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37 Questions with Miranda Bigham

Originally published in May 2022

As a Block Club brand coordinator, Miranda Bigham helps our clients navigate the road to a successful project with a personal touch. In this installment of 37 Questions, a humble nod to Vogue’s 73, we catch up with the former Division I swimmer about what’s on her bucket list, the importance of staying present, and the change she’d like to see in the world.

  1. How do you start your day—any routines?

    I almost always start the day with coffee and oatmeal.

  2. What’s the last place you traveled to?

    Aruba

  3. What was something especially memorable you did while you were there?

    Riding a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) around the island and jumping into a natural pool on one of our stops—Block Club’s own Molly Christman told me about it beforehand.

  4. What’s the next place you’d like to go?

    Denver

  5. What are you looking forward to most about that trip?

    Spending time with one of my best friends, who moved there last year

  6. Your background is in writing. How did you get into that?

    Honestly, I’m struggling to remember a time when I didn’t identify as a writer. I used to think essays assigned as schoolwork were a good time.

  7. If you had to write an essay with zero prep time, what topic would you choose?

    The influence of marketing on the food industry and consumer health

  8. Besides essay writing, what’s your idea of a good time?

    Humans, experiences, and conversations that really allow me to stay present—the ones that make me lose track of time or forget to look at my phone

  9. Where do you look for inspiration?

    Anything that doesn’t take itself too seriously

  10. What’s your favorite thing you’ve written?

    That’s tough! At a previous job, I had the opportunity to interview and write about significant health events that patients had been through, and that was memorable because it felt so personal.

  11. Do you have a place where you feel most creative?

    Not a specific place, but I do appreciate moments of solitude for creativity.

  12. If you could live within the setting of a book or other piece of writing, which would you choose?

    The wizarding world might be the only correct answer here.

  13. What house would you be in and why?

    The quiz told me Slytherin, but I’d like to state for the record that I am a Hufflepuff at heart.

  14. How about your Patronus?

    A panda

  15. What’s your best habit?

    Remembering birthdays

  16. What’s your worst?

    Not drinking enough water

  17. How do you like to relax?

    Anything that takes me away from a screen–going on a run, cooking a meal, coffee with a friend

  18. Speaking of cooking, do you have any meals that you’d consider your specialty?

    Chicken Milanese

  19. What’s on your bucket list?

    Short-term: getting better at skiing, learning to water ski, and running a half marathon

  20. What’s the last big purchase you made?

    It’s a surprise for my significant other.

  21. Do you consider yourself a good gift-giver?

    For certain people, yes

  22. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

    I’m not sure the Barbie house has been topped yet.

  23. What’s something that might surprise people about you?

    I swam Division I for three years in college.

  24. Are there any other skills or sports you wish you could excel at?

    Skiing (see the answer to question #19)

  25. Do you have a favorite time of the year?

    I like the anticipation that April and early May hold, knowing the best weather is yet to come.

  26. How about a favorite place?

    The house I grew up in, around the holidays

  27. Can you paint that picture for us?

    There’s always good food, good wine, and we tend to watch the same movies year after year, but it somehow never gets old.

  28. What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

    Sunday supper at my grandma’s when I was a kid

  29. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Probably chickpeas, in any form presented

  30. Who was a person you looked up to as a child?

    My brother, sometimes

  31. Who’s a person you look up to now?

    My brother, sometimes

  32. What’s one valuable lesson you learned from your brother?

    Living simply is a real art.

  33. What lesson do you wish you had learned sooner in life?

    So many come to mind. There’s a Maya Angelou quote that talks about being careful when a naked person offers you their shirt, and I think about that one a lot.

  34. Running with that theme, what’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

    Toward the end of my college years, there were many things I was told I “had to” do in order to get a job, be successful, etc. In hindsight, the pressure we put on young twenty-somethings to “figure it out” is so odd to me.

  35. What’s the best?

    Trust your gut.

  36. What change do you want to see in the world?

    Equal opportunity for womxn in every part of the world, hands down

  37. After you leave a room, what do you hope people say about you?

    “She made me laugh.”

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