Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"Hi, OWNers! I'm Paul. I live in beautiful Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with my partner of six years, Richie. We have an adorable and lovable golden retriever named Madison. Rich and I spend a lot of time outside working in our gardens or camping. We spend a lot of time with friends and family. I like to bake, cook and paint when I can to relieve stress and get some creativity flowing. I volunteer in our community a lot. I tend to be a jack-of-all-trades and dabble in a little of everything."
What is your favorite OWN show?
Ah, this is an easy one—Oprah's Lifeclass! I have learned so much about myself and those around me during this series. To say it's been eye-opening is an understatement...it's been a soul opening!
What is the one item you can't live without?
Hmmm...I'd have to say the sun. I get cabin fever in the long Wisconsin winters. I need some sunshine in my life! Is there any better place to be than the beach? Other than that, I have a lot of things I like but nothing I can't really live without.
What was your first job?
I popped popcorn at a movie theater. I loved that job and worked there until I went off to college. Friday and Saturday nights were so exciting. People would crowd into the theater; you could literally feel their excitement in the air. I don't think people go to the movies in a bad mood, so it was a good crowd to be surrounded by.
When are you happiest?
I am happiest when I am surrounded by people. When I have a group of friends around or my family is all together, I light up. I love to entertain and have people over for food, games or movies. I like cooking for them and getting people together for parties—we just look for opportunities to have parties. Sometimes Rich and I feel like we are running a bed-and-breakfast...and that's okay with us!
What is your hidden talent?
I can go somewhere once and always get back to it. I rarely, if ever, get lost.
What do you like that most people dislike?
I am a closeted science fiction/adventure fan. If it has wizards, aliens, vampires or werewolves, or is set in the future, I like it. I'd be happy watching Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter or True Blood.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I say this: "Thanks for allowing me to wake up today and experience this world. Help me to use the power of the universe around me to make this the best day possible for me and the people around me." I don't miss a day.
What are you obsessed with?
TV. I love it. Some people listen to music or the radio; when I am around the house, I listen to the TV. I am obsessed with HGTV. We have a beautiful house to prove it.