If you could only eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Ignore the reality of nutritional value and/or food allergies.)
It would be virtually any kind of Asian noodle dish-- mainly Pad Thai, a big bowl of Pho, or Lo Mein. I was an enthusiastic pasta eater before I went Paleo, and while of course I'd love to dig in to a pile of fettuccine Alfredo every now and again, I don't find myself craving pasta the way I crave Thai or Vietnamese food. Obviously rice noodles don't make me feel sick like regular pasta does, so maybe that has something to do with it, but I'm pretty sure it's just because Pad Thai is the best.
Why did you choose Spanish as your major at first? (Edited to include everyone reading): Did you ever change majors? What were they and why did you choose them?
I chose Spanish because Psychology wasn't working for me anymore and I felt like doing something that came easily to me for a while. I grew up on Spanish, so I could read and write it really well. I had actually placed into some 300 and 400-level Spanish classes as a freshman, so I had a lot of credits already. Speaking the language was a challenge, but I got through my classes and mostly enjoyed it. I switched to the English department when I realized that I was basically a History major who just took classes in another language, which was fine and super educational, but I didn't know what I was supposed to do with it after college was done.
Name one thing that someone said to you that impacted you in a deep and meaningful way. Who said it and what gave it so much significance?
This was recently--I was listening to a podcast and the speaker said (obviously not directly to me, but I'll take it) that you should never say anything if you can't follow it up with the phrase "...and that's just the way I want it." It's so simple, but it makes a huge difference in the way you approach your day-to-day life.
"Ugh I'm so anxious," is something I say on what often feels like a weekly basis, but I've been so much more careful about throwing it out there these days because the truth is that feeling anxious is the exact opposite of "the way I want it." Our words are pretty powerful things, and that little tip was a huge reminder.
What's your favorite novel? Do you think that when you read it had anything to do with it sticking with you?
My favorite novels definitely coincide with specific times in my life, since I have a couple favorites and they all make the list for different reasons. For example, Atonement is a favorite because not only is it gorgeous, but I read it my senior year of college for one of my favorite classes, and in it the main character was reading Clarissa, which we were simultaneously reading for the same class. It was a fantastic connection that I'm so glad my professor took advantage of.
Now it's your turn! Leave a comment with your answers to the questions above--these posts have become my favorite and it is such a pleasure getting to know you all a bit more.
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