Friday Five: Straight No Chaser

Friday, June 2, 2017
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What keeps you on the straight and narrow? After my rebellious phase in my late teens/early 20s, I had to learn to grow up. Moving out with my ex-boyfriend when I was young forced me to live on much less than I was used to. I got into a lot of debt. I had to work two jobs, six days a week, at nearly minimum wage just to stay afloat. When I broke up with him and moved back home, I had to force myself to become responsible. I don't drink, I don't drug, I don't party or go clubbing. I went back to school to "find myself," and ended up realizing that I just wanted to study makeup artistry, so I went to makeup school and got my diploma in Makeup Artistry & Design. I consolidated all my debt and got rid of all my credit cards. I got myself a job in the makeup industry and worked my ass off to get to where I am now, and I paid off all my debt two months ago. That taste of freedom is what keeps me on the straight and narrow.

  2. Who in your life is a real straight shooter? My friend Ronsee. He's honest and doesn't sugar-coat anything without being mean-spirited or blunt. If I need an opinion or the truth about something, he's the person I go to.

  3. How straight are your teeth and hair? Both are pretty straight. I mean, I was born with straight hair (as most Chinese people are) and relatively straight teeth, though my parents made me get braces for a year, anyway ("just in case," they said). Over time, my bottom canines/cuspids have jutted out a little, but other than that, they've been straight since I got my braces off when I was 12.

  4. What's a good song with the word "straight" in its lyrics or title? Let's go with Veruca Salt's "Straight."

  5. What’s something that needs straightening? Now that I'm in a more senior position at work and I finished paying off my debt, I want to straighten out my financial situation. I need to save more so I won't have to worry about making mortgage payments for my condo next year. I also want to put more into my TFSA and my pension. Kinda boring, but such is the nature of adulting.
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