Your Turn with ... Andi Henry

Andi Henry
Posted: Apr. 24, 2014 3:52 pm Updated: May. 20, 2014 2:11 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I like to help people, and I find it very rewarding to see that I made a difference in their lives.

What would you rather be doing right now? Swaying with the breeze in a hammock on a beach ... a very, very quiet beach.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love the "Transformer" movies.

Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? My college graduation. That was the first time I felt truly proud of myself and my accomplishment.

It really stinks when ... people are rude and unkind. I don't think people realize the effect their words can have on others.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? I've been told I'm empathetic ... sometimes to a fault.

I always laugh when ... my daughters laugh, especially my youngest daughter, Piper. She has a machine-gun belly laugh that is incredibly entertaining.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? I fear my choices are pretty typical for this one. Jesus, of course, but I have no words for this one, just to "be"; Martin Luther King, to hear about his experiences and leadership from his own words; and Neil Armstrong, to find out what that first step out of the ship really felt like. If I won a bonus fourth, I think it would be Eve. I don't think she would even need to actually speak; I just want to see her face when I ask, "Really?"

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... cuddle with my girls and veg out watching a Disney movie.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... Oh wow ... why even go there?

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... when I was in eighth grade and I had the opportunity to attend church with and meet Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter while visiting my aunt and uncle in Georgia.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... take my family back to Disney World.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... be able to quit my job. Have you seen the income tax rates?

America should be more concerned about ... our youth and raising them to be positive and productive assets to our community. I believe they should be taught that opportunity and success come from intentional effort. A successful person, in my opinion, is one who is intentionally kind and respectful, purposefully productive and giving, and willingly dedicated to "pay it forward."

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Barbie dolls and stuffed animals.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... MSN news to check the headlines, my email account to make sure I'm available for work and personal inquiries, Facebook to stay updated on my friends, and Google to "Google it!" of course.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Mrs. Duckworth, one of my college professors, told me to "get over myself because the world wasn't going to stop without me." The statement looks kind of harsh, but it was actually said in a very kind, supportive and humorous way in an effort to help me deal with my inner "control freak" tendencies. She was letting me know that it was OK to take a step back and not try and take responsibility for everything.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... a fictional audiobook.

I always get sentimental when ... I'm always sentimental. Most definitely for life events, such as births, weddings and deaths, but if someone around me is emotional, you can bet I will be crying right there next to them.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how important moments are. I get tangled up in the day-to-day big stuff and far too often miss the really important little stuff.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... Tough question. I often think, "If I could just do that again," but in truth, if I changed something I've done, so many other things would also change as a result. I think it is just better to accept the decision and move on.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my sweatpants. I would wear them all the time if I could, but my marriage is too important to me.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that I need to remind myself not to take life so seriously. It is better to actually experience your life rather than to check it off of a list.

Andrea Henry, is 37 years old, and most people call her Andi. She and her husband, Matt, grew up in Pittsfield and returned to raise their daughters, twins Emma and Grace, 7, and Piper, 4. She is a financial adviser for Investment Centers of America and a school and community volunteer.

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