What do you listen to while working?
I typically listen to narrative podcasts that fall in the true crime, cult, or psychology genres. I also recently began listening to my three older brothers’ podcast, “Mormon Raised,” about what it’s like to grow up in a large, Mormon family. When I’m not listening to podcasts, I listen to my Spotify playlists that contain a variety of genres including oldies, alternative, indie, punk, and pop.
Have you ever gotten lost on purpose?
I often get lost on purpose when I go on walks. I will pick some random roads to go down as I walk, listening to music and sometimes ending up at a coffee or sweets shop. I find walks really relaxing and thought-provoking, so I often go on them when I need to think or get some extra energy out.
Ingredients for the perfect smoothie?
Soy/coconut/oat/almond milk, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, banana, almonds, strawberries, and blueberries make up the ultimate smoothie combination. It can be paired down to fewer ingredients and still taste great. I typically drink smoothies after a workout or boxing class.
Best live music show you’ve seen?
The best concert I’ve been to was “The Kooks” at the Boston Opera House. They are one of my favorite bands, and they had a great energy to their performance. It was the first and only time I’ve bought a band T‑shirt and is a great reminder of the night. They also had a great opener that night: “Barnes Courtney.” I now listen to that band too.
Not counting the babysitting I started doing at 12 years old, my first job was as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Buffalo Grove Park District when I was 16. I couldn’t have asked for a better first job. It was a great learning experience because they had high expectations for their staff with a lot of structure and regular training, had a great sense of community within the staff, and provided room for growth (I was later promoted to assistant manager and then manager and lesson coordinator). When I was put into the leadership position, the added responsibility really made me step up and made me proud.
My favorite season is spring because it’s a very hopeful season. It’s a season of rebirth, where all the wonderful things I’ve missed (sun, warmth, flowers and leaves, and birds) come back. Every day is a reason to be more excited about what’s to come.
What’s you’re Kryptonite?
My Kryptonite is dessert. I can never resist a dessert, and it’s such a problem at work where there are often free pastries up for grabs. Whenever I have tried to be healthier and stop eating dessert, I haven’t been able to resist for more than a couple of days. My favorite sweets come from my mom’s baking. She has the best recipes!