What is your idea of perfect happiness?
smelling the outdoor air, seeing the beauty of the world around me, feeling content in my skin, spending time with loved ones.
What is your greatest fear?
that i’ll repeat mistakes and not learn from them
Which living person do you most admire?
anyone who has strong conviction around their purpose in life. i still have yet to find that.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
overthinking to the point of paralysis
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
being unaware/not concerned of the impact of their actions/words on others
What is your greatest extravagance?
good food and good wine
What is your favorite journey?
i love to walk in others’ footsteps — no matter how ordinary a life. to retrace steps and moments in time through the eyes of someone else is such a fascination for me
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
none. would like to see virtues, theological or otherwise, given higher value in our current state of overly saturated instant gratification
On what occasion do you lie?
sounds trite, but if it protects someone’s feelings, and isn’t a critical piece of information they need to know, i may smooth over the details a bit.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
there are a few things, but let’s start with my feet
Which living person do you most despise?
i don’t have anyone in particular i despise — it’s more behaviors i despise such as being judgmental or blatant disregard for others so that you can be in a better position (in traffic, work or life …)
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
lazy diction such as “like” and “you know.” and the word “interesting” — it’s a filler word for me when i can’t think of something intelligent to say
What is your greatest regret?
i wish i would not have ended a particular friendship. i wasn’t mature enough to express my feelings and chose the easy way out — to disconnect.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
this is a tough one as i don’t see things in absolutes. i see love as multiplying and not dividing, so it’s hard for me to characterize one thing or one person in my life as the greatest love. i feel blessed to have a full heart from much love experienced in my life.
Which talent would you most like to have?
the gift of singing. i feel like it could double as therapy. exercise gives me such relief physically and puts me in a strong mental state. but if i could sing well, it could be both a gift and serve a purpose to cleanse me from within.
What is your current state of mind?
i try hard to remain positive and remind myself of the gifts i have, the opportunities we all have based on the time in which we’re living, and the abundance of love i’ve been shown
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
i would like to think faster
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
i’d like to come back as a fast car
Where would you like to live?
on a farm, in the country, surrounded by animals and genuine people
What is your favorite occupation?
i think philanthropy would be the coolest occupation ever
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
compassion, humor, curiosity, commitment, strength, honesty
Who are your favorite writers?
Ayn Rand, Anne Tyler, Madeleine L’Engle, L.M. Montgomery, Sue Monk Kidd, Lee Child, Roald Dahl, Orson Scott Card — many others i’m leaving out — it’s hard to narrow the list ..
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Scout Finch; Ellen Ripley from Alien; IronMan
Who are your heroes in real life?
my mom and dad were my heroes. my dad because he dedicated his life to helping the underdog and my mom because she faced such adversity from the beginning to the end of her life and yet still remained so positive, giving and loving.
What are your favorite names?
going old-fashioned here .. grace, ella, charles … names that symbolize strength and character
How would you like to die?
peacefully and not in a prolonged manner. i would rather die younger and quicker then string out life watching my body and mind slowly deteriorate and my loved ones go away one by one
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