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!