A 20-question “get to know me better” survey

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 …

20-question get to know me better survey via A Lady Goes West

1. What’s your whole name?

Ashley Suzanne Pitt

2. Are you named after anyone?

Nope.

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.

Ashley fitting-room selfieOne more thing: I am terrible at selfies, but always give it my best shot. (Old phone case!)

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

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60 Comments

  1. I love surveys and this one was fun! I think I might do it next week on my blog πŸ™‚ I was also in band in high school (just 11th and 12th grade) and in college at penn state! That’s where I met my fiancΓ© so it was worth it πŸ™‚

  2. Great survey! I also wanted to be a TV news reporter, but after several internships in the field decided it wasn’t for me. I actually have a M.A. in journalism and I concentrated in broadcast at the time…fun fact. In my current job I still use the same skills I learned and knowing how to shoot and edit video has proven to be useful on many occasions.

    Have a great Thursday Ashley!

    1. Hi Chrissy! I LOVED learning to edit news clips when I was in that area of practice. I hope you do this survey because I want to know ever more about YOU! πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  3. Love learning more about you! Also, I love that jacket, just saying. And I am the worst selfie taker ever. That’s why I never make faces in those damn things. I would love to know more about your work at Epcot–being part of such an huge machine as Disney/etc would be fascinating. But panty hose SUCKS

    1. Hi Susie! You will find out more in my pending career post, because yes, working at Disney is interesting!! πŸ™‚ And selfies. Hmmm. There must be a trick? I haven’t learned it yet! Happy Thursday:)

  4. I knew a lot of these, but I loved reading all of them anyway!

    Now, when you say oldies, does that mean pre-80’s?

    Also, I am terrible at selfies too. How do some people do it? Is it their mirrors that are better? I don’t get it!

    1. Hi Court! When I say oldies, I mean like Jersey Boys fun beach music from Shag and all the good stuff in the 50s and 60s! But I like 80s too — that’s just not “old” to me. πŸ™‚ Happy Thursday! And keep trying with the selfies. It’s tough stuff. I never know where to look??

    1. Hi Katie! Yay for music! I also played the piano when I was much younger, but gave that up quickly because I hated practicing hehehe. Can’t wait to see your answers!! Happy Thursday:)

  5. I love this! Especially since I am a new lover of your blog! πŸ˜‰ I think I’m definitely going to do this on my blog next week! I love doing surveys and reading them….remember those email surveys you used to get? I loved filling those out instead of doing my schoolwork!

    A travel host would totally be one of the best jobs ever! How about the show with Guy Ferrari (sp), and he travels around the world to try the world famous dishes and ethnic food…all me!

    Have a great day, looking forward to tomorrow’s post about your past jobs!

    1. Hi Stacy! So glad you enjoyed! My career post will come soon for sure! And yes, I remember those email surveys. So fun! What about chain letters? Now that’s old school. πŸ™‚ Happy Thursday to you!

    1. I can’t even say no to regular old grocery-store cheesecake. I don’t discriminate heheh. Oh well, Carrie. That’s why we work out, right?

    1. Hhaha Lauren! But does that stop you from singing?? The worst part is I LOVE to sing. Life isn’t fair! hehhe Happy Thursday to you too!

    1. Yay for the Gators! We’ve had some good years. It was such an amazing experience going to a big fun school like that. YET, UF is also very hard to get into. Happy Thursday to you, Sara! πŸ™‚

  6. I was also a band nerd in high school! I played the clarinet and was in the marching band. Good times. I still have my clarinet but I tried to play it recently and was awful. Don’t feel bad about the selfie thing. I can never get a good one. I guess it’s a talent that not everyone can possess?

    1. Hhaha I know, Sam. Not good at the selfies. And I don’t have any musical instruments anymore, but I’m sure I would have NO talent on them these days. hehehe Happy Thursday to you! πŸ™‚

    1. Hahhaha, good Emily! I look forward to learning a little more about you! And I believe knowing how to read music makes people smarter. SO we’re GLAD we did it! πŸ™‚

  7. Love this! I’m a new reader so it’s so great to get to know a little more about you! I wish I could sing too. I have danced my whole life and always dreamed of being on broadway but not being able to sing kinda squashed that dream.

    1. Hi Carissa! OHHH I’d love to be on Broadway too. But of course, I’m missing much of the talent required for that other than loving the limelight hahahh. And Jersey Boys? AWESOME show! πŸ™‚

  8. I love surveys!!! Haha, maybe it’s because I’m nosy, but I like to believe it’s because I find people fascinating. Speaking of which, I majored in history because I realized it was basically like story time all of the time. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done much for me career-wise and I often consider a return to school. It would have been great if I’d continued on with my original law degree plan, but going into non-profit not so much. πŸ™‚ I also joke that I majored in getting minors – philosophy, theology, and media studies (so wish I’d realized earlier in my college career I had time to double major because I definitely would have upped that media studies one).

    1. Hi Breanne! That’s so funny that you enjoyed history because it was like story time. I agree that i love stories. And all the liberal arts — the touchy feelies — and whatnot — there’s never a clear path there. So are you working in nonprofit now? I know it doesn’t make much, but it’s the RIGHT thing to do! πŸ™‚ hehehe Happy Thursday!

      1. Yeah, I’m in non-profit now. I’m hoping to stay in non-profit, but I am looking for a new job right now.

  9. What a fun idea! πŸ™‚ Sweets are my downfall too – I can say no to pizza, chips, etc… but never can pass on the cakes and cookies!

    1. Hi Elizabeth! The jacket is from Dillard’s a couple years ago. I think it’s from the juniors department –a brand called Chelsea & Violet, which I really like! Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

  10. Traveling to Florence is for sure on my to-do list in the future! I am so jealous you got to live there for a couple months! I can’t wait to visit!

    1. Hi Hilary! It was pretty cool! Parts of it were touristy, but other parts were very authentic Italian, which was what required me to learn to speak the language while I was there. Hope you get to go one day! πŸ™‚

  11. Wahoo fellow Floridian/(partial) U Miami student. I’m graduating from UM this December but contemplated transferring to UF a lot over the last three years. Miami is just not my scene. I used to want to be a sports broadcaster but I soon discovered I was NOT a natural on camera haha.

    1. Hi Emily! So funny we share those similarities. Yes, I wasn’t in love with the scene at Miami and so made the switch to UF halfway through — I’m SO glad I did. I was on the UM school news show for one semester and found that the demands just weren’t for me. Enjoy your last few months of school!! πŸ™‚

  12. Lovely getting to “know” you! And even as a former dancer, who did ballet seriously for about a decade of my life, I still get a little intimidated by the idea of going to Steps or some such to take class again because it’s been such a long time.

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