Denise Burnside
  What challenges have you met in chasing inspiration?   Oh, so many challenges! Constant challenges - it’s part of what makes life interesting. I think it’s the challenges that drive me to keep thinking and trying and pushing. My biggest challenges where early on, in my teen years and then in my early 20’s when I left my first husband and moved from Montreal back to Seattle. I always tried to use these challenges to learn and build upon, but sometimes I got wrapped up and confused. I made some bad choices along the way, but you gotta pick your self up and start building again. Eat your shit sandwich, try to understand why the heck you chose that path, and work to make better choices and build a better situation. There really are tons of chances to kick ass in life, so take em when you can.  
Denise Burnside
  Who do you have a girl crush on?   I have a crush on most of my girlfriends, so there is that. I had a crush on PJ Harvey for a long time, but that was a while ago. I don’t have a big crush on anyone right now. If I challenge myself I think I might have a crush on Melissa McCarthy and Tina Fey. They are hilarious and strong. I like my ladies that way. I also adore Vicki Butler-Henderson. She is a great driver and fun to hear talk about cars on Fifth Gear. She is very smart, girlie and cute in her mannerisms, and then she gets on the track and kicks ass. I wish I had the cash to race cars. It would be dreamy to learn to race any level of car.   If you could ask your girl crush anything, what would you ask her?   Will you make out with me? Seriously, I would likely ask that. After getting through that embarrassing situation, I would  just want to converse with them. You find out a lot about a person through simple conversations. I would likely end up talking to them about pooping. Or I would talk about poop and they would get uncomfortable. It can go either way.
  Who/what is your spirit animal?   I am nicknamed “The Llama” by a close friend. I do lick and spit at times, it’s true. I wish my spirit animal was Allison Mosshart, or something cool like that. I think of myself as strong and smart, but I’m such a spaz that I just don’t know what fits me. Perhaps Liz Lemon would be it.
  What’s a fantastic piece of advice you have been given in your life, and who gave it to you?   You can do anything. If you are a natural, great. If not, you just have to think smart and work hard. My dad told me this many times in many ways. He didn’t care if what I wanted to do was a “boy thing”. If I wanted to do it he encouraged me to figure it out and do it. That has stuck with me my whole life.  
  Tell me something pretty. A quote, a lyric, whatever it is that inspires you.   This too shall pass. Summer shall pass into fall, today will become tomorrow, and I will become again the dirt the flowers grow from. 
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