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Who are you, iblehs? 100th RECord edition

By iblehs

To celebrate my 100th RECord and six months on HitRECord, I thought I’d share a little about myself with a community that has been so welcoming and inspiring to me.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I’m iblehs, and—as an idealist devoted to personal growth and development—who I am is a question I’ll be seeking the answer to for the rest of my life.

I don’t like being defined by what I do, because with all the pressures of modern-day life, it’s easy to forget that what we do is not where we get our worth. But if you must know, I spend my days as a magazine writer and editor. I spend my nights as a hermit in my introvert cave (see “Drained”).

2. What’s the origin of your artist name?

iblehs is my name backwards. It’s fun to see how long it takes people to figure that out.

3. What has been the biggest challenge with your art so far?

It’s been a challenge to keep my impossible standards of perfection from killing my creativity before I even get started. I enjoy expressing myself through art, but it’s often hard for me to find my voice.

4. Who or what is your biggest influence?

My art is influenced by my own experiences, thoughts, and emotions, as well as the inspiration I gain from seeing other HitRECorders press the red button.

5. What is your wildest story?

During my visit to Yellowstone National Park a few years ago, I tripped down a flight of steps by a waterfall, nearly got mauled by a buffalo, and saw the body of a dead fisherman floating in the river. Never confuse the Great Outdoors with Disneyland, my friends.

6. What was the last book you read?

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, a book I picked up after watching her TED lecture. Brown’s call to risk vulnerability in order to experience true joy, creativity, belonging, and love really speaks to me at this point in my life.

7. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I grew up on Nick at Nite, and I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I started a newspaper for my fifth-grade class.

Mary and I have a lot in common already: we’re both young single women in the American Midwest trying to make it in the world. But I’m not as alluring as her: I’d like to be able to turn the world on with my smile. :)

8. What couldn’t you live without?

Faith, hope, and love.

9. What is your secret talent?

I’m private and self-deprecating, so any talent I have is a secret one—especially to me.

10. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

My dreams are too nonsensical to put into words. But it’s okay that they don’t come true. Otherwise, I’d wake up to a monkey living in my refrigerator, begging for food and threatening to eat my Fruity Pebbles.

11. What are you craving right now?

True connection and a sense of belonging.

12. What was the last song you fell in love with?

“I’m a Keeper” by The Band Perry. It appeals to my wannabe-crazy and free side. I’m a dreamer, but a quiet and responsible one.

13. Can you hula-hoop?

I can, but whether I should at my age and level of ineptitude is an entirely different question.

14. What do you like?

Music, tacos, travel, history, psychology, learning about other cultures, figuring out what makes people tick, encouraging others to reach their full potential, brainstorming, analyzing everything (see “The Meaning of It All”), intriguing conversations, and being both mysterious and understood (which contradict each another).

15. What do you dislike?

Grocery shopping, seafood, small talk, arrogance, shallowness, injustice, cliques, feeling like an alien in the world (though it’s probably best that way), and feeling trapped (hence the poem “The Hamster Wheel”).

16. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” from Galatians 6:9.

17. How and why did you start RECording?

I’m forever grateful to rejjie for introducing me to this place and spurring me on to create art. I wanted to return to the creativity I had as a kid and seeing what HitRECord had done for rejjie motivated me to action. It actually took me awhile before I decided to join, but I’m thankful that I did.

Who are you, iblehs? 100th RECord edition

Created: Dec 15, 2013

Tags: interview, introduction, iblehs, about me, 100th record, who are you

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