get to know the enkindle team

We answered 30 questions to help you get to know the heads and hearts behind Enkindle!

 Rach

Rach

Sara LaFaille

sara

Jessica Brauer

jess

1. If you had the time to binge-rewatch any TV series, what would it be?

RACH: I LOVE The Bold Type. And One Tree Hill! Definitely OTH!

SARA: Friday Night Lights (#texasforever) or The Tudors.

JESS: Mad Men, hands down. Let's be honest. I've already binge-rewatched it a few times.

2. What is your guilty-pleasure treat?

RACH: Cold, pepperoni thin-crust from Pizza Hut. Don't judge.

SARA: Pink frosted cookies. You know, the grocery store ones that come in packs of 12.

JESS: Gummy bears and tater tots. Not necessarily together, but anything could happen.

3. What organizational product can you not live without?

RACH: Gosh this is a hard one for me...I can't deal with everyone's odds and ends being on the counter at the end of the day. So I guess organizers for papers, keys, chargers, backpacks, etc.

SARA: My Simplified Planner. I have to write things down, so a planner is a must!

JESS: I go through phases with planners and calendars, but my old standby is always the Post-it (never yellow, always pink) and a pen. 

4. Are you a can’t-go-to-bed-with-a-dirty-kitchen or an I’ll-do-that-(d)ish-in-the-morning kind of girl?

RACH: Oh the dishes definitely need to be done. We may be sleeping in a bed surrounded by nine laundry baskets, but the kitchen can't stink when I wake up.

SARA: I’ll-do-that-(d)ish-in-the-morning. Or in two days. FOR SURE. (Also probably sleeping in a bed surrounded by nine laundry baskets.)

JESS: Do it in the morning. Or tomorrow. Or maybe just throw the dish in the trash.

5. Who inspires you?

RACH: I am inspired by SO much. It's hard for me to turn off my feelers on this kind of thing. I am wowed by people who go for it—who love freaking large and who take risks to put themselves out there. This probably isn't a huge surprise to my friends, but I guess I'll say Glennon Doyle is my person. She just lives so openly. She's not scared of who she is. She's honest about how she became. And she's small and mighty. Her size doesn't scare her no matter what she's up against. She makes me feel like I can do the same. And that's a good way to feel.

SARA: This one was so hard for me because so many people inspire me, but I think the people that are the most inspiring to me are the ones who are bootstrapping at every angle to get make things happen and get things done. Even when they don't have the newest this, the biggest that, or the best other thing. So basically, what I'm trying to say, is that I'm inspired by the guy who invented the Scrub Daddy.

JESS: Literally everyone. I am constantly inspired by people—people of all walks of life who are changing the world, building empires, crushing naysayers, doing hard things, rising up when it would be easier to stay down, taking risks, boldly living and loving out freaking loud. I'm a people-watcher and this is the one thing I know. People have the capacity to be incredible every. Damn. Day. And the folks who recognize that and put even a fraction of their energy into doing the next right thing even when it's hard—they all inspire me. 

6. Are you allergic to anything?

RACH: Not allergic to anything. This is a good one—like do I not know y'all well? I'm eager to read and make sure I'm right.

SARA: Not that I am aware of. (The official answer I write on all medical forms.)

JESS: I can't eat dairy and mosquitos make me swell up in an extra special kind of way. 

7. What’s your favorite song?

RACH: There is literally no way to pick just one. In Da Club by 50 Cent. Close to You by Maxi Priest. Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston. Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy. Footloose (obviously).

SARA: Defying Gravity from Wicked. Or BedRock (the remix) by Young Money. Or I'm the Best by Nicki Minaj. Also Survivor by Destiny's Child. Maybe Cowboy Take Me Away by Dixie Chicks. Probably Where Are You Christmas from The Grinch. Ughhhh, I don't know.

JESS: You guys. I just don't even know. Can I phone a friend?

8. Are you a spender or a saver?

RACH: Woof. Spender. Can't take it with you??

SARA: I want to be a saver, but I am a spender.

JESS: I'm definitely a frugal person, but not afraid of spending when it's right. A saving-spender? Is that a thing?

9. Where were you born? Where do you live now?

RACH: I was born in Texas, raised in Colorado, and came to Wyoming for school and never left. We've been here twelve years but I'll call Texas home until the day I die.

SARA: I was born in Germany (Army Brat). I’ve lived all over—Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, West Virginia, Florida. But currently, I live (and die) in Texas.

JESS: I was born in Laramie, Wyoming, which is funny, because I live there now, but I grew up in Casper—a town couple hours away. I briefly lived in Houston as a baby (not sure that gets me a ticket to the #texasproud show, though...) and have called San Diego and Charleston, South Carolina, home.

10. Spiders or snakes—which one freaks you out more?

RACH: Absolutely will not choose. Both are HORRIFIC.

SARA: Errrr. I guess it depends on the size, but I am going to say snakes freak me out more, just because they are generally bigger than spiders.

JESS: Spiders. The right spider-sighting would 100% prompt me to get a hotel room.

11. Halloween candy or Easter candy?

RACH: Easter, ALL THE WAY.

SARA: Halloween candy all the way!!! Mini’s of everything? Yes, please. Also, give me all the Reese’s pumpkins. (But shout out to Cadbury Mini Eggs.)

JESS: Halloween!

12. Toilet paper roll—over or under?

RACH: Over. But sometimes I do it under just to be spiteful. It's like my one way of sticking it to the man.

SARA: Over. And I will cite my sources. http://beta.emilypost.com/2014/07/proper-hopper-etiquette-toilet-paper-over-or-under/

JESS: There is no other way. Over. 

13. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

RACH: Let me be Oprah. Or Ariana Grande.

SARA: Jessie James Decker. Because Eric.

JESS: My dog. He gets so much freaking joy out of simple things. Ice cubes, rabbits, the mailman, his butt—now that's a lesson in gratitude! Also, he has that napping thing on lock

14. If you could only choose one beauty product to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?

RACH: Anastasia Brow Wiz hands down. Bury me with it.

SARA: Concealer. Read: I have a toddler.

JESS: Eco Brow Defining Wax. Forever and ever. Amen.

15. Coke or Pepsi?

RACH: COKE. Rude question.

SARA: Coke. Duh.

JESS: Neither. I'm that girl. 

16. What’s the first thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?

RACH: A teacher or a singer.

SARA: A marine biologist. Remember that Sea World Barbie with the wetsuit legs that went away in warm water? Or maybe her wetsuit appeared in cold water. Whatever. Y’all remember, right?!? cold water. Whatever. Y’all remember, right?!?

JESS: A geologist.

17. When was the last time you went to the dentist?

RACH: Oof, 2 weeks ago to have a wisdom tooth (that I've been avoiding since I turned 22) extracted. And thank goodness it'll be another 6 months before heading back to that torture chamber.

SARA: Ha. On my anniversary. Time before that—on my birthday. I’m on a terrible 6-month cycle.

JESS: Oooof. I'd rather not say. 

18. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

RACH: My Mema and Papa: Mary and Juan Suarez, Glennon Doyle, and President Obama.

SARA: My grandma Zelda, Chelsea Handler, Sophia Bush, and Chrissy Teigen.

JESS: My grandma Brauer, my great aunt Bonnie (who I've never met, but my grandma used to say I was identical in personality and style), Lucille Ball, and Anthony Bourdain. Probably not all at the same time. 

19. What is your go-to strategy when you’re feeling overwhelmed and under-inspired?

RACH: I have to get out of the house. I'm not a person who likes the outdoors unless it's about 87 degrees, but even if it's absolutely freezing outside, fresh air can change my mood. Lately, I've had a knot of angst in my chest—I seriously feel like I can actually touch it in that moment—and the only cure is to throw on my giant coat, climb the hill behind our house, and walk until it goes away.

SARA: Take a step back. Prioritize what I HAVE to do. Make a(nother) list. Drink some wine. Do something easy on my to-do list. Call my mom. Not particularly in that order. The wine drinking probably happens first, followed by the mom calling. 

JESS: Move my body. However, this is something I tend to forget over and over again. If I am feeling stuck and frustrated and I make it a point to step away, hit the gym, go for a walk, play with the dog, even just step outside to grab the mail—I always, always feel better. Also, some of my best ideas come to me when I am driving. I love a good road trip to decompress and let my mind wander. (Note: The roads must be bone-dry and void of any traffic for this to work. If the others are present, you can count on me for a healthy string of expletives.)

20. Do you have any pets?

RACH: We don't have any pets. I'm gunning for a Newfoundland. Send me all the good, convincing vibes.

SARA: Yes. Rumpelstiltskin is a majestic 60-pound English bulldog with the laziest and most entitled attitude. He has no concept of personal space and sounds like a freight train. He will forever be my first baby.

JESS: One old-man, lover of a rescue dog, Jeorge. (Pronounced George. Don't ask.)

21. Beach house or lake house?

RACH: Beach, hands down. I get that there are sharks, etc., but the sand overrides that. Swimming in water I can't see through with possible snakes touching my leg in a lake is a definite no-go.

SARA: Ughhh, I hate sand—so lake house for sure!!!!

JESS: Based solely on Rachel's response, for sure beach.

22. Do you make your bed every morning?

RACH: Sure don't. I definitely feel more accomplished when I do, but most mornings we're getting in the car holding onto our butts. It usually feels like one thing I just don't have time to do.

SARA: Ask me this pre-Sloan and my answer would be yes. Absolutely, yes. These days—a big fat bed-gets-made-when-the-sheets-get-changed NOPE.

JESS: Negatory.

23. Do you have any tattoos?

RACH: I don't. I'm definitely open. I just can't decide anything to save my life. I have no idea what I'd get.

SARA: Yes, three. First one is on my front hip and is of the fairy on Britney Spears’ CD, Britney. As in her third album. The fairy is on the actual CD. Google it (unless you still have the CD, in which case we might be soulmates), it’s the pink one. I took the actual CD into the tattoo shop and had them make a photocopy. And now I want to die from embarrassment. The second one is on my back hip (aka my love handle—didn’t think that one through when I was 19 and in my prime). It says “Happily Ever After” in French. And the third is a fleur-de-lis, ode’ to my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, on my ankle.

JESS: Yep! A bird on my wrist, a whisk/flowers on my forearm, a Christmas cactus on my shoulder cap, and a quote on my ribs. 

24. Favorite cocktail?

RACH: Skinny Margarita because it doesn't taste so syrupy. That or iced tea. Without alcohol. I swear that downing a giant tea with ice to the top takes the edge off just as well for me.

SARA: My dad’s blackberry smash. Or just Pinot Grigio.

JESS: Vodka, soda with lime. Or a Malbec. 

25. What are some of your pet peeves?

RACH: Terrible driving. I have some definite road rage.

SARA: When people Snapchat/Insta Story concerts. Curtains that are too short. The word towards (it’s toward).

JESS:  Lip smacking, chewing with your mouth open. Generally, anything that involves gross mouth noises. Bleck.

26. What is your favorite family tradition?

RACH: Probably donut day. We go every single Wednesday, come hell or high water (and it's usually both), grab donuts while the car is running, and eat them on the way to school while sprinkles fly all over the place. It's a cluster EVERY TIME. But I love it. And I smile every time I think about my kids remembering it when they're older.

SARA: Matching family pajamas at Christmas.

JESS: My favorite tradition is our total lack of tradition. My parents split when I was young and we quickly learned that we could make up our own rules for holidays and special events. Thanksgiving on the beach with lobster instead of turkey? Yes. Reschedule Christmas dinner for the first week of December? Why not? I've grown to absolutely love the freedom to make up the rules as we go along. 

27. If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

RACH: I definitely want to do one of those tiki hut over the water type things—Bali or Bora Bora or Tahiti.

SARA: Dubai. But you would have to tranquilize me because there is no way I’m getting on a 15-hour flight.

JESS: I can't pick just one place! I want to go everywhere! If I could eat my way through Europe and Asia I'd absolutely die—like the good kind of die, hopefully not from foodborne illness. Ok...that got weird.

28. What’s the last book you read?

RACH: Malala's Magic Pencil. So good. And there are copper foil illustrations that make it feel so so special.

SARA: Potty Train in a Weekend, by Becky Mansfield. I wish I was kidding.

JESS: Braving the Wilderness, by Brene Brown. 

29. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?

RACH: I have a pair of terrible furry snowboots from my freshman year of college—2005—and I just can't seem to let them go. They are SO warm. Like my feet sweat. They look like fox fur and I can't ever decide if I love or hate them.

SARA: OG pink Uggs, circa 2004.

JESS: Black and white Chuck Taylors from high school. I have to wear arch support in them now because despite making me look like a casual, cool, hipster they KILL my back, which makes me feel like I'm ancient. So let's just keep that between us, mmk?

30. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

RACH: Oof I hate crayons. Can I be a marker? And I'd be black for sure. That one is always missing for some reason so I'd like to be there for someone when they're like, "Where the HECK is the dang black?!" Black is strong, classic, and non-assuming. It goes with everything (which isn't referring to a personality trait, by the way).

SARA: Pink. Definitely the original, classic pink. Maybe sometimes the neon pink.

JESS: This is the hardest question in this freaking list. I just don't even know. I love a good neutral, so maybe gray?


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