I’ve been at a loss for ideas this week. I’ve been doing so many types of posts from listicles, to travel blogs, to opening up about personal issues, that I’m not sure what to do next. So for some weird reason, I thought you all might be interested in getting to know me a little better. I went online and googled “get to know you questions” and clicked on the first link: 200 Questions to get to know someone. And no, I won’t be answering all 200, but I figured I’d scan through and pick some to answer right here.
What state or country do you never want to go back to?
Paris. I know, it’s a city, but I have no desire to go back. My time in Paris wasn’t ideal, but it also wasn’t bad. I got to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night, do an amazing walking tour to see all the sights, and eat some really amazing food. However, if I’m ever going back to France, it won’t be to Paris. I’ll find a different city to check out.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Simple texts. Ice cold water. Me time. Completing a task. A break in traffic. A good laugh.
Are you usually early or late?
EARLY. And if anyone ever tries to say “people running late are just more creative” I call a big ol bs and say those are the people who don’t know how to budget their time. Or I saw an article once stating the early-birds are pessimists (which I find rather insulting). I’m very passionate about this and feel like people who are punctual don’t get enough credit.
What’s the most annoying habit other people have?
Not using their blinker while driving. I have a lot of opinions about driving, so this is the last question I’ll answer about that.
How different was your life one year ago?
Incredibly different. I was in the first few months of being unemployed after my first full-time job, and preparing for a trip to Europe with a bunch of strangers. I was working toward being my happy-go-lucky self again, after being in a place that stifled my creativity, joy, and spirit. It was a process figuring out who I was and what I wanted out of my life. Yet here I am.
There are two types of people in the world. What are the two types?
Dog & cat people.
If you could convince everyone in the world to do one thing, at some point in time, what would it be?
Live alone. It was the best experience to help me grow up, learn to spend time alone and be okay with it, and really figure out my style, my preferences, and who I am as a person. BUT, I am back to living with a roommate and absolutely loving it.
What’s something you are self-conscious about?
Typically I’m self-conscious of my body. I know I’m not the “ideal” woman size, so I let that affect me a lot in my daily conversations, what I choose to wear, and how I even approach potential partners. Otherwise, I would say if I’m looking at my personality, I get really self-conscious about my dependency on friends or family. Separation anxiety is a big struggle in my life and I wish I could move past it.
What’s the best thing about you?
Being empathetic and inclusive. I’m really proud of the person I am and believe my abilities to be inclusive with the ones around me and also empathetic to people in difficult situations is such a blessing. I also feel great because for once it was tough to choose what I think is the best part of myself (because I currently love a lot).
What do you hope never changes?
My amazing group of friends. I hope they all continue to grow and flourish in everything they do (because they’re amazing), but I hope me being there to witness their growth and be a constant cheerleader for them never changes. I want to be in it for the long haul with these goofs.
If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make?
A coffee table.
What do you wish your brain was better at doing?
Logical things. I’m pretty good at the creative side of things, but being logical…not so much.
What risks are worth taking?
Quitting a job that’s toxic to your life. It’s not easy and no one will ever claim it to be. But if you have the means to quit a toxic job, do it. Take the risk of finding something that might pay less or be worse hours, but feed your soul in a way your toxic job never could.
When do you feel truly “alive”?
When I’m looking at something I’ve dreamed of looking at for the first time. Going abroad and seeing sights like the Eiffel Tower or Tower of London or Big Ben. Checking the Swiss Alps off the list was another big one.
If you were put into solitary confinement for six months, what would you do to stay sane?
Honestly, I’d probably do things thinking I was keeping myself sane, but all in all turning insane. Talking to myself, thinking of book ideas or weird scenarios, or pretending like I was talking to other people. See? Insane.
What is one responsibility you wish you didn’t have?
Paying bills. Seriously, I’ll do almost any other annoying responsibility, but paying bills is easily my least favorite.
What’s something that happened or something that someone said that has changed the way you view things?
The Civil Rights Pilgrimage and everything I learned during that trip and my time at UW-Eau Claire. This trip brings you down through the Freedom Trail, where you get to meet Freedom Bus Riders, see the bus Rosa Parks sat in the front of, visit the Church where the first steps from Selma to Montgomery took place, and walk across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. I heard from fellow students, as well as members of the communities we would visit about their stories of racism, bigotry, and lack of privilege, and it totally changed my life. I was inspired to be a better ally and work to break down barriers and privilege people don’t even recognize they have. It was the greatest experience of my life.
What gives your life meaning?
The people in it. I’d be absolutely nothing without the people who surround me.
Well, there we go. I feel like you’ve gotten to know me a little bit better. There were so many questions I would have loved to answer, but honestly I couldn’t get my brain to think of anything (it must just be this entire week).
If you decide to write a blog answering these questions or any other questions from the list, tag me in it! I’d love to learn more about you. If you’re not a blogger but feel inspired to answer one or more of these questions, leave a comment!
Here’s a question for you: if you were starting a brand new blog today, what would be your first post?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If I was totally starting over on a blog, I would honestly just explain who I am in my first post…Super creative, I know.