The Made Thing {Center Stage}

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Kim Herrington – The Made Thing
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Kim is an online marketing consultant. She loves to spend time exploring Arkansas, reading good books, and blogging. Kim has lived in France, traveled to Australia, and is originally from Massachusetts. She lives in Conway, Arkansas. Kim has a soft spot for dogs.

The Made Thing is Kim’s personal exploration of interesting things in life that make life as happy and fulfilling as possible. Since she spends her days blogging for clients, Kim uses her blog to reflect on quotes from famous authors and artists, write and share recipes and fashion finds, and, of course, share pictures of adorable puppies.

What would you like to be remembered for, after your death?
Positive contributions to my community.

Are you are morning or night person?
I’m neither a morning or night person—just an “I’m awake!” person. I need less sleep to function than many other people and am very alert once I wake up. And no, I don’t drink coffee!

What are your favorite hobbies?
I love reading and exploring Arkansas. We often travel to new places in Arkansas just to look around, buy a slice of pie, or try the local restaurants. I love spending time by water on a sunny day with a good book. I also dabble in photography.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit in my life already. If I could choose anywhere, I’d pick Montpellier, France where I lived for a year. But I’d also pick that all my friends from that year, who are spread out across the globe, would magically appear too. If not Montpellier, I’d love to see different areas in South America.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
My personal goals tend to change quite a bit year to year but no matter where that takes me, I’d like to leave a lasting, positive impact on my community, wherever I happen to spend the rest of my life. Making other people’s lives better is something I strive for everyday in life.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
CHEESE! BREAD! Give me those two and I’d be happy for the rest of my life.

What is that one thing which makes you different?
I’m an extremely determined and outgoing person. I am very fearless when it comes to new people and new places so it’s very easy for me to go up to anyone and strike up a conversation. It makes flying a lot of fun!

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
I’ve lived out of suitcases for a large portion of my adult life, transient back and forth between places. The last three years have been the first real time I’ve owned things. That being said, I know I don’t need them because I lived without them before! The only thing I couldn’t live without is a paper and something to write with. That has been the only consistent possession throughout my life.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day and why?
To be honest, I’d pick to be a dog rather than a human person. Dogs, in general, fascinate me because they are always happy, always ready for something good to happen, and are typically very welcoming. I think if we all acted more like dogs, the world would be a much better place. And yes, of course there are dogs who aren’t much like that but the stereotype of dogs exists for a good reason!

What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
Finding Nemo is my favorite movie, despite that it is a Children’s movie.

What would you do if you had a million dollars?
I’d take a conservative approach and invest it wisely so it would produce more money and live off of the dividends. At that point, I’d dedicate my time to projects I want to do, volunteer more, and spend as much time with my family and friends as possible. I’d probably take some great trips too.

What’s your favorite album to listen to over and over and why?
These days I listen to internet radio and rarely listen to the same album over and over! I’m not even sure who my favorite artist is right now.

Would you like to know the day you’re going to die ahead of time? Why or why not?
I’m not sure if I’d like to know that or not. On the one hand, it would be good to prepare for it and focus on the good things in life. But on the other hand, that would be extremely debilitating—why continue to live when you’re just going to die soon anyway? Why not be selfish? Since I strive to be selfless instead of selfish, I think I wouldn’t like to know.

What one thing are you most proud of?
When I was very little, I wanted to be a writer. But I knew that the chances we very slim. So I decided I wanted to be a librarian. What four year old wants to be a librarian? And what four year old thinks about job opportunities? Apparently I was determined and now am a working writer. I’m proud that I’m living the dream I was afraid to do from the beginning.

What’s the kindest act you have ever seen done (either to/by you or another)?
It is hard to pick one because I’ve had the pleasure to see so many in my lifetime. I have been grateful to experience kindness in my life so many times, it’s overwhelming. It’s hard to say one in particular.

What is your favorite way to waste time at work without getting caught? (we won’t tell)
Since I’m a freelancer, no work, no pay! Not much wasting time there.

You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
Margret Edith, after my mother (her middle name) and her mother. Plus, that makes a pretty proper yacht name!

If a movie was being made of your life and you could choose the actor/actress to play you, who would you choose and why?
Although she’s much older than me, I’d love to have Emma Thompson play me. I think she’s a fantastic actress and lives a very worthwhile life.

What do you keep in the trunk of your car?
Bits and bobs for fixing it, like my tool set and oil and such, and a pair of camo coveralls, just in case! There’s also a plank of wood, a jack, and likely some plastic bags that need to be taken for recycling that haven’t made it yet.

Tell something that nobody knows about you.
My older brother is a midget. Not that nobody knows about it—it just doesn’t come up often!

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”).
I’ve been lucky enough to have a few but the most memorable was certainly eating with Alan Alda. He said I was funny and signed an autograph for me, which apparently he doesn’t do very often.

If you could be any animal in the world for 24 hours, which animal would you be? Why?
A dog, obviously! I’m a sucker for pups and would love to see the world the way they do.

What is your favorite quote?
That’s a tough pick because I love good quotes. Every Monday I have one on my blog. It changes all the time.

What’s your favorite sport?
Another little known fact, I did archery for a long time. I now love playing tennis with my boyfriend, who always kicks my butt.

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?
I’d go to every country in the world. Why not just do it all?

If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?
Either Pablo Picasso or Truman Capote because they challenge me—I can’t make sense of them. But I guess that’s what they wanted.

If you could meet anyone from the Bible who would it be and what would you ask them? (Besides Jesus)
I’d like to meet Mary and ask her about raising Jesus. I’m not a very religious person and struggle with faith on a routine basis. Call me a doubting Thomas, I guess.

What is the craziest (or stupidest) thing you have ever done?
Hitch-hiked. Would I do it again? Probably yes. It comes with living in the South of France—everyone did it!

If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)
There is little I’m afraid of, to be honest. I’m a go-into-it-headlong sort of gal. The only thing that really scares me senseless right now is having children. I’m scared I’d mess it up. But I think most parents are that way, which is some comfort, I guess. I’m still a long ways off from having babies though!

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
I’m not sure—probably cheese, wine, and some delicious bread, ice cream, and something heavenly. I hope I never have to make that decision!

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  1. Thanks for interviewing me, Ashley! It was a pleasure.

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