Jordan.

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Welcome back everyone! We decided to take a little break after the semester ended and the holidays started, but we are back and better and starting off 2017 with someone really awesome. This is Jordan Holm. Seriously, ask anyone about Jordan and you will only hear awesome things because he’s just that great. He loves the Warriors and is an OG fan (go Steph), he can ball, and he’s from California which automatically makes him cooler. He leads FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) at my school and is extremely amazing at being intentional with people. When Jordan asks how you’re doing, you get the feeling that he really truly wants to know how you’re doing and is willing to talk just about anything out with you, form the big stuff to the small stuff. Jordan leaves places and people better than he found them and he has a big heart for Jesus which is clearly evident hearing him talk. Those types of truly genuine people are pretty difficult to come by and I know a lot of people that are really grateful, including me, to have Jordan in their lives. Sooooo, here is Jordan and his take on things! Pretty great stuff, really.

 

Interview #9: Jordan Holm

Coffee or tea?

Tea for sure.

Cheese its or cheese nips?

Cheese its.

Kindle or real book?

Real book all the time.

Train or plane?

I do love trains. You have to carve out the extra time for travelling, but it’s worth it.

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

Dark.

Cat or dog?

Dogs for sure. We had a 115 pound white Labrador growing up named Lazer. He was super fat and awesome.

 

What is your current state of mind?

End of the year always slows down, which is a great change of pace. Looking forward to having some time at home with family and friends in just a couple of weeks.

 

What does your joy look like today?

I’m working hard every day to find the unique good in every situation… So, today, it’s freezing cold. I don’t like the cold. At all. But, I’m trying to focus on how fresh the air is when it’s just bitterly cold. I’ll get back to you on how that’s going.

 

What would your super power be and why?

Teleportation. Clear cut winner.

 

Only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Have to go with pizza pie.

 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why?

I’ll roll the dice with a place I’ve never been before, New Zealand. Because things like this are everywhere: https://youtu.be/Hwy9IOrUzO0

 

What’s one song you will never skip on your playlist?

I’m currently jamming to a group called Thee Oh Sees right now. But for longevity sake, it’s hard for me to skip Green Onions by Booker T. I at least get the first 30 seconds every time.

 

What is your definition of success?

Nick Saban. And for me, being able to find a peace in using the abilities God has granted me to point people towards Him.

 

What are you most afraid of?

Wolf spiders are pretty terrifying.

 

What are you most passionate about?

Helping people see how much Jesus loves them and desires to do this life with them.

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

My parents just moved out of my childhood home. Going to be a different Christmas this year for the first time away. That’s doing some weird things to my heart.

 

What would you do if money didn’t matter?

Hard to beat what I’m doing now. Only thing I can think of is I’d work some more travel into it.

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give to others?

Trust that things are going to work out the way God wants, as long as you’re chasing after Him. Look for the unique good in every situation.

 

Who/ what inspires you?

My brother Taylor and the way he fights for the good in each day.

 

What are you most grateful for?

Having a Savior that desires a relationship with me and a partnership in life. I mean, how awesome and crazy is that?!

 

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

My people that can discern when to encourage me and when to challenge me.

 

What are the 5 most beautiful things in the world to you? Why?

The Bible, music, mountains, water, grass, and my lawn chair. Can’t keep it to just 5!

 

What impact do you want to leave on the world?

Someone who was a worshipper and warrior for Christ.

 

What is the greatest life lesson that you have learned so far?

Jesus wants to engage with us in this life. He wants our honest, raw prayers and our trust that He will use our surrendered talents and passions to bring Him glory.

The end and the beginning.

 

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Hey guys,

Thanks for being so awesome and for reading along so far. The people that I have been able to interview are people that mean a lot to me and have truly affected my life in such a positive way, and honestly, I just hope that they effected yours in this way too. I don’t how many of you know this, but this blog was started for a class that I am currently in and the project for the class is coming to a close this week. As I am nearing the end of my project for my class, I have been reflecting on this experience while creating this blog. Because this has been so important to me and because of all the wonderful people I have met and gotten to talk to in more meaningful ways, Publish the People is going to keep on keeping on!

 

I think that this can become something so amazing and uniting, even from the short time I have been doing it. One of my favorite things about this, no matter how young or old, what race, gender, or religion, is how people are all similar deep down. Our experiences may differ and our perspectives can change from person to person, but our connections as people is always there. We all know how important it is to feel loved and connected, respected, and valued, especially in todays age and in a seemingly divided society. Life is a long and beautiful thing and is something too precious to ever waste or take for granted. Spend more time with the people you love, do things that you’re passionate about, do things that scare you and push you outside of your comfort zone, don’t be afraid to appreciate the struggle you’re in because it almost always makes you stronger on the other side, enjoy the quiet moments and the little things, find your joy everyday because life is way too short to not be happy, help people, be kind, realize that its not all about you, and be the light in a world that’s dark a lot of the time. I don’t really understand why people spend so much time hating because it takes a lot of energy and time that could be used ten fold for loving people and that’s WAY better anyway.

 

Anyway, those are my little tidbits that I’ve gathered over the past couple weeks and those are the things that I’m going to strive for everyday. I did a couple of these things and this blog is what came out of it and I’ve been blessed by this opportunity ever since. I’m excited to see where else this crazy idea of a blog will take me, who it will take me to, and what I’ll learn, and I’m super honored that some people want to go on it with me. Love you guys! New blog post and new people coming soon, of course!

Grandpa Les.

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The person that I interviewed this time is a lot of people’s favorite person and someone that has never met a stranger. It’s my grandpa, Les Thompson. Honestly, I think that my grandpa could make friends with absolutely anyone and always has something to talk to you about. He loves America and could probably tell you anything about our history or or government that you could ever want to know. A little bit about grandpa Les, he grew up on a farm is whole life, married my grandma (who he’s been married to for 66 years, goals I know), served in the Korean war, came back and was a teacher for quite some time where all of his students loved him, and now he drives for Crye Leike where he brings all his favorite ladies fresh flowers. He’s the sweetest person I think I know and if it tells you anything about him, he calls me every week and leaves me “little diddies” on my voicemail that start with “hey there, its grandpa” and usually consists of a Bible verse and some really wise words. He also told me that he forgot to say this, but that he wanted me to put it in the interview, but he once got called up on stage to dance on the Jay Leno show. He does Ti Chi, always sings the national anthem, and still uses a flip phone. He’s lived a lot of really great life as you can probably tell and has a lot to say about living the right way, so here he is, the best, grandpa Les!

 

Interview #8: Les Thompson

Coffee or tea? 

Tea.

 

Train or plane?

Plane.

 

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

Dark chocolate.

 

Cat or dog?

Dog.

 

What is your current state of mind?

Relaxed and happy

 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

Mashed potatoes, white gravy, Swedish potato baloney and coconut cream pie

 

What would your super power be and why?

Prayer. It changes lives and the world.

 

What is your favorite book and why?

The Bible, it gave me a plan for my life.

 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why? 

At a Thanksgiving dinner with all of my family, that is where the love is.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I planned to be a farmer, until the military called me to serve during the Korean War, when I came back from the service I was fortunate to go to college under the G I bill. My degree was in Vocational agriculture as a teacher. I earned my BS degree, and Masters degree and after that every thing else fell into place with my life. God had a plan for me, and I followed his plan willing

 

 

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

  1. Spend more time with my children, grandchildren and my great-grandchildren.
  2. Inform my children, grand and great Grands about how I lived when I was their age.
  3. To get to see you play at the NCAA tournament one more time.

 

What is your definition of success?

Enjoy what you do each day. I have been blessed to enjoy each day of my career.

 

What is your biggest regret?

Not spending more time with my family when they were young.

 

 What are you most afraid of?

Grandma😂😂 and the future of our country.

I do not want my grands, great grands to grow up in a socialistic society.

 

What are you most passionate about?

Keeping our Constitution, our bill of rights, and the declaration of independence.

 

What does happiness mean?

It means cherishing life every day.

 

What do you think your greatest accomplishment is?

Looking back at the success of my family, and having a former student tell me he patterned his life after me.

 

What do you think your biggest failure is?

Oh my, I can’t think of one that I was a failed at. 😂😂😂😂😂

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

I have no struggles, I am healthy and well. I am grateful.

 

What would you do if money didn’t matter?

I would set up scholarship programs for career building of youth and adults/seniors. I may even take a cruise 😎😎😎.

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give to others?

Stay true to God and yourself.

I would tell others to be of good character, honest, patient and kind.

 

 Who, what inspires you?

People that have a positive attitude.

Going to see my family.

 

What are you most grateful for?

Being born and raised in the United states of America. I could not ask for more.

 

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

Honesty.

 

What are the most beautiful things in the world to you?

  1. The full moon
  2. A new born baby
  3. Marriage
  4. Graduation from college
  5. Retirement

Why? These things bring happiness.

 

What impact do you want to leave on the world?

That I left the world a better place for being part of it.

 

What is the greatest life lesson you have learned so far?

Choose a good partner, and excellent career and be true to yourself.

Chats with Katie.

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You guys, this is THE Hannah Katherine Carroll, double R double L, Katie for short, don’t get it twisted. Her literal nickname is ‘happy’ because she smiles all the time, seriously, and because she exudes happiness 24/7 and you can’t help but just smile when you’re around her. She is another one of my absolute best friends in the world but she also happens to be one of the greatest people I know. Me and Katie met when I started playing basketball here at Belmont; we learned we shared a love of crafts and food and laughing till we can’t breathe anymore and have been best friends ever since. Katie is currently a nurse in Atlanta and is just so amazing at her job that her kids leave her letters telling her how wonderful she is all the time, which doesn’t surprise anyone in the slightest. I’m very inspired by Katie and her love for life and people. She’s wise beyond her years so everyone should listen to what she has to say, ya heard?!

 

Interview #7: Katie Carroll

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE

 

Cheese its or cheese nips?

Its all the way

 

Kindle or real book?

Real book

 

Train or plane?

Considering I wouldn’t want to be “the girl on the train”… I’m going go with plane.

 

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

Dark Chocolate, preferably Cocoa Puffs

 

Cat or dog?

Dog

 

What is your current state of mind?

I’m currently decorating my front porch with fall things (pumpkins) all while listening to Christmas music… so I’m just feeling conflicted and off.

 

What does your joy look like today?

Joy. WHAT A GREAT WORD. Hmm, today my joy looked like having Younglife at Cookout and sitting at a table with some high school friends talking about some of our most embarrassing stories. For example–L, do you remember that one time I thought Alan Iverson was actually named Alvin? Yikes.

 

What would your super power be and why?

I think that being able to speak and understand any language would be CLUTCH, so Omnilinguilism for the win.

 

 

What color best describes you?

I don’t know which color would describe me, but I would love to strive to be bright and cheerful like yellow?

 

What song do you sing in the shower?

“Defying Gravity” from the Wicked soundtrack…

 

Only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

T.A.C.O.S.

 

What’s one song you will never skip on your playlist?

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little, I really wanted to be a Garbage(wo)man because I really wanted to hang and ride on the back of the truck.

 

What is your definition of success?

I feel like if you’re working towards something you’re passionate about (whatever that may be) and do it with love and joy in your heart (sorry for being cheesy), I would consider that success.

 

What is your biggest regret?

Choosing tacos over spaghetti 4 questions ago.

 

What are you most afraid of?

Clusters of birds. No lie.

 

What are you most passionate about?

My favorite thing in life is joy, and I guess that’s what I’m most passionate about. I would love to become the most joyful me I can be and be able to share that with sweet friends and people.

 

What does happiness mean?

Food, friends, & family.. CAN I GET AN AMEN?!

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

I’m learning what this whole “adulting” thing is all about. Our whole life through school and college, especially with the structure of athletics, is all very much planned out. For the first time in my life, I don’t have an answer for “what’s next?” So I’m learning to be present in the “right now” and not get so anxious about what’s around the corner.

 

What would you do if money didn’t matter?

DOLPHIN TRAINER. Let’s be honest, I’d do that regardless. Hmm, maybe I should change my superpower answer to being able to breathe under water….

 

What do you love most about yourself?

I have a love/hate relationship with how much I can eat in one sitting.

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give to others?

I would tell myself to not get so bothered and anxious about things!!! Life’s not about “people pleasing” and it’s impossible to make everyone happy ALL the time.

 

Who inspires you?

Mom & Dad

 

What are you most grateful for?

I’m incredibly grateful for my family because as weird and crazy as we are, they’ve always encouraged us to pursue what we’re passionate about, and to trust and pursue the Lord along the way.

 

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

Thoughtfulness and some good ole quality time.

 

What impact do you want to leave on the world?

SMILE and see the positive in every situation, YA KNOW?!

 

What is the greatest life lesson that you have learned so far?

A lot of my growth in my faith and life has come AFTER some tough challenges. I’ve learned to not be discouraged so easily, especially when I have to relearn the same lessons over and over again.

 

The More the Meredith.

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So this is Meredith. I’ve known her longer than anyone basically and she also happens to be my best friend, so definitely no bias here. She seriously ROCKS and I thought she was such a great person to share her story and her views on life with. A little bit about Meredith, we went to high school and middle school (and now college together) and played basketball together ever since we met and she is kind of a big deal. She won two state championships in high school and then when we got to college in the beginning of our sophomore year she tore her ACL, which honestly really sucked which I’m sure she would tell you. But then after her surgery turns out her knee had this crazy infection that no one could figure out and she went to the hospital and we call it “the time Meredith almost died” which isn’t too far from the truth because she was super sick. But they got they figured out and she was working to get back to basketball and she ended up tearing her ACL again the end of the same year and couldn’t play all of junior year. So here we are senior year, and Meredith taking everything that came at her with such grace and strength, is medical redshirting. Oh and she got hit by a car this summer and happened to break part of her leg. So all of this to say that basically Mere is one of the strongest, most mature, humblest people that I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend and I learn so much from here every single day. She takes everything good or bad and makes it great and glorifies Jesus in the process and that is really amazing. So this was Meredith’s story and her is her view on life.

 

Interview #6: Meredith Roman

Coffee or tea?

Coffee with my oxygen, tea with my cold.

 

Cheese its or cheese nips?

Neither

 

Kindle or real book?

Real book, 100%

 

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

Milk chocolate or bust

 

What is your current state of mind? 

I’ve been in a slightly confused state of mind as of recent. Being a senior and having people ask what you’re plans are is anxiety enough without already trying to sort through apprehensions of post-grad. As for me personally, I had to give up basketball this year. I didn’t think it would be that hard of transition considering I’ve been injured the past 2 year anything. Turns out, like most things, I was dead wrong.  Having to be without something that your world revolved around for so long is a hard alteration, but I’m thankful to be in the place I’m at with the people I’m with.

So all in all, I’d say I’m thankful with a side of confused senioritis.

 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

I went on a mission trip to an Indian Reservation in South Dakota last May and I had my first Buffalo burger. Being in the land of buffalo, it felt like a sin not to order it.  Thank you Black Hills Burger and Buns for one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.

 

What color best describes you?

It’s hard to say. I feel as though I’m an anomaly because I don’t have a favorite color. I think my life is just one big mood ring, (hopefully without the terrible connotation it brings).

 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why?

I’ve always wanted to visit Israel. since reading about it in the Bible to learning about it in history class. I want to walk where Jesus walked. I want to see the holy land with my own eyes. I want to visit the river Jesus was baptized in. I want to learn about the culture and the heritage that the land brings. I want to learn and see and feel in Israel.

 

What’s one song you will never skip on your playlist? 

Sing Your Praise to The Lord – Amy Grant

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional skater (specifically a soul skater).

 

What is your definition of success?

Finding the passion that you know you can’t live without and pursuing it relentlessly. I think a hard part of success is worrying about what other people think of your dreams and your pursuit of them. No one should stop you from living to your full potential. I’m learning this more and more as I step towards the chambers of post-grad.

 

What is your biggest regret?

I definitely have experiences I look back on and wonder what on earth I was thinking, but I don’t think I can consider them regrets. I wouldn’t be where I am today with different outcomes in my life, so I’ll accept them as fate and move toward many more failed plans and successful feats.

 

What are you most afraid of?

Once my senior year, my high school yearbook said my biggest fear was Voldemort. I definitely never said that, but thinking of actually answering that question scared me even more so I kept it.

Four years passed and the answer still scares me just as much. I’d probably have to say having something happen to my family or friends. I’m paranoid when it comes to health and safety of those I’m closest to.

 

What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness to me means being outside by a fire with the people I love most, eating an unlimited amount of s’mores, and having my brothers play music right next to me.

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

Getting back into an active lifestyle after almost 3 years of injuries has been hard for me. Not the actual mindset of being active, but the new normal I have to adjust to with my legs and knees.

 

If you had to sum up your life in a song lyric, what would it be?

“Oh what good is it to live with nothing left to give. Forget but not forgive. Not loving all you see.” –Swallowed By The Sea, Coldplay

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point, what advice would you give yourself?

Don’t stress the little things. The paper will get done. You’ll forget about that bad day. Always choose friends over sleep, you’ll catch up eventually.

Time with Tim.

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So the person that I interviewed this time was someone that I know pretty well. Some people call him the Nike king, some people call him Mr. T, he calls himself Chocolate Thunder, and he used to have an afro (he’s bald now), Tim Thompson. He’s a pretty cool dude, he played college basketball at Vanderbilt (anchor down!), worked for Converse, then worked for Nike in college sports marketing, and just recently turned the big 6-0, so he definitely has A LOT of wisdom to share with everyone. Warning, he is also quite a character. Let me preface this whole interview by the fact that Tim said that he wanted to know when I was putting this blog up because it was going to be “the best post that you’ll ever have” and he was probably going to get a lot of calls about it once it went live. So here he is, the man, the myth, the legend, my dad, Tim Thompson.

 

Interview #5: Tim Thompson

Cheese its or cheese nips?

**I don’t think he understood the question so he chose just cheese, bear with us.

Hands down not even close CHEESE!! Used to love Velveeta!! That really shows my age.

 

Kindle or real book? 

My IPhone 6 plus! I’m not a big reader so Kindle or Real Book doesn’t do anything for me.

 

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

I’m not a big Chocolate guy but I will eat some Kit Kat’s. Is that considered Dark?

 

Cat or dog?

Oh Goodness!!! DOGS!!!! We have 3. Titan, Swoosh and Jetta. Cats never allowed in the Thompson house!!

 

What is your current state of mind?

Forgetful!!! I just turned 60 so I have that right. Seriously, I am in a Great state of mind. I am Blessed beyond belief. I have a GREAT wife, 2 WONDERFUL Kids. God has blessed me in so many ways throughout my life with great parents, great siblings, great jobs, the ability financially to provide for my family. You know how some people say they could die today and live a fulfilled life…. That’s ME!! I wouldn’t feel cheated in ANY way. I’d go to the Pearly Gates sliding in “Sideways” happy!!

 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

I LOVE Spaghetti!!! Carmine’s in New York City!!

 

What would your super power be and why?

Sounds crazy but to FLY!!! I have dreams where I’m Flying by myself with my arms as my wings and being able to stay in the air for hours!!!

 

What color best describes you?

Royal Blue! Not Crazy Flashy but with just enough “Pop” to be different. What did you think I was going to say??

 

What is your favorite book and why?

See Above!! Not a big reader but the one book that got me Crazy was “The Firm” by John Grisham. Suspense and Intrigue. Major League Corruption!! Kind of like Bill and Hillary Clinton!! HAHAHAHA

 

Only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Spaghetti for LIFE!!!! Gosh that would be so GOOD! I do get Meat Sauce on it don’t I?

 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why?

Somewhere in the Colorado Mountains with your Mom sitting on a porch looking at the Rockies wearing sweat pants and a heavy hooded sweat shirt being able to see my breath. The Dogs are there too!! Would love to have YOU and COLE there too.

 

What’s one song you will never skip on your playlist?

NO!! It’s not that Beyonce Crap!!! hahahahaha—-It would be EAGLES “Peaceful Easy Feeling”. Maybe one of the best groups of ALL TIME!!

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Like many other kids!!! I wanted to be a Pro Basketball Player!!..Then realized when I was a sophomore at Vanderbilt that it wasn’t going to happen. Probably the first time reality set in and I knew that part of my life was going to end. It was disappointing but that’s when I realized God had other plans and it was going to be alright. Just think!!!! If I would have played in the NBA, I would have never been able to play in the CPA morning ball game for all these years—hahahahaha. Plus I got to play basketball till I was 60!!!!

 

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

#1-My Family would have good health.

#2-My Kids marry Christian spouses.

#3-Wish my wife and kids would be more complimentary of my DANCING!!!—Just Saying!!

 

What is your definition of success?

Oh Gosh!!! I think that definition means different things to different people. I think my success has been based on the people around me giving me confidence and telling me I could do ANYTHING I wanted to.

My Mom and Dad at an early age. My Wife and the confidence she has in me. You and Cole. I look at my family and I feel pretty successful. Money has never really been a measuring stick for me regarding success. I think I have measured it more on loving what I do and knowing I’m having a heck of a lot of fun doing it.

 

What is your biggest regret?

I’m too busy trying to be a better person than think about what has already happened. Not that I don’t have regrets but I don’t spend time thinking that way. —-Oh Hey!! Maybe its not being able to keep my hair and my AFRO!!!

 

What are you most passionate about?

I’ve always been passionate about sports…. I’m trying to change that as I get older realizing that getting closer to GOD and spending more time with my family is a lot more important. I know, I know, it’s taken me this long to figure that out!!!

 

What does happiness mean?

Gosh you ask a lot of questions!!!—Pretty simple stuff. Being 60, having a loving family, health and the basics…Don’t get me wrong, I got a lot of “Stuff” that I’m happy to have but I’ve realized it’s not that big of a deal.

 

What do you think your greatest accomplishment is?

Marrying your Mom and raising 2 GREAT kids. I know that sounds “cornball” but it’s pretty important stuff.

 

What do you think your biggest failure is?

Oh man!!! Too many to list. I don’t think too much about those. I’ve tried to use those and get a little better.

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

Trying to Answer all these dang Questions!!!! Hahahahaha

 

What would you do if money didn’t matter?

If Money didn’t matter, I’d like to be like that Secret Santa Dude who gives money away randomly. I think it would be really cool to just walk up to someone in Publix or wherever and just pay for everything they need!!!

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give to others?

Looking back would be—You were way too Selfish……..To others—Don’t be Selfish

 

Who/ what inspires you?

My Dad is maybe the most KIND person EVER. Probably need some of that to Rub off on me!!!

 

What are you most grateful for?

Simple!! My Family. Born into a GREAT family. Married a feisty woman who loves me and have great kids who love the way I dance!!!

 

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

I would say TRUST. I’m not a real deep thinker.

 

What are the 5 most beautiful thins in the world to you? Why?

Your Mom, Your Mom, Your Mom, You and Cole—–That’s pretty good isn’t it!!!—I’m might get some Points for that answer!!!!

 

What impact do you want to leave on the world?

Gosh! You are getting Deep on me again. I hope I’m one that people can look back at and say “Dude treated everyone the same way. Didn’t matter if you were the janitor or the President, he was exactly the same with the amount of respect for each”

 

What is the greatest life lesson that you have learned so far?

Gosh!!! Go hard everyday!! When you go hard, have FUN and make people smile….ALOT!!

Adrienne.

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This is Adrienne Tarrence, or AT… I call her Age and she’s a really dope human. She’s also one of my best friends, but I swear I’m only slightly biased. So I met her my first year of college when she was a junior and I was a little, bright faced, eager freshman and man have we been through a lot together. Through two years of college basketball, through two years of ups and downs of life and everything in between, we definitely made it out the other side with some great stories to tell. This past year AT was on something called the World Race which is a year long mission trip… aka 11 countries in 11 months. So cool, right? It is. (If you want to ever live vicariously through someone’s adventures, follow someone that is on the World Race, seriously its awesome).  She is honestly a wealth of knowledge and experience and I’m super super lucky she decided to hang out with little ole freshman me over four years ago. Age is a really amazing woman of God, a true friend through and through, and someone that everyone knows will always be there for them. I know so many people look up to her in so many ways, and side note: she’s also going to Florida soon to start a skate shop/coffee shop ministry which is really amazing along side the already amazing things that God planned for her a long time ago that she’s already doing. I’ve loved seeing her grow into the woman that she is today, and she has some really great life experience that she’s going to share with y’all, so listen up!

Interview #4: Adrienne Tarrence

Coffee or tea?

Do people actually put tea for their answer? Black coffee. I really enjoy coffee from Central

or South America.

 

Cheese its or cheese nips?

Cheese nips for sureeeee. Much softer crunch.

 

Kindle or real book?

I own two kindles and they both have a significant amount of dust on them. If you’re interested in purchasing one hit me up. Also, I just love the smell of books. Anthropologie should make a book scented candle. That’d be sweet.

 

Train or plane?

I took a 24hr sleeper train from Malaysia to Thailand and it was by far the coolest travel day of my life. I had some incredible conversations on that train, and met some people I’ll never see again but I’ll never forget.

 

What is your current state of mind?

I recently fractured my foot so I’ve been pretty bummed out lately. I guess I’ve been kind of pensive and reflective lately too since I can’t go go go like I usually do.

 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

Every meal in Malaysia and the Philippines. So. Much. Curry. Mmmmmmmmm goodness. I think I loved those meals because we came together around a table and laughed constantly and simply enjoyed each others company.

 

What color best describes you?

Black, but I’m brown.

 

What’s one song you will never skip on your playlist?

 I’ll never skip Swallowed In The Sea – Coldplay

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

FBI agent, pro skater, ninja, basketball player, Laura Croft… it depended on the day.

 

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

  1. Speak every language
  2. Breathe underwater
  3. Free flights w/ 10 interchangeable buddy passes for the rest of my life.

 

What is your biggest regret?

I really regret not getting queso tonight. I love queso.

 

What are you most passionate about?

Honestly, impacting the lives of youth is something I’m really passionate about. I wish I would have had someone pouring into me at that age. People using unique platforms to spread the love of Jesus. I love using a skateboard to do that. Empowering girls gets me amped up too!

 

What do you think your greatest accomplishment is?

My Fitbit tells me it’s the 38,000 steps I got last Saturday.

 

What do you think your biggest failure is?

Man, that’s a toss up. High school is one massive failure. I definitely screwed those years up.

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

I’ve been out of the country for a year serving and doing mission work. Trying to hold on to what I learned and the growth I experienced while also transitioning back into America is a daily struggle. The pace we live at here is frightening. It’s hard for me to just get alone and be still and sit with God. I miss the reliance and dependence on God alone that I held onto so tightly in those other countries. So many distractions here. That’s a big struggle. I could definitely go on and on but I’m thankful for this life. Every single day. Even for the struggles.

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point, what advice would you give yourself?

What would I tell my younger self… hmmmm… Don’t give a shit what people think about you. Listen to Mom. Love people fiercely. Forgive quickly. You don’t have to fit in. Everything you’re chasing after isn’t going to give you the fulfillment you’re searching for. That’s only going to be satisfied when you realize who you’re living for.

 

Who/ what inspires you?

I pull inspiration from all over the place. Music, books, people, nature, art, photography.

 

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

This could get long. I love relationships where there’s vulnerability – can’t believe I’m at a point in life where I’m saying that haha, constant laughter and joy, intentionality, spontaneity, creative minds, relationships rooted in Christ, and people who will call me out and challenge me to grow. Weirdness is great too. All my friends are pretty unique and I love that.

 

Adrienne decided to end the interview at this point because she thought that 18 was a great number question to stop on. So 18 questions it is.

The Woman, the Legend, Betty Wiseman.

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So the woman that I had the pleasure of interviewing this time is someone that is very important to me, as well as countless other people, Betty Wiseman. A little bit about Betty, she was first a student at Belmont University in 1965, then later became the associate professor of Health and Physical Education in 1966, and then the founder of Belmont Women’s basketball program as its legendary first coach. Over the next 16 years as a head coach she won over 240 games, had fourth births to the NCAA tournament, and changed the face of women’s basketball in the state of Tennessee. She has won countless awards for her work which include the Josten- Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award from the WBCA, was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, was named a Tennessee Sports Legend in 2007, and was honored as the OVC’s Thurston Banks Award recipient for distinguished academic service; and all of this on top of writing her book on her life’s work, Bounce the Balls and They Will Come: A Coach’s Passion for the Great Commission. I met Betty when I started playing basketball at Belmont and I had the pleasure of going on a missions trip with her to Rio de Janeiro last summer. Being around Betty is just a pleasure in itself, but being around her in her element, speaking about Jesus to people who don’t know Him, is a privilege. I am so inspired by Betty and her strength, passion, and love for people and I am so lucky that I have gotten to know her over the past four years. Here’s a little bit about her view on life…you’ll definitely want to read this one.

 

 

Interview #3: Betty Wiseman

Coffee or tea?

Hmm, I usually have one cup of coffee in the morning, but I’m not into coffee or tea, I’m into water!

Kindle or real book?

I prefer a real book, but I have a Kindle and that’s the easiest for me, so I read off a Kindle.

It took me forever to learn not to turn those pages and have the real feel of book, but I do love to have a book in my hand.

Train or plane?

Plane, but I do like to experience a train in other countries.

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

Either, or! I like kind of a lighter chocolate.

Cat or dog?

Dog.

 

What is your current state of mind?

Peace. Peaceful.

 

What does your joy look like today?

Well my joy is always in the Lord, because this is the day that He has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.

 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

Ohh, wow! …I’m a country girl and I think its probably some kind of meat, vegetables, and cornbread combination. I love a good meat and three.

 

What color best describes you?

Probably, hmm.. some light shade of yellow, because its bright.

 

What is your favorite book and why?

Well, my favorite book is my Bible which is just a part of me. Another book that’s been really influential in my life is The Testament by John Grisham. I read that a long long time ago but it still resonates with me, it’s a part of a commitment to ministry and working in other countries; its just a great book. Another book by Chuck Swindoll, So, you Want to Be Like Christ?, it’s a great book for just evaluating where you are, a self evaluation for Christ-likeness.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher and a coach.

 

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

I would wish for peace on earth.

I would wish that all people could have a relationship with Christ.

And a third wish… that I could impact somebody’s life, daily.

 

What is your definition of success?

Success… that in every season of my life, that I have been true to my calling and I have made a difference in the world. My seasons have been seasons of growing up, education, my season of teaching at Belmont, a season more toward ministry, and I’m in a season now, what I would call the fall season, where I am retired. The colors are changing, and some leaves are falling ha, and I love the fall, but I love every season. They have all been good to me. I am at peace that the winter season will be coming at some point, but I’m not looking ahead, I’m enjoying where I am because every day is a gift.

 

What is your biggest regret?

I really don’t have any regrets. I have made some mistakes along the way, but those mistakes have been a part of my growing and learning and maturing. Maybe one regret is when I was younger, teaching and coaching and being so consumed with my work early on, that I didn’t stop and smell the roses more.

 

What are you most afraid of?

I don’t really have any fears… I’m not afraid of growing old and I’m not afraid of dying, but I want to do it well. I want to grow old gracefully, with grace, still be effective, and that’s the way I want to die. So, I don’t know if I have any fears, but I’m always think about growing old gracefully and knowing where I’m going.

 

What are you most passionate about?

Christ. I’m passionate about my faith and wanting others to go deeper. I just love the Lord and I love sharing my faith and helping people find their way.

 

What does happiness mean?

Happiness? I’m basically I pretty happy person, but I am content with who I am. I’m most happy when I’m with people. Sometimes, happiness for me is just a good book and relaxing at home but at the same time I like to hang with friends and enjoy God’s world and the beauty that comes with that.

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

The most recent struggle, and it still resonates somewhat even though I am at peace about it, is the transition from a very active, engaging career, to retirement. But its not a major struggle. I try not to be anxious about things and I am at peace where I am. I can be by myself, I can be with people. I’m not driven to pursue something just to be doing something. I want to look at opportunities that come my way as a God thing, I’m ok to wait on the Lord and see what’s next for me, daily.

 

If you’re looking back on your life from this point, what advice would you give yourself?

Probably relax a little earlier on in my career as a professor, a teacher, a coach. I was pretty consumed when I was doing it all, I was pretty driven. At one time it was about being ahead, being consumed, being driven, honestly it was about me, until I recognized that its not about me. It’s about the people around me, all the people I come in contact with every day, and ultimately its about my influence for somebody greater than myself: God.

 

What was the defining moment in your life?

Probably the moment that was the most defining for me was in 1992, my first overseas mission trip to South America with a group of women to work with women in churches. It was the the beginning of another call on my life to ministry and it was during that trip at a specific time and place when God said, ‘its not about you, Betty, its about me.’ It was when I came back from that trip, that everything from my teaching, after I had stopped coaching, that everything became ministry from then on. God gave me a different view of himself, myself, and my place in the world. He called me into the world, not just Belmont. As a result of that, He’s given me opportunities that I would have never dreamed of; the sports evangelism ministry came out of that, my passion for missions, my passion for sharing Christ, and connecting with people on a much deeper level because I had to go deeper myself.

 

Who/ what inspires you?

I’ve had a lot of people in my life that have influenced me. I grew up in the country on the farm. I loved the earth and I loved working and being a part of that environment. I came from a Christian home and my parents taught me the lessons of life: how to work hard, how to love people, how to respect people, and to give as opposed to receiving. My teachers inspired me, I had great teachers from elementary to college who inspired me. Dr. Gabhart who was the president then and who hired me, truly inspired me and was a influential mentor to me. Just people along the way that God has put in my life to encourage me, to look up to have inspired me. The world inspires me, I am intrigued by nature and how it speaks to me. I can go to the mountains, I can go to the beach, I can look out these windows, and be inspired by where I am and what I see. I used to sit in my office and watch that tree outside my window, I watched it be planted and grow, I watched it change through the seasons, get bare during the winter, green then yellow, and all the shapes. I’m inspired at home, sitting on my patio watching the sun come up and spread across the water and the lake by my house. I’m a very simple person and simple things inspire and encourage me.

 

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

Trust. Being able to trust somebody.

For people being able to see me and accept me for who I am, all my idiosyncrasies. What you see is what you get with me.

 

What are the 5 most beautiful thins in the world to you? Why?

  1. Newborn babies. The miracle of birth and new life.
  2. Just watching children. Wherever I am, I’m just looking at children. They’re just beautiful, just God’s little creatures.
  3. I’m a tree lover. I love shapes of trees. Over my bed is a huge picture of that big tree in Savannah and its just beautiful. Ohhh, I love sunsets, too. What I see from my patio: a lake and a fountain and houses, trees and birds. My patio is my favorite place in the world. Beautiful.
  4. I was on a sailing trip to the Bahamas and I lived on a sailboat all week with five other people, and evenings and morning times on that sailboat were some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
  5. Being in a foreign country in the slums where people are ‘poor’. They have nothing, but their smiles and their faces, to me, are the most beautiful people in the world.

 

What is the greatest life lesson that you have learned so far?

That its not about me. In the whole scheme of things, I’m just a little dot in this world, a little grain of sand in the whole scheme of things. But that one little dot can make a difference.

 

What impact do you want to leave on the world?

That I made a difference where God put me, that I made a difference in people’s lives, that I impacted people for Christ, and that my life brought glory to God.

Rachel and coffee.

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So I was in Memphis the other day visiting a friend with a couple of my other friends over Fall Break and I met this really amazing person named Rachel. My friend Adrienne was meeting her for coffee at this awesome coffee shop and I was inside working on a couple things while they were chatting. About 30 minutes into some work, Adrienne comes inside and grabs me and is like ‘dude I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before, but you have to interview Rachel, she’s spitting some major truth right now’ and I was like ‘awesome! For sure!’ Thinking that it was just going to be cool to get someone to interview for the blog, but it turned into being something completely amazing and filled me up more than I think she knew at all. So I’m hoping it will fill you guys up with some awesome truth and peace and hope and all the good things too. A little bit about Rachel: she is a personal trainer and a kickboxing instructor and a health coach. She’s currently going to school in Charleston, pursuing her masters in communication research focusing on women’s body image issues. Oh, and she’s currently working on a book for women to work through those issues as well as being an awesome person, so she’s pretty badass. So if that intro doesn’t get you pumped to here about her view on life, her answers definitely will. So here’s Rachel!

 

Interview #2: Rachel Barnette

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee.

Cheese its or cheese nips?

I don’t like dairy, so neither.

Kindle or real book?

Real book.

Train or plane?

Train. I HATE flying.

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

DARK all the way.

Cats or dogs.

(quick answer) dogs.

 

What is your current state of mind?

My current state of mind is… obedience, obedience, obedience.

 

What is the best meal you have ever eaten?

Ohhhhhhhh….. best meal that I’ve ever eaten is probably a meal that I made actually. When I was living in Ireland I cooked a meal for the family that I was staying with and it was just farm fresh… I know I said I don’t eat dairy, but I eat it sometimes haha… it was fresh goat cheese and I made this huge salad of just roasted cinnamon maple sweet potatoes and it was with fresh prosciutto and goat cheese and greens that were picked from the field and that was probably the best meal I ever had. But it wasn’t because of the food really, it was because of the company, the ambiance that was there, and the atmosphere that made the the best meal. We sat and talked for probably six hours around the dinner table and it was just real life.

 

What color best describes you? Why?

(A very confident and quick answer) Black. Black isn’t quite as dark of a color as people think it is, its bold and at the same time its comforting and at the same time it can scream look at me but still say ‘its ok, its going to be safe.”

 

What song do you sing in the shower?

I sing a lot of songs in the shower. I’m pretty bipolar. I can go from Justin Bieber to Beyoncé to Mumford and Sons. I’m like all over the place.

 

What song will you never skip on your playlist?

Ummmmm Fast Car by Tracie Chapman

 

What did you want to be when you grew up and what do you want to be when you grow up?

 

I did want to be a professional soccer player, I do want to be a health coach.

 

If you had three wishes what would they be?

  1. All my debt to be paid off. FO SHO.
  2. To have… a good home, and know that my family would always be provided for.
  3. Andddd… I just wish everybody knew the heart of Jesus.

 

What is your definition of success?

Confidently being true to who you were created to be.

 

What are you most afraid of?

Fear is tricky… I think I am most afraid… gosh it always changes.

Right now, I’m most afraid that I will not be able to help other people. I’m afraid that God will bring someone into my life and I can’t help them. And I know its not our place to {do the work}, He’s the one who does the work. Yeah, my biggest fear is definitely that women would come to me for help and I couldn’t help them.

 

What are you most passionate about?

Women loving themselves.

 

What does happiness mean?

Happiness I think is living in the authority and confidence in who you are. Its kind of like success, its being comfortable in your own skin. For me, its just knowing that it’s a good day because I’m being who I am supposed to be… (in 58 degree weather).

 

What do you think your greatest accomplishment is?

Hmmm, greatest accomplishment….

I don’t think its happened yet, but from the life that I’ve lived up to now, I would say honestly…  becoming the person that I am. Evolving from where I used to be, into being such, like, darkness, into being who I am now, and staying there. Not going back into old patterns and destructive habits and such.

 

What would you do if money didn’t matter?

If money didn’t matter, I would genuinely just focus on the career that I wanted. But also…I would pack up and move, probably to Ireland or New Zealand, and just travel.

Side note from L: Rachel lived in Ireland for a time before this with her friend in Ireland who owns a coffee shop who had just asked her to come work and just rest for a while, so she did. I 10/10 recommend this for everyone.

 

What is a struggle you’re facing right now?

Gahh, a struggle I’m facing right now is just being obedient without arguing with God. Literally He asks us to do stuff and I’m like ‘ehhhhhhh, do I have to?’ and then its like, especially right now, why don’t you just do it? And I think too another struggle I have is just anxiety with saying yes to the things he has called me to. Its always that I know I should be doing this, but I also know what’s coming with it and I don’t really want to battle with what’s coming with it. I have a lot of struggles (haha) but we’ll just stick with those two.

What do you value in your deepest relationships?

Authenticity and vulnerability and trust.

 

What are the 5 most beautiful things

  1. The crisp air in the morning when you wake up and walk outside. That is because it is a reminder that all things are new and I think for me its kind of like that is the breath of God, lets get it back into you. It’s also just a quiet time to be like ‘hey, its going to be a good day’ whether it is or not, that kind of figures it out later (haha) but it always starts like that.
  2. Love… shoot, I’m a sucker for love. I love, love. I am such a high feeler and I think its so beautiful though because our Father gave us the choice to love. And you know, I think it just heals everything, you can have a woman that can come to you with rheumatoid arthritis for example, and its just because of a broken heart. There’s so many body ailments that people can come to you with, and their hearts just broken, and love can bring so much physical healing, not just mental and emotional healing. I think love is just the most beautiful thing in the world because that’s how God acts out of everything, just in love.
  3. Coffee is beautiful! Becauseeeee it gives energy and is delicious!
  4. I think people being true to who they are and not being afraid is beautiful. I love my tattoos, but I went through a phase where I didn’t like them and I wasn’t being true to who I was, it was trying to confine myself into a different person that I wasn’t supposed to be. It’s just with all women too, when I see a woman being who they’re supposed to be, I think that’s beautiful and just so encouraging.
  5. Last thing, I think Fall is the most beautiful. I just love October, I love leaves falling, and I love the bitterness and the bareness and I love how much growth happens in that and because we become so dependent. I think fall and winter are such beautiful seasons because of what happens during them.
  6. Extra! And tattoos are beautiful, if they’re beautifully done…

 

What’s your favorite tattoo that you have and why?

My favorite tattoo.. depends on the day.

Today: Today my favorite tattoo, it goes back and forth between the ‘go love’ that I have tattooed on my hand which reminds me when I don’t want to choose other people, I got to choose other people, and when I don’t want to choose to love people, I got to love people. And the tattoo that’s on my leg, reminds me that as long as we’re rooted in our beliefs, the storm can’t break us down, it can’t tear us down. And this girl on my arm, she’s the ‘dios de la muertes’, but this entire sleeve is Ezekiel 37, and its just that so much beauty in life can come from death. So just no matter what the devil or the enemy meant for destruction and damage and sabotage, God’s like, I can redeem that and I can bring beauty to that no matter what you think is possible

 

What is the greatest life lesson that you have learned so far?

It’s not about us. Its just not about us… well, two life lessons. One, you can’t pour in to other people and give life to other people if you’re not healthy. Its like a circle, if you’re not healthy, you can’t pour into other people. You can’t get life from an empty sponge.

It’s like when people are saying that they’re going to take care of themselves later, I’m like no, you need to take care of yourself now. I’m a big advocate of people taking care of their own lives. If God’s telling you to go do something, but if you’re not ready, its ok to say not yet. And two: its not about us.

Hello, it’s me.

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Hey guys,

 

So my name’s Lauren, people call me LT and my friends call me L and I’m starting this blog (the one you’re currently reading) called Publish the People. All the people that read this are automatically my best friends in my book, so you guys can definitely call me L.

 

Anyway…. Publish the People came about because I had to start it for one of my social media classes at Belmont University (where I currently go to college), but it was actually something that I had been thinking about starting for quite some time now. Big shout out to Humans of New York for being great and somewhat of an inspiration for my blog. Basically the idea of Publish the People is to provide a platform for really awesome people to come and share some of their stories and then I’ll ask them some really deep questions about life to figure out who has it all figured out! Just kidding because I’m pretty sure no one has it all figured out but we’re going to see if some people have some pieces to this giant puzzle we call life.

People are really dope and we have SO much we can learn from each other whether that be from someone else’s life experiences to their failures to their achievements to things they’ve learned from other people they’ve met along their way, or even to, lets just say, blogs they may have read?? Obviously, I can’t interview these people, ask them to be super vulnerable, share their life stories, and ask them their deepest fears without doing the same thing, that would be very hypocritical of me! So here I am, just a girl standing in front of a group of people she’s never met, asking them to read her blog.

 

DISCLAIMER: I am not some amazing, well spoken, eloquent writer that is going to blow your mind with her words so forgive me for any grammatical errors, run on sentences, or mess ups. I’ve never known what a comma splice is even though I’ve laughed and said “of course that’s a comma splice” at least 20 times in my 5th grade English class. I’m just going to try and let the people that share their stories speak for themselves!

 

Interview #1: Me (Lauren Thompson)

Coffee or tea?

Coffee everyday.

Cheese its or cheese nips?

SUPER controversial… but Cheese Nips.

Kindle or real book?

Real book, I can’t remember what I read on a Kindle but a real book is just ingrained into my memory.

What is your current state of mind?

Well, I just went to the Beyoncé concert last night and then I had 5am basketball practice, so my current state of mind is just completely in shock and awe at the Queen that is Beyoncé but also my eye keeps twitching a lot.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

Well…. This is a super difficult question because I freaking love food, not kidding I have been watching a Netflix series about just food and Michelin star chefs for like a month now. Best meal though… I was in Italy and we had fresh pasta with a Bolognese sauce and homemade bread and I died and went to heaven and then came back to life to eat the gelato from down the street.

What would be your super power and why?

I would be able to teleport things and myself. Like boom! I’m in my apartment and then boom! I’m in California and I wouldn’t have to buy a plane ticket and I could also make things appear like food without moving. Also, reading people’s minds is too much power and I thought that should be thrown out there.

What’s one song you would never skip on your playlist and why?

I would never ever skip Love on Top by Beyoncé. It can turn your bad days into your best days especially if you know the whole choreographed dance like I do.

What is your definition of success?

I think that success can be a difficult thing to define because it is such a personal and differing answer. But, I think my definition of success in my own life would be doing something that makes me happy, fulfilled, and produces some type of good in the world. I think being successful in society means being powerful or being rich, which can lead to some type of success, but I think the most successful people are the happy people and people that effect change. I think success can be measured day to day as well, like did you get out of bed and feed yourself at regular times, and were you productive or did you do something cool today? All those things are a success to me.

What are you most afraid of?

Definitely most afraid of losing people that I love. It’s terrifying to think that death could take away the people that I love most in an instant, but it comforts me to know that God has a plan for everything and time for everything.

Side Note: my biggest irrational fear is surviving the apocalypse. Anyone seen The Road? That’s my worst nightmare.

What are you most passionate about?

I would say that I’m most passionate about people. I love hearing their stories and just meeting really awesome people. I think all my other passions: music, travel, and sports revolve around being passionate about people as well. Feeling connected to each other is really amazing and going further away just makes the world feel that much smaller. That’s definitely why I started this blog, to show that we are all connected in some way and make people feel like they aren’t alone in anything you’re going through.

What struggle are you facing right now?

A struggle that I am facing right now…. I would say one of my constant struggles is not feeling good enough. Not good enough for my relationships, not good enough to get the job I want, not good enough in my sport, not good enough in school. I just think there’s so many things that I could do better or do more of, but I have to realize that I that I am good enough….I’m super blessed because I have really great family and friends that help me when I’m struggling.

What are the 5 most beautiful things in the world to you? Why?

  1. SUNSETS. I really love a great sunset. Perfect colors, the sky is literally on fire, it makes everything beautiful.
  2. Fam and friends. These people are beautiful inside and out for sure.
  3. A really great meal. People gather over food, and for the obvious reason of it being delicious.
  4. A made bed with lots of pillows. My OCD kicks with making my bed but falling into a bed of fluffy pillows is absolutely all things magical and beautiful.
  5. Fall. The leaves change, the weather finally cools down, fall outfits, fall foods, people giving away free candy. I don’t care who you are, I know you love fall.

Who inspires you?

I would say that my friends really inspire me. We are all so different but so great which means we share similar passions and interests, but also means that we push each other outside of our own comfort zones. My friends just rock, they’re so brave and they do so many amazing things that are honestly just unbelievable sometimes; things that are super inspiring to me. They are people that make me want to be better and people that have so many great things in store for their lives.

What is the greatest life lesson that you have learned so far?

The greatest lesson that I have learned in life so far would have to be not to care what other people think of you. Just let your freak flag fly. I know I spent the majority of my teenage life caring too much about what other people thought about me and it was honestly just exhausting. Knowing that you are unique and different and maybe even a little weird should be so comforting, because how boring would the world be if we were all exactly the same!? SO boring. Being the best me I can be is all I can do.

 

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