Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, I’d say I’m happy: my bills are paid, I have food in my kitchen, my kids are moderately well and happy, and I have a job and hobbies that satisfy me creatively.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Don’t have sex until you’re married.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
Well, there’s only one month into this year, but so far I’ve learned that I can avoid chocolate if I want to and carbs are the enemy.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months I want to conquer the world or at least my corner of the book blogging milieu.
What’s your secret to happiness?
Antidepressents. No seriously, trying to look on the bright side of even the crappiest situation. If that’s not possible, then putting on my big girl panties and getting through it knowing that eventually I’ll get to the other side of it.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Walking my dog and picking up poop. A few moments alone in the fresh air walking my best buddy and scooping his poop makes me realize that I’m only human and that the world doesn’t revolve around me.
What’s your biggest regret?
I don’t really like to call it a regret, but I guess leaving the governor’s office many moons ago. My life would have been completely different, though, and I’m not sure it would have been for the better.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
I’ve tried to teach my kids manners. It’s a very difficult world out there, especially for African-American children today and good and gracious manners will get you so much more than beauty and intelligence (or athletic prowess).
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
Wow this is a difficult question. I’m still learning that I don’t have to be superwoman and do it all; to perfection. I’m much better at it, but it’s a struggle. Instead of a Type A, I’m probably down to a type, A-. Being the first born and all, you’re inbred to overachieve. It’s a curse.
Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
Yikes, another tough question. I’m proud that I’ve opened pushed out of my introverted self and opened myself up to meeting new people and trying new things. The introversion is still there but with practice it has become easier to leave behind.
When were you happiest?
I was happiest when I went to Book Expo America last summer; which is a trade show for the book industry; kinda like Disney World for bibliophiles. I ran around like a kid getting books, talking books and listening to author talks!
What ten words best describe you?
Ten best words to describe me: tall(ish), quirky, book lover, direct, sarcastic, friendly, animal lover, world traveler, pluralist, feminist.
Pam is the blogger behind An Unconventional Librarian. When she is not reading and reviewing books, she is making YouTube videos, singing The Wiggles, and generally dreaming about coffee and cake. She also writes Mom’s Must Reads right here on GEM!