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13 Ice Breakers, No. 2

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When you’re home nursing a baby, you are afforded a lot of time to reflect. Some of my time nursing Peter is so sweet, just the two of us, while other times it is a bit of chaos with Rowan and Henry wildly playing at my feet. When it is just Peter and me, I get to stare at his perfect little face and think, dream, and wish for him. I’ve also listened to some podcasts, read some interesting articles, enjoyed some thought-provoking essays, and chatted with some girlfriends on the phone. During podcast interviews, I love when there is a lightening round of random odds and ends questions because you get to know a guest so much better and they always have great recommendations for things like hotels or random products you didn’t know you needed.

Listening to a handful of podcast lightening rounds recently + the fact that I read someone else share their answers to some ice breakers the other day led me to writing this post and doing another ice breakers post myself, 13 Ice Breakers, No. 2. I wrote an ice breakers post last summer and answered questions like “A time you’ve been taken for a ride,” “Favorite memory tied to a holiday,” “Go-to karaoke song,” “When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?” and more. So, let’s break the ice again with 13 fun questions. Don’t forget to save these for your next dinner party.

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13 Ice Breakers, No. 2

1. One thing you would change about your life.

2. If you could have a second home, where would it be?

3. Biggest surprise about being a mother.

4. Invention you wish existed.

5. What is a food choice you love that others do not?

6. Your perfect cliché meet-cute.

7. Podcast or audiobook?

8. Would you rather shop for clothing for yourself or for your children?

9. Cocktail of choice.

10. First to apologize or hold out?

11. Would you rather take an annual trip to the same place or visit somewhere new every year?

12. What makes a great conversation?

13. Something you wish you had more time for.

13 Ice Breakers, No. 2 | JillianEversole.com
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13 Ice Breakers, No. 2: My Responses

1. One thing you would change about your life.

This question was floated around at a dinner I was at earlier this year. A lot of people had silly superficial things to say that they fully acknowledged were, for lack of a better word, silly. The long and short of my answer is that I’d change nothing. I love my life and am on the path that I’m on for a reason. The only genuine answer I have is that I’d still have my grandparents’ blue house be part of our lives if we could.

2. If you could have a second home, where would it be?

I could dreamily talk about this question until the cows come home. There are so many different directions to go. Stateside, I would pick Jackson, Wyoming or Nantucket. Those are super simple obvious ones for me. Practically, somewhere in Southern California would make sense for us too. Internationally, I would say the English countryside or London. I’d throw The Bahamas on the list too but I know I’d put England first.

3. Biggest surprise about being a mother.

How much every year changes. Motherhood was completely different in 2020 than it is for me now in 2024. It was completely different last year than it is this year. Every year brings so much change to me as a mother and to our family dynamic as our kids become different ages and as we’ve been blessed to add children to our family. I’m such a different mother than I was a year ago and a year before that. That has surprised me because I just didn’t have the perspective yet to know what would come. I think my perspective, compassion, and understanding has grown every year too.

For me, in the beginning, a cry in the middle of the night meant that I was loosing sleep. Now, for me, a cry in the middle of the night means an extra chance to hold one of my children in my arms. The minute I became a mom, it stopped all being about me but, with time, I’ve naturally grown to appreciate how very fleeting, special, and bittersweet the smallest moments are, even the moments you don’t think you want (i.e. middle of the night wake-ups).

4. Invention you wish existed.

A button I could press in my bathroom at the end of the day that would do my whole bedtime beauty/wash up routine for me.

5. What is a food choice you love that others do not?

I put peanut butter on my hamburgers. I got it from my dad.

6. Your perfect cliché meet-cute.

Something at the beach – a ball from a nearby beach game bouncing into my beach set-up, bumping into each other in a wave in the ocean, reaching for the same piña colada at the beach bar, walking into a beach house party at the same time… you get the idea!

7. Podcast or audiobook?

Both! I’m always listening to both. I read hard copy books every night before bed but am also always reading a book via audible. At the same time, I listen to podcasts every week. I flip back and fourth between podcasts and audiobooks depending on how addicted I am to my current audiobook, depending on the actitiviy I’m doing while listening, and depending on if I want to get lost in a story (audiobook) or listen to something more motivational or inspiring (podcast). P.S. For podcast recommendations, read this post on podcast episode recommendations from my favorite creatives. There are SO MANY amazing listens in this post.

8. Would you rather shop for clothing for yourself or for your children?

Both! Don’t make me pick! I’m excited to no longer be pregnant and to buy some new items for myself to wear as I get stronger and stronger post-birth. I also adore children’s clothing and love discovering new children’s brands. Here is a list of my favorite clothing brands for children. Also, here are some of my favorite brands for women I’m shopping this season + some sale finds to shop right now for spring for women.

9. Cocktail of choice.

Without a doubt, a spicy margarita.

10. First to apologize or hold out?

First to apologize. I do not really have a problem with opening up a conversation by being the first to apologize. I don’t really understand the concept of having too much pride in this type of instance.

11. Would you rather take an annual trip to the same place or visit somewhere new every year?

This is a tough one. I love love love exploring and experiencing new places but I’m such a sentimental and nostalgic person. I think that wins out and I’d rather take an annual trip and return to the same place every year for something like spring break or for specific holidays, etc. And I love building memories in a specific place or house and cherishing them with the passage of time, the growth of children, family, and friends. That is really meaningful for me. At the same time, last year I went to two new places I hadn’t been to before – Gasparilla Island and The Cotswolds (blog post coming, I promise) and am still thinking about both trips and experiences. So, you can’t really go wrong!

12. What makes a great conversation?

Listening. You can’t have great conversation without giving people your full attention, eye contact, and the gift of listening.

13. Something you wish you had more time for.

Needlepoint. Life is really busy with my children. I realize this is a convenient excuse but it feels real for me right now. I look forward to a time in my life where I am able to carve out more time for needlepoint.

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