This week I'm thrilled to share my interview with my friend Anna. Anna and I have been friends for more than 20 years (seriously, how is that even possible?) We were neighbors growing up, and through the wonders of technology and social media, are able to remain in each other's lives from afar.
Anna's interview, below:
1. What is your name, and who are you?
Name: Anna Kukulka.
Who am I? That’s the infamous "tell me about yourself" interview question, that one question that has you suddenly raging insecure screaming in your head: I HAVE NO IDEA WHO I AM. However, I am the second daughter of Carl and Nancy Kukulka, sister to Erica and the proud, slightly batty cat-mama to JoeLewis and Murry Kukulka. The rest I’m still figuring out.
2. How do you know Kate?
I've known Kate since…um, maybe kindergarten? We lived on the same street and our mom's were friends and thankfully, we ended up friends as well. This makes Kate one of my longest standing friends, something that I should probably thank my mom and Jenifer for.
3. Tell me about a typical day in your life.
At first I thought that I didn’t have a typical day but in a general sense I do: I wake up, work, laugh, go to class, study, workout and go to sleep. The variation within that formula is huge and for that I am endlessly grateful, no day is ever the same except that it’s always full of amazing people.
4. What’s the most challenging part of your life (could be a pet peeve, a work or family issue, whatever)
Finding balance. I tend to take things to extremes: work, school, personal life, working out, you name it – I’ve found myself overly absorbed in it. Even at one point, and I don’t say this with pride: I stayed up until two am knitting. I really really wanted to finish that darn headband. Finding a balance between all of the things that I have to do and all of the things that I want to do is something repeatedly fail at but will continue to work at.
5. What are you likely to be doing at 8pm on a Saturday night?
It’s a 50/50 toss-up between out with friends or studying. Unless its football season in which case it’s about 100% I’ll be watching football with friends. Go Gators!
6. Paint me a picture of your life in five years.
I have no idea where I’ll be and I love the freedom that comes with that! If five years ago you told me that I’d be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed you for the world and yet I’m exactly where I should be. Life is awesome and unpredictable and in 5 years I hope to be healthy, happy, and productive and wherever the wind may take me.
7. If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
Unlimited, paid for college education – college credits are expensive! I’d rack up degree’s like teenage me hoarded cookies.
8. What part of your morning routine do you consider essential?
Hands down, brushing my teeth; there’s just no substitute for good dental hygiene.
9. What one deceased person would you like an hour with?
Martin Luther King Jr. His quote “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” has gotten me through more intimidating, terrifying, sad and difficult times than I can counts and I’d like to say thank you.
10. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go and why? Have you been there before?
This might be cheating because it’s more than one place but a month backpacking through Europe with a great camera. England, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Greece, Russia, Austria, Spain and Portugal; I love the history the Europe offers. Museums, landmarks, great food, Mediterranean beaches with a great traveling partner (yet unknown) while drinking good wine and guzzling great beer.
11. You have ten minutes to give a speech to college seniors. What do you talk about?
Our actions and how we treat others is what makes us who we are; no single choice or decision defines us but each step brings us closer to the person that we are going to be and so you need to live your life with intent. Also, really truly, in all seriousness: don’t drink and drive; take a cab.
12. What is your favorite song?
Seasons of Love from Rent
13. If you weren’t in your current occupation, what would you like to do?
Working for Sesame Street, developing educational programing and taking my coffee breaks with Oscar and his pet worm Slimy.
14. Tell me about your family
Just like Janice and Damian in Mean Girls: they’re the greatest people you’ll ever meet.
15. What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then”?
Your gut and your mother will almost always be right, trust them, especially when they’re telling you things that you don’t want to hear.
If you'd like to be part of the Interesting Person Interview Series, please email your answers to kate at katespecial.com