Donna Connolly’s Short and Sweet Answers to Slightly Scary Questions

Profound Journey tribe member Donna Connolly has taken an interesting approach to answering the 25 Slightly Scary Deep Questions Worth Asking Yourself that I posted a couple of weeks ago. She answered all questions with a single word, or as close as she could get to one word. Whether that’s because she was thinking outside the box, or desperately trying to check tasks off the list before leaving Vancouver Island to walk the 700 km. Camino Trail, stays Donna’s secret. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful to Donna for her contribution and hope that its brevity will inspire more of you to share a bit of your life with us. Here are the questions and Donna’s pithy answers.

1. What trip have you taken that had a huge impact on you?


2. Who is your favourite character in fiction? Why?

Goldilocks; ChoicesDonna Connolly and husband holding plate of muffin and fruit plus orange juice

3. What would you do if you could not fail?

World Peace

4. When did you last laugh so much that it hurt?

Last week

5. What can you never imagine buying?


6. If you were writing a book, what would it be about?


7. What is your body telling you?

Keep moving

8. If you could be famous, what would you like to be famous for?


9. What life advice do you give to your friends?

Use it or lose it.

10. Who was your favourite teacher? What made him/her so special?

Mr. Purcell; Unconditional encouragement

11. What do you want that you can’t have (yet)?

World Peace

12. Describe a perfect ‘ordinary’ day.


13. What song has been significant in your life?

You May Be Right

14. If you could choose to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Vancouver Island

15. What do you most value in your friends?


16. Which creative pursuits were encouraged in your childhood? Were any discouraged?

Writing; None

17. What have you collected?


18. When are you most yourself?

WritingDonna Connolly kissing grandson

19. What is the best thing that has happened to you in the last few days?


20. What is most important to you at this time in your life?


21. If you could spend ten minutes with a favourite person, alive or dead, what would you tell them?

How much I miss them

22. What is your happiest childhood memory?


23. Which culture, other than your own, speaks to you?


24. What smells give you a sense of well-being?


25. What dream have you had more than once?

Looking for a washroom


Donna’s blog is Retirement Reflections: New Chapters, New Discoveries and New Adventures. Although Donna is on one of those adventures right now, she loves to receive comments from readers and will happily reply just as soon as she has access to the Internet.


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  1. Donna, I can really appreciate your answers, short and sweet and to the point! It is always interesting to read other people’s answers and learn a bit more about them in the process. Your answers help underscore the wide variety of ways you can create your very own tribe story here. Either by being brief like you have done here Donna, or expounding to the lengths I took the questions. Both are valid responses and both share bits of our life with others that may be able to relate to our experiences.

    Karen, I know it may take Donna some time to respond since she is off on an impressive adventure to walk the 700 kms of Camino Trail…but I can wait. 😉 The pictures you put alongside her answers are wonderful! They are obviously in response to question #20…what is most important to Donna at this time in her life is Family, and a beautiful family it is. 😀

    1. Hi, Susan – My sincere apologies. I did respond previously but I don’t see my comment to you here. It must have been trapped by internet gremlins! I found your open, honest and thoughtful answers to be very inspiring. Thank you for sharing them.

  2. I agree with everything you’ve said, Susan. I love the different ways of responding to my 25 Slightly Scary Deep Questions. There’s a way in for everyone – from Donna’s one-word replies to 25 questions to your more detailed responses to a dozen questions.
    And yes, the photos I chose for Donna’s post are indeed meant to give visual evidence of her response to question #20. I love how Donna’s enjoyment of her family is reflected on her face.

    1. Hi, Karen – Thank you for including me in your series. I ❤️ the photos that you have chosen to go along with the post. You are right about most of the reasons I chose one-word answers. I wanted my contribution to be fun, focused and to the point….also for some reason, I thought I was late in replying! I am being called to the airport gate now. One more flight and one more bus ride to go and we will be at our starting point in San Sebastián, Spain!

  3. Love these! The first answer that popped in to my mind was what I would do if I couldn’t fail… fly.

    Which seems a little trivial compared to world peace, but still 😉

    1. Hi Claire, Thanks for the smile. Flying would be so wonderful. Imagine being able to go wherever you wanted without the security lines, costs, and delays. Hawaii here I come whenever I want!

  4. Hi Donna
    I enjoyed your short and sweet responses to the questions! I never would have thought of responding to a favourite fictional character by saying “Goldilocks”!

    But I have to say, one thing I would like to take a look at purchasing is a drone. I think it gives a different perspective to things. And it would help me to take a look at our property without drugging through high weeds and tangled bushes.

    I also appreciate your dream of looking for a washroom. Sometimes this is even extended to looking for a washroom in real life too!

    1. Hi, Fran – My apologies for my delayed reply (lack of reliable internet). I tried to answer the first thought that popped into my head. It would be interesting to compare with answers I would give if thinking about them for a longer time. I agree that my washroom dreams often are mixed with my real life.

  5. Great answers, Donna. Short answers (fun and quick – to read and to write), yet a large contribution in letting us understand what is important to you. I love the “Use it, or loose it” advice and couldn’t agree more. I’m sure that was an important one when you packed your packs for the trial. 🙂 Happy hiking!!!

    1. H, Liesbet – You are very wise! ‘Uae it or lose it’ was a prime motivation for doing the Camino Trail this time. It definitely is s fitness and endurance boot camp. Thanks so much for commenting.

  6. I too loved the brevity of Donna’s answers. I found them really helpful in learning more about her. I can’t wait to post your answers this week, Liesbet. Thanks so much for writing them.

  7. What a wonderful way to respond to the set of questions! And I also liked Donna’s pithy advice – don’t overthink it. When I first saw the questions, overthinking it was exactly what I did. I thought of long wordy responses, and couldn’t settle on a single answer for any of the “best” or “most” questions. (I am a both/and person, rather than either/or.)


    1. A friend called to tell me that July 26th was “my day.” Apparently she’d heard on the radio that it was “All or nothing day.” I laughed, and agreed. Like you, Jude, I thought only of long wordy responses when I posted the questions. Donna’s brief but illuminating one-word answers never occurred to me.

    2. Hi, Jude – I’m usually a ‘both/and’ person as well. If I didn’t go with my immediate short answer, I definitely would have overthought! Thanks so much for commenting!

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