What is your favorite meal?
My grandmother’s purple hull peas and Aunt Liz’s chocolate chip cookies.
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
My sister’s dog. He goes to doggy daycare and does art projects.
Where would you go if you were invisible?
The rooms of Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace that they don’t allow the public to tour.
What is your favorite season and why?
Summer! I love being by the pool, lake, or ocean, and my daughter was born during the summer.
What is the best part about your job?
The people I work with! We are able to do amazing things for our communities.
What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?
My husband and I went to England and Wales for our honeymoon. I’ve always been fascinated with the Royal Family. I loved the eclectic charm of London and the beautiful countryside of Wales. You can’t beat the cream teas with scones and jam!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Curious, Creative, and Friendly.
What do you feel is the biggest life lesson you have learned so far?
Living an intentional life isn’t about perfection.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
I visited Kuwait City, Kuwait with Arkansas State University to help establish a broadcast program at a university there. We visited a local market one day, and my pants ripped as I was stepping out of the cab. Needless to say, my drawstring backpack came in handy that day!
Do you have any nicknames? If not now, did you when you were growing up?
Growing up I played softball and my teammates called me Smiley.
What are 5 things you would want in your dream home?
We bought our dream home, and we’re slowly remodeling these things as we go: Midcentury style home, large kitchen (currently it is pink and that MUST go), loft with spiral staircase, tons of windows, and an outdoor kitchen. Read more about Haylea’s love of home renovations here.
What is your favorite color?
What’s one thing you’d love to learn more about?
Here are a bunch of things I’d love to learn more about: better at roller skating, sewing, interior design programs, to speak Spanish!
What is one interesting fact about yourself?
Back in the day I raced mud trucks and was top of my class. I was one of the few women in this sport and, of course, named my truck Iron Maiden to showcase that!
How many concerts have you attended? Which was your favorite?
I am a secret metal music junkie, I grew up going to tons of local shows and traveling to see LOTS of bands. Spoiler alert: that’s how I met my drummer husband!
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