Stranger 026

Brooke

What’s your full name?

Brooke Noel St.Clair Nicholson (I also took my husband’s middle name when we got married.)

Were you named after anyone?

Water.

What’s your average day like?

Depends on the day. Sometimes magical and grateful. Sometimes exhausting and trying.

What do you consider to be your “home”? 

California is my home. Always will be. Although, when I am traveling with my husband, we make great homes wherever we are.

How far away do you live from where you were born?

About 28 miles.

Is that distance something you think about? Do you have any connection to your place of birth?

Again, California. Not exactly San Jose. I lived all over Northern California growing up. Los Gatos, San Rafael, Fairfax, Novato, Petaluma, and San Francisco.

Are you in touch with anyone from your youth? Is there someone you wish you stayed in contact with, but didn’t?

With Facebook, etc. they are there but we aren’t friends. Rachel, one of my very good friends as a kid, we stay in touch-ish. I just love her. I’d always wished we had stayed closer

At the moment, what’s something you’re looking forward to?

I’m enjoying summer with my first baby before she goes to school. I’m scared to, “let her go.”

Is there anything you need with you throughout the day to feel complete? 

I feel like I’m kind of a high maintenance, particular kind of person. But I can’t think of one “thing” that I need to feel complete. I need my family. But they aren’t things 😉

When you look in the mirror, what do you notice first about your appearance?

My eyes.

If you could change something about your appearance, what would it be?

Longer legs.

What do you first notice in strangers?

Their teeth.

What do think those that know you say about you?

No idea. Maybe that I’m a bitch?

What would you hope they would say?

That she is loyal.

What do you think strangers notice first about you?

My hair.

What is your proudest moment? Biggest victory?

In my 36 years I feel like I have had some pretty amazing moments that I am proud of. Selfishly, my career as a ballet dancer was pretty solid. But in the bigger picture, my family is pretty special.

What is your biggest regret? Biggest failure?

I feel like I could’ve danced for longer. I often wonder what my art could’ve said with years of experience and children and life under my belt. I feel like I could’ve communicated better.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

I wish that I didn’t feel like I constantly had to “prove” my worth.

Where do you see yourself if ten years? Are you making plans for the future, or winging it?

I would love to have designed and built our own home. I’m working on it!

If you could know exactly when and how you would die, would you want to know? 

Only if it is like a freak accident situation I would want to know. I would try to avoid it.

What is the one rule you try to live by? Do you feel successful at following it?

I try to be fair and just. When I see injustice I can’t keep my mouth shut. I am especially loud if there are people involved who don’t appear to speak out for themselves. I think I am that way. Whether that is success, I don’t know.

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