Who is Carmen? Part 2 / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Who is Carmen? Part 2

Welcome back for round two of Who is Carmen? Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Me. I like to keep my titles short n sweet, you see? ha! I got a great response with my first one, so I figured I should keep it going. As you read more & more of my posts you may get a little bits & pieces about me, my life, & my personality. That may leave you with more questions (which is the case for me when I read other people's blogs). 

I've never really had a pet - I use the term "never" pretty lightly because I had a dog once for 4 days but my mom decided it was a bad idea. I also had a couple of goldfish & one beta fish but those didn't last too long. There was never a long-standing bond or friendship between my fish, even though I tried they never really were reciprocated. *sniffles*

I got my drivers license at age 22 - Appalling, right? Crazy, no? Ha yes indeed I was immobile most of my life. I had some driving anxiety when I was younger so I kept delaying the actual driving test & never took it. Once I went away to college it all went out the window. Luckily my roommate had a car so we would drive places. Even once I did get my license, I didn't have a car. Having a car & having a license are extreme blessings that I am so so grateful for. It made me appreciate the luxury of driving even more.

I enjoy craft beer - I remember drinking Natural Light, Coors Light, & all those disgusting beers when I first started drinking. We bought the really cheap stuff just because we were poor college kids. Now I wouldn't touch the stuff with a 10 foot pole. If I'm going to drink it's going to be delicious. I tend to go for high-end craft beer such as Sierra Nevada or Ballast Point. I love going to local breweries & trying out the various beers they have to offer.

Now my questions for you are:
+ What type of pets did you have growing up?
+ What age did you get your license?
+ Do you drink craft beer too? 

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  1. Learning things about the blogger is one of my favourite parts of reading blogs! Okay, to answer your questions...
    1) I had a rabbit called Betsy, a cat called Nelson, and a hamster named Nibbles. We thought Nibbles was a boy until 'he' had eight babies in the jam jar we'd popped in his cage as a toilet...!
    2) I was 18 when I got my license (I'm from the UK, driving age here is 17 so I guess I was quite timely with it!). I had a little car called Giles, named after the Buffy character!
    3) I do like craft beer - there are some really good places to drink it in London! I definitely prefer it to normal lagers, although it tends to be pricier!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

    1. Yeah, craft beers are more pricey, but I think the taste is worth it. Haha, Nibbles sounds like a fun lady. :p

  2. Lovely to get to know you a little better :)
    I'm 30 in April and still don't drive, shocking I know but I've always had other priorities to spend my money on, looking back now some of those really weren't a priority but at the time I thought they were.
    I've always had cats as pets, growing up and still do now, I love cats :)

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  3. so interesting pills from you!!

  4. I love this! I had a friend that didn't get hers until that age too. At least you know how to drive now!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    1. Living in southern California forces you to drive -- either that or you stay at home. :p

  5. I've always had a dog when I was growing up. Of course, I can't have pets in college. Oh well! I didn't get my licence until I was 18, but I don't have a car. And I'm 20 so I can't legally drink yet. Haha!

    Theatricality by Mariah

  6. Haha how funny! I had short-term pets as well, one lasted a bit longer but not that much! I got my driver's license at 18 but don't actually drive (don't like it lol), and I do love beer, especially as a Michelada!! ;)



    1. I had to look up a Michelada & it looks soooooooo good. :D

  7. I've just found your blog and I think it's really inspiring, it will be an honor for me if you can visit mine too, and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! :) <3

    Fashion gets Fierce.

  8. It's always interesting learn more about you!!!
    Keep on smiling!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  9. Nice post dear :D
    1) I had a puppy so nice!
    2) I don't have license car
    3) I never drink craft beer
    New post in my blog dear :)

    xx Lisbeth

  10. Loving these posts :) xox

    I had a hamster and that was it , I cried for a puppy but NOPE.
    I got my licence when I was 17 .
    And nope I never drink craft beer.


  11. I'm a huge fan of personal post, like you said, it's a great way to get to know the blogger. I've had a pet dog for a year and one fine day, mum told me it died. I later found out she gave it away because the dog got too much for her...wasn't the best news to me. I got my driving license at 17! LOL! Never tried any craft beers before but I am planning to!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Darn it! What's with our mom's giving away our dogs?!?! Haha. Never had craft beer?? Well, feel free to consult with me. :]

  12. Wow ! U look so pretty !
    would u like to follow each other n stay in contact..
    Hope to see u soon on my blog

  13. I love posts like this and it's so fun to get to know you better, Carmen! I had a dog growing up, got my drivers license at 18, and have a husband who loves craft beer so I'm getting into it a bit too :)


    1. Nice, your hubby can likely point you in the right direction, as there are many types of craft beer. :]

  14. I love this post!! How fun :) And don't feel bad, my sister didn't get her license until 25! She had bad anxiety too, so I totally understand! -xx



    1. Phewwwwwwwwww. Thank goodness it wasn't just me. :p

  15. Lovely post idea! I really should do something like this because I feel like I need more variety in my posts, plus it's always nice when to read something about the blogger behind the posts :)

    I too have been pretty pet-less for most of my life. When I was younger and lived in a more rural area of British Columbia, I had rabbits, fish, and a dog (for only about 6 months before we gave her up because we wanted to go on vacation :( ). When I was older, my parents were against us getting another pet as we were too irresponsible to take of them in the long term. However, we have been lucky enough to take care of my brother and sis-in-law's super cute American Cocker Spaniel several times a week so I feel like I get to experience having a pet at intervals. I definitely plan on getting a dog in the near future with my fiance once we live together!

    I too got my driver's license at a super late age-- I got my "L" (or Learners) at 19 and didn't get my "N" until 22. I still have yet to get my full license....

    As well, I adore kraft beer! It's becoming more and more popular to drink it in Vancouver so I've been to a bunch of places that offer a wide variety.

    xx Debbie


    1. Yeah, I'd love to learn more about you, so I assume others would as well! :] I have experience with other peoples' pets & kids as well but I don't think it compares to actually fully taking care of a living thing (besides a plant). Oh yes, Canada is cool because no matter the age you still have to display the letter right?

  16. Great post, it was nice to learn more about you :)

    Camille xo


  17. Really great to learn some interesting thing about bloggers. I just turned 22 and still don't have my license haha You are not alone

    1. Oh lord, thank goodness I'm not the only one. United by late driving! ha!:]

  18. This is such a great idea - I think its a good way for readers to get to know you better! xx


  19. Carmen, I STILL can't drive and I'm turning 26 in just over a week. So terrible, right? In my defense I've also been dealing with a little driving related anxiety and the fact that I've lived the majority of my life in Ireland meant it was never as a big a deal as it is here in the US - you can't drive until 18 and even then it's really hard to have a car in the city. And... I wish I had more excuses. LOL!


    1. Well, I very much understand. Not driving was always a bit of a sore subject because people seem to think you're a total freak for not driving. Maybe that's just here because you NEED a car to get places otherwise public transit takes 1 hour when the drive is 15 minutes. :]

  20. I'm loving your blog!! Haha I can definitely relate with the pet thing, seeing as we've never EVER had a pet. As for the license and the beer, I'm a little too young to know.

    The Life of Little Me

    1. Wait until it's legal for you -- driving & then drinking -- OBLIVIOUSLY not at the same time. Haha.

  21. nice

  22. Great post!
    1. we always had tons of pets growing up, but I never really liked animals until I got my own dogs!
    2. I was 16 when I got my license...a loooong time ago :)
    3. Love craft beer. Definitely better than the major brands!

    Clothes & Quotes

    1. Yay, another craft beer liker. Those crappy beers just are not for me. :]

  23. Haha I'm 22 this year and hoping to finally get my driver's (eek!). Just wasn't easy to practise driving while away at school. Great post Carmen.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    1. I'm with you on that one. I went to uni & stopped trying/practicing all together. :p

  24. Aw, I hope you can get a pet one day! :)

    I got my license at 17, but I had to fail the driving test 4 times before I finally passed haha! Growing up I had a lot of dogs, because my first dog had puppies. I do like craft beer, especially wheat ales.

    ElizaDeath Taylor | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  25. These getting to know you posts are my favorite kind of posts! I guess I'm just an overly curious person haha
    Growing up I had fish, hermit crabs (and lots of them), and birds. My dad was allergic to animal fur and we could never get a cat or dog for that reason. When I went to college, I continued on the fish path, until one day I got a hamster. It was the cutest thing ever. Now as an adult, I have two adopted dogs. In addition to them, my husband and I always end up taking in whatever animals we find on the the street and fostering them until we find them a home. Last year we fostered a puppy and the teeniest, tiniest kitten.
    I got my license the day I turned 17. I literally could not wait an extra day, let alone a few hours more, to take my test. On my 17th birthday I remember taking the test at 7am or 8am in the morning, so that I could drive myself home from school that day haha I used to love driving. Now that I live in Buenos Aires, and we don't have a car in the city, I never bothered to get my license here. Also, I'm kind of too scared to drive here. People drive like lunatics.
    And lastly, I've never been a big beer drinker, but my husband and I recently started carrying artesanal beer on tap at our restaurant, and I've come to really enjoy it, and it has made me want to try out other craft beers! xx



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