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{show & tell} when I was 17

October 15, 2012


When you were 17, tell us what kind of car you drove, where you worked, and what you were usually up to on the weekends.

I drove a ’97 Pontiac Grand Am named Pam. Pam the Grand Am. I taught preschool dance classes, worked at a tanning place, Finish Line and waited tables at a seafood restaurant. All 4 jobs at the same time. Why?  Because I kept getting offered awesome jobs, worked with awesome people and liked money. I didn’t really need to work more than one job, but clearly I like being busy.

Show us a picture of you when you were 17 {roughly}.

The only photos from high school that I have in VA with me are random ones from senior year on my hard drive. Here are a few from my 18th birthday and shortly after, so I wasn't 17, but damn close. There are certainly better pictures of me when i was 17, but I don't have them with me. 



When you were 17, tell us what you wanted to be when you "grew up."

A magazine editor. Which I became. 

When you were 17, tell us the kind of boys that you dated. Did you have a type? Do you have a relationship you remember well? Tell us about it.
I didn’t have a type and I never really have. I was dating Ryan—we dated from when I was 16 to 19. I don’t regret it and I learned a lot from it, but it wasn’t a bad relationship. We were best friends and shared the same friends, it was a fun time, but as time went on, we saw ourselves probably better as friends than ‘partners.’

When you were 17, tell us where you pictured your life 10 years from then. Did it turn out the way you expected it to?
I wasn’t ever one to sit around and say  ‘what if’ or in 10 years I’ll be doing…I had no idea what to even think I would be doing. Here we are 10 years later, exactly, and I’m sitting in Virginia Beach (we all know I hate it), married to a United States Marine (no surprise there) with a career in social media (didn’t really exist in 2002) with 2 retarded dogs and an awesome son. No one really predicts this or can ‘see the future’ I love it. 


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