When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I started off wanting to be an actress, as many kids do. When I discovered my love for writing, I dreamed of being a well-known author. Then in high school, I started participating in home design workshops and set my sights on architecture. I visited a few universities that offered architecture, but after taking calculus, I realized that I really disliked math. I settled on journalism in my senior year of high school. A friend (who also happened to be an architecture student) loved the university she attended because she lived in a house with three dozen other Christian girls. After applying and being accepted into the house, I heard the school had a solid journalism school, so that’s what I studied!
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Whole wheat rotini noodles (the curly ones) with spaghetti sauce and cottage cheese….and a spinach salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It’s certainly not my favorite meal, but I always enjoy it, and I don’t see myself ever growing tired of it. You’re probably wondering where the cottage cheese comes from. Growing up, my dad, brother, and I always put cottage cheese on our spaghetti. It’s actually quite good…sort of like a makeshift lasagna.
What are your favorite and least favorite household chores?
I have always loved organizing. As a child, I would willingly spend hours cleaning and organizing my room, the kitchen, the basement, and any other room my mother would allow me to. I just find it so relaxing, and having a well organized home makes life a lot easier.
My least favorite is probably loading and emptying the dishwasher because it’s such a constant thing. One minute you have a cabinet full of clean dishes, and the next minute they’re all in the sink and needing to be loaded into the dishwasher, and then you have to put them back in the cabinet…and then the cycle repeats the next day. But the one bright spot is how beautiful glassware looks when you take it out of the dishwasher immediately after the dry cycle ends. I just love how it sparkles!