20(ish) Questions

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I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from blog awards, but when I’m nominated for awards I’ll answer the questions posed to me in this 20(ish) questions format, along with assorted other question tags and the like.  Feel free to join in the fun with your own answers to any or all of the questions 🙂


Questions from Fiona at Like As The Waves:

  • What is your favourite book?  Well, if we think of favourite as greatest number of times read, I’d say Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery and These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I read them many times as a child, and continue to read them regularly as an adult.
  • Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?  I don’t have a particular favourite.  I’m probably the proudest of the posts in which I’ve been honest and open about difficult topics.
  • What quality do you value most in others?  It’s hard to pick just one, but I think kindness goes a very long way.
  • What is your best joke?  I don’t have one, to be honest.  But I think the tv show Seinfeld has the funniest jokes ever.
  • Who is someone who had a big impact on your life?  My Grandma.  She’s 101 years old, and she’s amazing.  We’ve always been close, and she’s a great example of someone who can stay positive through anything.
  • What’s one aspect of blogging that you dislike or find challenging?  The occasionally phases when I feel inadequate in terms of my numbers or what have you.  It seems to happen to most of us once in a while, and it sucks.
  • If you had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? My immediate inclination is to think cheeseburgers, but realistically the food I could eat over and over without ever getting sick of it is Cheerios.  Sometimes simple is best.
  • What is your least favourite movie?  I haven’t actually seen these, but probably movie versions of tv shows I find tremendously obnoxious, like Trailer Park Boys and Beavis & Butthead.
  • What is your favourite scent?  Guinea pig smell.  It’s kind of like baby smell, without the stinky poop.
  • What is one way that you cope with bad days?  Snuggles with my guinea pigs.
  • Where is your favourite place?  My bedroom – I’m such a homebody!


Questions from Anja at The Calculating Mind:

  1. Have you ever thought to make your blog anonymous, especially if it is on a ‘stigmatized’ topic such as your own mental illness? Why or why not…? If your blog is not on your own mental health, what do you think of others disclosing their conditions in such a public manner as a blog?  I’m pretty open in my “real life” about my mental illness.  But I keep my blog anonymous-ish because I have no interest in sharing my deepest thoughts and feelings with most people I know in “real life”.  It’s important to me to be able to be totally unfiltered, so my blog will remain anonymous-ish.
  2. How have you learned to deal with those who may [perhaps harshly] criticize your blog, post, article, vlog, or view?  Luckily I haven’t really had to deal with that, but my approach is not to engage.  I see other bloggers who have gotten quite bothered when they tried to defend themselves or stand up against blatant stigma, and I’ve come to the conclusion that people who choose to be rude or willfully ignorant are just not worth the mental energy.
  3. What do you love the most about the blogging community or blogging itself?  I love how supportive and engaging the blogging community is.
  4. What piece of advice would you give to those who are looking into starting their own blog?  Write for you, not for anyone else.
  5. If you could have coffee with any writer, blogger, or advocate, who would it be?  It would be a lot of fun to have coffee with Jenny Lawson, who wrote Furiously Happy.  We’d have a wild and crazy conversation with taxidermy playing a prominent role.
  6. What is currently your favorite song?  I’m liking One More Light by Linkin Park.
  7. What upcoming event or thing are you looking forward to the most?  I’m doing a trip to Italy in the fall.  It’ll be a cool mix of historic sites and fabulous food.
  8. Which movie, tv show, or documentary does an incredible job accurately portraying mental illness/symptoms, diagnosis, or treatment?  I really liked A Beautiful Mind.  It’s very rare to see schizophrenia portrayed in any sort of realistic way.
  9. In your opinion, what is the biggest issue regarding the impact of stigma?  On a personal scale it’s been negative impacts from stigma on the part of my employers.  On a broader scale, I would say stigma within the mental health care system, both on the part of people working in it and people funding it, has a major impact on people’s ability to get help.
  10. Dream vacation: where would it be?  I think it would be really cool to go to Lhasa in Tibet.  Even cooler would be if Tibet became independent and the Dalai Lama could return there.  Now that would be an amazing moment in time to witness.
  11. What [or who] makes you smile no matter how “down” you feel?  Watching Seinfeld, or Trevor Noah comedy specials on Netflix.  I always laugh no matter how many times I’ve re-watched.


Come on, you know you want to answer a few – that’s what the comments section is for!


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11 thoughts on “20(ish) Questions

  1. Meg says:

    Great answers!!! These Happy Golden Years is one of my favorites too–soo romantic!! My other faves as a kid were: On the Banks of Plum Creek and Little Town on the Prairie. I loved Anne of the Island and the two books before it. However, I kept getting stuck at Anne of Windy Poplars and never making it farther into the series.

  2. Anja Burcak says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! Your answers are awesome! Your advice for bloggers (#4 from my set of questions) is spot on. If you ever get that coffee date with Jenny Lawson, I WANT IN. I love her so much. I also like that song choice. I’m very jealous of your Italy trip! Should be beautiful! Trevor Noah is a good one for me, too. 🙂 Thanks again! It was so fun to read your answers!

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