With LAURA WILLIAMS
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher and a hair stylist. I am both!
What would you rather be doing right now? Boating with my family and friends.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I'm sentimental about items and struggle to get rid of them. My basement is a disaster!
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating from college. I took a little detour, so reaching that goal was huge for me.
It really stinks when ... kids say "I can't" or "this is too hard" before they have even tried.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Passionate.
I always laugh when ... I spend time with or see a video of my newest nephew, Dax. He is discovering his voice and has the best little giggle. His happiness is contagious!
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My brother, Joey, who passed away when we were young because our time together was way too short. My girls, Olivia and Bailey, so they could meet their Uncle Joey.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... relax on our deck.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a social butterfly.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Mike Ditka. We were in the piano bar at his restaurant in Chicago, and he was there, too. As he was leaving, he stopped by the table to wish us well, and we jumped at the opportunity to ask for a photo.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel somewhere amazing.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... give up time with my family and friends.
America should be more concerned about ... education. Education is the backbone to our entire society, and it is poorly underfunded and unsupported.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... children's books. I have enough books to run my own library!
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook because I love to see what my family and friends are up to.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? The most useful piece of advice I received was from Stephen Covey. You have to put the big rocks in first and let everything else fill in around them.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country or Christian radio.
I always get sentimental when ... I hear my girls giggling and talking together. They are 13 and 10, so these moments are few and far between.
The older I get, the more I realize ... experiences are more important than stuff. Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love today because you may not get a tomorrow.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... have not wished away my teen years. I always wanted to be older than I was. If I could do it again, I would live in the moment and enjoy the innocence.
My favorite item of clothing is ... anything stretchy and comfy.
If I've learned anything at all ... Life is short. Make every moment count.
Laura Williams and her husband, Shawn, have two amazing daughters, Olivia and Bailey. She is a third grade co-teacher at Rooney Elementary School. Williams was born and raised in Quincy. Go Big Blue!