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Why not turn the tables? I asked my readers to throw some questions my way, the answers likely providing a better glimpse into who I am, instead of me writing a typical “about me” paragraph (My name is Emily Prout and this is my blog Arrow It Forward etc!) I think the resulting writeup below gives you more of an accurate reading of my personality and the tone of the blog overall.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For the longest time, I wanted to be a librarian. No, not just so I could take my hair out of a bun to stun everyone with my sudden sexiness. I have always loved reading….and am a control freak by nature, so what career could be more perfect? At one point, I even labelled all of my books and “signed them out” to friends (which is OBVIOUSLY the way to become super popular when you start high school). It was the “being quiet” thing that eventually made me come to terms with the fact that this wouldn’t be a good fit for me. I like talking MUCH too much and I’m sure the daily silence would have driven me insane. However, now that I am thinking about this, as a mother with two young kids, I should really look into a PART-TIME library position, the silence one day a week would most definitely be beneficial to my state of mind.
Why did you start blogging?
I’ve always liked to write….or should I say I’ve enjoyed attempting to write. Reading some poems and short stories that I wrote in high school is painfully embarrassing (the girl sits on the rock, looking out onto the water, contemplating the meaning of life….you get the picture). A few years ago I never would have believed that I would be writing ANYTHING and posting it publicly, but people kept saying “you should have your own blog.” This stemmed from sarcastic comments or vulnerable videos I would post on facebook, which seemed to connect with people. Making someone else feel validated in how they were feeling is what drove me to take the plunge. I will also say, I decided to keep the tone of my writing very conversational, to not focus on it being PERFECT. If I put too much pressure on writing, it paralyzes me entirely and there would be no blog. Less-than perfect writing is better than no writing at all.
What’s your day job?
I work full time for the Government of Canada. I have been there for over 10 years. While I work with some amazing people and consider myself very fortunate, I don’t feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. The only way to make a change is to open yourself up to opportunities, connect with people, and you never know what path you could start on. For now, blogging is filling the void that I didn’t even know was there for so long. I needed to be doing something with passion and something of my own creation. I am having an absolute BLAST with it!
What is your favourite thing to do each day?
Take my bra off. True story.
Who inspires you?
My children. Ya ya I know, typical answer. But hear me out. When I see my son’s love of learning, his inquisitive and creative nature, it reminds me that those feelings never have to stop. We don’t have to grow up, get a job and then just start living each day the same…there is always room to grow. When I see my daughter’s love of performing (she’s four but will turn anything into a stage), her feisty and adventurous nature, it reminds me of the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. That is truly where the magic happens. I would never want her sparkle to diminish, so why would I let mine dull? Kids can really teach us so much if we just take the time to observe.
What is the one skill/talent that you have that you’re most proud of?
Hands down it is making people laugh. Nothing makes me feel better. And I often feel like a semi-genius when I am totally on the ball with quick wit. I may not have aced Calculus in high school, but the neurotransmitters in my brain can often fire off jokes at lightening speed and that’s good enough for me. Plus, I know the word neurotransmitters and that has to count for something as well, right?
So there you have it! This was a fun exercise (thanks to everyone who provided questions!) and I hope you got to know a bit more about who Emily Prout is (I had to talk in the third person here so Google will pull this up if someone searches my name ;)…who knew I would be learning all about Search Engine Optimization!) Thank you for reading, sharing, liking and commenting. It doesn’t go unnoticed and the support is so very much appreciated.
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