I’m going to very honest here and tell you that during many weeks, my Thursday posts are ones I create on the fly, with no plan, no rhyme, nor reason. But what I’ve got for you today is much more than a last-minute idea. You see, I love reading fun facts and surveys on other blogs, and I also tend to ask these types of questions of my new and current friends in real life. So today, based on some questions I’ve been getting, I’ve prepared for you a 20-question “get to know me better” survey. You know plenty about my food and my fitness, but how about some other stuff?
And for all of you bloggers out there, I would love for you to do this same survey on your blog and answer the same questions for your readers. Why? So we can all get to know each other a little bit better. I find out all the time I have connections and similar stories with readers and bloggers, and I bet you do too. Plus, who doesn’t love to be nosy and learn someone else’s back-story. Here we go …
1. What’s your whole name?
Ashley Suzanne Pitt
2. Are you named after anyone?
3. Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I have one older brother, who lives in Atlanta.
4. Where did you grow up?
Florida! I was born and raised in the Sunshine State and lived there until about two-and-a-half years ago.
5. What activities did you do in high school?
Band nerd. I played the flute, the piccolo and the marimba, which was something I stopped half-way through high school and have always regretted. I was also an officer in various student organizations like honor society and student government, I was on the school TV news show and on the dance team and indoor guard for a year. Let’s just say I kept busy.
6. Where did you go to college?
I went to University of Miami for two years and University of Florida for two years. I graduated summa cum laude from University of Florida and definitely consider myself a proud Florida Gator. By going to two schools, I got the benefits of a private college, as well as the perks of a big state school.
7. What activities did you do in college?
Eating and drinking and hanging out with friends. I was in a sorority for two years at University of Miami, but did not join that same sorority at University of Florida. While I did have a lot of fun throughout my four years of college, I always kept up with my studies and got excellent grades.
8. What did you study in college?
Public Relations and English. Nothing related to fitness of course, but the PR stuff sure has helped with my writing career.
9. What was your first job out of college?
I worked in the communications department of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. (And by the way, I will be doing a post about my career path in the near future, with all the nitty-gritty details.) I had to wear pantyhose and couldn’t wear bright nail polish while working in that job — the appearance guidelines were super strict at the time.
10. What kind of music do you like?
Everything. But really, I like techno, country, pop, rap, some rock and a whole lot of oldies.
11. What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?
Dance! I would love to take an adult tap or jazz class and get back into actual dancing. I’m really scared to do it, but have wanted to do so forever.
12. What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?
A TV news reporter, all the way. I even started out in Broadcast Journalism in college and quickly switched my major when I was told what pursuing that career would entail. I don’t regret leaving that field.
13. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?
The blog! And to decorate and fill up our second bedroom. Moving into a bigger place has been amazing for Dave and for me, but we need more stuff now. I’m thinking that second room will be an office/guest room.
14. Do you have any irrational fears?
Honestly, not really. I used to be very scared of fires, but that wore off. I’ve lived through a hurricane before and don’t exactly like insects or scary animals, but am not deathly afraid of anything.
15. Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where and when?
Yes. Many times! I’ve done a few trips to the Bahamas, a few trips to Mexico and a wonderful study abroad trip to Italy and Europe when I was in college. My favorite place I visited was Florence, which is where I lived for a couple months during the summer semester in between my junior and senior year.
16. When’s your next vacation and where are you going?
As always, my vacations are mainly to Florida to visit friends and family. Dave and I are heading to Southwest Florida around Memorial Day.
17. Do you speak any other languages?
No. But I was able to speak conversational Italian when I studied abroad. Somehow I lost it all the second I was back on American soil.
18. What’s one talent that you wish you had?
Singing! I wish I had a good singing voice. However, not having a good voice has never stopped me from karaoke, nor stopped me from singing on the mic at times when I teach group fitness classes. #SorryNotSorry
19. What’s something that you wish you did more of?
Say no to sweets. And travel. I can’t turn down cheesecake, and there are so many places I’d love to visit one day — like the Greek Islands, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and more.
20. If you weren’t in your current job, what would you want to be doing?
Travel show host! 100 percent. I’d love to be paid to visit cool places and give my thoughts on everything I experience on camera. I used to be a huge fan of Samantha Brown’s show on the Travel Channel, and I don’t even know if it’s on anymore. Maybe they need a replacement?
That’s 20. Did you learn anything new? Some of my long-time readers have probably picked up on the answer to most of these questions over the years, but sometimes it’s fun to have them all in one place. If you want a little bit more, check out my About page and Fitness page for additional insight.
And hey, if you find yourself stuck in an elevator with a stranger or across the table from someone new, these questions can be great ice-breakers to get a deeper conversation started. Give them a try!
Questions of the day
What questions would you add to this survey?
What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?
What’s a hobby that you want to take up?