Are you happy at the moment?

I am content at the moment.  I have experienced quite a few disappointments in the past couple of months that would probably leave some depressed or angry at the world, but I look at those experiences as a door opening for something even better that God has in store for me.  I would like to be married and have children but that in itself doesn’t complete me because I am whole without it…I just want my life to be more enhanced by that experience in the near future.  I enjoy helping others, I believe I am a wonderful friend and I’ve still got goals and dreams I am working towards.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would it be?

Be proud of your values (rather than feeling like an outcast) because you have decided to remain a virgin, at least throughout high school and never try drugs or take risky chances i.e. drinking and driving.  Try harder in school because you are a very bright young woman.  Oh, and don’t throw your diaries away…they’re lifetime memories and just because you get mad one day don’t erase all of those memories within minutes.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

I learned how to relax and have fun.  I took my first trip to Disney World this year and I went on a Disney Cruise and I had a ball.  It’s been years since I even took a weekend to do something that enjoyable.  Life is too short to work and pay bills…sometimes you’ve just got to take a moment for yourself!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

The most important lesson I’ve taught my nieces and nephews (since I don’t have kids of my own) is to make sure that no matter what they experience in life, good or bad, know that they are loved, wanted and appreciated.  How a child feels about him/herself affects their self-esteem which influences the decisions they make in life.  If they go through life believing they are unloved (or are brought up in a dysfunctional environment), serious repercussions arise and generational curses are passed on.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I sleep too much.  I sleep when I’m bored, when I’m tired, when I’ve got a lot of things on my mind, when I’m hungry, when I’m down in the dumps, when I want to have sweet dreams, when I procrastinate and I’ve always got to get that last ten minutes in, in the morning, no matter how tired (or not) I am.

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I am neither a mother nor wife, but my proudest moments were the days my nieces and nephews were born.  I love them with all of my heart.  However, I am proud of the fact that people tell me they are so glad to have a friend like me, that they have never met anyone as sweet and as genuine as me, and they inspire to be more like me.  I don’t believe I am anywhere near perfect, but I feel good about what others (who take the time to get to know me) have to say.  I am also proud of the fact that although I was always an average student in school, I began making the dean’s and president’s lists when I entered college.  I found out I was smarter than I could have ever imagined.

When were you happiest?

I was at my happiest the day I walked across the stage and got my first college degree.  I was the first person in my family to graduate.  A near-fatal accident the summer before my last semester almost deterred that dream from happening.  So when I got my degree, I was truly happy not only for finishing school but for my life that was spared.

What ten words best describe you?

Sweet, creative, intelligent, silly, trustworthy, your-worst-nightmare (when you mess with someone I love), comedic, serious, shy & loving.

Faun Reese lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a Clinical Social Worker employed with the State of Louisiana.  With over thirteen years of experience in the field, she mostly enjoys working with children and families.  She writes short stories and poetry in her spare time and enjoys collecting CD’s and old LP’s, listening to music, and spending time with family & friends.  She would one day like to run her own social service agency to aid the homeless or domestic violence survivors.