Megan is no stranger to recovery out loud. Over the past 12 years, she has maintained a blog (now also home for her creative business), Crazy Bananas, that has mixed life, work, parenting, and being a small business owner along side candid posts about her personal battles and achievements as a person—a creative person—in long-term recovery.
The principal motivation for my creativity.
I feel restless without creativity...if I’m not making, I start to get squirrely.
The principal motivation for my sobriety.
Without sobriety, I have nothing. No creativity. No family. No life.
My favorite qualities in a person. Authenticity, humor and generosity.
What I appreciate most about my friends. Their ability to see through my bullshit and love me no matter what crazy idea I’m going on and on about. I try and surround myself with people smarter than I am so I’m always learning something new.
My main fault. Perfectionism. It kept me stuck for decades. I’m a bit better at battling now, but it’s still hard.
My favorite occupation.
Photographer! Writer! Creator! Artist!
My dream of happiness.
Buying a big Airstream trailer, gathering up my family and roadtripping all across the United States with my camera and notebooks in hand.
My idea of misery. Being in the front row at a loud concert. Crowds make me very anxious.
My greatest regret. Not being fully present for my kids when they were really little.
My proudest moment. Sharing my story with a room full of teenagers in rehab on my two-year recovery anniversary.
Other than myself, who would I like to be? I’m actually pretty happy with who I am. I don’t want to be anyone else.
Where I would like to live. Somewhere near a beach…the water is my happy place.
My favorite color. Orange and yellow!
My favorite authors. Glennon Melton, Mindy Kaling, Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf (I like the lady writers…)
My favorite poets. Rupi Kaur’s work stops me in my tracks.
My favorite composers/musicians. The Beatles, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, the Lumineers, Ella Fitzgerald, Grimes, CHVRCHES, Foals and unironically…Britney Spears.
My favorite painters/designers/photographers. Mihaela Noroc’s images and projects are breathtaking. I also love photographers Candice Zugich and Amber Mozo. My favorite artist at the moment is Dallas Clayton. I am obsessed with everything he does.
My hero(es). I have lots of heroes in my life, but one of the most prominent is my best friend from childhood, Theresa Frey. She has overcome so much, and to see what she’s doing now with her life is simply incredible.
My favorite food and drink.
I don’t think I have a “favorite” food, but my favorite drink is La Croix sparkling water!
My drug of (lack of) choice when I was using. Red wine and whiskey.
What I hate most of all. The stigma that comes with addiction and the false idea that you have to be a hurting person or someone who hurts others in order to make great art.
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with. Dancing or painting…I’m horrible at both.
How I want to die. Quickly. Not a lot of fuss.
My present state of mind. Content, but itching to keep moving forward.
Faults for which I have the most indulgence. Workaholism…it feels justified even when it’s not. I also have a snarky streak that can get me in trouble.
My favorite motto.
You are enough.
ABOUT RECOVERY REVELATIONS™
Our Recovery Revelations Questionnaire is based on the questions of a late 19th century English "confessions album" later mistakenly attributed to French novelist, Marcel Proust. Vanity Fair uses a version for their Proust Questionnaire and James Lipton uses a variation on Inside the Actors' Studio.
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