Welcome to a new series on Eats by Em! Women Around the World will give a glimpse into the lives of some incredible women I’ve gotten to know over the years. Expect features in Europe, Central America, South America, Australia, and the USA. If you’re interested in participating, you can email me at email@example.com 🙂
First up is none other than my incredibly talented, stylish, and hardworking sister, Molly!
[Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand]
Where did you grow up? Traverse City, MI.
How long have you lived in Madison? Almost three years. I moved here from Washington, D.C. for graduate school.
What do you do? I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of my program, I work as a therapist at the University’s student counseling center, where I see 7 individual therapy clients and facilitate one group every week. To pay for school, I also work as a graduate assistant for a diversity training initiative on campus that hosts workshops on identity, diversity, and inclusion for first-year college students .
Tell me what a typical day looks like for you. I have a couple of classes that start at 7:45 so I’m usually up at 6:30 making coffee and listening to my Spotify Daily Mix playlist. Then I head to one or two 3-hour classes or the clinic to see clients; this semester I’m taking classes on personality assessment, social policy, and another where we talk about tough clinical cases and how we’re conceptualizing therapy clients. At night, I’ve recently been facilitating focus groups of workshop facilitators to improve the program for next fall.
[after a batik class in Bali]
What is your favorite restaurant in Madison? Osteria Papavero. It has a perfect cozy ambiance, homemade pasta, and gorgeous wooden tables. I studied abroad in Rome in college, so I will always have a soft spot for Italian food.
What food do you cook the most at home? Roasted vegetables (usually broccoli and cauliflower drizzled with olive oil and thyme) and homemade popcorn on the stove. Growing up, we used to have popcorn and oranges for dinner most Sunday nights. I make each of those at least twice a week.
What’s your favorite clothing item? Cocoon sweaters. I think I wear them almost every day during the cold Wisconsin winters. (Note from Em: I had to google cocoon sweaters, but now I get it 🙂 So.Cozy.)
What do you miss the most about your hometown? I miss Pyramid Point. It’s a hidden gem and the prettiest view of the sand dunes and Lake Michigan.
What surprises you about living in Madison? That people don’t swim in the lakes here! Growing up on Lake Michigan, we would always swim in the summer, but the lakes here are filled with toxic algae due to run-off from nearby farms.
[in Chicago at my bachelorette party!]
And finally, If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I would live in Jordan and have a summer hideaway on a Greek island. I travelled to Amman a few years back and was fascinated by it. There was a mix of history and modernity, with incredible landscapes and food; I still remember eating grilled meats with a garlic sauce that was divine, and wandering through the spice markets there for hours while hearing the call to prayer in the background.
Thanks Lil Mo! Take me with you to the Greek islands 🙂