Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About HW

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Victoria is a Navy wife and a new mom. Dahvie is a incarcerated Chicago gang member. They write letters back and forth. In this post, Victoria introduces herself.

1.      My Catholic faith is the center of my life: My relationship with Christ is the most important thing to me.  I pray every day and go to mass often.  I used to work for the church but now that I’ve moved I volunteer.  I’d be lost without my faith, and I certainly would not be where I am today.

2.      I’m really smart, but like, book smart (Dahvie: "not street smart like me"): I was valedictorian of my high school, and went to a college known for having snobby smart people.  I’ve studied a ton of different things (Chemistry, Music, Psychology, Spanish, Writing) and I always got good grades.  I read a ton and try to stay current with the news.

3.      Social, extroverted, love being around people: I love meeting new people and being around old friends.  Other people’s experiences and thoughts are so interesting to me.  Is it weird that I love small talk?  Like a lot? (Dahvie: "Kinda")

4.      Head over heels in love with my husband: Ask yourself--why else would I have moved to Mississippi? (JK I actually really like MS but getting uprooted from VA was tough).  My husband is hardworking, hilarious, smart, and Catholic—he’s the best.

5.      I come off as chill, but I’m actually nervous; I want people to like me: I’m actually super self-conscious of what people think.  It’s tough because I love being around people but sometimes I’m too nervous about what they think to even start a conversation in the first place. (Dahvie: "Which is backwards")

6.      I’m Hardworking.   I know that I’m very blessed but I worked really hard to make the best of my situation.  I worked three jobs in college to make things work.  I put 100% of myself into a task, for better or for worse.

7.      Humor is super important to me: LOL, so now is the wrong time to tell me you don’t think I’m funny (jk). Whatever I’m doing I try to make people laugh--it makes people feel more comfortable.

8.      Creative:  I love to write.  I write short stories and I’m working on a novel.  I love to read, too, it helps me develop new ideas.  I love music—I listen to it all the time (and yes, I’m a hipster, I have a record player [Dahvie: "wtf"]).  I also love cooking—but I like being creative with recipes and making things up.

9.      Will help people whenever I can: I am so blessed by all the people that have helped me over the years, people that have strengthened my faith, given me a house when I was homeless (just wait until you hear that story), comforted me when I was struggling, and I work really hard to give back.

10.  Like to be in control I’m super organized and hate when something doesn’t go according to plan (thus, the Navy is a nightmare).  I also struggle with things out of my comfort zone.  It takes me forever to convince myself to try something new.  (Dahvie: "I like to be in control too.  Aww shit")