2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to? My Dad.
3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say? “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” – my husband. It’s a great mantra for both of us…suffering from perfectionism can be a real pain in the ass.
4. What gets you excited about life? My family, a beautiful day, vacations, great food, my fur babies, getting paid well for a job I like.
5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way? Live within your means. In the great crash of 2008 we lost our home to foreclosure and had to file for bankruptcy after hubs got laid off. Way too much credit card debt. Really hard lesson. Living on a cash basis for the last 10 years taught me some restraint. By no means am I perfect at it, but there’s definitely been an improvement.
6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? Up until a few years ago, I worked 2 jobs. My regular job, and a 12 hour shift as a charge nurse every Sunday. Now that I’m not, and we’re surviving just fine, I wish I hadn’t wasted all those Sundays working for money I thought I needed.
7. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know? OMG, I am the queen of clarification. Meaning, I need details. Generalities bug the hell out of me. I’m rather literal, and have a need to be perfectly clear on what I’m being asked to do. I’m also a knowledge junkie who reads everything I can get my hands on. So no….I question everything.
8. Who do you love and what are you doing about it? Well that’s an odd question. I love my husband. And I tell him I love him several times a day.
10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago? Be happy in my job. I love the people I work with and the work that I’m doing doesn’t suck the life out of me.
11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength? Weakness I suppose. I end up holding it in too long and having a major meltdown ugly cry. I know it’s stupid, but it is what it is.
12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? Go swimming. Putting a bathing suit on this body freaks me out, I feel incredibly self conscious.
13. Do you celebrate the things you do have? Yes.
14. What is the difference between living and existing? Being present in your life, rather than numbing yourself out with whatever.
16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering? I sat at my Dad’s side as he passed away, holding his hand and telling him how much I loved him. I’ll remember that for the rest of my days.
17. What does your joy look like today? It’s a gorgeous spring day in New Mexico, we’re going to get out in it!
18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word? Hugging someone you can’t stand because everybody in the group is hugging. I’d call that a lie.
19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend? About half a nano-second. My self-talk can be pretty shitty sometimes. I’m working on it.
20. Which activities make you lose track of time? Reading. I just fall into the book. All my life, I’ve done this. The real world just falls away and I’m living in the story. Hours can go by.