Welcome! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by.

I’m Alyssa. I wanted to do a quick post answering some straight-forward questions about me as a professional and normal human. I hope you enjoy!

TL;DR – I live and work in DC. I like to write. I like to read. I like makeup. I like my cat. 

  1. What do you do for a living?
    My 9-5 is working as a website and online content specialist at a higher education non-profit. I’m also a freelance journalist on my down time. My current freelance gig is with NIH MedlinePlus magazine.
  2. Where do you live?
    Washington, D.C. I finally feel at home here. I grew up in Connecticut so it’s different, but I love it.
  3. How old are you?
    27
  4. Who do you love?
    I’m head over heels for my fiancé, Kevin. We’ve been together since November 2011!
  5. How old are you?
    27
  6. What’s your childhood dream?
    To be an actress! I also wanted to be a nun at one point… oh how we change!
  7. How often do you laugh?
    Every day!
  8. What makes you smile?
    Family, friends, my morning coffee, Ellie (my kitten), makeup, Autumn, desserts, walks around D.C., finding a good deal, and so much more stuff, I can’t list it all!
  9. Who’s your most dangerous enemy?
    I’ve had enemies in the past, for sure. But I try not to focus on people who have a negative impact on my life. It’s cheesy, but I’m my greatest ally and enemy in one. It’s 100% up to me who I become as a person. If I fail, it’s on me. If I give up, that’s my fault. Every day I get to choose how I live my life.
  10. Do you think you’re strong?
    Mentally – I think so. I do my best to not let my emotions control me, but we all have our days.
    Physically – We’re getting there! I joined a gym a couple months ago, and I’m working to earn back the strength I’ve lost working at a desk all day!
  11. What was the most important thing you’ve done so far?
    Gone to college. Without that, I wouldn’t have achieved anything I have so far in my professional life.
  12. What was the most stupid thing you’ve done so far?
    Credit card debt. Having credit is important. Having credit card debt is miserable.
  13. What do you fear the most?
    Biggest fear: Failure (like so many people).
    Most consistent and anxiety-inducing fear: Being late for things.
  14. What is your favorite word?
    Coffee
  15. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    Look at my phone. It’s a horrible habit I’m trying to change. But I can’t help myself!
  16. What are you thinking right before bed?
    I usually think about my day and then a bit about what I have to do the next day. I don’t think it’s a very productive practice, because my mind will get away from me and before I know it, it’s 1 a.m.
  17. When was the last time you cried?
    Yesterday, but it was worth it!
  18. What are you proud of?
    My work. I take great pride in what I do for my full-time job and my freelance work.
  19. What is the best thing that could happen to you right now?
    My student loans magically being paid off.
  20. What is the worst thing that could happen to you right now?
    Losing a friend.
  21. Name The Thing That Annoys You The Most
    People being late to things without a legitimate reason. I understand if traffic was nuts, or you blew a tire. I don’t understand why you needed to stop in to TJ Maxx really quickly.
  22. What one thing would you change in your life right now?
    I’d like to move out of the city, but proximity to work is too convenient!
  23. Do you have secrets?
    Of course, everyone does!
  24. Do you regret anything?
    We all do, but I try not to focus on the regrets, but the lessons I’ve learned from them.
  25. Picture yourself in 5 years.
    I’d love to be working for myself 100% out of a lovely home office.
  26. Are you happy?
    I try my best to be!
  27. Sum up your life in one sentence.
    Well, that was something.

These questions came from 33 Questions for an Interview With Yourself.

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