One Last Thing with Emily Helck

In each of our issues, One Last Thing is where we ask just a couple of burning questions to our contributors or interview subjects.

Emily Helck is the author behind, a behind the scenes look at her life in the Catskills.

DIW: What’s the most embarrassing song on your Spotify playlist?

Emily: The most embarrassing thing about my Spotify actually isn't any one song, it's how often I listen to things over an over (and over). I regularly listen to the same song on repeat 10+ times. I did this even in the days before mp3s, when it was easy to play the same some over and over again - in high school, I once spent two hours listening to Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want, manually skipping the two minute song back to the beginning on the CD player (while simultaneously walking 5 miles to school in the snow, up hill both ways.)

DIW: What lesson do you wish you had learned earlier?

Emily: That real change doesn't happen in a flash of epiphany. I have to realize things over and over, and think on them, and work hard to make changes in my life. I think this is true personally, and in the world.

DIW: Who do you find inspiring?

Emily: People who are kind.

DIW: What do you think is your weirdest quirk?

Emily: I still hold on to the culinary tastes I had when I was ten years old. Spaghettios, Bagel Bites, Gushers...

DIW: What can you never compromise on?

Emily: Good chocolate.

DIW: Since our theme is self discovery this month, what is something you were surprised to recognize about yourself?

Emily: How willing I am to share private things with strangers in writing that I don't share out loud with people I know.