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NAME: Jaime Wager.

AGE: 41.

OCCUPATION: I work at Johnson & Wales University with service members and students who are veterans and their families.

RESIDENCE: Ashaway.

BORN, RAISED AND GROWN IN: I was born in Westerly and grew up in Ashaway. My husband, Tristan, my daughter Sadie and I live in my childhood home.

RIGHT NOW, I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF: Last year I started a health and fitness journey that completely transformed my life. I lost about 100 pounds! It’s a constant learning curve, and I’m looking for how to keep growing on that path, because it’s been amazing so far.

MY PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT: Being the mother of my daughter Sadie.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Make the color announcement on a New York Yankees radio show.

I WEAR/ALWAYS WEAR: Lip gloss. You can never get enough of it, and it can never be too bright – even if you see me wearing a mask, just know it’s under there and it’s shining.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GROW UP: A soap opera star. I have a rocket for drama!

MY HEROES ARE: My mother and my father, Nadine and Tom DiPaola.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Glennon Doyle, Mark Twain, Jane Austen.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT TABLE: “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.

THE THREE BEST SONGS ON MY PLAYLIST: “Little Wing” by The Corrs, “Tear in Your Hand” by Tori Amos”, “He is They Are” by Harry Connick Jr.

THE LAST THREE SONGS I ASKED ALEXA/PANDORA/SPOTIFY TO PLAY: “Monkey Man” by the Rolling Stones, “Excuse Me Miss” by Jay-Z, “Joy Of My Life” by Chris Stapleton.

THREE ALL-TIME FAVORITE FILMS: “The Godfather”, “Insomnia in Seattle”, “Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “Seinfeld”, “The Ghost Whisperer”, “Yellowstone”, “Supernatural” and… my husband, Tristan, and I also like to watch “The Office” together.

FAVORITE RADIO STATION/SHOWS/PODCAST: As Chris DiPaola’s sister, WBLQ! I love local programming and every time I listen I’m so proud of everything Chris has built. I also really like the “Two Girls One Ghost” podcast, because I love anything scary.

TOP COMFORT FOOD: All Thai and chicken tikka masala.

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES I MAINLY USE: Facebook, Instagram and TikTok – I find social media to be so fun and creative, and I try to focus on the positives it brings to our lives.

FEATURES I ADMIRE THE MOST: Loyalty, honesty, non-judgment and a hard work ethic. I come from a long line of people who live their lives this way, including my husband Tristan, who is one of the most genuine people I know. I see how important these traits are to those around us because they make people feel valued, safe, and cared for. We also strive to instill these traits in our daughter.

CRAZY ANIMAL: Loud chewing! I think I have undiagnosed misophonia, where you can’t stand the sound of chewing or eating.

FAVORITE QUOTE: When I was a child, I had friends who were going through something very difficult and it weighed on me a lot. My dad was still playing the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds” at that time. It was his very intelligent and sensitive way of teaching me the importance of words; “Don’t worry about anything, because every little thing will be fine.” I still think of them now as an adult, and I’m in awe of how my dad knew those were just the words I needed to hear.

MY FAVORITE ON OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: So many things! The beach being the obvious answer, but damn it, I love Ashaway. It’s an amazing historic village with nice people and charming houses. Ashaway’s free library here is top notch – it always has fun and innovative programs to help kids get excited about reading. Ashaway’s story is super cool too. Our house was built by an artist, who moved to California to pursue his art, which I think of often, because he put so many amazing details into our house. My aunt, Roxanne Ferraro, and I decorate my yard each season for the community to enjoy with us. I feel like we are sharing our home builder’s dreams by living and honoring one of his creations.

IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE WITHOUT: My family and friends. I have the best of the best around me and supporting me.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I can wiggle my ears and raise an eyebrow (DiPaola trait!).

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: My mother, Nadine, taught me that this world and this life is hardship, and once we have everything right here, that’s when we move on to heaven. Sometimes you may need to come back here to accomplish everything you need – and while that may be the hardest part – waiting for us afterwards is heaven with everyone we’ve loved. That’s why it’s so important to treat others well and do everything with all your heart. My mother lives like this and always helps people behind the scenes without anyone knowing. I admire him so much.

THE ADVICE I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE: The only person you can control is yourself. To improve any difficult situation, work on your reactions and actions.

IF I RULE THE WORLD I WOULD BE: Not to sound cliché, but I would let everyone see things through other people’s eyes so that we stop being judgmental and being so hard on people who are different from us. I think if we understood each other and felt understood better, there would be less conflict and turmoil.

IF I WIN THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I DO IS: Retire my family and friends and donate money for schools and education. I think a lot of the solutions in our world lie in our children, and the place where they spend the most time outside of the home is in school. Paying more attention to our schools and our education is the ultimate investment in our society and in the world.

I DRIVE TO: New York Yankees blue 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe.

I WANT TO DRIVE A: I love my car and I wouldn’t trade it!

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Cheese! We are a cheese-loving family here. And Soupy! I know where my loyalty lies.

IF I COULD INVITE SOMEONE SPECIAL TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Jesus. He led his life as the ultimate example of loving EVERYONE, regardless of race, relationship status, profession or position. He taught us that if we all treat each other equally with kindness and forgiveness, we can experience heaven on earth.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro