Twenty Questions with Talia Alofa’ae Soloa
Welcome to Twenty Questions!
Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.
What is your full name?
Talia Alofa’ae Soloa (as of a few weeks ago – I just got married!)
How old are you?
How old do you feel?
I feel exactly my age! Some days I feel a little younger but I never feel older than I am – I feel like I am right where I need to be at 23.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Porirua, Wellington and I’m still here.
What do you do for work?
I work part time at a coffee shop called Local Authority – seriously the best people and the best place to work. The rest of my time is spent working on a small fashion label I have with my best friend called Layplan.
What do you do for fun?
I LOVE to eat, with great people. There’s nothing better than great conversations and great food.
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?
I studied at Massey University in Wellington and have a Bachelor of Design with Honours in Fashion….what!?!
What is your favourite movie of all time?
It has to be a three-way-tie between Grease (not ashamed), Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
I won a few awards in my final year of university and with every cent of the prize money I flew over to Ireland to surprise my boyfriend (now husband). I had the best experience. Or getting married! The easiest decision of my life.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
My twenties so far has been a lesson in investing in the things and people I care about. Especially career-wise, I think it’s been a hard but necessary lesson about figuring out what I’m actually passionate about and making sure the decisions I make line up with those values.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
Getting married a few weeks ago, it was so special. And making my own wedding dress! I never even considered looking elsewhere – I loved the freedom of being able to create whatever I wanted and not be limited by style, fit or fabric. Plus it was extremely cost effective!
Who do you miss?
I miss my grandma who was one helluva gal.
What do you like the most about yourself?
I’m very loyal.
What do you like the least about yourself?
I overthink almost everything and I think that holds me back a bit.
If you had to get a tattoo, what would get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?
I am too indecisive to commit to a tattoo so I don’t have any as of yet. But if I did it would probably be something to do with my grandma or my sister. Something small and simple. Or a squiggle haha.
How would your friends describe you?
Reliable. Passionate. Creative.
How would your parents describe you?
My dad said, “Courageous.” My mum said, “Fearless.” Bless!
When was the last time you cried?
Sunday. I feel like I always cry on a Sunday.
What are you afraid of?
Losing my parents, getting too comfortable, not having a family, and wasps.
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
I don’t have any regrets but I would definitely make more of an effort with my loved ones, make a more meaningful impact with my work when I was at university, drink more water and save more money.