Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
This week, I exchanged questions with Christy from Sweet and Savoring. An early adapting vegetarian, she has learned to navigating the entire world through her travels and their foods. She shares her experiences through beautiful pictures… did I also mention she is a fantastic photographer? Finally, she pours her heart onto the page discussing her depression and anxiety. She doesn’t hold anything back to get closer to her readers. Welcome Christy!
1. I’m a huge book nerd and am usually reading at least two at once. What book has had the most influence on you and why? I used to be such an avid reader. From about 5 to 18, if I wasn’t playing a sport, I was reading a book. I would have to say Sweet Valley Twins (then High) and Babysitter’s Club had the biggest impact on me. They got me out of my place, the stories were my refuge, my ability to live in another place and time, without having permission to leave my home. I made a little money with Kristy and Claudia, became a popular gal with Jessica and Elizabeth, although Elizabeth was my very best friend! LOL!
2. May and June are my favorite months of the year. What’s yours? I love the fall and winter. I love when the cool crispy fall air moves in, the leaves start to change, people all of a sudden get into the “giving” spirit and family and friends make trips across the globe to be closer to each other. I love the holidays!
3. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but have never really tried to achieve? Have a singing career. As often as I write on this site that I love to sing, I’ve never pursued one even though I had plenty of opportunities to do so. I’ve met many people in the “industry”, and have had offers to sing background. But I was focused on completing my education, I didn’t want anything to get in the way.
4. Do you see any surprising character traits of yours or your husband’s in your children? Oh yeah… Even though I’m laid back and calm (most of the time), my daughter Bee basically says everything that I would want to say. Butterfly, though, already has my attitude. It’s very subtle, but since she’s little and mine, I notice it. Bunny is laid back… more like my husband, things don’t get to him until it reaches a tipping point, then it’s shut down and internalize.
5. You said in another #AAF that you love mostly any vegetables. What’s a favorite vegetable-based dish of yours? Oooh, there are so many… chili rellanos, stuffed peppers, most soups. I don’t cook them as much as I’d like to because they aren’t very popular with the family. My husband misses his meat and starch!
6. Do you have any family members that are as into fitness as you are? (Or have you inspired anyone to focus on a healthier lifestyle?) That’s somewhat of a two-fold question… or really two completely different questions. In my immediate family, I’m the “fat” one. They haven’t had any real weight problems. My mom at her highest weight was maybe a 12, but with her 5′ frame, was large, but that was also right after having her baby. One of my sisters is working to take her health seriously and we are starting to do various challenges together. Now to ask “anyone”, I inspire a bunch of people, I think. I am a Beachbody coach, and regularly get new customers and clients and I work with them to lose weight. Sadly, I have to admit that since having Butterfly, it’s fallen off, because just finding a few minutes to myself is challenging. I have clients who’ve lost tons of weight and sometimes I talk about them here!
7. You used to live in California, and now you’re in Florida! What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed between the two? I talked about money a few posts ago, but today, I’m feeling Schools. Although the schools are probably equal or lesser than (in some areas) to those in California, they manage to give ALL of the students free breakfast, plenty of free after school programs, and free busing. In our old community, you would basically have to have a special need to get bused. Also, our school had a FULL TIME nurse, not one that rotated through the district, which means that you only wanted your kids to get sick when the nurse was there, otherwise they’d just call you to pick up your child. In California, you pay a LOT more in taxes and aren’t afforded even a quarter of the benefits. I really could go on and on about special needs programs and assistance where you need it most!
8. What are your guilty pleasure baby names? I’m not sure I really understand the question. I’m guessing though it means what names do I love that I wouldn’t care to admit. In short, I have none. It was HARD to name our children. I didn’t have any names in mind, especially not wanting children. Bunny’s and Bee’s real names are actually biblical names. After that, we were somewhat at a loss. It took a lot of talking between my husband and I to come up with my little Butterfly’s name. When we found out we were pregnant, we had absolutely nothing in mind.
9. Inspired by ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear St. Peter say as you arrive at the pearly gates? I don’t have anything that I wish he’d say… I can tell you what I don’t want him to say… anything along the lines of you don’t belong here or you’re going over there!
10. This is a fun challenge: write a haiku about yourself (a poem where the first line is five syllables, the second is seven, and the third is five)!