Hanne tagged me in this back in December, and I’m finally getting around to doing it–yay!
What is your favorite winter tradition?
I guess my favorite winter tradition is anything to do with Christmas–getting a tree, watching The Christmas Story on Christmas Eve, wrapping presents, etc. (It’s only mid-January but Christmas already feels like a dream, or a dream of a dream.) (Points to anyone who got that reference.)
What is your favorite quote?
I have a ton of favorite quotes. Here are the ones that have made it to Post-It notes above my desk, which means they really mean a lot to me in this stage of life for one reason or another:
It’s time to take the world and make it your own.
I might be a dreamer, but it’s gotten me this far, and that is far enough for me.
You figure out what matters. And you do something about it.
Life is short, the world is wide, let’s make some memories.
You can do anything you want. You are bound by nothing.
One of these is from a TV show I love, one is from a musical I love, one is from a book series I love, and two are from movies I love. Again, bonus points if you recognize any of them!
What is the book you read most recently, and what did you think of it?
Currently I’m in the middle of I Am Malala (not sure why I haven’t read it before? It’s good). I’m also going to reread Anna and the French Kiss later today in one sitting, and do the same with Isla and the Happily Ever After tomorrow, and I’m so excited because I love both of those books so much.
What is your favorite board game?
This isn’t necessarily a board game–it’s a dice game–but I like Qwixx. I also played a fun game the other night called Hail Hydra, and I like Payday and any Harry Potter-themed board games.
What’s a name that you love but won’t ever use for your kids?
I love the name Linnea, but if I have biological kids (not planning on it) I’d want to give them names that are easy to pronounce and spell, just to make their lives easier. I might use it for a middle name, though. Something classic for a first name and something a little different for a middle name. I really like Caroline Linnea, Elisabeth Bethany, Elise Vivian, something like that.
If you could learn one physical activity and do extremely well at it, what would it be?
There are so many things I’d love to do, but my health problems hold me back from most of them. I would LOVE to compete on American Ninja Warrior, for instance.
What is your favorite brand? (i.e., Forever 21, Nike, etc; not restricted only to clothing)
OrangeTheory Fitness has really good branding. Also, UPS has a weirdly impressive social media strategy, especially on LinkedIn.
Outside the work world, though (I’m trying to have a weekend, I promise), I love UnderArmour clothing.
What is your favorite trait in a friend?
Someone who’s loyal, funny, including, understanding, etc.
What is your secret talent?
Umm I don’t think I really have one? A lot of people who are in my life right now don’t know that I’m a classically trained pianist. I try not to bring it up. 😉
If you could meet one person that’s currently alive, who would you meet?
There are SO MANY people I want to meet. A short list: Laura Osnes because she’s the loveliest, kindest, most amazing, most talented lady ever. (I keep waiting for the Broadway Princess Party to come to Atlanta.) Shawn Mendes because look at him. Miss Val, the UCLA gymnastics coach, because she’s just the best. Katie Davis, founder of Amazima. Cole Sprouse because I learn half a dozen new vocabulary words every time I listen to him talk. Danielle Fishel because who wouldn’t want to meet Topanga Matthews? Brigid Kemmerer, one of my new favorite authors (out of all these people, she’s probably the one I have the best chance of actually meeting someday). Also, I’d love to meet some of my blog friends in person, like Hanne or Sara. Hopefully that will happen someday too! (I totally did not answer this question haha)
What was your favorite moment of 2018?
The fifteen minutes I spent in the middle of the Alaskan mountains, running up and down hills covered with pink fireweed. In my opinion, it was the most beautiful place we visited in Alaska (probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been), and I felt so joyful and free.
I was about to publish this and then I reread Hanne’s post and realized I’m also supposed to share 11 facts about myself. My mind is blanking but here goes…
- I listen to literally all music genres except country and 80s
- I work full time, 40+ hours a week, as a freelance content marketer
- I used to hate contemporary books but now I LOVE them
- I don’t like to wear makeup. The feel of it bothers me + it takes too much time
- My bedroom has a bay window (which is where my desk is) and vaulted ceilings and I love it very much
- Instagram used to be my favorite social media platform but now I think Twitter is taking over
- I love big dog breeds–one day I want a Golden Retriever and a Great Pyrenees and a Bernese mountain dog
- I danced for seven years growing up and I currently take tap dance
- I love the mountains and being outside, although I can’t really hike anymore
- I absolutely LOVE history
- I’m a Ravenclaw!!!
I was tagged in this a really long time ago and I’m not sure who’s already been tagged, so just do it with these same questions if you want to because they’re good ones!