I know I said I would answer all the questions from the Q&A on Friday, but I received about ten times more questions that I had anticipated, so I’ll split it into several shorter posts instead.
Q: What has the been the top 3 moments of your summer so far?
A: That’s a great question dear “Tante Kalkun” <3
1. Seeing my family again for the first time since Christmas
2. My grandparents’ 50th anniversary-party
3. The Norwegian premiere of “Over the Bridge”
Q: What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?
A: I’ve never really had many nicknames. But my dear friend Matt calls me “Track Mom” because of my many motivational speeches during our long runs.
I was also called “Glass-leg” in elementary school because my legs were so skinny the boys were afraid of hurting me when we played soccer. (That was before the weightlifting and bodybuilding happened, mind you.)
Q: What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
A: Cold Stone ice cream.
Q: What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured?
A: I just got a phone call from a 91-year-old man and his wife who had read my story about care for the elderly in the paper. They said they loved the article and that they were beyond thankful for the fact that I brought attention to the issue. That meant a lot to me.
Q: Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
A: I used to be really impulsive, but after my first year in college, when I started pursuing a career as a filmmaker, I finally saw the value of planning and time management. I find that planning and habits go hand-in-hand, so yeah, I’m a creature of habit… sort of.
Q: When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?
A: May 14th 2016, when I ran my first half marathon.
Q: Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?
A: I know a lot of people, but I only have a small handful of people I really see as my close friends.
Q: What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced, but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?
A: On the plane from Norway to the US last August I was thinking about trying out a church in Sioux Falls, but I wasn’t sure, so I prayed. A few hours later I take a cab from the airport to campus, and as I’m about to leave, the driver gave me a receipt where he wrote the name of a church in Sioux Falls on the back. He also said — in an African accent — “This year it is very important for you to spend your time and money wisely. If you have 10 dollars in your pocket — think twice before you spend it. This year that will be very important for you. God bless you.” And then he drove away.
At the time I didn’t think too much about it, but I kept it in the back of my mind, and saved as much of my money as I could. (It was quite the contrast from the year before, when I lived like a queen, bought a car, went to the movies five times a week and ate out every weekend, haha) Little did I know that the dollar exchange rate would crash, and had I not taken his advice I wouldn’t have been able to pay for my tuition in January.
God is good.
I’ll answer more of the questions in another post.