Meet MELISSA d'ARABIAN
KIDDOCJJ: What memorable thing did you last have to EAT?
Melissa: I ate a slice of pizza the other day in NYC. I don’t normally eat gluten (out of solidarity for my GF daughter), so I haven’t had a slice of real NY pizza in years. I definitely will keep the memory of this pizza in my head for a loooooooong time.
KIDDOCJJ: What have you LEARNed that sticks with and influences you daily?
Melissa: I heard Jack Welch say years ago that every successful person he knows is a morning person, either by nature or by choice. And that blew my mind! By choice? I can choose to be a morning person? It took about ten years, but I became a true morning person. I am my best person when I craft my own morning. For me, that means getting up earlier than my family and having quiet devotional and reading time with a cup of coffee. I love so much what this practice does for me that it has me eager to jump out of bed in the morning to have my time.
KIDDOCJJ: Where would you like to EXPLORE and why?
Melissa: Having lived overseas and married a European, I have had the chance to do a fair amount of travel, if nothing else, then to visit family! What I am feeling the desire to explore right now is the United States with my family. This is part of why we decided to pick up and spend a year in Washington D.C. purely as a family travel adventure. Also, I’d love to explore the Holy Land more. I’ve been, but I need to go back again, perhaps on a tour with a fantastic leader on some sort of educational program. Like following Paul the Apostle’s itinerary. That would be bucket-list-cool.
KIDDOCJJ: Who/What INSPIREs you?
Melissa: Today’s youth inspires me. We can complain all we want about teens and millenials, but they are standing up for what they believe in right now, and they are the most welcoming generation I’ve seen. I love what our future holds with them.
KIDDOCJJ: And I know the future is bright for you and your family! Thanks so much for INSPIRING us all!