meet the blogger introducing days of our chives

Meet the Blogger: Introducing Days of Our Chives

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Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger!

Who are some of your favorite bloggers? I try to follow as many as I can because they have so much wisdom to pass on. (Including bloggers like Days of Our Chives!)

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 twenty-fourth installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Days of Our Chives, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: www.diffusingthetension.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-amy)

Interview series questions

First of all, tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Catherine Langmack, I run a blog with my friend who I met when we were co-teachers. I went back to school to study Communication in January 2019 and I’m finding a lot of joy through my work. My partner and I have a beautiful garden that I adore tending to. I am trying to do my best in every aspect of life, but I am hindered by different factors.

What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community? 

I started my first blog when I began teaching and it was on topics related to education. I wanted to build a portfolio of work in the event that I would have to look for another job. I’ve always found joy through writing since I was in fifth grade, and by eighth I wanted to pursue a degree in Journalism in college. That changed when I was encouraged to choose a degree path that would pay the bills by an advisor.

Many years later, after starting to work with Maddie (the woman I run daysofourchives.com with) we knew that our friendship would last longer than just our time on the job. Now that we’ve both left the teaching profession, we’re running our blog. I am connected to the blogging community through this blog and to the mental health community through my own experience and what I’ve witnessed in my family. I’ve been living with mental health concerns for the past seven years. I’ve recently been able to connect with others in the mental health community through my writing and through Twitter.

What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?

The hardest part is finding inspiration for posts, so I routinely look through what is making me happy or what has been on my mind and write about that. I try to produce my best work with each post, writing professionally and engaging the audience. I also find challenges in marketing the posts. If a post is live, but is has no audience, was it even written?

What is the biggest challenge the mental heath community faces?

The final speech I wrote for my public speaking class in college was about the stigmas surrounding mental health, and how the stigma stops people from seeking treatment. This stigma takes the form of unsupportive family members, language that alienates, and friends and acquaintances that do not have a general understanding of complex mental health concerns.

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.

About the Author

Catherine Langmack lives in Seattle, WA with her love. She’s passionate about tending to her backyard crops, writing, and researching.

Twitter: @daysofourchive

Facebook:@daysofourchive

Instagram:@daysofourchives

Pinterest:@daysofourchives


Thanks, Days of Our Chives, for participating in my interview series, 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! 

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