Your Turn

Your Turn/Jenna Seaborn

Posted: Jan. 12, 2020 12:01 am

With JENNA SEABORN

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a professional artist. I've always liked to draw and be crafty.

What would you rather be doing right now? Taking my family on an adventure to someplace warm.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love classic rock and 90s alternative rock music, but I'll listen to about anything.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? I was proud to graduate college, especially since I never thought I would go.

It really stinks when ... there was an easier way to do something than the way I just did it.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Creative.

I always laugh when ... I am with my siblings.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My girlfriends since we don't get to spend much time together.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... listen to music.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... shy.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... when I was introduced to Ken Norton at a fundraiser in his hometown of Jacksonville, Ill. He was the heavyweight boxer who beat Muhammad Ali in the 70s. I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see one of my favorite bands in concert.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... I am afraid of heights, so I wouldn't go skydiving or anything like that.

America should be more concerned about ... removing the stigma around mental health and making health care affordable for everyone.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... pistachios.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Pinterest to get ideas of things I'll never make time to do.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? The more you celebrate your life, the more life there is to celebrate -- from my mother.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... a mix on Pandora or a podcast.

I always get sentimental when ... Most people see mundane interactions, but I see something extraordinarily beautiful. Life goes by fast, so it's good to appreciate the simple things.

The older I get, the more I realize ... people are more alike than you realize.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... not have been so shy as a teenager or in my 20s. I may have missed out on some really great opportunities since I was too nervous to put myself out there.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a long, fluffy cardigan sweater. It is something that I can wear in most every season, and it makes me comfortable.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's to realize that you never truly fail. You just learn and gain experience by giving it a try.

Jenna Seaborn, 36, has worked as the marketing director at Arts Quincy, America's first arts council, since 2017. She creates Arts Quincy's bimonthly, full color magazine six times a year. In addition to graphic design and content marketing, she implements programs to bolster arts education in Adams County and provide free access to arts events for veterans. Seaborn also is the gallery curator of the Heath Center Art Gallery at John Wood Community College and works as a freelance graphic designer. She lives on a farm in rural Liberty, Ill., with her husband, two daughters and three dogs. Seaborn enjoys traveling, music, drawing, gardening and spending time with her family.