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Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 9:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a labor and delivery doctor. Ever since I was little, I thought it would be the most rewarding job to help women bring their babies into the world.

What would you rather be doing right now? I love cooking and baking. Trying new recipes has always been something I've enjoyed.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love Mario games! Especially Mario Kart and Paper Mario. I grew up playing GameCube with my siblings, and it's still something I love to do.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? In high school, I was one of three girls my junior year to make Show Choir. It was something that I had wanted to be a part of since I was in junior high. I was so happy to be one of the few in my class to make it.

It really stinks when ... I can't stand rude people. I've worked in retail since I was 16, so I've had to put up with a lot of difficult people. It's definitely my least favorite part of my job.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Reserved. I'm a very quiet person until you get to know me.

I always laugh when ... I'm playing with my puppy. She is a very goofy dog.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My three best friends from high school. Since we've graduated, we've all gone in different directions and don't get to see each other very often.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit down and not do a whole lot -- read a book or catch up on some TV shows.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... quiet. I don't open up to very many people. It takes a while to really get to know me.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I didn't exactly meet them, but a few years ago, I went to a Taylor Swift and Keith Urban concert with my cousin. We sat right at the end of the catwalk, so for most of the concert, they were right in front of us.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel. Anywhere really.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... go skiing. I hate cold weather sports or being out in the snow.

America should be more concerned about ... investing into the younger generation and into our schools. They are our future!

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Vera Bradley purses. I started buying them when I started working at Kirlin's in 2010. I have quite the collection after getting an employee discount for seven years.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Facebook. I like being able to keep up with my family in Michigan and friends from high school.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My husband always says to dwell in the space between stimulus and response, to think before you act. Working with the public (especially this time of year), that is really good advice.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... WGCA. I always have the Christian station on in my car.

I always get sentimental when ... watching Disney movies. It's really sad, but that is a guaranteed way to make me cry.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how important it is to spend time with family. Now that I'm married and living out of my parents' house, I really miss seeing my family every day.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... finish college before working full-time. I've been slowly taking classes over the last two years to finish my bachelor's degree, but I'm not really close to finishing. It would have been nice to finish when I had the extra time.

My favorite item of clothing is ... not exactly clothing, but I always have a Vera Bradley purse. My collection is so big that I've started rotating through old purses. Some of them I haven't used in so long it's like using a new purse.

If I've learned anything at all ... God and family always come first. Nothing else is really that important.

Katy Bakalyar, 23, grew up in Pinckney, Mich., and moved to Quincy in 2007. She is manager at Kirlin's Gifts, is married and has a blue tick coonhound puppy.

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