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Seventy-Three at Twenty-Five

Twenty-five is here, y'all! My birthday was on Saturday, and I have to say it was pretty darn great. Micah and I explored a bit of NYC, starting with brunch at The Standard and adventuring around the Chelsea Market. The heat here though was brutal so we headed back to New Jersey, and met up with her church friends at an "Authentic Austin Barbecue" place called House of 'Que for drinks, ending the evening with face masks, chick flicks, and pizza for a girls' night in.

But since twenty-five feels so BIG and this year is FULL of potential, I thought it would be fun to snag these 73 questions from Rachel and document this stage in my life here and now. Brace yourselves, it's quite the list!

73 Questions at 25
  1. What are you most excited about these days?  Being in New York City for the week! It's my first trip to the Big Apple, and I'm over the moon about seeing my first (second, third, and fourth!) Broadway shows!
  2.  Favorite holiday? Christmas without a doubt! 
  3. Favorite season? Fall/winter. Wearing scarves, cardigans, jeans, and boots? Yes, please! Snuggling up with a good book and hot chocolate? All day every day (if I could!).
  4. Recent hobby?  Hosting Create in Faith retreats! The first one is coming up in August and you should join us!
  5. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?   Lara Casey. She's such a gem, her family is precious, and her job looks so fun!
  6. If you could have coffee with someone from the past, who would it be? Elizabeth Elliot. 
  7. What’s the best thing that happened this year? Directing Almost, Maine TWICE was certainly a big and grand thing! But joining the Illustrated Faith creative team has been a life changing part of the past year for sure!
  8. What’s the best way to decompress? Curling up with a good book and some instrumental music or Bible journaling the afternoon away.
  9. What’s the weirdest word in the English language? Uhhhhhhh.... any word you say over and over again until it becomes incredibly strange.
  10. If you had one superpower, what would it be? Teleporting. So I could travel anywhere at any time.
  11. Who do you miss most? My Seattle family and friends.
  12. Who was the last person to text you? Rachel Nordgren!
  13. Who are three people, alive or dead, that you would have dinner with? Oh gosh! My group would be so random!  Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway, and Ann Voskamp.
  14. Last book you read? I'm currently reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, a birthday gift from Carissa! It's absolutely fascinating so far!
  15. Book you plan on reading? Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  16. Book you read bc everyone else in the world was reading it? All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I LOVED it!
  17. A book from your childhood that positively shaped you? The Elsie Dinsmore Series by Martha Henley.
  18. Favorite tv show that’s currently on tv? Don't judge me.... I'm currently following The Bachelorette... but otherwise it's Grey's Anatomy, Chicago PD/Fire/Med, and Once Upon a Time.
  19. Favorite ice cream? Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate
  20. What makes you smile the most? Theatre. Love stories. Heart-to-hearts with sweet friends.
  21. First pet? Prissy the shitzu. 
  22. Worst subject in school? In college? FRENCH. I did not learn well in complete immersion and STRUGGLED through three semesters.
  23. Favorite game? Oh man! Catch phrase probably.
  24. Coolest thing in the world? The ability to make friends via blogging/instagram. It has rocked my world for many years.
  25. Cutest thing in the world? Babies and baby animals. So stinking cute.
  26. Favorite thing in the world? Books.
  27. One talent you wish you had? Singing.
  28. One thing you still have from your childhood? My American Girl dolls. 
  29. What’s your patronus? It would likely be something small but surprisingly fierce. A barn owl, maybe?
  30. Last song you listened to on your phone? "Ambre" by Nils Frahm (instrumental piano)
  31. Favorite song lyrics? All of Hamilton: An American Musical.
  32. What song would you probably be caught dancing alone to? Anything from Footloose.
  33. If you could work the runway, what song would it be? It's a funny choice, but I love the beat to "I Just Want to Make Love to You" by Etta James. I could strut my stuff down the runway to that just fine ;)
  34. Best gift you’ve ever been given? The ability to go to Baylor University. It would not have been possible without the generosity of my family.  
  35. Fashion icon? Kate Middleton.
  36. What did you wear to your prom? A flowing green dress with a beaded strap the first time and a turquoise/teal mermaid-esque dress the second. 
  37. Who was your date to your prom? The only two guys I dated in high school, only I wasn't dating either of them when we went to prom. My freshman boyfriend was my date junior year, and my sophomore boyfriend was my date senior year. Funny how that worked out.
  38. Favorite movie of all time? Pride & Prejudice (2005).
  39. Favorite movie of the last five years? Cinderella (2013). 
  40. Movie that made you cry? Benjamin Button. I SOBBED through the entire thing.
  41. Movie that made you laugh the hardest? We watched The Prince & Me this weekend, and I forgot how cheesy that movie was!
  42. If you could make a documentary, what would it be about? Broadway behind the scenes maybe?
  43. Favorite TV show? One Tree Hill will always be a classic in my mind. 
  44. If you could make a cameo in any TV show what would it be? Grey's Anatomy!
  45. Best plot twist of all time? Tough one! But My Best Friend's Wedding took me COMPLETELY by surprise (and I wanted to throw things at the tv)...
  46. Twitter or Instagram? INSTAGRAM. Duh.
  47. Who should everyone be following right now? Caroline (@ckelso). Her illustrated daily affirmations are great! And Tara (@radandhappy). She speaks the truth in such a fun font and with all the sass.
  48. Favorite food? Macaroni and cheese.
  49. Favorite dessert? Oreo cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. (A recent favorite is peach cobbler from... well, just about anywhere!)
  50. Favorite band? Bethel Music. 
  51. Favorite solo artist? Lauren Daigle. 
  52. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be? Hunter Hayes.
  53. What would be the title of your autobiography? Love Bailey Jean. Expect to see more of that around these parts soon!
  54. Favorite sound? Rain, coffee shop ambiance, and piano/cello music.
  55. Least favorite sound? Squeaky hinges/shoes/floors.
  56. Favorite animal? Small fluffy dogs! 
  57. First celebrity crush? Justin Timberlake. I was an NSYNC fan early on.
  58. Current celebrity crush? Theo James (Four in Divergent). So dang good looking and that BRITISH accent tho! All the heart eyes.
  59. What is your kryptonite? Chick-fil-a.
  60. Guilty pleasure? E.L.Fudge cookies and Fixer Upper marathons.
  61. Most proud moment? Getting into Baylor Theatre then being selected to be in the advanced directing class.
  62. Biggest weakness? Comparison. It's the trap I fall into again and again.
  63. Skill still unmastered? Cooking. 
  64. What is the definition of misery? Running. But really, it's a feeling of hopelessness, darkness, no end in sight.
  65. Biggest learning experience? This season. Oh man. With everything so up in the air and uncertain, I'm learning a WHOLE lot about myself and my expectations/tendencies/abilities/you name it.
  66. What is your idea of a perfect date? Coffee/hot chocolate or a sweet treat to go (depending on the time of year) in a quaint downtown area to walk and talk, Mexican or Italian for dinner before a show, then drinks or dessert afterward to finish the night.
  67. An experience when you felt the most nervous? Moving across the country to Seattle after graduating college.
  68. At what age were you the happiest? Twenty-one was pretty great, but I have high hopes for twenty-five. It's off to a great start ;)
  69. What’s one vice you wish you could give up? I have very little self control when it comes to comfort food/sugar. 
  70. If you could teach a college course, what would it be called? Shakespeare Today and Yesterday
  71. If you could star in any movie remake, what would it be? Harry Potter. Or You've Got Mail. Or Pride & prejudice. ;) 
  72. If you were an Olympic athlete, what would your event be? Well, I'm athletically challenged, but if I COULD be an Olympic athlete I'd pick figure skating.
  73. If you could offer your 13-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Don't be so hard on yourself, but trust your gut. The Lord will lead you where you want to go and there is FREEDOM in that. Also... just say no to the perm. You'll get braces a week later, start high school the following Monday, and your yearbook picture will be a hot mess. Sorry, girl.

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