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Liz M.
Hometown: Portadown, Northern Ireland (now residing near Warrenton, Missouri)

"I have been awakened to a whole new world, having been on an emotional and spiritual journey since moving to the USA eight years ago. Growing up in a country surrounded by chaos never really set well with how I felt inside. Now that my life is turning around, I love summer days, relaxing in a pool and feeling the sun on my face, hearing the birds and the frogs sing their songs. I enjoy spending time with friends and discussing life, work and future dreams. I enjoy being able to have the luxury of 'me time' (no matter how short) and to read, contemplate life or enjoy nature."

What are your three favorite things?
My three favorite things are:
(1) Glow bugs. I had never seen them before moving here, and the first time I did, I thought I was seeing things. The neighbors' yard looked like it was covered in a million twinkling lights. It was awesome.
(2) American thunderstorms. The lightning is unbelievable and is one of nature's ultimate extremes.
(3) Waking up to the sun shining. I thank God for that every morning on my drive to work. After growing up in a country where it rains most of the year, I appreciate the sun and its warmth more than most people.

What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be healing: people, animals, relationships, the planet...whoever and whatever needed it.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do in the morning is groan and hit the snooze button if it is a workday. LOL Then, I snuggle up closer to my boyfriend for those last few minutes before starting the day ahead.

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
The last thing I do at night is...I am trying to learn to meditate, but I'm not having much success just yet, so I spend some time either listening to something relaxing or trying to clear my head and work on some positive thinking.

What is your favorite OWN show?
My favorite OWN show is Oprah's Master Class. Each one is unique in its own way because of the individuals that are being interviewed.

What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
I cannot live without my razor! I hate being hairy. LOL

Who is your hero?
My hero is my uncle, who passed away on New Year's morning this year. He was a wonderful person, always smiling, always willing to help anyone who needed it, hardworking, caring, with a wonderful laugh. He was always getting his atlas out to see where I was living or traveling to since I moved to the States. He was a friend to all and like a second father to us. He was the only person to ever take me out on a motorcycle, and gave me wonderful memories to cherish the rest of my life.

What do you like that most people dislike?
The old Irish songs that I grew up with (from my parents' generation) that many people over here don't know and definitely don't want to listen to.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who believe the world and everyone in it owes them something.

What would you like to learn to do?
Everything. I so want to go back to school, but I am 47 and still do not know what I want to be when I grow up. LOL Taking classes on how to write books, short stories and articles is up there on my list.

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
Just call me Calamity Jane. The old nursery rhyme that says, "Tuesday's child is full of grace," got it all wrong with me. I am about as graceful as a baby elephant. If there's a hair on the floor, I could trip over it. LOL
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