FAQ

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BASICS

How tall are you?  5’8

When is your birthday? June 21st

What is your natural hair color? Light brown

Have you always been in Baltimore? I actually don’t live within the city limits, but yes I have lived here my whole life.

Did you go to college? What for? I graduated from the University Of Maryland Baltimore County with my BA in Psychology in 2012.

Where did you work before you became a full-time blogger? At Arundel Lodge, Inc. It’s a psychiatric rehabilitation center, and I worked there for five years in the Day Program. I taught daily living skills and art classes to adults with mental illness, had a case load of clients I helped work through rehab goals, and hosted events among other things.

CREATIVITY

How many penpals do you have? This answer varies based on what you want to know. Currently, I write to approximately 60 different people in various capacities. Some I just exchange postcards with, some just letters, etc.

Where can I get penpals? Check out this post.

How much mail do you receive? I get about 40 pieces of mail in my PO Box every week.

Can I send you snail mail? Please do! My turn around time is usually very slow, unfortunately. My address is on my contact page.

What made you want to start a daily journal? Do you have any tips for starting my own? I loved the idea of having something tangible that was full of only positive things. It has been a wonderful decision that has left me feeling more appreciative and full of life. Read my how to guide.

How can I get started with guerrilla art in my city? See Guerrilla Art 101.

Where do you find inspiration? In other artists’ work, powerful women, and acts of kindness. I get surges of inspiration when I’m taking drives, at the top of the Ferris Wheel, and dancing on stage. Anyone who goes after what they want with gusto makes me want to do more with my life. Anything bright, sparkly, or related to balloons doesn’t hurt either.

BLOGGING/BUSINESS

When did you start blogging? If we’re counting Livejournal, then 2003. I had a blogger account for years, but ended up deleting my posts and starting over “for real” in 2012.

Can I link to you/use one of your projects on my blog? Yes! Just give me credit and link back.

What kind of camera do you use? I have a Nikon D3300 and I also use the camera on my phone, a Samsung Galaxy 7. Most of my photos at this point are done by the fabulous Maura Housley, though.

How did you publish a book? It was a long process! I wrote a post that will give you the basics here, and if you have further questions then you can e-mail me.

Can we collaborate? Sure! If you have an idea for a project, please e-mail me.

MENTAL HEALTH

How are you so happy all the time? Short answer: I’m not. I’ve developed pretty great coping mechanisms over the past years, and my bounce back rate from sad experiences is getting shorter and shorter, but I do get sad. I also get angry, anxious, scared, and irrational. Read more about my experiences with happiness and mental health.

How do you not care what other people think of you? If I did, I wouldn’t be able to do half the things that make me happy. I embrace my weirdness and honestly get excited about the fact that I’m different.

What are your diagnoses? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder

FAVORITES

TV shows: TV: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Arrested Development, Broad City, Girls, New Girl, 30 Rock, The League, Parks And Recreation, Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23, Gotham, The Office, Workaholics, Amy Schumer, Party Down, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Friends.

Movies: Amelie, The Little Mermaid, Anchorman, Matilda, Harriet The Spy, Moonrise Kingdom, Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Hocus Pocus, Tiny Furniture, The Brothers Solomon, Beetlejuice, Clueless, Elf, Mean Girls, The Improv Everywhere Documentary, Antics Roadshow, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Teen Witch.

What music do you listen to? Lots of alternative, indie, pop, and 90’s. Against Me!, Less Than Jake, The Mowgli’s, Jimmy Eat World, Jukebox The Ghost, The New Pornographers, Ke$ha, Rilo Kiley, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Brand New, Alt-J, Grouplove, Florence + The Machine, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Robyn, The Shins, Spoon, Oh Land, The Head And The Heart, The Griswolds, Mike Doughty.

Who are your favorite comedians? Louis C.K., Russell Howard, John Mulaney, Amy Schumer, Tom Segura, Bill Burr, Russell Brand, Chelsea Peretti, Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Porter, Brian Posehn, Hannibal Buress, Patton Oswalt.

RANDOM

How old is Bug? Bug was born in 2010. His birthday is June 1st.

Do you have a boyfriend? Yes, Joe and I have been together since September 2014.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings? I have a tattoo of a mermaid on my left foot and a teal star on my right ankle. I have “11:11” on the inside of my left ring finger, and “A little magic can take you a long way” along the outer edge of my right foot. I have multiple piercings in my ears. Previously I have had my cartilage and belly button pierced, but they are now closed. I want many more tattoos.

Why do you never wear pants? They aren’t comfortable to me. Any time I decide to wear pants is followed by regret. My ideal outfit is a dress with no bra and cloth booty shorts underneath. It’s a 98% chance that you will see me in either a dress, skirt, leggings, or pajamas.

Who is on your laminated list? Charlie Day, Chris Pratt, Zooey Deschannel, Jake Johnson, Daniel Norris.

Will I really get glitter on me if I hang out with you? Yes. This is almost inevitable.

More questions? E-mail me!