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Dear Diary: I was Challenged! (And Other Important Things)

This might be slightly misleading, but I was challenged by the wonderful person behind The Wishing Well to answer a series of questions. These questions are fun, humorous and I think a great way to introduce myself a little more.

All we ever get to see of me is just emetophobia this, and emetophobia that. I guess it might be worth reading if it meant y’all could get a glimpse into my head. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

1) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I actually wanted to be a teacher, or do something with children. Once I got to high school I started realizing that children are petri dishes and they carry a lot of germs – including stomach bugs. So the working with children idea kind of went out the window since I couldn’t stomach the idea of possibly dealing with a sick child.

2) What is the first thing you do when you wake up and start your day?

It’s embarrassing to say this, but I usually roll over and check Facebook. After that though, I usually let my dog out and get something to eat.

3) If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?

Oh this is a good one. I think I’d probably either choose a duck or a cat. I love ducks and I think they are just the most amazing animal in the world, but I love cats too. Ducks can fly, but cats get lots of love and a cozy place to sleep. That’d be tough to choose!

4) If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Anywhere? I think I’d love to go somewhere in the UK, or just do a tour of Europe or something. That entire country is just beautiful and rich with history, I think it’d be an absolute dream to travel there. I guess though I’d need to get over this phobia first and be okay with the idea of flying overnight on plane.

5) If you could try any job for a day, what would you like to try?

I guess that depends on whether or not I’d also just magically get all the tools. I think I’d maybe choose geneticist. Or maybe criminal psychologist? That sounds exciting. I went to school for psychology and journalism, so for me to get the opportunity to do something along those lines would be amazing. I don’t think I’m very good at this haha okay so if I had to choose one? Probably criminal psychologist.

6) What inspires you?

Seeing other people achieve their dreams inspires me. Watching as people who struggled with something overcome that struggle inspires me. I love to see others achieve their dreams, and to me that’s inspiring.

7) If you could have one super power what would it be?

All these tough questions! I’m torn between being able to use the force and then being able to teleport. I guess though, right now, the teleporting would be far more useful, especially since now my entire family is now 2000 miles away. Being able to just jump home whenever I wanted would be amazing.

8) Best advice anyone has ever given you?

I saved this question for last because I just didn’t know what to say. This might sound terrible, but my memory for good advice is really bad. And trying to pick the best advice is actually stressing me out a little, because all my advice just sounds so typical. However, I think the best advice I have ever been given was this…

If you live your life in the what ifs, you will never live. You have to have the courage to act, despite all the unknown and uncontrollable factors that come into play.

This advice is huge to me, especially as a recovering emet. Life is full of what ifs, and what we choose to do with them define who we are and what we become. Choosing against your better instinct helps you grow, and over the past year or so I’ve noticed that to be incredibly true.

9) What is the one thing you cannot do without?

Probably my coloring book and colored pencils. Whenever I get stressed or anxious, it’s always nice to know I could relax and focus on some good old fashion coloring. I miss being able to just disconnect and enjoy what life has to offer.

10) What did you last laugh about?

My dog – he never fails to make me laugh! Whether he’s chasing his tail, making a goofy face or doing acrobatics to catch a ball, he always has a way to make me smile and laugh.

11) If you could give all world leaders a book (assuming they would read it), what book would you give them?

Wow, I haven’t read a book in ages (shame on me!). So I’ll just say the first thing that comes to mind… which is either Star Girl or The Giver. Both of these books I read in middle school, and for some reason I feel like world leaders could maybe get something out of it. I’m sure there’s gotta be some deep, symbolic meaning in these books that could apply to world leaders, right?

If you want to participate, here are 11 questions for you to answer! You can leave them in the comments or post them on your blog, just make sure to tag me so I can read your wonderful answers. Then, if you feel so inclined, challenge some other people as well – or don’t, it’s up to you!

  1. If you had to combine any two animals to make one, super hybrid amazing animal, what two animals would you choose and why? Bonus points if you name it!
  2. What’s the first thing you’d do if you won $1 million?
  3. They say life is like a box of chocolates. So what kind of chocolate is your life?
  4. If you could spend two hours with any person you like (famous, not famous, dead, alive, fictional or non fictional – no boundaries here!), who would you choose and what would you do with your two hours?
  5. What is the one dream you hope to accomplish before you die?
  6. If you could travel anywhere in the world and live there for a year, where would you go?
  7. Name a hobby you wish you did (or you wish you could do more) and why you want to do it (or why you enjoy it so much).
  8. What is your favorite, go to meal that you’d never get tired of eating?
  9. Everyone needs a good theme song. What song would you choose to be the theme of your life?
  10. You’ve just acquired super powers and now you are the hero that America deserves, and definitely needs right now. What is your super hero name and what’s your power?
  11. If you had the ability to rid the world of three things – and they can be any three things – what would you choose and why?

Well, I think that went well. I don’t know if I actually answered the questions, or if I just gave my speculations on what I thought I’d do. Oops haha

Anyways – big news everyone! I’ve got some really awesome plans in the works that I hope to have rolled out by mid March. There are going to be some small, cosmetic changes to my blog, as well as some other cool things I’ve been dying to try since the inception but haven’t had the time.

I hope that with all the free time I now have on my hands I’ll be able to get back on a regular schedule (I know, I’ve said that like 1000 times) and be able to really commit myself to keeping up with this blog.

Anyways, Happy Leap Day and I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

Until next time, Internet.

If you would like to email me, you can send any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions to contact@hashtagfearless.com. I will do my best to respond to you within 48 hours, but if for some reason I cannot get back to you in that time frame, I promise I will always respond as soon as possible. You can also find me on  FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram

Lastly, I run an Emetophobia Support Group on Facebook. Emetophobia is the intense and irrational fear of throwing up, and it is one struggle I am passionately engaged in. The group is a closed, by request only group to help facilitate sharing and support by all members. It is also private, meaning that the posts you and others make will not show up publicly in your newsfeed.

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