A blogger friend, Robin of Rob’s Real Life, asked that I answer a few questions in this meme. I thought the questions were fun and reflective and offered an opportunity to depart from my usual posting style. Thanks, Robin, for tagging me in this meme.

1) What makes you the happiest?

Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning while I read or write. Spending time with my family. Running as the sun rises behind the mountains. I also enjoy my girls’ nights, chatting with a good friend, and concerts. My happiness list is full of contradictions, but it is in those opposites where I find peace.

2) Do you love the ocean or mountains more?

I’ve spent the last 5 years amongst the mountains. They mean home for me. When I am near the water, though, I do feel a different kind of serenity, one that I do not recognize anywhere else.

3) What has been a special moment in 2013?

I landed my first freelancing gig in 2013 and also had my first essay published in First Day Press

4) What’s your favorite quote?

I’ve collected quotes in several journals over a number of years. There are so many, but two quotes that repeat themselves over and over again are:

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” –  Leonard Cohen

” How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard 

5) Do you like yourself?

Yes and No. This question is not the easiest to answer. Some parts of my personality I adore, but other places where I think I need work. As much as it is a cliché, it is true, we are all works in progress.

6) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year’s Eve?

Sometimes. I am not a New Year’s Eve person. In fact, I think it is overrated. A new year can be any day of the year where you want to institute a change, honor an epiphany, or forge a new connection. Really, every day can be a new day of a new something.

7) Something you wish you could get done ASAP?

Finish my manuscript.

8) What was your favorite class in school?

English and British History. I loved any subject that focused on words and worlds that were new to me.

9) What music instrument have you tried to play?

I played piano for over 7 years. The metronome is something that haunted my high school years. As much as I enjoyed music, I lacked discipline to practice and to really hone in any skill  for piano playing. Some of the lessons that I learned from my piano teacher, Ms. McClenny, though, are ones that stuck.

10) Anything you have wished to have learned earlier?

Live and let live.

11) Do you like crafts, drawing, or painting? 

I’ve dabbled in painting and crafts, but I do not feel an overwhelming love for these activities. Sometimes, with my daughter, I can get engrossed in a craft she is doing, but not enough to seek it on my own.