Megan-Quinn-Anxiety-Therapist-1643x2048Megan Quinn is back, here sharing with us her favorite reads, her love for laughter and making people smile, and her beloved active hobbies.

When you were twelve, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I think I wanted to be a teacher. My mom is a teacher, and so I think I wanted to follow her down the teacher path. I also loved grading fake papers, putting stickers on them, and the fun felt pens – I think I thought being a teacher was all felt pens and stickers. Or, I also really wanted to be a veterinarian, but then I realized you have to put animals to sleep, and that made me cry, so I said “no, thank you.” *laughs*

What are self-care or fun activities that you use to overcome stress, or like to do in your free time?

Working out is my biggest stress reliever! I go running, I lift weights, and do yoga, which are all really important to me. I love to read, and I also like watching Netflix. I’ll binge-watch my favorite show or some mindless show that probably doesn’t make a difference in my life when I need it. I also really like spending time with my family and friends to get my mind off any stress. I also like to build stuff. I’m very into mini-carpentry, so I built our bed and other things, so if I have the time and I’m able to, I like to build things, too.

What are some of your favorite things?

Dad jokes, I love really bad dad jokes! *laughs* That’s where I am at this point – I love really bad dad jokes. I love music as music can get me through anything. I love my clients, and I know that sounds fake, but I do. I enjoy the people who I work with and the people I make connections with, I truly love it. I also love going out to eat, trying new restaurants, and going out for drinks. Just trying new places and making memories with those I love.

What is the best book you’ve read relating to therapy? Also, a book that doesn’t relate to therapy?

Oh my gosh, that’s so hard! I don’t know if it relates too much to therapy, but I read this book called Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robinson. It’s about a boy with autism, his perspective of his functioning, and how he interprets how people treat him. I work with a lot of kids with autism, and it’s the idea of, “how do you work with someone with a disability?” or “what does this look like; what do you say and what do you do?” This individual is like, “just treat me like a person – be aware of things I like and don’t like because it might be a sensory issue, but, overall, just treat me as a person.” I really liked that book, and I’d probably recommend it to anybody.

For books that don’t relate to therapy? There’s a lot. I actually challenged myself this year to read twenty-four books in a year, and I’m at book number twenty-six – I’ve surpassed my goal, and I’m really happy! I love psychological thrillers, so I think if there’s any book I rave about, it would probably be something like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I know everyone raves about it, but I loved it – it was so good! I like anything by Jodi Picoult, too. I really like when books make you question or think more in depth about your views on something. The concept when a book gives you both sides of a story, and you have to decide, “who do you believe, and what side do you take?” I really like that when you can say, “oh, I see this perspective, but I also see this other perspective.” There’s usually a twist at the end of her books, too, and I never know what it’s going to be! It’s interesting. I also read this book called A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler recently. It’s a new book, and it gives you different sides that you have to pick as you read since you can see where different characters are coming from and their perspectives. I think it’s so good to have that in life – so that we’re not picking one side or one perspective, we’re hearing from both, and from there we can evaluate what we think based on our own morals, ethics, and perspective.

What is one of your favorite things about yourself?

That’s a good question. I think the fact that I like to keep things fun and light and make people feel comfortable. Life is hard, and so if I can be that person that makes someone giggle, whether I do something stupid, or I tell a really good joke and they laugh about it, that makes me happy. We have to be happy, and we have to find the things that give us joy, so I think I try really hard to do that with people around me. I’m really goofy. *laughs*

How is/are your bonsai tree(s) doing?

I only did two out of the four because I thought, “if I’m going to kill something, I don’t want to kill all four of them.” One flourished, and now it’s not really doing much. It’s kind of sitting, but I keep watering it and sometimes it looks like it’s coming to life, but nothing’s happening… so, I don’t know. With the other one, nothing. Literally nothing. I think it might be growing mold at this point because I keep trying to water it to get something to grow, and around the stick sign I put in the dirt to label it there’s a little bit of mold. That one might have to go – I mean, it’s been two months and nothing’s happened! So, they’re okay… they’re fine. *laughs* I’ll say they’re there, at least. It’s more complicated than I expected!

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