Friends, today I get to share a really fun feature with you! Maggie is my one and only sister! Interviewing someone you have known your entire life, who you shared a bedroom with growing up, is a really challenging experience. I kept finding myself wanting to put words into her mouth. It will never stop surprising me how much I learn about people I already know when I interview them for this project. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the lovely Maggie!
If you were a fictional character, who would you be?
“I guess that depends.” she laughs, “If you mean who I am most like, definitely Monica from friends. If you mean who I would like to be if I could choose, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I like her because she’s the independent one.
All of her sisters are following along with the ways of the family, but she goes her own way.”
If happiness was currency, what job would make you rich?
“Honestly, I do really love the job that I have now doing acupuncture.. I love building relationships with my patients and being able to help them. But my husband and I also have a dream to buy a farm and have a big animal rescue where we foster dogs and find them forever homes.”
“Oh!” she adds, “If getting paid to travel was a job, I would take that in a heartbeat. If I could get someone to pay me to hike Machu Picchu, that would be great!’ she laughs.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at any age, what age would you choose and what would you say?
“This is the easiest question yet. I would go back to the eighteen year old me and tell myself not to be so fearful of what people think of me or scared of trying new things. I would tell myself to get out of that comfort zone - that’s still something I am telling myself and learning as I grow.”
What makes a person beautiful?
“I think confidence - NOT arrogance - but just having confidence in yourself while staying humble is beautiful.
That and respecting others.”
What is a cause that you are passionate about?
“I have two, is that allowed?” she jokes.
“First is animal welfare, and dogs in particular. I feel great empathy for people, but animals truly don’t have a voice and cannot ask for help. I am just so passionate about animals and making sure that they have someone to speak up for them.
Second is health and medicine. In my profession as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I am passionate about helping people feel relief from pain and have better quality of life. I care so deeply for each of my patients and it is so encouraging to see their health improving when they come to me for acupuncture..
What is your favorite thing about yourself?
“Well, this is a really hard one!” she laughs, “I think that I have a lot of determination. When I want something, I’m going to go after it with everything that I’ve got. Sometimes what I want may change, but that doesn’t mean that I've given up on what I want. I’ve just switched my focus.
I also think that I am good at communicating in an honest and gentle way. When someone needs to hear something that they don’t want to hear, I feel like I do a good job letting them know without hurting their feelings…although other people may have to tell you whether or not they think that is true!”
Who is a woman you look up to and why?
“My mom and my grandmother, hands down. My mom is a total free spirit. She’s going to do what she wants to do without caring what people think. She is such a strong person. I feel like I get a lot of my good qualities from her: she loves animals, she's creative and she loves and respects nature. Mom takes these wild day trips around New Mexico and she sees the unexpected beauty of the desert when so many people miss it.
My Nana, who became a widow in her early twenties with four young children. She is so resilient. She told me a story about how after her husband passed away, everyone expected her to just quit. But instead she stayed up all night putting in the wood flooring they had picked out together because she wanted to see it through and finish the things she had started with my grandpa. And now, at eighty four years old, she is just a total badass. I aspire to have that kind of resilience.”
This is the point where I hold back tears because while I am trying to interview her objectively, these women she is referencing are also MY mother and MY grandmother and they are two women I greatly admire as well. Maggie and I have been blessed to be surrounded with strong women as role models and it is so cool to see my sister recognize that as well.
What makes you feel beautiful?
“Being with my family, getting a good night of sleep, being active and accomplishing something!”
Maggie is all of those things she referenced and more. She is confident, organized and determined; but she also has a softness and a love of others that I have rarely seen matched in my life. I feel so appreciative to have spent the time talking with her in a new way and learning more about her heart. I can only hope to see my daughters grow and foster the type of relationship that I have with my sister as they get older.
Welcome to the Sisterhood, my original first edition sister!
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