"Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing"

I did this for my friend, Hannah, a year or so ago but never posted it on my own blog.  It's for an interview process she calls "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing." 

Here are the questions:

What's your greatest weakness?
I'm a perfectionist and really hard on myself.  I'm a pro at knocking myself down, but thankfully my husband is great at pointing out the goodness.

What's your greatest strength?
I'm determined and I follow through!  If I decide to do a project or challenge, I'll finish it even if it seems a little over the top to others.

What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
Worry!!!  I've always worried irrationally.  Most specifically I worry about those I love getting hurt or in a car accident.  Worrying can be exhausting sometimes.
Then I almost lost my husband six days before our wedding, in a cave, when a boulder fell off a ledge and landed on him.  It happened in front of me, and I feel like that has thrown me into more of a worry frenzy than ever before.  I can't get that image out of my mind, or the noise the boulder made.  It was horrible.  Ugh.

I spent a few hours keeping him awake while the others went for help.  (Search and rescue gave us pictures.)
What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
My hubby the last three awesome years I've known him, my hilarious family, my singing Mini Italian Greyhound, and materialistically...SHOES!  The combination of the four has made for much enjoyment!!

I have a "shoe room" in my home where my hubby built some shelves and I store my nearly 400 pairs!  I'm a sucker for high heels.

How much have you evolved since your teenage years?  Are you a similar person?
I was soooo free spirited and easy going back then, and I think the knowledge of REALITY, since then, has changed me!!  I'm still really friendly, but a little closed off at first.  But I think besides growing up...I'm not that different!!

What's something you don't want to tell us about?
I moved to AZ last summer and started working from home and spend a majority of my days in my pajamas, and then my afternoons/evenings are spent in my workout attire.  I guess I'd rather sleep in an hour since rarely people see me while I work!?

When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
Either running or to the piano.  Both are GREAT outlets when stressed, and even on happy days.  (Isn't my pup soooo cute!?)

Do you have any goals?  What are they?
I loooove to run, and I want to a run a full marathon!!  In fact, that is one of things Hanna and I started conversing over in the first place.  We are both training and on DailyMile.com, a motivational spot for runners.  I am a third through my Hal Higdon training for the Salt Lake City Marathon in April!  I'm excited to make a trip "home" with my hubby, to fulfill this!
Can you honestly say you love what you do?
I spend my days on AutoCAD drafting and designing for a company in SLC.  I love that I can get lost in a project which makes time pass quickly (wahoo!).  It has been a good choice so far.

Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
My dad!!  He has been through enough and his faith and attitude never fails.  When I would go through breakups in college, etc., he would stay up all night playing ping pong with me to keep my mind from wandering and getting me down, even when he wakes up at 6.  His glass is always full.  My dad is so awesome!!
Honestly, we are all striving for something.  What is your greatest goal in life?  I'm not talking about money!
Always communicate with my husband, even years and years down the road.  We're determined to make this marriage the best it can be!!

Name your most defining moment!
Our wedding day!!  My husband (or...fiance I guess) just was released from the hospital, and since he survived the ordeal, it made it an even more amazing day for everybody!!  Those were stressful days though.  I woke up at 2:30 A.M. on our wedding day.  lol  And Ben was on Morphine and Lortab.

It was perfect.  The weather was beautiful.  Everyone was in town.  Awh.  I love him!!
Are there people in your past you wish you could make amends with?
There are always people that I have great memories with and wish I didn't grow apart from.  But I'm also comfortable with leaving any toxic friendships behind, and surrounding myself with those that bring me up.  Positive relationships are soooo important!

What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
I met my husband on Facebook and eventually flew to Vegas to meet him.  The smell of a casino brings me back to our very first date at a Cirque show.  I don't like the smell of cigarettes by any means, but there's something I just like about the casino smell now.  Maybe that's weird.  Meh.
What movie and/or book speaks to you?
Oh dear...hmmm get back to me.  lol
What is your greatest wish right here and now?
Ben and I want to live in the city so badly.  We moved to a small town last summer.  It seems to suit families so well here, but we would love to get to Phoenix or back to Vegas before we start our family.

Things have obviously changed since I did this, and we did move back to the city about 8 months ago!!  It has been a wonderful change of pace.  Thanks Hannah!  :]


  1. WOW! I am so glad that your hubby survived! That looks pretty serious! Love the shoe collection and yes your pup is the cutest ever! I love the dedication you and your husband have for one another. Never let that slip away.

  2. I love love these questions. Good idea! And a question were you ever planning on growing out your hair long again? I loved it long. I don't know how you have the room for that many shoes. I wish I had more shoes than what I have.

  3. I love this post and thanks for sharing some very personal things with us. What a scary accident!! I'm so glad everybody is doing well and you still were able to get married. That truly was a celebration of a new beginning.

  4. You don't know me, but I wanted to comment and tell you...what a cute blog! I found you through a friends blog. I saw you grew up in the Layton area, I grew up in Kaysville. I know a couple of people who went to Layton High! You and I are definitely twinners with "worry." I'm horrible. :( Wish I had that many shoes. That's awesome! :)