How to Fall in Love


One of my favorite bloggers, Hallie of Corals and Cognacs, brought up the New York Times essay about how to fall in love with anyone—all you need to do is answer 36 questions. She took an interesting twist on the questions, spinning them back to bloggers and their readers. Just how well do we know each other in our writer/reader relationship? She challenged her readers with blogs to answer some of the 36 questions, so Hallie … challenge accepted!

Would you like to be famous? In what way? I always wanted to be famous as a kid, but the older I get, the more grateful I am to live a normal, paparazzi-less life. I think it’s sad that many celebrities can’t live life normally without compromising their privacy or safety.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? Probably today. And every day.

Name three things you and your {readers} appear to have in common. I like to think we’re on the same page in terms of personal style: It should be real, achievable, and genuine. I also think we have in common a love for trying out anything and everything when it comes to makeup. Finally, we’re all constantly looking for that balance of professional life, personal life, and blogging/online life (plus we all have a not-so-secret affinity for all things literary).

For what in your life do you feel most grateful? Growing up around extended family. Sure, we lived in the middle of nowhere for most of my life, but now that I’m on my own in a city, hindsight allows me to look back on those times in rural Indiana and cherish the fact that I grew up knowing my whole family.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it? I’ve always wanted to write a book. Eventually I’d like to write a fiction novel, but time and experience are standing in my way. Maybe in 20 years … 

What do you value most in a friendship? I value laughter, challenge, honesty, perseverance, and compassion. I don’t keep a very large circle of friends, but the ones I have I keep close.

If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why? I’d eat a donut. Just kidding! I’d probably travel the world (particularly New York, London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Dublin, San Francisco, Sydney—the works).

When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself? It was almost certainly either 1) during a movie or 2) during a commercial. #allthefeelings


Tell your {readers} something that you like about them already. I love how positive you are, whether you’re commenting on my blog or tweeting me! Positivity is a rare thing to find online, so thanks!

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why? Luckily, everything on my MacBook Pro is backed up online. I’d probably save a copy of a letter. It’s my dad writing to my grandparents (his future in-laws) asking for permission to marry my mom.

If you were going to become a close friend with your {readers}, please share what would be important for them to know. I eat my food in a strange way: one item at a time, from what I’m least looking forward to to what I’m most looking forward to. Weird, right? I’ve done it since I was a kid and don’t even give it a second thought anymore.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be? To stop and start time. Then maybe I’d be able to make a dent in my inbox, reorganize my room and office from the mess they’ve become in the past week, and grab a coffee while I’m at it.

I didn’t answer all 36 questions (which can be found here), but if you have time, check out all of them. I think a degree of vulnerability is essential in any relationship, including from blogger to reader. I hope you feel like you know me a bit better now (and you might even like me better, despite my weird tendencies)! That being said, I’m interested in your answers, too! If you happen to have a great answer to one or all of them, feel free to comment (or if you write a blog post about it, tweet it to me). 

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

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