Kate's Interview... after the break!
1) What is your name, and who are you?
My name is Kate (also!) and I am a lot of things--a wife, a daughter, a sister, a pianist, a teacher, a Christian, and a writer.
2) How do you know Kate?
Kate reads my blog, Something Ivory, and we recently connected and she was kind enough to invite me to participate in this interview series.
3) Tell me about a typical day in your life.
Well, in May I graduated from grad school in New York City and moved to Southern Alabama with my soldier husband. Needless to say, my life has changed quite a bit! A typical morning these days starts with an early rise, some hot tea and blogging. I love writing and thinking in the mornings when I'm fresh. Most days I head to Zumba or yoga, make a fresh lunch for my husband and me, and in the afternoon I practice (piano), read, run errands, work on things around the house, and teach piano lessons. In the evenings I make dinner (I love to cook!) and spend time with my husband. One day, when we move to a new area, I hope to do more performing, too.
4) What’s the most challenging part of your life (could be a pet peeve, a work or family issue, whatever).
At the moment, I'd have to say the most challenging part of my life is living in a part of the country where I don't feel totally settled or at home. My husband and I didn't think we would be starting our lives together here, but the Army had other plans. That said, I'm not sure I would have started my writing blog if we didn't live here, and this change in plans has taught me some valuable lessons (like how to be flexible, patient, and how to trust in God's plan). Blessings often come to us in disguise.
5) What are you likely to be doing at 8pm on a Saturday night?
My husband and I are pretty low key and love simple evenings together at home. Watching a movie and cuddling on the couch is probably where you would find us!
6) Paint me a picture of your life in five years.
That's easy--babies! Hopefully we will own our first home by then, and have one or two little ones keeping us busy. I hope we are in a great area and that my husband loves his job. I hope to have a full private teaching studio and to be doing lots of writing. Ideally, I'd like to establish a chamber music group to perform with, too. But mostly, babies. I've been excited about motherhood for as long as I can remember!
7) If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
8) What part of your morning routine do you consider essential?
Drinking hot tea or coffee (I'm leaning more towards tea these days, but I love both). The warmth and creaminess tastes so good first thing in the morning!
9) What one deceased person would you like an hour with?
This is a hard one. I think I might have to say Beethoven, even though he was apparently pretty grumpy!
10) If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go and why? Have you been there before?
Greece. My husband and I wanted to travel there for our honeymoon but it didn't work out, and we went to the Napa Valley instead (it ended up being an absolutely perfect decision--we loved Napa). But I'd still really like to go to Greece someday!
11) You have ten minutes to give a speech to college seniors. What do you talk about?
This is hard. I think the biggest thing I would try to do is avoid clichés. I think that a lot of inspirational talks tend to be a little bit trite. I think I might talk about the importance of family and selflessness. I may even talk about marriage! I think that the most important decision we make in life is who we marry, and it's one that we talk so little about and get so little guidance on. Most college seniors are so focused on personal fulfillment and career goals, which is great, but it would serve them well down the line to also be thinking seriously about the kind of person they want to spend the rest of their lives with.
12) What is your all-time favorite song?
I think I have to say "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green, which was our first dance at our wedding.
13) If you weren’t in your current occupation, what would you like to do?
I've always thought it would be fun to be a wedding planner. I had a total blast planning my own!
14) Tell me about your family.
My little family consists of two, my husband and me. As for my big family, I have the best parents in the world and two wonderful brothers. I also gained three sisters-in-law when I married, and two brothers-in-law, and a niece and nephew and of course, my mother and father-in-law. I've been very blessed!
15) What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then”?
Something like, "Life goes on!" or "It's going to be ok!" I have a tendency to get worked up and pretty anxious about things I'm stressed about, and there have been times when it would have been nice to hear from my future self that it all ended well.
If you'd like to be part of the Interesting Person Interview Series, please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.