Name: Rissi

Personality Type: Being a rebel here, let me just say that taking a “test” to know my personality seems so… clinical. It has never really been my thing, honestly. Instead of a four-letter acronym defining me, I’d say I am not a very emotional adult (I was more so as a young teen) but I do get excitable; giver, thinker, and creative soul who thinks music is a fabulous means of expression. Quiet days best suit me. Uncertainty is not my friend. I appreciate honesty and value family.

Editor’s Note: My best guess — ISTJ.What do you love most about yourself?

I don’t like writing any sort of autobiographical writing but I suppose what I like most about myself is that creative nature. It is that which allows me to best express myself.

What would you most like to change about yourself?

The ability to interact with people face-to-face with more ease; it’s something that was fostered in me as a child but something I recognized as a teen and have since tried to change that about myself. In the last five years, I am definitely more “out-going” than I once was.

Favorite Fictional Character & why:

Off the top of my head? Captain America. For a fictional hero, he is probably the most selfless, upstanding man I’ve ever encountered. His approach is to always do the right thing no matter the cost to himself is not only an admirable quality but also echoes Christianity and is something we wish we could achieve for ourselves – even on a small level.

Name one possession that you absolutely love:

Would it sound horrible if I claim my iPod? I’ve only had it for seven or eight months but it is awesome!

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

This question always stumps me since I’ve never really thought about it. Meeting some of the classic authors like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens would have been very interesting. Getting inside the head of Dickens in particular would have proved… fascinating. I think because of how relevant they are even in today’s culture and my own aspirations, meeting either of them would have been constructive. I also wouldn’t mind meeting some of the people who are thought of as role models like Bethany Hamilton, Rebecca St. James, The Harris Brothers or Bethany Dillon

Tell us three of your “guilty pleasures”:

  1. Skittles / Starbucks (toss-up)
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. Sappy Christmas Movies

Name one thing (book, song, movie, item) you wish you had thought up first:

Since I love it so much, would it be redundant to say, Downton Abbey?It is gorgeous visually, and tells a compelling story that still reverberates with society today.

Share several of your favorite quotes with us:

I feel like it is very un-cool to say this but… I don’t really have any favorite quotes. There have been ones that have “hit” me as being profound but they aren’t ones that I’ve adopted or keep in my memory bank. I came up with these though:

  • Life is either a daring adventure or nothing
  • If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished
  • Dance like there’s nobody watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like there’s nobody listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth.

Though not exactly a quote, I have always loved this exchange between William Wilberforce and his butler in the film, Amazing Grace and you cannot share just William’s answer without the question:

You found God, sir? 

I think He found me. You have any idea how inconvenient that is? How idiotic it will sound? I have a political career glittering ahead of me, and in my heart I want spider’s webs. 

What memory is the most special to you and why?

I have this distant memory that I think is mine and not a dream or a story I was told that involves my maternal grandmother. The memory is of her taking my cousin, Liz and I to the park, and giving us strict orders not to complain when it was time to leave, which naturally, we probably did. (That part is a little fuzzy. *wink*) She died when I was six so I was never given opportunity to really “know” her but I am told she was one of the godliest women any of her acquaintances ever met – she touched a lot of lives.

Who is your favorite actor / actress? What was the first film you saw them in?

I have several, not just one but the first name that came to mind writing this was Anne Hathaway. She has proved that she can do “pretty” as well as “gritty” and I think she’ll go far. The first film I saw her in was the one that “made” her – The Princess Diaries.

“I would never get tired of talking about…”?

It wouldn’t be honest if I said “nothing.” I think I would get tired of talking about everything – eventually. I love writing, so that is where I best express myself – it is where I say everything I have to. Right now, I am at a place in my life where I want to learn, not just about the “big” things in life but faith and in that, more about myself. So I am open to conversation about varying topics.

If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

I am not an animal lover but… a (miniature) penguin. (Yep, thought as long as I was saying, I’d go for the most unusual. )

One miniseries or television show everyone needs to try out at least once:

Bleak House (2005). It is spectacular.