The Proust Questionnaire
I’m Portia. By day I’m an executive at a global non-profit organization. I live in the South East and I’m married to a clinical neuropsychologist (Dr. D.). We have one rambunctious little boy (we call him D2) who keeps us on our toes.
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What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hanging out at home with my family on a lazy Sunday.
What is your greatest fear? Not living up to my potential.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Any woman who has defied convention and expectations.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being easily irritated.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance.
What is your greatest extravagance? Staying at nice hotels and using all of the fluffy towels.
What is your favorite journey?
To a beautiful secluded beach.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Modesty.
On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid hurting someone.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? I wish my stomach was flatter.
Which living person do you most despise?
Life is too short to spend it hating people.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “So there you have it.” “That’s just swell.”
What is your greatest regret? Not spending more time with my brother Bart before he was killed.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband David and my son D2.
When and where were you happiest? Giving birth to my son and traveling to Bali and walking along the terraced rice farms.
Which talent would you most like to have? Sing like Ella Fitzgerald.
What is your current state of mind? Content at home, restless everywhere else.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Stop swearing so much.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Live closer together.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising my 5 YO son, D2 who is turning out to be a pretty awesome kid.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Hopefully a more evolved version of myself in another body.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A world-renown holistic health or fitness guru.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Doing something to make my family ashamed.
Where would you like to live? Near a beautiful beach with lots of nature.
What is your favorite occupation? Chef or Wellness Guru.
What is your most marked characteristic? Tenacity.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Graciousness.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Honesty.
What do you most value in your friends? Compassion.
Who are your favorite writers? James Baldwin and Laura Hillenbrand.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Jane Eyre.
Who are your heroes in real life? The doctors and nurses of Doctors Without Borders, Malala Yousafzai, #BlackLivesMatter activists.
What are your favorite names? Gideon, Beatrice, Fortune, Jane.
What is it that you most dislike? The current state of American politics.
How would you like to die? Peacefully, at home surrounded by family.
What is your motto? “We CAN do this!”