… besides the stuff you already know like my deep affection for mountains, running, peanut butter, Bodypump, etc. Jen’s post inspired me to bring something else to the blogosphere today, aside from my usual weekly chats about my fitness. You should play along too!
1. What brings you the greatest joy?
Oh, where to start. So much comes to mind. Sharing honest and open life chats with friends. The sense of total freedom and aliveness while running. Deep connection. Biting into a perfectly ripe, sweet, juicy peach. BOOKS. After a long day of hiking, nothing feels better than a hearty meal, hot shower and getting into bed (with clean sheets and a good book!) Cooking and sharing a meal with someone I care about. TRAVEL. Writing and sharing my stories. A good night’s sleep. Flowers. Being perfectly content and happy in seemingly mundane moments: standing in a grocery store lineup with my guy and giving him a hug. Holding hands in savasana 🙂 Can you tell I thrive on connection?
2. What are your vices?
Ice cream and salty snacks: crackers, popcorn and tortilla chips, which I have very little self control around!
3. What is on your nightstand? iPhone charger, the book I’m reading, a photo of Lauren and me at Lake Louise, a buddha and a giant bowl filled with Momentum Jewelry bracelets and shoe charms, mala beads, sunglasses and other random stuff.
4. Do you have a secret talent?
I don’t know if I’d describe this as a talent, but I’m deeply fine tuned to the energies and emotions of the people around me. I have a knack for reading people and have the ability to easily connect with people’s hearts and spirits.
5. What is your greatest indulgence?
My fitness. It’s my daily “me time” to run, strength train or take a yoga class. It’s an investment in myself and #1 priority over everything else. I take care of me so I can take care of others and bring my best Self forward. Tony Robbins hits the nail on the head with this truth bomb: “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
Also, this jar of peanut butter is EVERYTHING.
6. What should everyone try at least once in their life?
Running a race – whether it’s a 5k or marathon. Running changes your life for the better, period. Same with climbing a mountain. I don’t know anyone who began running or hiking and didn’t become a better human being because of it. Aside from the outward physical benefits, putting yourself in uncomfortable situations creates resilience, inner strength and confidence that will undoubtedly and positively flow into every single life facet.
7. What makes you laugh?
How ridiculous my friends and I are together. Deep belly, gut-wrenching laughs are one of my greatest pleasures. The absurdity and shared humour between my best friends and me is…. uh, questionable.
8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m an introvert. I wouldn’t say I’m shy or nervous in social situations, but rather a gentle, soft-spoken and peaceful being. I tend to take a more reserved approach until I get a feel for ‘my audience’ and what/who I’m working with. I have to keep an emotional safe distance from people who are very high energy, loud and abrasive. Does that make sense? I very much appreciate serenity!
Additionally, I can’t stand clutter, messes, disorganization or being late. Not sure if it’s the Virgo in me (Virgo moon!) or if I’m slightly OCD, but I “must” complete a series of daily specific tasks… like tidying my room before bed (otherwise I can’t sleep) laying out everything I need for the following day, mentally planning what I’m going to eat for meals, etc.
Sometimes, a mood will come over me and I’ll begin cleaning and organizing other people’s houses. Like my BF’s. I was trying to get ready for a party the other night, yet I couldn’t stop organizing his fridge and spice cupboard. I am THAT person who will fix your toilet paper roll if it’s on backwards. Do I need help??
9. What is on your bucket list?
Travel. Destinations that are currently calling me:
-Hawaii (I’ll be back in the magic of the islands in 6 weeks and can’t wait!)
10. What is on your feet right now?
Busted open blisters, calluses… oh wait. I am barefoot.
11. How did you make your first dollar?
Selling orange and grape Kool-Aid and lemonade on my parents front lawn
12. What superstition do you believe in?
Astrology. I don’t fully understand “how” it works, but people born around the same time of year tend to have very similar personality traits. If you look at how lunar cycles affect life on earth – from ocean tides and plant life, it makes sense that the moon and other planets would influence humans too!
13. What items in your closet do you wear the most?
I’m going to answer this question based on work-Jo and real-life Jo
Work: Banana Republic dress pants (my fav!) plain tanks, blazers and Michael Kors flats
Real life: whatever I can workout and move in! Running shoes, lululemon shorts, leggings, dri tanks and tees
What can I say? I’m a simpleton.
14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
I have a few to share:
For LOL factor: My best friend David mailed me one of those Go-Girl funnels TO WORK (!!) as a joke. No I haven’t used it… yet)
Over the past couple years, I’ve received several handwritten and heartfelt cards and gifts from the parents of a few friends saying things such as, “Thank you for being so kind to my daughter…” It’s funny because I’m all, “No really, the pleasure is all mine, I didn’t do anything!”
Lastly, my Fitbit Surge! Birthday gift from the dude. He done well. 🙂
15. What is on your liquor shelf?
I believe I’m currently in possession of vodka, hard root beer and craft beer. I’m not much of a drinker, but enjoy treating myself to a couple beers after an outdoor adventure or if I’m celebrating something. Essentially, I’m not someone who comes home at the end of the day and has a drink to “unwind”.
16. What is on your kitchen counter?
Mainly fruit bowls. I share a kitchen with a handful of people and we keep things pretty tidy and tucked away in the pantry.
17. What would you never leave home without?
Fitbit. During the work week I always have my gym bag with me so I can workout on my lunch break or immediately after work.
Over to you:
Tell me more about yourself!
What is your biggest vice?
What brings you the most joy?
Best gift you’ve received?