photo by Danielle Gindele circa 2012
Yesterday's post was a little heavy, was it not? It definitely was for me. It never really stops being scary hitting publish on a post like that. The Internet is a terribly vulnerable place, and I'm so incredibly thankful for all of your support, whether I'm showing an outfit or, especially, when I'm sharing a really personal part of myself and my story. Really, thank you.

Anyway, let's do something a little lighter today, shall we? The Paper Mama, a blogger I discovered during TxSC, posted a little questionnaire this week, so I thought I'd answer it too.

1. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?
// Lucy! I've always loved this name, and I use it as my fake advocate name at work too. (sh!) Also, my parents almost named me Lindsay Ashley, and I've always rather liked it and thought it fit me.

2. Are you a collector of anything?
// I've always wanted to be a collector. I tried so hard as a little kid to have collections, but I'd get distracted and want to collect something else. I think now that I'm settling into having more long-term living situations, I'm in a position to start collecting porcelain cats or throw blankets or something. Lately I've been "collecting" skirts, but that might just be called "shopping."

3. What is your first thought when you wake up?
// Lately, the few moments before I wake up, I'm in a dream where I'm on a chat at work, safety planning with someone about their situation. It's really overwhelming to be in work mode before I'm even there, so I'm trying to be really deliberate and tell myself no when I realize I'm doing it, but it doesn't always help.

4. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?
// This is such a tough one for me because I have to alternate! If the last thing I ate, even if it was the night before, was salty, I have to eat something sweet next. And vice versa.

5. Name one thing you miss about being a kid.
// Not having the responsibility of awareness, both of myself and the world around me. Turns out they call it ignorant bliss for a reason.

6. Are you a morning or night person?
// I am definitely not a morning person, that's for sure. I wouldn't really call myself a night person either, though, because I really love to sleep as much as possible. Is it okay to just be a day person? I love mid-morning...like...I'm so good at 11 am.

7. List 5 items on your life’s to-do list:
oo1. Publish a book (or two!)
oo2. Contribute writing to a major fashion publication
oo3. Have my dream wedding
oo4. Sew a whole dress that actually fits and has a zipper
oo5. Become fully self-compassionate

8. Share one thing that people may not know about you.
// I absolutely cannot sleep without a teddy bear. I have a bear that I bought for myself my senior year of high school named Lionel Ruepert and a puppy that Dago bought me at Ikea that I sleep with every night.

9. What is your all time favorite song, movie, and book?
Song // Pictures of Success by Rilo Kiley
Movie // Away We Go
Book // The Good Body by Eve Ensler

10. Do you have any hidden talents?
// It didn't used to be hidden, but now I'm a relatively-secret singer, and I make awesome guacamole.

11. Are you a really clean or super messy person?
// I like everything to have a home, but I don't necessarily always put it there right away when I'm done using it, so there tend to be a lot of piles wherever I go until I make the time to put everything away.

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I ended up answering the same questions she answered because I didn't realize she made up others. If you'd like, you're welcome to answer the same ones I did, or you can answer these if you'd like! (Yep, I'm just breaking all the rules!) 

1. What is your favorite thing to do when you're feeling stressed?
2. It's 2014. What invention are you still waiting for them to come out with?
3. You're in control of the thermostat--at what temperature do you set it?
4. If you could go back and say something to yourself, what would you say and what age would you say it to?
5. What toppings are on your perfect pizza?
6. What was the first book that changed your life?
7. What actor/actress would play you in the movie of your life?
8. List three things you want to accomplish in the next five years:
9. What's the last show you binge-watched?
10. What drink or food item is your go-to guilty pleasure?
11. Do you feel that your current age fits you?

Let me know if you answer the questions on your own blog so I can check them out!

PS. I'm featured this week on facts & figures by my girl Briley. Check it out!


  1. Oooh ooh! #7! For me it was Little House on the Prairie, which initiated my long term love affair with books and reading in general. As a kid I was always drawn to books that had food in them. Either the characters talking about food, or the author's description of their food. Little House had me hooked when Laura Ingalls Wilder describes the candy they made from pouring hot maple syrup over pans of snow.

  2. What a cute little survey! I coincidentally just posted some things about me today...maybe that kind of post is going around right now. I definitely want to do something like this soon though...maybe next week.

    Yours Truly, Jen

  3. Man. I wanted to be a collector sooo bad as a kid. It never worked out.. although now I have way too many mugs. Maybe somewhere along the line I became a mug collector? Weirdo. Also- I love you as a lucy haha

  4. I can totally relate with dreaming about work (or would we call that a nightmare?)! One night, Larry tried to snuggle with me and he said I kept telling him, "wait, just let me finish my claim note!" Hahah, I guess this means we are working TOO hard! ;)
    I used to not be able to sleep without a teddy bear either until I had my real life teddy. His name was Cea (sounds like pea) because he was bought off of Cea St. in Singapore from my pawpaw, but my highschool boyfriend always called him Rupert!
    I'll be answering your questions!

    <3 danielle

  5. I always wished my name was Noelle, and people could call me Nollie for short! I always razz my parents about why they didn't name me that! Although, I do have it saved for my future little girl. Aubrey Noelle Rios, how cute is that?!

  6. Love! I did the second list today! IF I had to change my name though I think I would want to be Penelope. I just really love the name. I have no idea why or where it came from in my head but I love the idea of it.


  7. I loved reading your answers, so I did a post on my blog!! Thanks for posting your questions :)


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