Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I did a Friday Questions post, so let’s answer some more of the questions Nicole posed on her Real Talk Radio podcast:
1) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I spent a lot of my childhood thinking that I wanted to be a vet. I am an animal lover to my core, and I always figured that was the perfect career for me. (My first science class in college quickly abused me of that notion, though. I struggled through basic anatomy!) I also remember telling people I wanted to be an author. (One time, a family friend said, “You want to be Arthur?” as if they thought my goal in life was to be a cartoon aardvark, but I digress.)
2) When you’re getting to know someone new, what’s your favorite thing to ask them?
I know it’s a lame question to ask, but I love to ask what people do for a living. I know, I know. We are all so much more than our jobs, but it’s also what we spend most of our time doing during a typical week and I always find the answer enlightening. And some people have really cool jobs! People always want to know more when I tell them I’m a copywriter, and I’m happy to explain what I do.
I also like to ask people the last great book they read, but it’s demoralizing to ask this on dating apps. Nobody reads! Argh. But maybe it should be my go-to question to ask to separate the men from the boys. 😉
3) What’s something you know now that you wish you would have known three years ago?
Man, probably that both of my grandparents would be gone. Hopefully, it would have pushed me to spend more time with them, ask more about their lives, and soak up their wisdom. And this is coming from someone who was super close with her grandparents! I guess it’s normal to live with those types of regrets, of just always wanted more time with the people you love. Have you heard of that company called StoryWorth that sends weekly emails to your loved ones with prompts so they can tell the story of their life and your family? I really wanted to do something like that with Pops; it was something I was thinking about purchasing for 2019, but now I can’t. It’s miserable having regrets, it really is.
4) What’s one non-negotiable thing that you have to do every day?
Reading. Even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes at the end of the day, I always make time for reading.
5) If I could hand you an all-expense trip for two, where would you go and who would you bring?
Oh, this is so easy because I’ve been dreaming and scheming about doing something like this for a long time now, and I just want to make it happen! I would take my mom on a two-week trip to Italy. We’d spend some of our time exploring the cities and the rest of it sailing through the Mediterranean on a cruise. I really need to get my butt into gear and start saving for this because I’d love to have this memory with my mom more than anything.
What’s your non-negotiable? Where would you go on an all-expense trip for two and who would you bring?