Am I cool enough to be in Vogue? Probably not. Neither am I ambitious enough to answer these questions on camera in one shot because I’m not so great on camera. What I am going to do is answer these questions and give you some more insight into the person that I am, which is probably sunshine in a little nerd. Even though I’ve tried to break it up into consumable chunks, I can’t promise that my answers will be nice and concise, but they should give you some insight into who I am and what matters to me.
If you’re curious, keep reading to learn a little more about me.
1. What’s your favorite time of day?
Even if I struggle to get up, I love the mornings. Whether I’m up early to catch a sunrise, or I’m lounging in bed to get a slow start with my dog, the mornings are great because it’s full of possibilities. Yes, I’m the person who tries to plan my day out before hand, but the unexpected has a way of bringing some good moments to my day as well.
2. What’s your biggest weakness?
I have a desire to believe in the best in people, which is a good thing, up until I’m wrong. Then I sometimes have the desire to make excuses for them, and excuse things that I maybe shouldn’t. It’s great for starting relationships, but sometimes it has the ability to hurt me when the relationship doesn’t work out.
3. What’s your biggest strength?
I would say that my biggest strength is my endless capacity for love. Maybe it’s cheesy, but I think one of the greatest gifts as a human is that we have love and logic on our side. While I would probably appreciate having some more brains on my side, I think my endless capacity for love makes me a happier person.
4. What’s the biggest learning experience you’ve had?
It’s a lesson that took a long time to learn, which is why it is probably one of the most important lessons to learn that my happiness should not be dependent on anyone else. By nature (and probably nurture too), I am a people pleaser. It’s a very hard way to live, especially when you realize that you can’t please everyone. I’m still working on being okay with not pleasing everyone, and I slip sometimes, but I am very much happier as I build myself beyond worrying about everything else.
5. What’s your idea of a perfect date?
I feel like I’m super simple in that I just want good food, ice cream, and chemistry with a person. The last one is the hardest, because you can’t fake or pretend that unless you’re an actor. It probably isn’t COVID safe, but I would give bonus points to someone who is willing to share food, because I always have a desire to sample everything on the menu. I also appreciate open and honest conversation.
6. What’s one vice you wish you could give up?
I’ve worked on it, so that it doesn’t happen to me too often, but envy is something that doesn’t make me feel great when I’m feeling it or after the fact. I think it’s a side effect of the comparison game, and comparing and thinking about what I don’t have leads to envy sometimes. These days, I can typically snap out of it by reminding myself that if I don’t have it, it probably isn’t something for me.
7. What’s a cause that is important to you?
Being empathetic, it’s hard to narrow down the list of things that I care about, because I can find a way to care about everything. I believe in mental health and wellness, and that everyone deserves to have human rights and be equal. I have a soft spot for the elderly, children, and dogs. I also believe in the advantages that can be brought on with an education, and that sex trafficking is very much wrong. I’m sure this doesn’t cover everything, but these are the touchstones of what I believe in.
8. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
In high school, one of my friends nominated me for the superlative of, “Best person to bring home to mom and dad.” I think that’s the biggest compliment you can give someone, because no relationship compares to the one between a parent and child. It’s also a nerve-wracking moment in any relationship, so the fact that someone would say that I am one of the best people to bring home to mom and dad is such a compliment to how highly they think of me.
9. When are you the most inspired?
Strangely, when I’m about to fall asleep, my brain always thinks of something that gets me to wake back up again. I’m always inspired by the inspiring stories of others, stories of human kindness and love, and writing that has the ability to move my soul.
10. Sweet or savory?
I can’t decide! I can’t live without ice cream, but I also need to snack on potato chips. How can I possibly choose between sushi and creme brulee? I need both of these in my life, so I simply cannot choose.
11. What song can you listen to on repeat?
Lately, I would say “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. I’m a country girl through and through, but I can imagine this song being played as I walk down the aisle.
12. What makes you smile the most?
Damian the Wigglebutt, my precious angel boy.
13. What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I feel like I’m an open book. If they don’t know something, all they have to do is ask.
14. Heels or flats or sneakers?
I love and appreciate the effect that heels can have on an outfit! They can dress up any outfit no matter how casual. Plus, at five feet tall, I have to appreciate how a good pair of heels can help me blend into a crowd.
15. Vintage or new?
I would say new, please.
16. What are the three things you can’t live without?
Taking out people and just talking about things: good food, media, and a comfortable bed.
17. Window or aisle seat?
I could honestly have either and be okay! I enjoy a view every now and then, but I appreciate how much quicker I get out with an aisle seat.
18. What’s your current TV character obsession?
I would say one of my favorite character duos is Barry Allen and Iris West on The Flash. By far an aspirational couple, because he’s always been in love with her, and then they go on to inspire each other, she’s his lightening rod, and writing about him is how her career takes off. They both better each other, and that’s something you dream of and strive for.
19. Leather or lace?
I love both, but for different reasons! I love how badass I feel in a thigh-high leather boot, or how I can kick ass in a leather skirt. If I want a more feminine, delicate, elegant look, I would definitely choose lace.
20. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?
I went to Europe, which was fun. I think I’m pretty tame, so the most adventurous thing I can do is travel. I hope to have many more adventures in my future.
21. How would you define yourself in three words?
Empathetic. Bubbly. Creative.
22. What’s your current favorite piece of clothing that you own?
Strangely, an olive green crop top. I say oddly because I typically don’t own any kind of crop tops.
23. What’s a must-have clothing item everyone should own?
Combat boots! They’re very versatile.
24. What’s inspiring you in life right now?
The stories of entrepreneurial women are really inspiring me right now.
25. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
It wasn’t given to me directly, but I heard Lala Kent in an interview lately and she said, “Never feel guilty for deserving more.” It’s advice that really resonated with me, and I think I am going to try and carry it with me for a long time. Is it the best? We’ll see where it goes.
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