By now I am sure you have heard about The New York Times article that claims you can fall in love with anyone if you ask 36 specific questions. That’s all it takes! To be completely honest I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about this article. However, after giving it some thought I think there is some merit to this idea. The claim is that mutual vulnerability creates closeness, and after reading these questions I realized that revealing my own answers to anyone (especially you wonderful readers!) would make me more than slightly uncomfortable. However, two of my favorite bloggers, Hallie at Corals & Cognacs and Allie at Why Knot both decided to answer a few of the 36 questions. Reading their responses made me feel like I knew them both much better, and Allie encouraged me to write my own post about this article!

So, lets see if this makes us feel a little closer, shall we?


Would you like to be famous? In what way?

I don’t think I would like to be famous. Although I am an outgoing person and love to be active, I really value my alone time. Being famous would mean constantly being watched, and I have a feeling that would get really exhausting over time. Instead I would opt for being known or recognized for my passions – blogging, writing, or even just my personality, but not in a celebrity status kind of way, if that makes sense?

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

Not anymore. When I was younger my Dad used to make my brother and I practice how we would answer our home phone “Hello this is Allison Shook, how may I help you?” as well as our handshakes and introductions. Through all of this practice it has become second nature, especially in phone calls. I may have a few notes written down if it is absolutely necessary for the call, but usually I just go for it!

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

I sang to myself last night! I got home late after a work event, put on Pandora, and sang along to the music while I heated up dinner. I had the apartment to myself and as I was singing (and of course awkwardly dancing while scooping leftovers onto a plate) I had this weird aha moment. It suddenly hit me that I am in my apartment, on my own, doing whatever the heck I want. It was awesome.

Last time I sang to someone else…was probably at my college Homecoming in the fall. I usually don’t sing to others unless we are all belting it out at a party or the bar.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I am most grateful for my family. We may not always get along, but this year especially I have learned that blood is truly thicker than water. I honestly don’t know who I would be without my family.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

I would want to know where I will be in ten years. I am curious what kind of person I will be at thirty two. Right now that seems so far off, but I know that time passes so incredibly fast. I would love a glimpse into my own 13 (or rather 22) going on 32.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

I have so many different goals that I have thought about pursuing. Many of them are still in the beginning stages because I have been so focused on my new job and life after college. But stay tuned… :)!

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Normally I would say graduating college or landing a great job, but I think my greatest accomplishment was studying abroad. I had many fears and doubts, and I may or may not have broke down crying in LAX airport, during my layover before flying to Sydney, because I was hopelessly lost (construction at an airport makes everything more difficult). But that being said, I took a huge leap of faith, and it paid off ten fold. It was by far the best experience of my life, and daily I work to bring back Study Abroad Allison, because I was truly the happiest I have ever been when I was in Sydney.

What do you value most in a friendship?

One word, loyalty.


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