List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them (in no particular order)
- Guitar. I took a few classes then basically taught myself, so I don’t know a whole lot, but gosh darnit, I know the six chords necessary to play any pop song. I love music and making my own is that much better.
- Knitting. My best friend taught me the basics and Youtube taught me some more. I learned 3 weeks ago and I’ve already knit three scarves. I can’t stop. It’s so addicting. I have absolutely no idea why. Give me some slippers and stick me in a rocking chair, I’m a grandma.
- Reading. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the world hidden inside of books and stories. I absolutely love stories.
- Television. Like I mentioned seconds ago, I love stories. I like watching entire television series at a time because I can get wrapped up in that world just like I can in books.
- Sleep. I couldn’t think of a fifth hobby. Plus I like sleep more than the average human, I figure that counts.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I would like to be a teacher somewhere, really anywhere would be great. I’ve also been thinking about studying speech pathology instead of special education so that I can work with older people. If that’s the case, in five years, I’ll probably still be in grad school. I’m so bad at being neurotic; I barely even have a five-year plan. I’d also really like to be married, but I have almost zero control over that. I figure God has a plan for me, so whatever happens happens.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?
The ability to grow and shrink or stretch at will. I’m too short to help myself sometimes, but there are also times when being small comes in handy. If I had that ability, I could help so many people and it’d be awesome.
Shortest post ever.
Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood
- The earliest memory I have is when I was still in diapers (well, sort of). I remember running around our house in Billings holding my diaper above my head, loudly declaring that I had pooped and needed changed. I’m relatively certain my parents started potty training me immediately after that.
- When we lived in Custer, there was a huge blizzard that brought snow piles taller than I was (which, admittedly isn’t entirely impressive; I was, and still am, very small). My brother had just gotten his braces off and he lost his clear retainers in a tunnel he built in the snow. Then my brothers and I all went to our church, which was right next door, and played all the board games we found in the church basement with Father Brian. It was awesome.
- Moving from South Dakota to Ohio was a huge change. There’s a menagerie of memories associated with that time, starting with my going away party. I was in first grade at a very small school, so everyone in first grade came to see me off. I still have the t-shirt they all signed and it’s still too big for me. Then we had a 2-day car ride with six people and two dogs. One of those two dogs jumped in the pool of each motel we visited. We moved in to our new house and it was strange. I distinctly remember sitting in my empty bedroom singing the theme song from the Drew Carey Show: “Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks! OHIO!” I was a weird kid.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
London. That’s the quickest I’ve ever been able to come up with an answer for one of these. I have always wanted to go to England, but with my recent fascination with all things british, that desire has increased exponentially. Plus, british people have everything. Accents, Harry Potter, BBC, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Andrew Garfield; they one-up America in just about everything.
Young Life international has been set up over in England, which I would absolutely love to be a part of some day. I’ve been told that Europe is a very numb society in terms of religion, and I would love to help with ministry in a place like that.
Plus, BGSU has a study abroad program for education majors in England. There’s a good possibility that I could actually live in London, even if for only a few months. I probably won’t, but I have the option.
It’s appropriate that this post happened to come on the day of the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Neat.
There’s a strange phenomenon occurring in the world today that I’ve dubbed “superhuman fever.” It seems like everyone loves a good superhero. I know I do. Nerds have started to become cool and comic books have become equally popular. Hollywood has really taken notice and started poppin’ out superhero movies like candy from a vending machine. With The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, and The Dark Knight Rises all coming out just this summer and another Superman movie coming soon, fascination with the fictional superhuman has risen to what I’m assuming is an all-time high. I can’t know for sure because I have done incredibly little research on the subject. But unless you have been on media blackout (which you obviously haven’t been if you’re reading this post) it’s apparent that pop culture is being overtaken by men in capes. I think this phenomenon is due to the world realizing that it has a serious need. Especially in the last few months, it has become clear that we humans are a danger to ourselves. Since the consumption of the forbidden fruit, humankind has been in need of a savior. It has taken us until now to realize that our need is far outside mere human ability – hence the superhuman. Someone once told me that, “Movies understand what we need, but not where to get it.” Hollywood understands that our problem is outside of human care, but they haven’t quite hit the spot on the solution. Jesus is the only solution. The world is filled with sin beyond repair. We have turned away from the God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. The cross is the only thing that can bridge the gap between this terminal world and the perfect God who loves it. Our savior doesn’t wear spandex and a cape. Although, who am I to know what He’s doing up in heaven?
What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
When I was in junior high and when I was a freshman, my friends and I went through a lot of drama. I mean a lot. And it was really petty, stupid drama that makes absolutely no sense thinking back on it. I held a lot of grudges with a lot of people and I thought that everything was the end of the world. There were people that I thought had hurt me, and at the time, I thought it impossible to forgive any of it. It took far longer for me to actually completely forgive those people than I’d care to admit. Let me tell you, nothing is ever as big of a deal as it seems when you’re 14 years old.
What is one thing you most wish you were great at?
Talking. I have come up with a way to communicate my feelings without words, but few people catch on to my facial expressions and grunts. I am an introverted person in that I think constantly. And with a quickness rivaling an episode of Gilmore Girls. I have come up with the perfect words to say in every possible situation. And every time I rehearse them in my mind, they are perfect run-throughs. But when the situations actually arise and it’s show time, I have suddenly forgotten how to use words. I briefly thought about trying to become a news anchor, then decided that since the middle of most of my sentences are “blargh bleh blllll let’s start over,” on-air would not be my forte. I’m excellent with words, but I wish I were great at saying them out loud.
What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
- It’s cheesy and kinda cliche, but graduating high school and making it to college. I take for granted how difficult it actually was to accomplish all that. My parents and my teachers did a lot of work in this little brain of mine, which I suppose makes it as much an accomplishment for them as it was for me.
- Surviving freshman year of college. It’s a similar accomplishment to graduating, but it is one nonetheless. First semester, I figured, “I had 7 classes a day in high school, I can handle 5 every day,” which was really very not true. It took a lot of work, even if it was 101 level work. All of that added to living on my own for the first time was quite a feat. And here I am. I survived just fine.
- When I was a gymnast as a young lass, I was fairly mediocre. At one meet, I was on top of my game. I got a 9.2 on the bars, which earned me a gold medal. Well, I actually received a plaque, but it says “First Place” on it. That was an exciting day in my childhood.
- I don’t know how much of an accomplishment it is, but being a Young Life leader. God has done the heavy lifting, so I suppose it’s more of a joint accomplishment. It was a weird day when I got placed. I had wanted to be a leader since I was a sophomore in high school, so when it happened I felt all the feelings. I was excited, nervous, terrified, ecstatic, overwhelmed, you know, all the feelings. And it’s been great.
- Staying an optimistic, hopeful person. Sin has always been present in the world, but it seems like these days, tragedies are all too common. Hope is a difficult thing to hold on to in this time, but Jesus gives me hope. So again, not really my accomplishment, but still a difficult feat.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
Well, I’m going to cheat and make this into two questions, the first being if you were an animal, what would you be and why? To which I would answer hummingbird. I’m small, I’m kind of a spaz, and I love sugar. And I decided to pick a bird because I have a bit of a beak on me. I own my schnoz, no need to feel pity or assume I’m being self-conscious. If I were to answer the Ashley Rozelle ice-breaker: if you were a creature under the sea, what would you be and why? I would answer a Yellow Tang, which, for those of you who aren’t nerds, is the yellow fish from Finding Nemo who loves bubbles. Or maybe a Blue Tang, which is what Dory is. Really, I’d be any bright, quick, tropical fish (I just wanted to show off) for the same reason that I’d be a hummingbird. Except for the sugar part. I’m not so sure Tangs like sugar.
The second question: if you were an animal, what would you want to be and why? I’d want to be a giraffe. They’re adorable, for one thing. I also want to know what it’s like to have that long neck. Plus, giraffes aren’t incredibly active creatures. I could live with chillin’ out in the savannah all day.