40 Random questions answered!
You probably recognize me as the featured model for Amy Stebbins Couture. I am now taking a new step here in becoming a co-collaborator with my mom on this blog, and what better way to start than by answering 40 random questions! Let’s begin….
1. What is your favorite decade for fashion?
This is a pretty hard question for me to answer since my style ranges far and between, but I would have to say three of my favorite decades are the 20’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
2. Who are your favorite artists?
Boy! This is another tough one for me since my list is continuing to grow the more I learn, but three of my favorite classical artists are Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco Goya, and Dega. As an extra bonus, one of my favorite current artists is Tim Burton.
3. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would say a recent accomplishment that I’m proud of is finally transferring to the College of William & Mary to continue my higher education, and I’m very proud to be an Art & Art History major, with my concentration being in studio art. I’m also intending to minor in Computer Science, so I have some really great classes to look forward to for this spring 2017! Also, I would say I’m proud to have survived the weird year that was 2016. I honestly don’t understand what happened to 2016—I’m just heaving a sigh of relief that it’s over!
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was not a child who knew immediately what they wanted to be when they grew up, and a part of me really admires those individuals who do, but we all have our own paths to follow. The very first thing I said I wanted to be was actually a veterinarian, and everything that followed always had to do with animals or Earth sciences in some way, as surprising as that may sound. I’m still really passionate about animals and nature so…not much has changed in that regard.
5. What are your favorite things to do in the spring, summer, fall, and winter?
For spring I would say just being outside and taking pictures is a lot of fun. Here in Virginia it’s still not super warm but it’s not as cold during the day, so it’s very pleasant. Occasional it will snow in the spring, and it’s even happened on my birthday before! That was quite the surprise! For summer, I have one word—BOAT! I absolutely love boating in the summer here in Virginia because there are so many different bodies of water to explore. I also love swimming and reading a good book out on a sandbar. In fall it has to be road-trips with my family. We always go to the mountains to go apple picking and that is a tradition that I always look forward to each year. In winter I still enjoy being outside and seeing the trees without all their leaves—I just find them visually really cool to look at. I also enjoy spending time with my family in winter and taking part in our normal holiday traditions!
6. What are your favorite things to do for fun?
Well…for one I love going on adventures/traveling and being outside in nature. The others things I enjoy just doing for fun are drawing, reading (everything from novels to graphic novels), taking pictures, writing stories, and watching YouTube. Oh, and cuddling with my dog Mickey. He’s the perfect heater in winter.
7. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
I would say to never change who you really are to please or to feel wanted by other people, because if someone can’t accept you for who you truly are than they don’t deserve you. I believe that if you just be yourself than there will always be someone out there who will accept you for all that you are, so there is never a reason to feel pressured to be otherwise.
8. What is one of your fondest memories?
I have many fond memories, a lot of which involve trips I’ve taken with my family. One such trip happened a few years ago when we went down to the Florida Keys. We were staying on Marathon Key and there is such an amazing snorkeling and diving spot there called Sombrero Reef. It was so memorable and fun, but a little nerve-racking riding out to the reef. In the end though it was well worth the ride to see so many amazing fish that just swarm your boat the minute you anchor. The whole trip definitely become one of my fondest memories and it was just so much fun!
9. Do you like to plan things out in detail, or be more spontaneous?
I vary when it comes to this, and it really all matters on the situation. In general, I would say I’m more of a planner and I can be a little OCD about some things, especially anything “work” related. It stresses me out not to have things planned out or time to get deadlines done, but on the other hand…I really do enjoy spontaneity, especially with travel/adventures. I think striking a balance between the two is the key to making life interesting, because always having a plan can just be exhausting and can sometimes lead to greater disappointment when (inevitably) things don’t go as planned. You need some wiggle room and allow yourself the occasional spontaneous moment!
10. If you could have dinner with 5 people from the past or present, who would it be?
I would have to say Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein (I’ve actually seen parts of his brain! It was very cool!), Leonard Nimoy, Julie Andrews, and Daniel Radcliffe.
11. Who has influenced you the most in life, and how did they do it?
I would have to say my parents. I have a very good relationship with both my parents, and they have both influenced me in different ways, mainly just by being honest with me.
12. What are the top three things on you bucket list?
I wouldn’t say that I really have a set bucket list, but a lot of the things I want to do involve traveling outside the United States…so I would like to visit various places in Europe and East Asia as one. My second thing would be to someday publish something (a novel, graphic novel, or an art book…or hopefully all of those things!). For my third thing…learn to scuba dive!
13. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
90% of the time I am very much an introvert, but in some situations I can be a little more extroverted, but that’s always followed by period of recharge where I just need to chill out either in nature or in a quiet place. I need my “me” time.
14. What is your personal style?
Oh boy this is a tough one to answer, because I honestly jump all around the spectrum from liking the really pastel girly styled things to something more gothic and dark. In general with either one, it definitely needs to be closer to the ladylike side of things. If my clothing is emphasizing one area, like exposing more leg, then my top better be completely covered. Leaving some mystery to an outfit is a good thing for me personally.
15. What are some of the first things you do in the morning?
I always start by making my breakfast and a cup of tea, but I never drink my tea before I eat. I always drink my tea after I eat and I will often catch up on some YouTube videos while I do this (I love a good laugh in the morning) or I’ll read something.
16. If someone were to make a movie about your life, what actress would you choose to play you?
This was a really hard question for me to answer because I’ve honestly never thought about it, but after some deciding, if there was ever going to be a movie of my life I would like to see Emma Stone play me. Another suggestion for a close second that actually came from my family is Rachel McAdams, but Emma is definitely my first choice.
17. How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
I would say my life philosophy is always to be true to yourself and don’t dwell too deeply on what you couldn’t do in the past. Learn and take something from your past and view it as a positive and leave the rest behind—because trying to carry all that baggage from the past will only slow you down in the present, and you will never reach the future. Travel light, and only with what matters most. I would also say to not to be afraid to travel the less traveled road—trust in your own intuition.
18. Where would your dream vacation be?
Well, there are lots of things I could say for this one but…I would say a trip going around Ireland has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now, especially to see Cork.
19. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
Wow, this is an incredible hard question to answer because I have so many favorite fictional characters, but I’m going to limit myself to book characters. In all honesty it would probably be awful to be any one of your favorite fictional characters but I digress…I’m honestly tied between my longtime favorite of Chloe Saunders from the Darkest Powers Trilogy (by Kelley Armstrong), or my recent favorite of Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses (by Sarah J. Maas). Or almost any main character (male or female) from a Rick Riordan book, because his writing is just so much fun!
20. What is one of the best gift you ever received?
My cheesy answer would be my little brother—after all, I did ask for a little brother and then I did receive one. My other answer would possibly be my first apple product (an old apple touch), or a combination of books and art supplies I’ve gotten over the years. Anything handmade too.
21. What was your favorite Halloween costume that you have worn?
It’s a tie between a little orange and black witch costume I wore when I was really young, but I loved it so much that I apparently wore it for a couple days not wanting to take it off. My other favorite was one my mom made for me, again when I was very little, and that was Glinda the Good Witch of the North (really, if you read the book, she is NOT from the North, but the SOUTH!).
22. Are you a dog or a cat person?
Funny story. When I was younger I grew up with two cats that I loved dearly, and so I was very much a cat person, but I didn’t hate dogs because I also grew up with a very sweet one. After my cats passed away though, I really wasn’t around anymore cats. So in the past three years or so, I was actually trying to volunteer at our local shelter to take care of the cats, and I barely lasted the week because I started to have really horrible allergies to cat dander. We also got a little Italian greyhound and terrier mix dog named Mickey in the same time frame, but I wasn’t having any reaction to him…so I would say that I’m actually more of a dog person now, which is very weird for me to say if you knew the extent of the “cat person” I was before.
23. What is your current obsession?
Oh I always have many obsessions, some that are fairly fleeting but others that at this point will never go away. So my current one that’s actually a bit of a rebirth of an obsession I had for years growing up is the “fae” or fairies. This resurgence is partially to blame thanks to reading A Court of Thrones and Roses, but also one of my current styles to draw is playing off features that are very long, skinny, and what I would call “fae-like.”
24. When life hands me lemons I….
Take the lemons, throw them back into life’s face, and demand cherries.
25. I will always be loyal to….
Those I love and care for and those who are loyal to me in return.
26. If you could go back in time to visit, which era would you go to?
Granted, as long as I don’t get sick or injured…I would consider visiting the 26th century BC, and I would want to go around to a lot of different areas, but I would definitely want to see how the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually built.
27. If you had a warning label what would it say?
Warning: Do not touch this girls books or loss of fingers or hands will occur.
28. What is your zodiac sign (western and eastern)?
I am a Pisces fire rat.
29. What are your favorite foods?
I definitely love a lot of different fruits and vegetables, but one of my absolute favorite things to eat is sushi!
30. What are your favorite movies and TV shows?
Some of my (many) favorite movies are: Princess Bride, What’s your number?, History of the World Part 1, How to Train your Dragon (1 & 2), Beauty & the Beast, Sleepover, Ella Enchanted, Scream, Harry Potter, Nightmare on Elm Street, Aquamarine, Blood & Chocolate, Marvel Movies, Star Trek movies, Corpse Bride, Marnie, and various others.
Some of my favorite TV shows are: Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Hannibal, Good Behavior, Hemlock Grove, Vikings, Merlin, Miraculous Ladybug, SpongeBob Squarepants, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcom in the Middle, Star Trek (the original), Stranger Things, Mako Mermaids, iZombie, Penny Dreadful, Bates Motel, and various animes.
31. Sunrise or sunset?
While I like both, I’m going to choose sunset.
32. What is your favorite smell/scent?
I have a lot of possible answers for this one, but I’ll go with my top three which are: the ocean, thunderstorms/rain, and the smell of the Midsummer’s Night candle by Yankee Candle. I love that candle.
33. What is your favorite beverage?
I love tea! It’s by far one of my favorite things to drink and my day is incomplete without it. My second choice for favorite beverage is probably pomegranate juice.
34. What potential talents do you think you might have if you worked at them?
Well, one I would say is probably fighting skills like martial arts or something along those lines. I could see myself being pretty good at almost any athletic sport. Another possible thing is learning a musical instrument. I have tried a little in the past but I just never stayed consistent with it, so who knows if I will try again in the future. One skill that if I worked at it that may become a potential talent is singing, but that’s probably the least likely out of this list since I have no idea if I can sing or not. The last potential talent could be acting, which I think has a higher probability than singing, but I’ve still never really tried acting before so who knows!
35. What is your one favorite physical feature in the opposite sex?
While all features are equally important in their own right—my one favorite physical feature is eyes! A pretty pair of eyes are going to be a must, and eyes in general are one of my favorite features! (Especially to draw, although drawing them realistically on a face is very hard as I’ve recently learned.)
36. What are your pet peeves?
I definitely have more pet peeves than listed here, but this is a small sampling for what I can come up with right now: I absolutely can’t stand smoking for one (the smell and the act). Lying and stealing are two more. Weirdly enough, women (or also men in some cases) that smell too strongly of perfume. People who are ignorant of nature and/or animals. When people ask me where I’m from, because I never know what to say exactly (I’ll explain this one in a later question). Now this one can be taken as a compliment in some ways, but I still can’t help being a little bothered by it…but when people think I’m MUCH younger than my actual age. When people mispronounce my name—again, this has happened a lot throughout my whole life so I’m pretty used to it now. Lastly…when TV/movies/people misunderstand homeschooling or make it seem like a “bad thing.” Yes, there is always going to be a bad egg in the bunch, but don’t just assume that that one egg represents all the other eggs—this also applies to many other things in life I feel.
37. What are your fears/phobias?
From a very young age I’ve been very hard to scare with just about everything, but I do in fact have a phobia of…ticks! I didn’t always, but I once stepped in a tick nest (yes that is an actual thing) and the experience pretty much scared me for life. So while I can grab a tick off my dog for example, if I hold it for too long or it doesn’t get off me quick enough I will start to have a panic attack. I really hate ticks, so of course they love me. I guess I’m just really tasty.
38. What do you wish would come back into fashion?
Funny enough, what I wish would come back into style doesn’t exactly have to do with women’s fashion, but with men’s fashion. I wish that men dressed more like, well…gentlemen. Think Jane Austen novels.
39. What did you love the most about the place you grew up? What about it did you like the least?
Okay, so I honestly consider myself a gypsy when it comes to talking about where I’m from or “where do you call home?” The reason for this is because I’m a military kid. I’ve moved a lot throughout my life, and I don’t really consider any one place my “home” or “hometown” in the traditional sense. The place I grew up in the longest is Northern California. What I liked the most about it was that my brother was born there, the food (honestly, the best food I’ve ever had besides from my kitchen has been there), and the national park called Point Reyes National Seashore, which is honestly where I felt the most “at home” because I spent so much time there. The thing I liked the least about where I grew up was probably feeling like an outsider even though we lived there for ten years. People often asked us where we were from, even though everyone in my family is born somewhere in California. I guess we just didn’t fit into the normal mentality of the culture in California, so we seemed like we were from another place. That experience probably helped me grow into my now gypsy-ness, haha.
40. If you could describe yourself as a flavor, what would it be?
Is sarcasm a flavor? Hahaha, but in all seriousness I guess I would be a minty flavor, or something that sounds like a really weird combination of flavors but actually tastes really good. I personally love to try weird and unusual flavors of things, and you know what they say…you are what you eat!
There you go! 40 random questions answered by me! Now it’s your turn! How would you answer some or all of these questions? Feel free to comment bellow with your answers, or with any additional questions you would like answered.
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