Ever since my little corner of the interwebs went viral, I’ve received tons of questions via email and comments. Here are some answers to what you’ve been asking:
“Your worst date ever was hilarious. Please tell me all of your dates are not as bad as that one?”
Well, I don’t go on a whole lot of dates, but I must admit that most of the ones I’ve been on have had embarrassing moments due to the fact that I’m clumsy and a little crazy.
“How did your post get Freshly Pressed?”
I have no idea.
“Is Meg Augustine really your name?”
Yep! I’m one of those bad bloggers who actually uses her real name as her domain. But it’s a fairly common name, so I’d rather have it than have someone else take the domain.
“Are you Hispanic?
No. I get this question a lot though. My family is Italian-American. But please don’t associate me with the Jersey Shore. 😉 I do speak Italian, but I’m not as fluent as I am in English and French. I know that I’m really tan in the picture on the right-hand side (under “bienvenue,” which means welcome in French), but that’s just because it was taken with my Crackberry. My family is from northern Italy so I’m one of those pale Italians with dark features.
“I see you’re in seminary. Have you always been a Christian?”
Sort of. I grew up going to church, but I didn’t really start reading the Bible on my own or understanding what it meant to be a follower of Jesus until I was a teenager. I saw my personal faith formation grow by leaps and bounds due to my involvement in youth groups and campus ministries. Since embracing my calling to ordained ministry, I’ve seen my faith flourish even more. It doesn’t mean that life is always easy, but I’ve learned that I’d rather walk in faith.
“Have you always been allergic to oranges? Do you have any other allergies?”
I was not born with an orange allergy, and I actually didn’t realize I was allergic to oranges until I was 18. I was diagnosed with a very rare vocal chord disfunction when I was in the 7th grade, and as a result, I had to go on an acid-free diet for a long time. So I didn’t eat oranges or drink orange juice for many years. When I finally did, I broke out in hives and couldn’t breathe. It turns out that I’m allergic to oranges and related fruit (clementines, tangerines, etc.). I am not allergic to lemons or limes though!
“If you love Pittsburgh so much, why stay in South Carolina?”
I’m a firm believer in blooming where you’re planted (thus the title of my blog). Pittsburgh will always be home and I will always talk about it entirely too much. But I’ve really found a second home in the Carolinas, and my friends down here have truly become my family. It’s a great place to be, and I’m glad my journey has led me here!
“Do you have any blogging advice?”
First off, this question is hilarious. I don’t really publicize my blog (my family didn’t even know it existed until my post was “Freshly Pressed”), and I break every blog rule there is (e.g. don’t use your real name, don’t blog about your life, make sure your blog is focused, know your audience, blog at least 4 days each week, etc.). This is my personal blog, and it is a rather eclectic place where I share my thoughts, life lessons, and reflections. I blog for fun and don’t intend for it to become my job. My advice: be yourself and have fun. At the end of the day, I think people would rather read about you and your journey than some lame post where a company is paying you to blog about a product that you don’t truly believe in.
“Have you always been active? How long have you been a group fitness instructor?”
Growing up, I was incredibly active. I was a dancer, softball player, and majorette. There was never a time in my life that I wasn’t active…until I blew out my knee due to a ballroom dancing incident during my freshman year of college. I spent all of freshman year in a knee brace and quite a few months on crutches. During that time, I still ate like a linebacker but clearly wasn’t burning the same number of calories as I had before; as a result, I gained 25 pounds. After having patellae realignment surgery in 2005, I lost all of the weight when I taught myself about fitness and nutrition. A few years later, I was introduced to group fitness classes at my local gym. And in 2009, I became an instructor! It’s so much fun leading classes focused on burning calories and having fun. I believe that inspiring others to lead healthy and happy lives is just an extension of my ministry.
“You’re pretty. How are you still single?”
First of all, THANKS! 😉 Secondly, I have no idea. I think it’s a combination of choosing to date guys that I’m really not compatible with and my unwillingness to settle. Also, I’m only 25. Don’t force me down the aisle just yet. I still have all the time in the world! [This question literally made me laugh out loud. Y’all are too kind. And blunt. And lovely. Thanks for following my journey!]
Writing a FAQ page is a little awkward, so thank y’all for the questions so that I didn’t have to pretend like I’m interviewing myself. Now that would be even more awkward. I’ll add more questions as I receive them.