Lei asked me to answer these questions on my blog like a million years ago. I was in NYC when she asked and now that my life is calm enough to sit down and ponder I will attempt to give some answers. These were awfully difficult and deep questions!
Here we go:
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
The first thing that popped into my head was having my children. Except, I don't think of them so much as an accomplishment as I do a work in progress. I have not finished raising them yet, but I do hope that one day they will be my greatest accomplishment. Aside from that, I think serving a mission has been my greatest thing to have completed. I never wanted to go. Scared me to death to think about going to a strange place and talking to strangers about the Gospel unsolicited. But, it has been one of the best things I have ever done in my life. Not only did it increase my testimony, help me peel my "shy shell" off, and give me some wonderful life experience, I think it has helped me to be a better mother now, to the children who will someday be my greatest accomplishment.
Name one book that has had a profound impact on your thinking.
This is really hard. I feel like most of the books I read expand my horizons and experience enough to have impact on my thinking. That said, I'm going to say "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Because I just love the themes of learning to see past appearances and discover who a person really is. Atticus Finch is my hero as a parent and as a human being. I long to be able to be so astute as to be able to discern a person's true character, no matter what they look like, act like or what rumors are circulating about them.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I consider reading to be that. Just because I am usually doing it when I have many other things I could and should be doing. Blogging falls into that category for me, too. I used to have a lot of candy and sweets on hand, hidden from the kids, but since I've been off sugar for over a month now (go me!) that is no longer a guilty pleasure...and if it were, it would have to be even more guiltily enjoyed than it has in the past.
What need does blogging fulfill in your life?
I love to write. I used to keep journals upon journals. I probably have thousands of pages of documentation of my life. But once I became a mom, it became much harder to write with pen and paper, so one day I discovered blogging. A couple weeks later I had started my own. I am so much more inclined to write when I can just sit down at the computer and type. The fact that I know people are reading helps me to really think about all that stuff I learned in English and creative writing classes once upon a time. And I do love the feedback...it's pretty fun to get comments. But mostly, it just fulfills my need to write....I'd still do it even if nobody commented. (And nobody did a few years ago when I first started.)
What is one thing people can appreciate about you?
I honestly hate these sorts of questions. I don't like having to focus on myself and come up with all these great things. Don't get me wrong, I recognize my talents, but many of them I think aren't the type of thing to be appreciated in a friend. I'm a pretty creative person and tend to have a ton of right brained pursuits, but lots of people do. So, I think the one thing people can appreciate about me goes back to the fact that I don't like focusing on myself. I am an excellent listener and friend. Which is probably another reason I like blogging...it gives me a forum to talk about myself without feeling embarrassed that I am overtaking conversation. Less personal. In real life, I am the quiet one. The one who listens and offers advice. And mostly, I don't mind.