My Life in Numbers

Several of my fellow slicers have written their own ‘life in numbers’ posts this month, which is a list of facts about them, corresponding to the numbers 1-10. I enjoy these posts, as they give an insight into the author. Here’s mine, but as the rule-breaker I am, mine doesn’t follow the 1-10 format. Instead, it’s a list of number-based facts using any numbers I deem necessary. But I’m not an animal…they are listed in numerical order. 🙂

1- I have 1 brother, Andrew, who’s just shy of four years younger than me. We are quite different, starting from our heights. He’s a full foot taller than me! We have different careers, different tastes in food, I live abroad while he lives where we grew up, he’s married with kids and I’m single, and the list of differences goes on. Despite our differences, I love my bubba and look forward to seeing him whenever I’m back home.


2- I’m an aunt to 2 adorable kiddos, Randi and Logan, who are some of my favorite people on this earth. They make me smile and laugh whenever I’m with them. I think about them all the time. And they are so full of personality! I love them soooooo much!!

4- I’ve broken 4 bones in my lifetime. Two fingers, one on each hand, and both arms simultaneously. Yes, that really happened. I earned the nickname “Monkey Girl” during my eighth grade thanks to my accident on the monkey bars. As a middle schooler, naturally, I was mortified. As an adult, it’s a funny memory.

5- So far, I’ve lived in 5 countries (soon to be 6). USA for my first 29 years, Australia for 6 months, China for 5 years, Albania for a year and a half, and Thailand for the past 2+ months.

7- I’ve been slicing as part of the Slice of Life community for the past 7 years, and it’s been so instrumental in my development as a writer. I cannot thank all the co-authors enough for this opportunity, and all the slicers over the years who have encouraged me as a writer!


9- In order to feel fully rested, I need 9 hours of sleep each night. I usually don’t get this much, but I strive for at least 8 hours of good sleep.

11- In my lifetime, I have lived in 11 different houses or apartments. This may not seem like very many, but considering that I lived in the same house until I was 22 years old, I think it’s quite a few places. One of these places was a townhouse I owned from age 26 to 29, my first and only place I’ve ever owned.


My first home I owned 🙂

13- I’m currently in my 13th year of education, and in those years I’ve taught Grade 3, Grade 4, and Preschool, been a literacy coach and a part-time PYP Coordinator, and served as an elementary principal at two schools.

19- Not counting babysitting when I was younger, I started working at the age of 16 as a skating Sonic carhop, and over the past nearly twenty years, I have worked at 19 different places. Reading that you probably think I can’t hold a job, since it averages to about one per year, but most of these jobs were part-time and held simultaneously. With the exception of one job at age 17, my stint as a nanny in Sydney, and my summers as a camp director, all of my jobs were held for at least a year, the longest being 5 years.

22- I have 22 cousins, including their spouses and children, who I now consider my cousins. I love seeing many of them at our annual Kesler family reunions. Can’t wait to see them again this summer! 🙂


35- So far, I have visited 35 countries, including the ones I’ve lived in. Check out my Where I’ve Wandered page to see where I’ve traveled across the globe. While 35 may seem like a lot, it just seems like a drop in the bucket to me. There’s so much more I want to see!

43- Last year, I read 43 books. I’m hoping to read more this year though! 🙂

9,156- I’m currently living 9,156 miles away from home in Bryan, Texas. No wonder I’m tired traveling to and from!



24 thoughts on “My Life in Numbers

  1. Elisabeth Ellington

    Your take on the autobiography in numbers is a little different from others I’ve seen (the others I’ve read have just done numbers 1-10). I love the creativity of your post and the way you’ve able to incorporate some quirky numbers. (9,156 for example!). I am definitely doing one of these posts this week. Thanks for providing such a great mentor text.

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Thanks Elisabeth! I found that I didn’t have something for each number 1-10, and I had many things that were larger numbers, so I broke the rules. 🙂 Have fun making your list!

  2. rdicarne

    I enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you. I like how you did not write something for every consecutive number, but only choose the numbers that pertained to you. I am still thinking about trying this format.

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Try it! It’s fun! I made the list in my writer’s notebook first, then I had to choose which things I’d highlight. For example, I had 3 things for the number 7. I chose my favorite. Also, I had way more items on my original list than I included in my post.

  3. Sonja Schulz

    Loving this post! I especially loved the playful way you approached this–breaking the rules like a rebel (but not an animal! ha!) You’ve lived quite an adventurous life thus far! Keep on keeping on!

  4. Anne Donnelly

    Great list!! I want to try this at some point… I also read 43 books last year!! But I’ve been very bad at motivating myself this year so I fear the number will be much lower… any recommendations??

  5. Patricia

    I love this way to use numbers. Similarly I couldn’t seem to fit 1-10, so you give me permission to use what works for me! Thanks. You certainly are well traveled. I’ve lived in the same area for 55 years, same house for 31.

  6. Amanda Burns Regan

    I really enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you. What a fascinating life you have led/are leading! I may have to try the my life in numbers format myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Diane Anderson (newtreemom)

    An interesting tale of numbers. I have lived a lot of different places, but you have been to a lot more! Hope you get to see all the places you would love to. I hope Peru is on your list. Lima is one of the places I lived and I loved it. You might like working at the American school there, Roosevelt.

  8. elsie

    Numbers are such an important bit of our lives. What fun bits you’ve shared! Travel shows up on a lot of these numbers. I wish I’d been more adventurous when I was younger, now I’m trying to make up for lost time. So what’s the 6th country?

  9. franmcveigh

    Thanks for being innovative and a rule breaker. I didn’t want to use my phone number but I had not come up with an alternative. Now I have one in mind . . . ❤

  10. sallydonnelly11

    I love the number focus. It is amazing how much I learned about you via different numbers. So glad you added photos, too. My favorite is the cousin one – fun group of people, for sure!! And then I did take the bait and hopped over to see ALL 35 countries. AMAZING!! Again, so glad you added photos. Love the ones of the children. Know that this post will have me thinking about numbers and my life and travels. Can’t wait to see where it will take me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. isbergamanda

    I also don’t think I could write a 1-10 list about my life, but your list seems much for attainable! I think I will have to give this a try. That’s the second post you’ve inspired me to want to do!

    I’m still trying to work up to the year in review through photos. I realize that I take so many pictures and never take the time to delete the ones that I don’t like. I need to work on my picture sorting system so that I can find things easier and write posts like the one you did. Sigh… not sure it will happen this month with report cards happening this week and my Rio teaching conference next week. Thanks for the inspiration anyway!

  12. room311news

    Love love LOVE this post idea! Your photos brought your words to life! Thank you for this wonderful idea!

  13. schmidtkristas

    I love you “by the numbers” post & appreciate that you thought outside the box and used the numbers that worked for you!

  14. lwalpuck

    Seven years of slicing — woo woo! That’s awesome. And I love hearing that it’s been such a boost for your writing. I am certainly glad to be a part of this community in my first year of slicing! It’s inspiring how many countries you’ve traveled to — keep it going — and how many books you’ve read this year! I want to start keeping better track of what I’m reading. Thanks for sharing this post!

  15. karpenglish

    I have been toying with different creative ways to do a biography of myself type of writing, and was thinking maybe book titles would be the way to go. But the numbers idea is a good one, and might make for a slice that makes sense to other people too! Thank you for sharing all your different and creative ways of creating slices.


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