even in my photography I use my observational skills to show behaviour I see. I also did a huge project last year where I interviewed 30 women about being 'a woman of thirty years old' which left many people emotional after I showed their portraits and life's challenges in an exhibition.

I just love people, and studying psychology was a way to fill in the expectance that I would do a university level studies, but it was never my goal to become a therapist. I still don't know what I will actually become when I grow up ;-)

#3 This is my 15th year of blogging and doing meet-ups


I wrote an extensive posts of my experiences as a first-time blogger, starting on 'another' platform just like Steemit, and how that old community blogging platform compares to blogging on here. I thought I would share this fact in this post just for those who are just getting to know me. Blogging on platforms like Steemit is only natural to me, I was already drawn to it for years and also looooong before you could earn money - crypto - STEEM - anything with your blog.

I also joined meet-ups with 'strangers from the internet' way before that was acceptable - haha! So I come prepared, I have years of training guys! If you have a nervous break-down I have both the hands-on experience as well as a professional grade to guide you through all of it. But here comes the good news: I've found throughout the years that the impressions I have from people online often very much match the person I see 'in real life'. Personalities do kind of come across a screen well. Plus: almost all people have a huge bag of unrealistic but very real insecurities. So I'll have them, you'll have them, and in that we are all the same.

PS: Just before posting I see @anomadsoul already put up a nice compilation post of other @steemfest visiting Steemians with their three facts! Hop on over and give them some love as well. See you in November!

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wow 15 years, that is dedication. Nice work.

I think Psychology would be an amazing thing to study, and like you I would not want to be a therapist either. I just think people and their behavior and reactions to situations in very interesting.

Like the ballet thing to, a little bumble bee among a sea of pink tutus.
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You're not coming to @steemfest right @philippekiene? Sharing three things about yourself would be cool regardless, just use a different tag like #threethingsaboutme and see if you can make it trending :-)

What a great way of presenting yourself on the road to Steemfest :)

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Thanks! You should join us @verhp11 :D

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I think I just might will join :) Nice to get to know some things about y'all :)

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Yay! Yes - it's a great way to find some new people to follow as well! :-)

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now i really want to see that picture :D
it is probably a bit different in netherland but in serbia it is "just starting" with private practice in therapy and working in hospitals from what i heard (my sister just finished college) is really tough and you need to be specific type of person. But psychology is really interesting for me.
I kinda missed all that live meeting of online people from the old days of MiRC and some forums, never got to it. And if i by some miracle get to the steemfest i would probably be boring but you would all have a lot of photos. A lot of people (a lot of people i don't know), enter the observing and listening mode :D

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I so so so hope I will find that picture!!! :') It honestly is on my mind all day now, it truly is a mirror for where I'm standing in life as well right now.

Yes, they screwed up the system in the Netherlands. You used to study 6 years and become a good psychologist - now you study for years, than you are a 'basic psychologist', but need to add two (expensive and it's almost impossible to get a spot) years of extra education next to working cases - and only then you are a 'full' psychologist which means your therapy gets paid by insurance. This means mental health care organisations only want the 'full' psychologists even though the 'basic' psychologists often have more interesting resumes due to not having studied all their life but also spent time getting other experiences, other jobs, travel... Some voluntary work.

So yeah, that's a system I can't fully support - especially since working more and more in the system also means losing a lot of freedom to actually spend time with a person and find a matching treatment.

So anyway. That's the end my rant ;-)

I honestly hope we'll meet someday - Would be fun to take pictures together and be silent and observe :D

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nice rant, it is comforting to know that things are not complicated and stupid only in serbia :D
i am now mentally preparing for tomorrow (well today) as i have to visit at least 4 different government institutions (transferring agency from my mom to me) and i know that it could be done much easier but well... and i know that i will lack some papers and spend whole day because stupidity. you know how absurd the system is when you have an acronym for the response of the worker "FT1P" (fali ti jedan papir - you lack one document.)
end of my rant :D

well we could talk i mostly have problems with group talking :D

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Hahahaha - FT1P - that's crazy! I must say our government is super efficient, so no complaints there. Strict rules and very well organized although there will always be people who can share you terrible stories of course :-) But I have none :-)

Sorry to hear about your day tomorrow - sounds horrible. Take a book and a camera, you never know what you come home with ;-)

(I know, groups are not my favourite too - Up to 4 people is okay, more than that I go crazy :'))

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I just love this prompt by anomadsoul! This one is a great way for us to get to know things about each other prior to the trip.

I agree wholeheartedly that the people we get to know online are the same people we meet in person, with very few exceptions. Some of the people who've been in my life the longest started out as chat buddies. I met my husband online, way back in the day when people thought the only other people in chat rooms were serial killers. Well, he and I have been together for almost fifteen years, and I haven't serial kilt him yet. LOLOLOL!!!!

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It's a great prompt indeed! It's fascinating to see the interpretations of the prompt as well :D Some go for deeper or more superficial facts - sometimes the way a question is answered shares more about the person than the answers itself ;-)

Ahhhh yes people had very different ideas about 'meeting people online' back then! Interesting right? Today people think crypto is only used by criminals as well ;-) They will change their minds soon enough :D

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Oh gosh, I KNOW! When I first got a Steem account, I shared the idea with some writer friends, and all I got back was, "that's just a bunch of drug smugglers and money launderers. HAAAH! Joke's on them now. LOL! :-)

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:') Yes, because dollars and euros have never been used to fund wars, to smuggle drugs, or to pay for killings! Lol!

This is a really good post! People do indeed make themselves known correctly through what they write. A bumblebee....hmmmmm. You were just showing the others you are Queen Bee?

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Hehehe - I think I'm never striving to be Queen Bee anywhere, but I do strive to think about 'okay, this is normally done this way, but does this way also really suit me'? :-)

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Very interesting 3 facts Rosanne

I love the fact that you were so self aware as a child... I too was a bit of a maverick and once went to school for a week wearing a spider man costume which my grandparents had bought me for my 6th birthday.

I still don't know what I will actually become when I grow up ;-)

I get where you're coming from. Although I call myself a writer I've bounced around in my career doing one thing or another without landing on any with 100% passion. It has dawned on me the last year blogging though, that so many of my posts are poetry or fiction, that I need to make some space to write a novel. But... steemit is super addictive ;-)

I look forward to meeting you at steemfest.

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Hahaha - I love the idea of you sitting in your classroom in a spider man costume for a week :') I believe kids should express themselves and I love that you were 'allowed' to do so as well :D

Ah, to write a novel! Would be a great idea - and could be slowly done by adding parts to your blog or a separate 'novel' blog on the Blockchain as well! I know @techslut has been doing so for example, adding parts to the novel from time to time :-)

Steemit is addictive, but could also be used as a means to structure it! Maybe a chapter a month? :D

Looking forward to meeting you as well! :D

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I wish I still had time to write my novel. Utopian.io is eating up ALL my time.

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You'll get back to it - someday! It's going nowhere since it's published on the blockchain anyway :') Needless to say I'm missing your non-Utopian posts! <3

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As techslut has points out, it is the community stuff which takes a huge amount of the time on steemit. I'm sure I could write a first draft in 3-4 months if I limited my blogging and stopped all the community stuff I'm involved in. Also, there are first publishing rights to consider in publishing on steemit but I'm gonna get my shit together one day soon. Lol, that is if I don't get dragged down the steemit rabbit hole of 1001 projects.

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Hahaha - I know what you mean. If I only count up the hours I spend on doing 1-on-1 support on DM's on Discord... Ouch. But it's worth it so :-) We'll get our shit together someday and produce magical things ;-)

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For sure 🙂 I am already hunting for my spider man costume to see if it still fits for wearing at the steemfest 3 opening 😹 Now that would be a magical comedyopenmic post... a 30 something year old man running around a packed conference hall pretending to shoot webs from his fingers.

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LOL! I'll bring my camera :P

I love the story of the Ballet clothes.. Its cool that you didn't conform to the convention of wearing pink and remained true to yourself :)

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Yes - the moments I've felt least happy in my life were when I was forced in a structure or 'image' that just didn't suit me! That feeling started at a young age but still follows me around from time to time :')

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It shows strength of character to act on that and not conform :)

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It has broken me a few times but when I went through with parting with it I always felt better when looking back :D I learned to recognize the feeling earlier in those years, so now I'm quick to recognize I have to step away :-)

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I think I still need to learn how to do that :)

It's wonderful to learn more about you. I'd have loved to know the little black and yellow 'bee ballerina' I wonder if we would have been friends? I liked pink when I was young but I also liked creepy crawlies, bugs and spiders, which didn't always go over well with other little girls in pink ;)

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I also love pink, but a very bright and bold pink, not the soft tones at least not as clothing :D Lol! We would have liked each other, I always liked girls with an edge :') Girls who like creepy crawlies would have probably fit my idea of a cool girl :D

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These are some interesting facts about you. It makes me excited to meet you at Steemfest. I'm gaining more experience going to conferences like these so hopefully I'm not too awkward when I show up, haha.

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Hahaha - you're doing a SteemFest training of sorts? :') Cool to hear you're coming to SteemFest, will check out your profile :D

I'm really impressed you studied psychology for your love of people, and you have done so much with it already - it has to be a broader skill then just being a therapist. And I agree with you 100% - I'm still working out what I will eventually do when I grow up!

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:D Yes, it's more then just being a therapist, and I love to see how it comes in handy in so many periods of my life and in so many ways! :-)

When will we grow up? :') I don't know!

Ha! I wouldn't imagine you're a ballet type but the yellow cloth, I hope your teacher find it soon hahaha! and so cool that you start blogging way back then. To be honest, I am not even sure if I would do it if ..

looooong before you could earn money - crypto - STEEM - anything with your blog

Or I would?? Yeah, like a diary or something then I would.. LOL and oh my! you meet peeps online, I do too!! and I love it hahaa

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Haha! I was a ballet type indeed! She e-mailed me she is busy but is going to try and find the photo - fingers crossed! :')

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Hahhaah tag me when you do so! :D