33 Questions: An Interview With Myself

1. What Do You Do For A Living?

I run my own womenswear clothing line and tailoring service. I am still in the baby years of my business, so to help fund my business costs I work evenings in a restaurant. I look at it as a way for me to wear my designs and connect more with a broader audience. I am always handing out business cards whenever someone comments on my outfit. 

2. Who Do You Love?

I love my family, friends and my partner in crime Ben. 

3. Do You Have Enough Money?

To be honest, I am what you call a struggling artist, but there is something beautiful about that. I look at my profit each year and it is rewarding to see my hard work paying off. I have enough money to pay bills and eat, haha, but not enough to create a fashion empire.

4. Are You Healthy?

I am physically healthy. I go for mountain bike rides, exercise weekly in the gym, eat pretty healthy, but can't deny I love sweets! Mentally, I am very strong. I have been through a lot in my life and have come out a fighter. 

5. Do You Think You Are a Good Person?

I think I am a good person because I always try to see a certain situation from the other person's point of view and I'm optimistic about everything. I always wish well for others, even when they don't do the same for me. Do I think I could be a better person? Yes. I would like to give back more to my community. 

6. How Old Are You?

According to my horoscope, I am wise like a 70 year old woman, but the years I've been on earth are twenty-seven years.

7. Who’s Your Best Friend?

Heather! My favorite quote that describes her:

"The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world."

We met in 6th grade in Drama class. Apparently, we didn't want to work together because we somehow didn't like each other or the "friends" we had at the time convinced us we shouldn't like each other. We had to do a project on the movie classic, Rocky. After spending many hours at her house working on the project, we realized we had a great connection. Her family accepted me as their own daughter and grandma Ann became my grandma. We use to go to the Hillsdale Mall every Wednesday and scope out our crushes, while eating delicious burger king or Wetzel Pretzel's. Sleepovers would consist of us listening to her ipod of sad n'sync songs and crying over those stupid boys (years later they now want to hang out with us). Heather and I cried when I had to go to a completely new High School, where I didn't know anyone! But the universe works in magical ways. It helped me come out of my shell and I went to so many of Hillsdale High School's dances that the staff thought I was a student. haha! After 16 years of friendship, we can go for months without talking. I can call her to have lunch tomorrow and she will make it happen. She is my cheerleader and I can't wait to see her become the best Nurse. 

8. What’s Your Childhood Dream?

To have a fashion empire like Betsey Johnson, while driving a mint blue 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

9. How Often Do You Laugh?

I laugh a lot and sometimes it's just a nervous tick of mine. LAUGH OUT LOUD!

10. What Makes You Smile?

  1. Ben. 
  2. My Family.
  3. Seeing how much my parents love each other after 31 years of marriage. 
  4. My sister being truly happy and following her dream.
  5. My best friend Heather and her sassy-ness. 
  6. Sewing. 
  7. My clients happy.
  8. Seeing my sketches come to life.
  9. The Madonna Inn.
  10. Mountain biking/being with nature.

 

11. Who’s Your Most Dangerous Enemy?

Myself. You are the only one that can control your destiny.

12. Where Do You Live?

Santa Rosa, Ca.

13. Do You Think You’re Strong?

I think I am very strong. For all the crap I've been through in life, it has affected me mentally. However, I am a fighter and I don't put up with crap anymore. I know now it is ok to say "NO" to people and it's not the end of the world. After realizing that, my dream is starting to come into fruition. 

14. What Was The Most Important Thing You’ve Done So Far?

Following my gut feeling by moving out of my parents house (even though they didn't like it at first) and started my business in Sonoma County. I am always making mistakes, but I have a great partner next to me that has taught me a lot from his own business. 

15. What Was The Most Stupid Thing You’ve Done So Far?

In the past, I didn't speak up for myself. One day, I just got so fed up with my manager and at my job at the time that I just handed over the keys to the store and walked out. Oddly, Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" song came on in the car. It felt really stupid to just walk out on my job like that, but I had enough and my gut was telling me to get out of there. I learned a lot there. Like many boutiques I've worked at, I learned how I wanted to run my business. 

16. Do You Love Yourself?

I love myself, but wish I was a little more "full of myself", like Oprah says. 

17. What Do You Fear The Most?

I'm fearful of not being able to reach my full potential and compromising my dream. 

18. What Is Your Favorite Word?

"HELLO!" I usually start this off with a story about anything. 

19. When Was The Last Time You Cried?

New Year's Eve watching, "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou". 

20. What Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?

Getting buyers for my Fall / Winter 2017 Collection. I want to get it in as many hip boutiques as possible!

21. What Is The Worst Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?

Losing my hands and sight. I really like to sew!

22. Picture Yourself In 5 Years From Now

Married, two pugs, have my own design house in Sonoma County catering to the coolest chicks around.

23. Do You Regret Anything?

Nope. All my mistakes have helped me grow into the person I am today, which I really like.

24. What’s The First Thing You Do In The Morning?

I thank god for another day, my good health and my blessings.

25. What Are You Thinking Just Before Going To Bed?

I thank god again for all the wonderful things I accomplished during the day.

26. What Was The Highest Point You’ve Ever Been To?

Flying over the Atlantic Ocean to Greece.

27. If There’s One Thing In Your Life You Want To Change Right Now, What Is It?

I would like to devote 100% of my time to my business and get the heck out of the restaurant.  

28. What Are You Proud Of?

Following my true passion and not letting anything or anyone get in my way. 

29. Sum Up Your Life In One Sentence

I have had a very blessed, loving and vibrant fashion filled life. 

30. Name The Thing That Annoys You The Most

Entitled people who just expect things given to them. I love seeing others work hard and get rewarded. That makes me want to give them a high five!

31. What Is Your No 1 Question To God?

Why is there so much hate in the world?

32. Do You Have Secrets?

Yes and that's why they are secrets. : )

33. What Makes You Laugh?

Bob's Burgers.

Ok, I lied. There are 34 questions:

34. Are You Happy?

I am very happy. I wake up every day thankful for good health, a roof over my head, food, a car, and the freedom to have my own business. Money is not going to buy me happiness, but it could buy me some Louboutin's. I can't wait to treat myself one day to a beautiful pair of those. : )

 

XOXO

Nikki Marie

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