Getting personal…with me

After I wrote the 72 questions post, some of my readers asked why I don’t indulge their curiosity with a Q&A about me. Touché! In this post, Sofie Van Vlaenderen from Victoria Agency asks me her top 10 questions, and I do my best to respond.

(1) Why did you move to Brussels?

The short answer is that I fell in love with an Italian who worked in Brussels. The long answer requires a hot cup of coffee to tell you all about my life-time love of globetrotting.

(2) Who is Mr. JuneMr june 2

Mr. June is my English Cocker Spaniel and my very best writing companion. He sits patiently at my side while I type away, and ensures that I get out and exercise at least twice a day, for both our sakes. There’s one downside though…he occasionally likes to eat my papers.

(3) If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in” philosophy has been a big inspiration to me while navigating my career. I would love to talk over dinner about her life’s work, and hear what it’s like schooling Mark Zuckerberg everyday on managing Facebook.

(4) What makes you happy?

Sunny days (especially since moving to Belgium), long walks, working in beautiful spaces, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Oh, and macchiatos at Le Café du Sablon with Mr. June.

(5) What are some of your quirky habits?

When I’m sitting, I often shake one of my legs. I don’t even realize I’m doing it. Somehow it helps me think. My husband hates it.

(6) If you could have been a child prodigy, what would have been your skill?

This is a no brainer…I’d have a photographic memory. I would be outrageously efficient if I could instantly remember every piece of fact and fiction I’ve learned at university or at work.

(7) What reforms would you ask the Belgian Prime Minister for?

Besides lowering taxes, I’d ask him to pleasseeeeee allow shops to open past 6:30 at night and on Sundays. Working people have no time to shop in this country.

(8) What are some of your pet peeves?

I get annoyed with waste. Not recycling, wasting water and littering are super frustrating to me. Watch out because I can get preachy on these subjects.

(9) What would your clients be surprised to learn about you?

People are always surprised that I started consulting at 30 years old. I realised very quickly that my writing skills, especially for the web, were in demand in Brussels and beyond. I knew I could make it on my own, and I have.

(10) What is the one thing you want to experience before you die?

I’d like to be a mom one day. And, I’d also like to visit all the top 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites.