Six Random Questions

By Katie, 5:15 am

Have you gotten your 2011 calendar yet?

The lovely Abri from Absolutely Ridiculous tagged me last week in one of those “get to know you” games, and I felt like this weekend was just begging for a totally random yet totally fun post like this one. :-)

Here are my answers to her questions.

1. What’s your favorite thing about winter and why?

SCARVES! I love, love, love wearing scarves. They’re such a practical fashion accessory!

Also, homemade cookies. Every year my mom makes the peanut butter ones with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle, also known as Cookies from Heaven. :-)

2. Where would your dream vacation be?

I actually dedicated an entire post to all of the places I want to visit, but if I had to pick just one, it would probably be Ireland. For the scenery. And the accents. And the Shepherd’s Pie. NOT for the Guinness – YUCK!

3. If you had to eat one type of food (Mexican, Italian, Chinese) for 6 months what would it be?

What??? For all three meals??? But variety is the spice of life! 8-O

If my life depended on it, I’d probably pick Mexican. Guacamole lights up my life. ;-)

4. What is something you would happily do again?

Have a wedding day cake fight with Dave. The dry cleaner charged us an extra $50 to clean my dress because of the stuck-on pieces of icing…best $50 I’ve ever spent. ;-)

5. Why did you start blogging?

I was no stranger to the writing process, but most of the time my thoughts and ideas just went into a blank Word document, never to be opened again. Blogging was so attractive because it transformed my writing from a solitary activity to a communal experience. I was attracted to the immediacy of expressing my thoughts and, two seconds later, hitting “Publish.” I was drawn to the interaction – the instant dialogue – that is unique to blogging. I was desperate to reach beyond my laptop and connect, and this is still what I love most about writing Health for the Whole Self.

I also felt like the environment was ripe for a “healthy living blog” that went beyond oatmeal and marathon-training. The message of whole-self health – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – appeared to be missing from the conversation, even though people seemed to want to talk about it. Fortunately, I think this is changing; it seems to me like many more people are beginning to embrace a comprehensive definition of health.

Finally, I was sick of the way food and weight struggles were being portrayed in our society. I felt like disordered eating was either completely normalized – that’s just the way woman are – or completely ignored, creating an environment of embarrassment and shame. I decided to challenge that atmosphere of shame by exposing myself, by taking my private story and making it public. Turns out, a whole lot of people have very similar stories and struggles, and together we’re discovering an alternative vision for what our lives can be. Together we’re figuring out what living life to the fullest really looks like.

6. What can turn your bad day into a good day?

Depends on the day. Some days it’s shaking my booty, some days it’s taking a nap. Some days it’s connecting with friends, some days it’s embracing a little solitude. Some days it’s a good laugh, some days it’s a good cry.

I guess it’s really about being where I am…wherever that may be.

Oh, and the sight of these fur balls, of course. ;-)

How would you answer one (or more!) of these six questions?

17 Responses to “Six Random Questions”

  1. This is fun, I might do this on my blog next week!

  2. I started blogging because I’m learning to have a healthy relationship with food. I’ve learned SO much over the past two years, and I want to share some of that with people who are interested in reading my thoughts (and my brother’s thoughts — writing duo with two totally different relationships to food).

    I get frustrated with so much of the information out there, and I want my blog to grow into a place of tranquility and joy surrounding food… and not always about how many calories, whether it’s the healthiest thing I’ve ever eaten, and certainly not about what the scale reads today (because I’ve given up my scale — saner without it).

  3. I greatly appreciate couples who can have fun with the cake cutting at their wedding. My hubby and I simply dabbed ourselves with frosting, but some people (i.e. my aunt) freaked out on us. Whatever! Here’s a photo of us from that day:

    • Katie says:

      Oh my gosh, you two are absolutely adorable! Love that photo – thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Cool to learn more about you!

    #1 – my favorite thing about winter is how I can sleep well because its warm and cozy and stays dark in the morning…and I love fireplaces!

    #2 – My dream vacation place is to go to Morrocco. My boyfriend’s was Thailand and we just went there so he promised me someday we would get to mine. :)

    #6 – Without fail, going swimming ALWAYS brightens my day. So does being around animals.

  5. Can I just say that your reasons for starting blogging made my morning? You’re doing a GREAT job!

  6. fun post! i may have to do this soon on my blog, also :)
    Q-*one type of cuisine for the next 6 months?*
    A-because of all my food intolerances (gluten,dairy,casein,corn,eggs) i’d have to pick one that was still pretty versatile and included tons of veggies and gf bread/pasta. hmmm….Ethiopian or Thai :)

  7. my favorite part of winter is when it snows, staying home and snuggling with my hubby and the pups…probably my favorite thing EVER :)

  8. 1. Favourite thing about winter is the bliss of taking sanctuary from the cold, inside a warm and cozy café.
    2. Dream vacation would be Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; or Greece; or the Serengeti, Tanzania.
    3. I’d gladly eat nothing but Greek food for 6 months straight.
    4. I would happily take a week to kayak and camp around the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, again. Although, I’d like to do it with my boyfriend next time around.
    5. I started blogging because I was feeling very isolated in my struggles with low self-esteem and an eating disorder. Blogging seemed like the perfect way to reach out to others with similar struggles (a simple Google search proves that there are SO MANY of us out there), as well as to engage in the therapeutic process of writing.
    6. What turns a good day into a bad day? EFT always helps, as does a good nap.

  9. 1. My favorite thing about winter, eh? Those things are getting fewer and farther between!

    2. Dream vacation: not so much where, but how…private jet/pilot with someone to schlep my stuff. :-)

    3. I’d gladly eat nothing but food from the Pita Spot (authentic Lebanese/Mediterranean) for six months straight.

    4. I would happily live my life over again.

    5. I started blogging after having regained half the weight I had lost in 2005-2006. After losing 55 pounds initially, I had written an essay that was published in a local magazine. When I regained, I wrote a follow-up essay and was about to embark on a 12-week course called Living Lighter. The class was my muse and it just went from there! Even though I have been a professional writer throughout my career, I had never written just for myself.

    In any case Katie, I can very much relate to your reasons too.

    6. What turns a bad day into a good day? Acknowledging that it’s a bad day out loud. A hug from Tim. Being with my kitties. Communicating with my friends. Music.

  10. Thai food, definitely!

    Visit? Italy, for sure.

    I’m so glad you started blogging, and I love your reasons! To explain why I did would require far more space than I should take up on your comment wall…(do I smell a post? Hmmm…)

    Bad day/good day? Why, baby snuggles, of course!! He lights up every moment.

  11. I’d definitely pick Italian! And I like your reasons for starting blogging :)

  12. jessica says:

    My favorite thing about winter is the feeling of peace and serenity a quiet, snowy day brings. I love “snow days”- nothing to do but hang out by the fire with my husband, a hot cup of tea and a good book. Now that’s what I call Bliss!

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