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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1) What is your favorite color?
I love them all and couldn’t possibly choose just one! Lilac, kelly green, robin’s egg blue, butter yellow, tangerine orange, raspberry red, cherry blossom pink, chocolate brown–each color has a shade that I adore! Perhaps that is why I feel so passionate about the topic of connection: I believe everyone has something positive to share with the world.
2) What is your favorite food?
Cold cereal and tacos
3) Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’m the most extroverted of all introverts, meaning that I enjoy hanging out with people to a certain point, but must have plenty of time on my own to recover from the influx of emotions caused by people and life in general.
4) Are you a dreamer or a go-getter?
I am both. I dream up ideas (lots and lots of ideas!), add them to my vision board, and then work to make them happen.
5) What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about bringing others to Christ by sharing what my relationship with Him means to me. I am also passionate about connecting with individuals in meaningful ways and encouraging others to do the same. Hence, I suppose you could say that my greatest passions are the first two commandments: Loving God with all my heart and loving my neighbor as myself.
6) Name a book that has influenced you the most:
7) What do you do to relax at the end of a long week?
Hiking, biking, reading, and watching a good movie together are ways our family winds down after a long week. We especially love inspirational movies like this one, and true stories like this one (featuring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer).
8) Share your favorite motivational quote:
My favorite quote at the moment has to do with connecting with others in meaningful ways:
“Could a greater miracle take place for us than to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” Henry David Thoreau
9) What trial have you overcome or are in the process of overcoming?
Having dreamed, from an early age, of having the ‘perfect family’, my greatest challenges in life have been being single for a decade prior to getting married, having two miscarriages before finally having my first baby, and having my long-awaited marriage end in divorce, which caused untold pain for my children. In the end, these trials strengthened my relationship with God.
11) What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
My best friend and I quit our jobs, packed everything into my car, and moved to another state with no prior arrangements for a job or a place to live. We lived in a cheap motel for a week and donated plasma for food money until we got settled into an apartment and found jobs. It was a thrilling adventure, but I look back now and wonder, “What were we thinking?!” Lol
12) Share a life-changing event you have experienced:
Motherhood and divorce have both blessed and challenged me. The dichotomy between the highs and lows that came with each experience is what has been so life-changing for me. Both motherhood and divorce increased my resilience, my gratitude, and my devotion to God, which has been life-changing indeed!
13) What do people constantly misunderstand about you?
Many people see my extroverted side and are shocked to learn that I love to spend time alone. Going alone to a restaurant, to see a movie in the theatre, or to meander through a bookstore for a few hours have always been some of my favorite things to do!
16) Do you have a favorite place in the world? Where is it?
17) What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Creative, compassionate, determined
18) Who has been a role model to you? How?
My grandmothers. While different in so many ways, they each taught me unique and valuable lessons by their example: patience, resilience, hard work, dedication to God and family, life-long service to others, and so much more.
19) Who is the person with whom you can talk about anything?
My mom. We talk by phone several times a week.
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”—John 16:33
22) What message would you like to share with the rest of the world?
You are stronger than you know. With God’s help, you can overcome any trial that comes your way.
23) If you could go back five years in your life, what advice would you give yourself?
Trust God. Trust yourself. Trust that life will bring overwhelming happiness despite the occasional bump in the road.
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EVERYONE HAS A SHARE: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
CHALLENGE: Ask someone you know little about questions about their life. Discover something that you have in common.