What job would you be terrible at?
I would be a terrible chef. I’m pretty sure I’ve burned water at least once in my life.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I am a dog person, but my husband is a cat lady… so, basically, we own 57 cats (or at least my allergies think so).
How are finances important in your everyday life?
I think it goes without saying that finances play a pivotal role in all our lives. Sadly, I can’t say that I’ve always managed mine well. Raising two children and becoming the de facto leader of a multi-generational family has a way of grounding you, so I do know the struggle. I didn’t start getting serious about my financial health until I was in my twenties. It just goes to show you that no matter what hole you’ve dug yourself into, you can get educated and find your way out. It’s never too late.
What is one thing you think everyone should do at least once in their life?
Solo hiking. Sounds crazy, but stay with me. We rarely experience silence. The buzz of life is all around - the hum of an air conditioner, the distraction of television, the incessant ringing of our phones. We seldom know what it feels like to disconnect and experience real solitude. There’s nothing more cleansing and freeing than being surrounded by nothing but nature with only your own thoughts.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in the sticks of Northeastern Oklahoma. I lived on a dirt road thirty minutes from the nearest stoplight. There were less than one hundred people in my graduating class in a school district with a hundred mile radius. I spent my summers swimming in the lake we could see from my back door and playing in the woods surrounding my home. I didn’t have cable and I didn’t know what the internet was. The characters in my favorite books served as my companions. I spent my childhood pining for the city life. Now that I’m here, I kind of want to go back.