1. Best piece of advice you have ever received.
Dave Burgamy was a father figure, a coach, mentor, a humble and amazing human being. He was patient and kind and always looking for a teaching moment. He was passionate about free throws, form, and determination. We always ended practice with a free throw drill and if we missed, we couldn’t leave. We could only leave the gym if we made our last shot. He recited over and over again, “never quit on a miss.” I have taken that advice with me everywhere I go, always aiming to leave with success or at least a lesson learned. I refuse to walk away from anything without acknowledging what I could have done better or how I could have made the lost shot. I have him to thank for that.
2. The worst meal you’ve ever cooked.
All of them haha. I am not a good cook whatsoever and I constantly burn my grilled cheese sandwiches. I’m gonna have to really think about this one.
3. Your feelings about the dentist.
I have never minded the dentist. In fact, I often look forward to the clean feeling and water flosser after visiting. Should prolly schedule my semi-annual appointment now actually.
4. What do you know about your father’s parents?
Well, I didn’t know either of them personally. But I have learned my grandfather was a racist, sexist, controlling, and abusive jackass. My grandparents were divorced while my dad was a kid for related reasons. My grandmother has much influence over characteristics I hold including the freckles and sassy comebacks. She was a badass who drank Yeger and started a motorcycle gang for women against sexual assault. I wish I knew more because she sounds like an amazing woman who could’ve taught me a lot of things, including how to hold my liquor.
5. A time you narrowly escaped.
Beep test in high school physical education. Earned my diploma and avoided four years of an insulting recording telling me how fast I needed to run down the basketball court. Boooyah.
6. The worst date you’ve ever been on.
Marcelus (I think).
7. Favorite national or state park
I’m from Colorado so I am certainly a little biased and have also not explored nearly enough of our country’s national parks. The Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado is by far one of my favorite. Reminds me how small and insignificant our stresses and lives are in terms of the history of our planet- similar to the emotions I feel when near the ocean but much closer to home. It is massive and overwhelming and humbling. Sand is soft too. I miss that spot.
8. A time you did service.
9. Your favorite place to visit in the fall.
Well in Colorado, west on I-70 was the answer. Always searching for the yellowing of Aspen leaves and the brisk snowy air. In Alabama, I’m not sure. I’ll find somewhere though and report back soon.
10. 3 of your mother’s favorite things
-organization: color coding, blue pens, highlighters, sticky notes, planners especially.
-Chile rellenos, Blue Bonnet’s especially
-being a mom to children and to dogs. She’s damn good at it too
11. What makes you nervous
Letting the people around me down. I thrive to be independent, take risks, and succeed by any means necessary. But I don’t want to disappoint anyone while doing that. Its a tricky balance I am learning to walk.
12. Oldest friend
Lettie. Since ’98
13. A time someone helped you
Last night. My boyfriend helped me realize how beautiful I am right now and although I have fitness goals, I need to be proud of who I am and how I am in this moment. He showed me some love and inspired me to love myself. Needed that bad.
14. Something you never want to own.
15. First time you fell in love.
16. Your favorite sounds
Rain on the window (cliche, yes) ; Nash’s laugh ; thunder ; sometimes silence is my favorite sound, the stillness of nothing happening.