I came across this feature from Sophie magazine back in 2008 (how can that be 9 years ago already?) when I was living in Asheville and trying SO freaking hard to make my business work. It was fun to read what I wrote, to see how much I've grown and contemplate how my answers would be different (or maybe somewhat the same) today. Though these are not my first choice questions for deep reflection, it's fun to contemplate nonetheless.
I'd love to hear how you'd answer one, a few or all of them in the comments.
I wish someone would invent: Oddly, this one came true with the help our our amazing au pair and services like Amazon Prime Now, Shipt and Instacart - all lifesavers. Today, I wish someone would invent...gosh I really have no idea. I don't know what the invention is, but the problem I would like to solve is people's mostly negative relationship to their work. It's been engrained in us that work is 'hard' and we have to toil to make a paycheck. Most of what we've learned about work needs to be turned on it's head. I think our work should be a calling and be purposeful and lead us to grow and be the best versions ourselves.
What do you daydream about: Back then, I was into making a difference from the stage as a speaker. Though I still enjoy speaking to audiences, I really love one-on-one work. As for what I daydream about - living what I call an 'alternate lifestyle,' very different from the typical 8-5 we've been trained to 'fall into.' This means fitting my work into my life instead of the other way around, living an inspired and purpose-filled life and making a difference in the lives of others - helping people uncover their calling and achieve their dreams. I also daydream about traveling and adventuring with my family and the lake house I'd like to have someday.
My idea of a successful day is: While I'm still ALL ABOUT work-life balance as I was 9 years ago, a successful day to me is waking up early, writing in my journal & meditating, practicing Vinyasa yoga, spending time with my daughters for an hour or so, one-on-one coaching with 2 clients, lunch with a friend or good networking contact, coaching with 2 more clients, reading something inspirational, running, cooking dinner for the family being present with my husband and daughters either playing outside in the yard or cuddling on the couch to watch a movie. I also don't want every day to look like this because that would drive me crazy too. Variety is the spice of life.
What's the best book you've ever ready?
While Sophie's World is / was an incredible book, typically whatever book I've just finished is the best book I've read because I read (or actually listen to) A LOT of self-help, spiritual books that inspire me. I just finished listening to Wayne Dyer's Wishes Fulfilled book again so, I'll say that for now, that one's my favorite..
What's the silliest thing you've ever done?
Now this is where I struggle - first of all, I have a light and positive personality, but wouldn't really consider myself silly. I have to say though, now that I have 2.5 year old daughters, I find myself being silly with them a lot when we play together. Silliest thing I've ever done? Let's just say I occasionally still spazz out over something that really isn't a big deal, but a whole lot less than before.
What's the sneakiest thing you've ever done?
How could I have forgotten sneaking out with my BFF one night in the snow during our junior year? That feels way sneakier than giving my mom a surprise retirement party. I can honestly say I've done nothing as sneaky as that since - but if I have, please someone remind me because I'm feeling kind of boring right about now.
The most embarrassing thing I've ever done:
This is a tough one for me too. It's not that I don't do things that are embarrassing, it's just that I don't really care as much as I did before. I do hate to notice a booger in my nose or spinach in my teeth at the end of the day, but in the long run, who cares? I'm probably more frustrated that nobody told me v. embarrassed that it happened.
I am most grateful for:
Creating a life, job and business that feels aligned with my true purpose. I do what I love and love what I do and get to spend optimal time with my family. Super grateful!
If I were Queen of the World I would:
I will keep this answer the same as before : )
At which stores would you max out your credit cards: West Elm and Amazon : ) (is that cheating)
I help people be true to their inner calling and lead the life they love.