What’s a relationship deal breaker for you?

People who belittle, gaslight, refuse to honor boundaries, or make me feel like crap about myself are on my No list.

Do you believe in extra-terrestrials?

Yes. It seems egocentric to think we’re the only living beings in the universe.

In the morning, do you hit the snooze button on your alarm (sometimes repeatedly) or do you leap out of bed, ready to face the day?

Funny enough, I almost always hit snooze on my alarm even on the days I know I’m getting out of bed. I’m not sure if that’s a precaution left over from those times I turned off my alarm and accidentally fell back asleep or me stubbornly insisting no stupid sound is gonna dictate when I get out of bed. Regardless of which I choose, though, we can safely say I never “leap” out of bed ready to face the day. Sometimes I’ll leap out of bed to get to the coffee but that’s about it.

If you came back in the next life as an animal, which animal would you choose to be? (and even if you don’t believe in that, let’s suspend belief for a moment just to have a little fun)

Not to be too boring but I’d come back as a well loved house cat. That way I could snooze in sunny spots during the day, curl up on my people’s laps when I choose, and never have to go hungry.

What do you plan to work on this year to make it better than last year (personal goals, physically or mentally, or all three)?

Is it wrong to say I haven’t given this a single thought? Seriously, guys, I’ve just been trying to make it to New Year’s. But since you asked, Melanie, I’ll say I want to continue developing my writing skills and the blog, hit a hard reset to clean up my diet again, and find at lease two stress relief strategies that work for me. I also have a tendency to laser focus on taking care of my family so if I’m brutally honest 2021 should be the year I find a therapist. Let’s speak that one into existence and see what happens, hmm?

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