After reading q&a posts by Annie and Hallie (who started this whole blog chain) earlier this week, I was really inspired by the idea and the honesty of their answers, so I decided to join in and create my own!
The premise of the NY Times post (that initially spurred Hallie's blog) was that answering these thirty-six questions will make you fall in love/connect with anyone- pretty interesting concept, eh? I really want to grow my blog into a space of authenticity, connection, friendship, and transparency- so I figured by answering some of these questions I could begin to move in this direction! Here we go:
1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Right now, definitely Jimmy Fallon. He's just so stinking funny, but never in a way that's cruel or demeaning. He seems like such a kind-hearted guy who really cares about people, but just happens to be completely hilarious. He really gets my generation and is able to connect with our humor so perfectly, and I know we would have the best conversations. I imagine a dinner spent with him would result in many instances of me nearly spitting out my drink from laughing so hard and I would be completely okay with that.
2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I'm not sure I could give up my privacy in that way. I'm a really independent, active person who loves to go out and do things alone, and I would hate to have that ruined by paparazzi chasing me for photos and having bodyguards constantly by my side. On the other hand, I would love to have that big of a platform to do good in the world. If I were a celebrity I would definitely spend my time volunteering and donating money to people in need. The world needs more of that in a big way.
3. What would constitute a "perfect day" for you?
Firstly, regardless of where we were, the weather would be upper 70's and completely sunny. I would be surrounded by both sides of my family (even the ones who we've lost), Brandon, and my closest friends. Everyone would be in a blissful mood, healthy, and having a completely wonderful time with each other. We would spend the day relaxing, chatting, playing games (like Heads Up and Pictionary), dancing to great music, eating good homemade food, and enjoying each others company. (I'm honestly tearing up just imagining how lovely this would be).
4. If you were able to live until the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30 year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
I would have to say my mind for sure. I'm such an internal person and really love to just sit with my thoughts, ideas, and imagination. I want to always have my wits about me and to be able to pray and communicate with God as well. I'm definitely an active, exercise/dance loving person so it would be hard to give up a perpetually young body, but in the end I think it's our mind/thoughts/heart that matter more than being completely agile forever.
5. What do you value most in friendship?
Friendship is honestly one of the most important things in my life, and not something I take lightly. I've had up's and down's with people I thought were true friends, and I know what it's like to be treated badly by people you care about. These experiences taught me how I should be treated by friends, and the kind of friend I want to be to others. In light of that, I'd say I value honesty, trust, acceptance, openness, care, deep communication, intention, and genuine love. As I get older I crave more meaningful friendships and connection on topics more personal than boys, partying, shopping, etc. I want my friendships to be deep, real, and inspiring rather than superficial and draining.
7. If you knew that in one year you were going to die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are living? Why?
I would want my faith and relationship with Jesus to be constantly at the fore-front of my mind and actions. I'm currently working at this really intentionally, but I would just try to live and love as Jesus did even more. In the end, this world is not our real home, and things of this world will never satisfy us or make our lives richer- a deep relationship with God is the only thing that will do that. I'd also make sure that everyone in my life knew how much I love and appreciate them every single day. However, I want to do this regardless of if I'm going to "die in a year" or not- these are changes I am trying to implement here and now, because we really never know how much time we have left.
Whew, props to you if you made it through that! I'd love to get to know you and read your answers to these questions (or any others that the article posed)! Comment below with a link to your post if you choose to participate! :) xoxo