To get to know our bloggers better, we're doing the Proust Questionnaire, a form of interview created by Marcel Proust and popularized by Vanity Fair. We hope you enjoy this fun series.
Proust Questionnaire: Erica
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness to me is being outside in the warm sunshine, when the weather is just right and even the breeze smells good.
What is your greatest fear? To never be enough
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Anxiety
Which living person do you most admire? It changes a lot, but for now, Jillian Michaels: she is honest about her struggles, she wants to do good work, and she helps people take control of their lives.
What is your greatest extravagance? A fresh towel for every shower.
What is your current state of mind? Caffeinated to productivity!
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Modesty
On what occasion do you lie? To protect feelings and sometimes you just have to take a message.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? The bags under my eyes
What is the quality you most like in a man? Wit
What is the quality you most like in a woman? A sense of adventure
When and where were you happiest? Giving the speech at my high school graduation. And on my last anniversary trip to Vegas, where Jacob and I lucked into a private spa pool overlooking a fabulous resort and we joked to each other that we were Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Which talent would you most like to have? PARKOUR ... this!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To be a better storyteller / conversationalist.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? If I'm choosing, I'd want to be a huge tree in a national forest.
Where would you most like to live? Somewhere warm and coastal with sandy wood floors, a few grassy acres, a veggie garden and a couple of goats.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Living in regret
What is your favorite occupation? Comedian
What is your most marked characteristic? My lip
What do you most value in your friends? Authenticity
Who are your favorite writers? So many! Joseph Campbell, Benjamin Franklin, Kurt Vonnegut, JK Rowling, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, all my writing friends
Who is your hero of fiction? Nicki Minaj
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Benjamin Franklin
What are your favorite names? James, Davenport
What is it that you most dislike? Intolerance
What is your greatest regret? Being too insecure to make friends/try things