*Are you still a vegetarian?
I think that all things happen for a reason. I was a vegetarian for two years. I will talk about the exact reason that I’m not still in an upcoming post. I learned so much in those two years about food and tried foods that I didn’t know existed. I am grateful for that process but think that balance is much more important. I also think that if a certain lifestyle is “the best” then you shouldn’t have to supplement for deficiencies, which you do if you’re vegetarian or vegan. To me the perfect balance is being able to get what nutrients you need from your diet.
* Hopefully this isn't too personal but it seems through your writing that you are spiritual but what religion are you?
It’s not too personal but my answer isn’t a popular one. I am spiritual. I believe that a higher energy exists in the world. I believe that energy to be God. But I don’t use religion to define what God is to me. I have done plenty of soul searching, meditation, prayer, reading and thinking about this subject. For me and my husband we choose to share many different religions with our children. I think that each person should be able to choose their own spiritual journey. I don’t feel as though you have to belong to a church or identify with a religion to be a good person or to get to “heaven”. I think that some of the most rotten and judgmental people I’ve known are “religious”. I think that sometimes people use religion to help order their lives and they follow blindly not ever stopping to think if the information that they speak is really what they believe or just regurgitation from a sermon. I’m a fan of choice, I’m a fan of free and open minded thinking, I’m a fan of my “religion” being a journey between God and I with nothing in-between dictating what that should look like. There is no religion for that. When people that I come across really press me for an answer of “what religion or faith” that I am, I like to say, “Don’t ask me my religion, watch how I live my life.” –Gandhi
*How did you and your husband meet?
Honestly or what I tell people? Honestly, he and I met when I was 15 in a bar. We were friends for 5 years before we became a couple. Yes, that can really happen and worked out but I wouldn’t recommend meeting future husbands that way! What I tell people is that we met at a game in high school. It’s a much more favorable answer. It was a bar that had an all ages night on Fridays by the way!
*When is the next time that you will go to Kenya? Would you ever move there?
We try to go every other year. So we are due to go again next year. However, with the amount of money that it costs just to fly there, we are thinking of exploring a new part of the world! If we didn’t have kids we would have moved there a loooong time ago! My kids are very spirited and strong willed. Those qualities would be broken if we lived in Kenya. But plan on me retiring there for sure!
*If they asked you to come back and cheer one night at a football game, would you?
First of all Kami I love this question! I think that once you’re a cheerleader you’re always a cheerleader. I know this is true because every time I hear, “We will rock you” I can’t help myself from yelling, “MHS”! or just breaking out into random dances that I happen to remember. That being said, I really don’t think that I would. First of all, I’m not sure that I could fit back into that uniform! Secondly I feel like I got my fill of cheering when I was in it.
*What CD is in your car CD player right now?
I love music and really love hip hop music. Right now I’m obsessed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s CD The Heist. Best album I’ve heard since the legitimate 90’s hip hop.
*Are you a lot of friends type of person or just a few close ones?
Living where I live it is hard to have any friends really. Among the stay at home mom community, if you’re not religious, 90% of the time they think we are heathens and don’t want anything to do with us (quite Godly of them). It’s also hard when you have a family and when you like being married. It’s hard to have single friends because priorities aren’t the same. Very few married with no kids couples understand that you can’t just get a babysitter all the time. Then to find a couple that has kids where both the wives and husbands get along is seemingly impossible. Then you also have the kid dynamic, so we could find a couple we both like but our kids don’t get along or are not close in ages. At this point my husband and I have friends that we’ve had for a while. I have two close girlfriends that I know I can count on. One lives in California and one lives here. Also my family all lives here so those are my people at the moment!
*Are you done having kids?
Yes! I am really happy with my two kids. I am not the kind of women who has the patience for multiple kids. It’s just not in me. Two kids and I’m done!
*I read somewhere in your blog that you’re studying to be a yoga instructor. What style do you practice?
I am and I love yoga! I am studying Hatha yoga and practice a couple different styles. Mostly vinyasa with influences from kundalini, ashtanga, and iyengar.
*How long has your husband lived in the U.S.? Does he have an accent?
This is funny! He moved when he was a teenager and he left his accent due to being teased about it when he moved here. He can still talk with an accent and he knows two other languages. Quite sexy!
Lastly, I would like to thank all of you that read, comment, and email me. It is good to know as a writer that someone out there is reading. I will be taking a couple of months off of blogging to finish up my yoga certification. Until then, be well!