Wednesday, August 29, 2007

5 questions, 5 answers

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'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 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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. This was a fun read to learn a little more about you. I am a person who is comfortable about blogging because I can think before I speak. Also it is a bit of Adult interaction in my day, since I don't live by family, with out leaving the house and arranging schedules.

  2. i can think of some other guilty pleasures of yours:

    Loaded Questions

    but you know...i've never heard you vehemently express how much you love something (not people)...what are some of your favorite things? or have you already done a meme about that?

  3. Thanks so much for playing Lara!!!