Natalie

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Anytime a website has “Frequently Asked Questions,” I always click on it.  I like to have the key questions and answers distilled for me.  I am secretly a little proud when I have a question that is not frequently asked.  Because you don’t know me, internet.

Here are FAQs about me.  

What is your real name?

I was given the name Natalie Jean Flora when I was born – Jean after my maternal grandmother (hi Grandma!).  I changed my last name to Tibbels when I married my husband Justin.  Though we joke about it, I am proud of the name Tibbels – Justin is a great man from a great family.  And it makes people giggle and suggest variations on Tibbels ‘n bits for our future children.

What is your major? 

I am not in college and no longer have a major.  I studied Chemistry and now work in campus ministry at Johns Hopkins University.  Yes, it’s weird.  No, I’m not in a cult.  Yes, I might want to go back into the sciences, but I’m enjoying ministry as a “first career.”  

Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Justin is much more versatile with his hobbies, and he inspires me.  I like taking walks and going to parks with him.  I like drinking coffee and talking with people, especially my closest friends.  I like being alone and praying.  I took piano lessons for 10 years and sometimes pull out my Chopin Nocturnes book, the only music and composer that I truly loved playing.  I read books and watch movies.  I love re-reading beloved books (Harry Potter! Jane Austen! Ayn Rand!) and re-watching movies and shows (Parks & Rec, Unstoppable, 24…).  One of my hobbies is coming up with life plans.  

How old are you, really?  Because you look like a freshman in college.

Yep, that is my sneaky disguise.  I’LL NEVER TELL!!!  Okay fine, I’m 30.  For the record, turning 30 was not traumatic at all, and I am happy with the extent to which my age lines up with what I have experienced and accomplished.  I thank God for my life so far!

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