I saw this floating around a few blogs last week and thought it would be fun. Everyone loves a good survey… right? Just nerds? Oh well – I love surveys! I’m the person who will actually do the customer satisfaction feedback surveys because I like them so much. I’m aware that this probably cost me some followers, but whatever. How well do you know me?? Read on…
- What’s your whole name?
Ashleigh Megan Atkinson
- Are you named after anyone?
- Do you have any siblings?
Yes, a brother who is a year younger than me, he lives in Ottawa.
- Where did you grow up?
Kind of everywhere – mainly Ottawa, Ont. though, so we’ll go with that.
- What activities did you do in high school?
A little bit of everything. I was a competitive synchronized skater, so that took up most of my free time, but I was also on the track and field team and in the school band (it was cool, I swear). I played the flute and we traveled for competitions – see, it’s cool.
- Where did you go to college?
I did my undergrad at Brock University in St. Catharines, and then went to the University of Windsor for my Masters.
- What activities did you do in college?
I stayed involved in skating through most of my undergrad – I skated on the varsity team my first year, then helped coach for the following years and skated on a competitive adult synchro team based out of Niagara Falls. My activities during my Masters were less impressive and focused mainly around beer and rye.
- What did you study in college?
My bachelors is in Physical Education, and my Masters is in Human Kinetics. I focused primarily on sport and exercise psychology.
- What was your first job out of college?
I was fortunate enough to get into my career position right out of my Masters – working as a Health Promotion Specialist at the local public health unit. I’m still here 6.5 years later.
- What kind of music do you like?
(Almost) everything! Hip hop, top 40, country, some alternative rock stuff. Pic of playlist
- What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?
Baking! I love my “fake baking” – for healthier versions of desserts, but I would also really love to know how to truly bake (yes, all the full fat, sugary stuff).
- What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?
Honestly, I grew up saying I was going to be a marine biologist because I wanted to swim with the dolphins. When I was more realistic, I wanted to be a sport psychologist and work with athletes on the mental side of their performance.
- What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?
That’s a toss-up between finishing some home reno projects and organizing the basement. When we moved in, we unpacked a massive storage locker into our basement… and it’s stayed that way for a year. It’s embarrassing.
- Do you have any irrational fears?
Snakes! They just shouldn’t exist. I can’t even stand seeing them on TV.
- Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where and when?
Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled a fair amount. Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England, Paris, Mexico, Dominican Republic, various states in the US, and Australia!
- When’s your next vacation and where are you going?
Does Ottawa count?? We’re planning a trip to visit my friends and family later this summer. Then, Vegas in September!! It’s an annual thing.
- Do you speak any other languages?
No, but I wish I spoke French. It would be very beneficial for future jobs.
- What’s one talent that you wish you had?
Umm… maybe dancing. I can get by with the dancey stuff in Step class just fine, but anything beyond that makes me feel uncoordinated and awkward. Unless there’s alcohol involved and then I’m a terrific dancer, in my opinion! LOL
- What’s something that you wish you did more of?
A few things – read for pleasure, spend time with friends, and take the dogs out for more walks. There never seems to be enough time in a week to do most of these things, but I’m trying. I’m making a point to read for a little bit before going to bed most nights (even if I only last 5 minutes). Thankfully our poor dogs are quite happy to chase each other around our yard, which also exhausts them (bonus for us).
- If you weren’t in your current job, what would you want to be doing?
I would likely still be involved in the health and fitness world in some capacity, probably writing more for publications. Or, if I had stayed on my original career path after my masters, I would have my PhD and would be doing research / teaching at a university. Full-on nerd!
If you’ve made it this far – thanks! Here’s another fun fact for you to enjoy, and to learn something (maybe). Here’s the link to my first article (hopefully of many) published through Muscle Insider: Leaner = Manlier? Your Weight and Testosterone Levels I’m excited to be working with this magazine!