Every week I write a column called BE YOU for one of the local papers (The Times of Acadiana) – Each week someone different answers the questionnaire – the paper often has to edit them, so here are all the answers, unedited (the whole truth.) This week – Lisa Bourque

Lisa is a Residential and Retail Designer who loves creating spaces as unique as the people who live in, and use them. You will have seen some of her latest work if you have visited The Lab in River Ranch. Lisa is one of those people who others love to be around, just try interviewing her for 15 minutes and see how many people interrupt for a hug, a quick chat and a smile. If I wasn’t the one doing the interviewing I would have been someone interrupting just to say hi – she has that effect on people.

What was your first job?
My first job was at TCBY selling frozen yogurt to the public and giving it away to all of my friends.

Describe a typical day in your life.
Starts with a cup of coffee and KRVS while admiring the beautiful view from my Living Room window. Once I’m out the door, I visit a project in construction and then head to the office to meet clients and work on drawings.  I usually end the day with a run, dancing or a great meal with friends.

What advice would you give the younger you?
Let it go on by.  There are so many ups and downs in life and the key is to enjoy the journey and accept that the next hill is just part of the ride.

What event in your life most shaped who you are now?
Education showed me that all things are possible.  I moved to California after college and enjoyed the autonomy of living in a large city.  Experiencing another way of life gave me a huge appreciation for living in Louisiana.

What values do you live by?
Work hard, play hard and give yourself a break.

What do you most appreciate?

What is your favorite journey?
First step out of bed in the morning with a stretch.

Where is your favorite place to be alone?
Sugarcane field on a run.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

What book would you tell everyone to read?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

What is the best thing about where you live?
Live music.

How do you “let the good times roll” ?
Dancing with friends and singing in the shower.

What did u want to be when you grew up?
Since the fourth grade, I have wanted to be a designer.

What is your motto?
Duck. Dodge. Weave.

How would you like to be remembered?

What do you say to yourself when you doubt yourself?
Why not? What do you have to loose?

What three things are vital to BEing YOU?
Music. Laughter. Coffee.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Even handed and fantastic.

What is your favorite word?
Lets just say its a curse word.

What do you collect?
Dansk Enamelware designed by Jens Quistgaard

What food could you live on for a month?

What would you change about yourself?
Be less critical of myself and others.

What literary, movie or cartoon character do you most identify with?
Lane Myer in the movie Better Off Dead

Describe yourself in five words.
Loyal, funny, silly, helpful and reasoned

What is your idea of happiness?
Sharing my life with open minded people.

What is your favorite movie?
Until the End of the World by Wim Wenders

What do you most regret?
Wasting time thinking about or acting on other people’s expectations.

What question do you wish I’d asked?
Am I single?

What would the answer be?