I thought I’d do something a little different today (and it kind of falls in line with the second episode of the Podcast, which wasn’t on purpose!) but I love the idea of checking in here with you guys on a real personal level to ensure you’re always getting a glimpse into the person behind this blog. So today I thought I’d share 15 of my honest answers to 15 super impactful questions.
What does your ideal day look like?
If it’s a weekday: I wake up slow and linger in bed with my coffee, avocado toast and a good book. I write because it feels good while my puppy lays at my feet, I record an inspiring podcast episode, and then I follow that up with a really great workout. Then, I spend about 20 minutes in the sauna, and I go get an hour long massage or facial. I go to the grocery store to get fresh ingredients for a new dinner recipe, come home to play outside with Jasper, read a little more, and start cooking while a candle burns and a glass of vino in hand. Chat with my guy about our days over dinner, love on one another and head to bed at a decent hour.
If it’s a weekend: I wake up even slower with coffee in bed with a good book ;) My guy and I take Jasper for a super long walk, maybe head to the farmers market, meet friends for brunch, head out on the boat for the afternoon and soak up some sun (I’m pretending its summer), go home and take a long nap, hop in the shower and get ready for a date night on the town. We’re in bed before midnight ;) and wake up with out an ounce of a hangover.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was super young I wanted to be a grocery check out lady (ha). I used to use my parents treadmill as the checkout strip when I’d play pretend. When I got a bit older I think I wanted to be a teacher, if I remember that correctly. You may have to ask my mom.
Who are you most inspired by? Why?
Anyone who’s willing and unafraid to live out their whole truth. Those people are gold and I’m in awe of them. I’m practicing this walk every day of my life. And Barack Obama for so many reasons.
Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?
I’d love to take Emily Weiss out to lunch and tell her how fearless I think she is. I’d ask her to look over my business plan, and then I’d ask if she wanted to be best friends. Sophia Bush makes that feel like a tie, because that woman is light. I’d ask her how I could help her change the word, because she’s clearly on the path to doing just that.
What habit would you most like to break? / Start?
I’d most like to break my habit of being so hard on myself and thinking out loud. I don’t give myself enough space to figure out the lesson before I start chipping away at my own integrity, which isn’t fair. I work on it daily. As far as thinking out loud, I’d like to break this habit because it gives off the notion that I’m stressed out, which i’m usually not. I certainly don’t want to come off that way to people, or to ever give off any kind of negative energy to those around me. I’d like to learn to think more internally and then speak when it’s been sorted out in my own head. So I guess that answers the second part of the question :)
Think of the person you truly admire. What qualities do you like about that person?
My friend Erin is such a powerful listener. There’s so much pause that comes after you speak, and you know its because she’s quite literally soaking up every single word you just said. You get validation of that in the way she responds to you. It’s really amazing. I admire a lot of people, but right now that’s something that I’m constantly focusing on when communicating with others.
How do you like to relax?
When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?
Scuba diving in Asia in December. I started crying beforehand I was so nervous. But I’m so happy (and proud) that I did it — it was amazing.
What are you most proud of?
My journey — how I’ve healed myself and continue to heal myself through my battle with grief and loss. How I’ve loved myself back to life and didn’t need anyone else to do it for me. In relation to that, I’m really proud of The Calm Collective and what it’s grown in to.. from this website, the podcast, the to do list — just knowing that I’m helping or inspiring even just one person to live the life they truly want is so insanely rewarding.
What are you most afraid of?
Losing those I love. I’ve lived it, and it’s awful. I wish I had a different answer, because I know that for most of us, this is inevitable — but it’s the truth.
What practical skills do you wish you had?
Speaking other languages. This is certainly something I could spend time learning, but I wish it was a skill that I learned really early in life. Chris is ambidextrous (can use his left and right hand equally well) and I always think that would be so nice to have that ability.
What talent do you wish you had?
Singing. Hands down, no contest.
Pretend money is no object. What would you do?
I’d build a house on the lake and spend my days writing.
What piece of advice would you give 5 year old you?
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a living, breathing thing.”
How do you want to be remembered in life?
Compassionate, generous, loving, good.