It’s official- Emily is on the blog!! After working more events than we can count on fingers and toes, we are so excited to formally show her off here with our readers. Emily’s creativity, passion, and experience has made her a perfect fit for our NYE team. She sees beauty and opportunity in every challenge and has the resourcefulness to troubleshoot even the most difficult of situations. Get all the deets of our Associate Event Planner, Emily, with this Q&A:

How would you describe yourself? I would say that I am a cross between Amy Poehler and Nicki Minaj. Or maybe that’s just what I aspire to be. Either way- I’m an outspoken, assertive, funny, creative, and strong woman.

What is your definition of “happiness”? I feel happiest when I can express myself freely and am accepted for who I am. And also- ice cream, my kitten, a good friend or two, fresh air, and making music.

If you had to pick one, which animal fits your personality?  I would say a wild horse. They are so graceful, peaceful, and have a really strong herd/family bonds. They’re also really smart and have highly attuned instincts.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? I would love to be better at drawing and/or painting. I’ve always been able to do tactile arts like sewing or floral design, but 2D things are so confusing to me. I took a drawing class once and, while I didn’t suck, it was such a stretch for me to see space and colors like visual artists do. I really admire those who can do it.

What’s the farthest from home you’ve ever been?  Ho, Ghana! In the summer of 2006 I went with an organization called Cross Cultural Solutions to live in a small town in rural Ghana. I volunteered with local NGO’s on healthcare and wildlife preservation initiatives. It totally changed my life and perspective in so many ways.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I love to sleep/rest. I know it’s not fancy, but I’m telling you- it makes me so happy. I’m very busy and love what I do, but I try to stay balanced by taking time to myself to rest and enjoy what I have.