The Flock
December 31, 2013

Fireside with Fleshman - New Year's Edition!

Sally Bergesen

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#Lucky13. Exactly one year ago, on January 1, 2013 we signed our sister hero Lauren Fleshman to run for and partner with Oiselle. In that period she survived Boston, had a tiny baby, and penned a pivotal body image blog that went viral to the tune of +300,000 reads. In celebration of #lucky13 and in joyous anticipation of #fab14, I caught up with my coach, friend, and hero for a rapid fire version of our Fireside with Fleshman Series. (As in, we've done one before). Enjoy!

xoxo

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Sally: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Fleshman: Perfectly whipped cream.

What is your greatest fear?
Humans losing touch with the natural world.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Pope Francis.
Statue of David. He gets me.

Which living person do you most admire?
Good Ol' Barry Obama.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Difficulty asking for help.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Complaining without acting.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Gourmet grocery shopping with no regard for price.

What is your favorite journey?
This one.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Chastity.

On what occasion do you lie?
I never lie. I omit.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My nose.

Which living person do you most despise?
Anyone without religious tolerance.

Example: "It's my way or the highway!"
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Where is my ______.

What is your greatest regret?
Not having any.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Creativity. Jesse.

When and where were you happiest?
2012 when I fully accepted myself.

Which talent would you most like to have?
An injury proof body.

What is your current state of mind?
Sweet tooth.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
To be at the frozen yogurt shop right now.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
True love.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Wind.

What is your most treasured possession?
My health.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being a political lobbyist for a soulless corporation while wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Where would you like to live?
In a luxury yurt.

What is your favorite occupation?
Self-employment.

What is your most marked characteristic?
My confidence.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
An absence of neediness.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Empathy

What do you most value in your friends?
Space.

Who are your favorite writers?
Anne Lamot, Toni Morrison, David Sedaris

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Peekay from Power of One, Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Jesse is my hero. People who make their own luck.
 

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