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168. What has been the most terrifying moment of your life thus far?

When I was younger I had a serious panic attack that sent me to the emergency room. They hooked me up to machines to monitor my heart and I had a hard time controlling my fear, thinking I was on the verge of death. I am now grateful for this experience because it taught me a huge lesson about controlling stress and anxiety.

169. Who is the strongest person you know?

My best girlfriend, who has a full-time job and raises two young girls on her own. She has been through some serious trauma that would have broken most people, but still believes in trusting, love and the pursuit of a happy life.

170. If you could take a single photograph of your life, what would it look like?

There would be an oversized picnic table planted in the sand on the beach. My closest family and friends would be seated at it and it would be filled with red wine, fruits, vegetables, italian dishes and one “unknown” delicacy that everyone was meant to try.

171. Is the reward worth the risk?

In most cases, I believe there is no reward without the risk. So, the answer is “yes”.

172. For you personally, what makes today worth living?

What made today worth living is the cappuccino at the local coffee shop, finding the perfect pair of jeans, sneaking off midday to the best Happy Hour ever and a quiet night at home catching up on all my Tivo’d programs.

173. What have you done in the last year that makes you proud?

I am so proud that our restaurants sales have increased by over 25%. It has definitely been a labor of love. I am also proud of the incline in readership to my blog. Both instances have proved that passion perseveres.

174. What did you learn recently that changed the way you live?

That you can’t trust anyone 100%. Maybe you are all quicker learners than me, but I did believe in trusting all people. Though, I do still believe in trusting until you are proven untrustworthy, I am cautious with who I share my private life with. You would think that is a bad thing, but on the contrary it made me stronger to rely on my own intuition.

175. What is your fondest memory from the past three years?

The day my niece was born, I was ecstatic for my brother and sister-in-law to finally have all their dreams come true.

176. What are the primary components of a happy life?

Presence, a positive attitude, the “half is glass full” outlook, surrounding yourself with like-minded people, an attitude of gratitude and simplicity.

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