Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Q & A

My friend Shara interviewed me.

1. Who is someone that inspires you? Why and How?

I am inspired by many people-those that keep going and don't give in when it would be so easy to. I am inspired by those that stand up for what they really think and can do it in a calm way. Not confrontational. I am inspired by those that know what they want and go after it. I am inspired by those that make the right choice even when that is the hardest. I am inspired by those that serve others. I am inspired by those that make small consistent efforts to improve their own life, and the world around them. I am inspired by goodness, truth, light, love.
I am inspired by those that have a true smile- and who have fought through many fake smiles to get to the real smile.

2. What is one of your biggest challenges as a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom)? How do you handle that challenge?

*Other peoples judgment that I am not working. Just because I am home, and doing what I have always dreamed of doing and happy about it does not mean that its not work. Somebody actually asked Jay once what I did all day in a negative tone.
*Meeting everyone's needs plus my own- I am a mom to 4 separate people and collectively to them all. But I am also Alisa. I made a mental list of things I need to do for me- that I need to stay sane.
*Getting sidetracked. I have to make lists. Lots and lots of lists.
But I think that is something that everyone faces no matter what the job title.

3. If you could sit down across the dinner table with ANYONE, who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would sit alone with Jay and talk about what it will be like when the kids are grown and gone and its back to being just us. What we want to be doing then, where we want to be. We would talk about how to stay close now so that we will be close then. We would enjoy this dinner very much. And it would be here at our own table and not out to eat.

4. What do you think the teenaged you would think of the adult you?

Would I know that it was me? I guess it depends which moment she saw me. If it was last night at the mall with all 4 kids as they were playing chase in the store, and saw Tucker coming out of his shell and the mom having no control of anything hmmm she would probably be a little judgmental. If it was on a good night and all the kids were bathed and in jammies and smelled so yummy and the music was playing she would think that life was perfect and she would
want to watch those cute kids on the weekends.
If I knew that it was me I would be so glad that life was happy. That life could turn out better than it was then. shudder- I would not go back to that time of my life.

5. What advice would you give her and what advice do you think she would give you?

*I would tell her that the earlier the better to get in the habit of exercising. To avoid debt.
That life really can be happy- don't give up. I would also tell her that its ok to not know what she wants to do in life besides be a mom. That going through pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, having a child with a cleft, would all lead her to know what she wants to do when she "grows up."
*I think the younger me would tell me to not cut my hair yet, wait because if you go short again, now you will probably not go long again. And she would tell me "go ahead and have another baby- what are you waiting for." She would ask me why I was so white!

Thanks Shara- very thought provoking questions.
Anyone want to be interviewed by me?

The directions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. Have fun with it~!

And let me know when you've posted so I can link readers.


shara said...

Wonderful answers. You are someone that inspires me. Really. Love you lots.

Meghan said...

I always love what you write