Who are some of your favorite bloggers? I try to follow as many as I can (such as Little Blog of Positivity!) because they have so much wisdom to pass on.
That’s what gave me the idea for this interview series. I wanted to glean as much knowledge as I could from those much wiser than me.
This is our second installment of Meet the Blogger, all about Alison, a fellow blogger.
Little Blog of Positivity interview
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m Alison and I live in the North East of England with my husband and two cats.
I currently work full time as a Human Resources Business Partner for the National Health Service.
I started the Little Blog of Positivity in August 2018 and I’ve also recently started a Diploma in Life Coaching. I’m hoping to build both into a ‘side hustle’ and who knows maybe a full-time career change!
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
I love writing and had dabbled with blogging some time ago. In 2018 I decided to give blogging a proper shot. At first, I wasn’t sure what I would blog about so I wrote down all my passions, interests and life experiences.
I’d had issues with anxiety, lack of confidence and low self-esteem for much of my life.
In recent years I’d taken myself gently by the hand and built a bit of a ‘toolkit’ to deal with these issues. I’ve also always loved helping other people, particularly those whose lack of confidence is holding them back. So I decided to share everything I’d learned with the world and the Little Blog of Positivity was born!
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
Building traffic has been the hardest part and requires a lot of work. It also requires consistency.
Balancing the work required with a full-time job and trying not to neglect my family and friends has been hard at times. Luckily my family and friends are supportive, plus I love the topic I’m blogging about so that makes it easier!
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
I think attitudes towards mental health issues are starting to shift. In the UK this has been helped by the likes of Princes William and Harry opening up and talking openly about the issues.
Although people are talking more, we still have some way to go in removing the stigma around mental health and giving individuals the confidence to seek help and to speak up.
The mental health community brings individual voices together which is, I think, making us be heard.
What are 5 things that many people do not know about you?
Let me think, 5 things….
I can do the Rubik’s cube! I learned when I was about 8 years old and it has stuck in my brain
My first job after university was running a chain of dry-cleaning shops
Hubby and I cycled coast to coast from Whitehaven in the North West of England to Sunderland in the North East a few years back. It took us 3 and a half days. There are people who cycle the 225km route in a day! (It’s very hilly!!)
I used to sing in a choir
I can speak Spanish (well, kind of, I’m a bit rusty nowadays!)
What is your favorite book and why?
I have lots of favorites!
My current one has to be Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. I was lucky that a colleague at work lent this to me. I’m definitely going to buy my own copy.
The book has 100 small, bite-sized chapters with titles such as ‘do something nice for someone and don’t tell anyone about it’ and ‘when you die your ‘in basket’ won’t be empty.
I dip into the book often and always find some words of wisdom.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
I do a variety of things (that toolkit I mentioned earlier comes in handy!)
I try and ask myself what do I need and then do that. It might be to meditate, do some exercise, talk to someone, listen to some uplifting music, have a soak in the bath or write down an action plan. All of these things can help me depending on the situation.
Researching and writing a blog post also helps if I can muster up the energy. It’s impossible to write about positive stuff and not feel better!
What makes a person brave?
That’s quite a hard one as most people you think of as brave don’t actually see themselves that way at all!
I think it’s maybe not about feeling brave, we all have insecurities and fears, that’s a natural part of life. Being brave to me is recognising those feelings exist but then not letting them hold you back. Even if that means getting out of your comfort zone just a little bit.
I think it’s important to push and challenge yourself. It’s equally important, however, to do this with compassion. Too many people are very hard on themselves I think.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Friendly, practical and loyal. I say this because I’ve had feedback from others over the years that this is how they see me. I also feel I am all 3 of these things.
What is your biggest flaw?
I worry too much! Often about things which I can’t control, like the behaviour of other people for example. I’ve got better over the years but I come from a family of worriers and it’s hard!
What is your greatest strength?
Once I put my mind to something I’m committed and I do my very best. I think I have tenacity and persistence. With my blog for example!
What is your best childhood memory?
There used to be an open-air swimming pool where I lived which I would spend most of the summer at. I have fond memories of long lazy days, the freezing cold water, spending time with friends and lots of ice cream!
The pool is still there although it closed some time ago so is derelict which makes me sad. There is a campaign to re-open it, I’d love to visit if it does.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I’ve been doing some reading on the Law of Attraction recently so have been visualising my life in 5 years time!
In my visualisation I see myself working on my blog and life coaching business full time.
I’m in an attic office with fantastic views over the City of York in England (we have a second home there currently but would love to live there).
I’ll have a number of inspirational online courses to help people with their personal development and confidence which will reach people internationally through my blog following. I’ll also coach locally in my attic office and online across the world!
Nothing like having a dream!!
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
I think we will have gone from strength to strength. More people will feel comfortable talking about mental health issues. We will be educating people on how to look after their mental health and people will no longer see it as some kind of weakness to admit to having issues.
Who do you follow to stay updated on all things blogging and/or mental health? Share their links below!
Alison is the founder of The Little Blog Of Positivity where she shares all she has learned on the topics of personal growth, self improvement, health and well-being.
For regular doses of inspiration and motivation, visit Alison at littleblogofpositivity.com
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Thanks, Alison, for participating in Meet the Blogger! I loved your responses, and I truly appreciate you taking the time out to answer my questions. Best wishes on all your blogging endeavors!