Meet Alicia and Brice

“Hold on to your butts.” - Samuel L. Jackson, also our baes

 

Meet Alicia

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1. Tell us a story that sums up you - a story that is considered “very on brand.”

I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London-The Making of Harry Potter a few years back. There was a sign before the tour that said it takes about 3.5 hours to get through the tour. 

Well, I took nine hours and may or may not have gotten teary eyed at certain parts.

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2. How in the world did you get here? What drove you to apply for Thirty Day Bae?

I believe in the revolution Thirty Day Bae is trying to start for dating in Utah and I want to be the Mockingjay! But maybe not actually, because that’s a lot of attention. I love trying new things and I love all things relationships, so both of those mixed together really intrigued me.

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3. What are you hoping to learn?

I am hoping to learn how to break down defense walls of anxiety and avoidance in myself and in others that I see keeping us from relationships. I want to learn how to support my bae and my friends as we try and put ourselves out there into the “dating battle.” I want to learn more about the power of commitment.

4. Thoughts on the relationship between compatibility, chemistry, and commitment?

The dictionary definition of compatibility is, oh wait…this isn’t a church talk. I think it is easy to get caught up in the idea of compatibility, that we forsake commitment. Compatibility needs flexibility. Every person is going to adapt, grow, and change as a relationship progresses, which is why I think commitment trumps compatibility. Commitment is the foundation that keeps people together through those moments of pain, misunderstandings, mistakes, and whatever else life throws at you. Oh yeah, chemistry. Chemistry is cool and all and feels good, but I see that as being more part of “puppy love” and is not enough to keep a relationship growing. Basically, I’m a big fan of commitment and think it vital to the success of a relationship.

 

5. Gif/meme/video etc. to describe your overall feelings?

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6. Other thoughts?

I hope my experience in Thirty Day Bae can help others, so spoiler alert, there is a high chance of vulnerability in my daily logs. Also, if my gifs didn’t capture it, I am excited with a tinge of nervousness!

 

Meet Brice

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1. Tell us a story that sums up you - a story that is considered “very on brand.”
Hard to pick one story that sums up my brand. But I really love playing ultimate frisbee. Back in December, a group of us were playing. One of my teammates and I were sprinting, but our paths were a collision course! He stutter stepped to let me go, so I didn't bother slowing down. For some reason he changed his mind and I ended up taking his shoulder full force into my ribs. It hurt, but I kept on playing because #frisbae. It turns out I kinda broke my ribs. But I would do anything for #frisbae! Hopefully I don't have to suffer through broken ribs for my #thirtydaybae.


2. How in the world did you get here? What drove you to apply for Thirty Day Bae?
I heard about TDB from a friend. We spent nearly two hours together for lunch joking about TDB and starting the application. I thought, "My dating life isn't going anywhere currently..." So I started the application right then and there! I loved the idea of it and thought it would be a fun experience!


3. What are you hoping to learn?
I want to learn how to get into a relationship without the pressure of long-term commitment. Hopefully it leads there one day, but I'm OK with learning how to take baby steps right now.


4. Thoughts on the relationship between compatibility, chemistry, and commitment?
Once they told me I was one of the baes, I started freaking out. I pretended to keep my cool while on the phone with Davi, but this all of a sudden became real and wasn't a joke my friend and I were having over lunch! I've found myself thinking of my future bae and what she's going to be like. What are my expectations? How do I envision her? What happens if I'm disappointed? And then I remind myself that this is the point of the experiment! Commit without being 100% sure!


5. Gif/meme/video etc. to describe your overall feelings?

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6. Other thoughts?   
How am I supposed to explain to my mom that I have a girlfriend now? "Hi! I know I haven't been seeing anyone, but guess what?! I have a girlfriend!" Totally normal, right?