Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
What is the biggest challenge the mental heath community faces?
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
I self-sabotage my own success often out of fear
I work daily for a better life
Secretly, I’ve got many elements of a wedding planned, but am not yet engaged
I love local news
What is your favorite book and why?
Becoming by Michelle Obama has been one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. I have a hard time reading because of the concussions I’ve gotten, but I listened to her audiobook and I loved hearing the soothing sound of her voice describe all of her life experiences. Biographies are one of my favorite genres of books, and this was a fantastic example of one.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
First I take a nap, hitting the “human reset button”. I’ll talk to my partner, Colin and he’s amazing when it comes to lifting my spirits. We have several inside jokes and routines that remind me why I love him and why our future together is bright.
What makes a person brave?
The ability to accept failure. When a person is able to take a risk with the knowledge that they could fail that is bravery.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Creative, compassionate, cautious. Creative, because I am very good at making something out of nothing. Compassionate, because empathy is incredibly important to me. Cautious, because I know that I have limits and I need to respect them.
What is your biggest flaw?
Biting off more than I can chew. I tend to take on big challenges and I try my best to complete them, but I fall short often.
What is your greatest strength?
My sense to nurture. I relied on it heavily to build relationships with the children I worked with and I use it in my relationships with adults as well.
What is your best childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is a moment where my brother and I were taking naps out in the backyard in a tent. Every time I smell fresh cut grass and lilac it takes me back to that moment and reminds me of the effortless joy that is childhood.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I would love to continue working on our blog in five years. I could see it moving more towards a family blog as our lives change, but still with the elements we’re incorporating now.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
I would love to see the mental health community in a place where we can have conversations about mental health past depression and anxiety, the most common diagnoses. I would like to see the general public have a better understanding of what mental health concerns look like and how to work with people experiencing them. When we’re able to have inclusive discussions as a community, all will benefit.
Who do you follow to stay updated on all things blogging and/or mental health? Share their links below!
Since we’ve only been on Twitter for about two weeks, I’m still getting my footing on who to follow and keep in touch with. So far I’ve found some of the bigger blogging accounts to be helpful, such as @yourblogmentor. I need more suggestions for who to follow on Twitter! I joined a blogging Facebook group called Unapologetically You! Which I’ve found has been very helpful. We post our goals each week and give each other feedback on blog posts. I’ve gotten the best feedback from that group.
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