Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series!
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 Malinda!)
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 ninth installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Malinda, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: https://diffusingthetension.com/interview-series-alpana/)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
- My name is Malinda Mohr.
- I am 24-years old and reside in Tasmania, Australia.
- I am a highly sensitive person who lives with anxiety and depression.
- I am an Early Childhood Educator and I work full-time in a 0-3 year old age room.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
I created a blog in May 2019 called ‘Mohr From Life’. I share information and personal stories about my experiences with mental health, personal development, and living a better life. The aim of my blog is to help people grow, improve themselves and discover a life they love.
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
My blog is still so new, which means at the moment I have plenty of things to work on! Knowing what to focus on for the best success is a struggle for me, because I like to try and do everything at once.
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
Mental health has a lot of preconceived ideas and is still stigmatized in society. Although it has certainly improved over the years, there is still a long way to go. Having ourselves and our illnesses understood for what they truly are is a challenge.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
1. When I discover something I enjoy, I become obsessed with it.
2. Speaking of obsessions…organising. Love it.
3. I am fluent in Pig Latin.
4. I have hyperflexible joints
5. Concerts I’ve been to: One Direction, Taylor Swift, AC/DC, The Angels, and Midnight Oil. Bit of variety there!
What is your favorite book and why?
I’ve never really had a favourite book. I love reading and although I don’t read as much as I used to, I try to borrow from the library frequently. One book I read recently that has stuck with me was, ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
I assess what is making my day difficult and try to counteract it. So, if the house is a mess and it’s irritating me, I clean and organise. If I feel overworked, I watch Netflix. I try to do things that make me happy, like spending time outside or practicing yoga. If I’m in a situation I can’t get out of (like work) then I try to focus on something positive. For example, a funny moment with one of the kids.
What makes a person brave?
Being brave can have many different meanings. For me, the bravest people are those who are themselves through and through, regardless of what others think. They stand up for others and what they believe is right. They don’t let others influence their opinions. I strive to be this person.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
An oxymoron. Strong. Genuine.
I’m a neat freak, but I’m messy. I love organising, but I can leave stuff out everywhere. I’m either a perfectionist, or I don’t try at all. I’m very smart but can be unintelligent (don’t ask me about math, geography, or for directions).
I’m strong because of what I’ve been through, who I am, and who I will be. I honestly don’t think many people would be able to live my life, and if they spent some time walking in my shoes, people would be shocked.
I’m genuine because I am who I present myself to be. Whilst I love dressing nicely (I’m always overdressed!), as soon as I get home, I put on my pjs. I’m honest. I stand up for what I believe in. I don’t allow other people to change the way I do things to appease them.
What is your biggest flaw?
My mindset shifts into negative easily. Although I try to be a positive person and look on the bright side of things, it doesn’t come naturally. My immediate and extended family have negative mindsets. Mental issues LOVE negativity.
What is your greatest strength?
I am very logical and can see things from multiple perspectives. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not a dreamer (remember, I’m an oxymoron)! If you have a problem that needs a solution, I’m your girl. I’ll provide you with different options and state the positives and negatives for each.
What is your best childhood memory?
As a child, I was obsessed with horses (to this day, I still love them). One of my best friends was too. Several times a week, we would go to one another’s houses and play with our toy horses. We also ran around our backyards pretending we were riding imaginary horses!
I had a large seesaw in my backyard. The legs of the seesaw were quite wide, so if you sat in the middle it was like sitting on a horse. Using a piece of rope, I created makeshift reins. And yes, I named the seesaw horse. His name was Geronimo.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
In 5 years, my blog will be my full-time income. My blog will be established and well-known amongst the mental health community. In 5 years, I will be turning 30. Therefore, I will have or be trying for a baby!
As a result, my blog needs to be creating passive income. It also needs to be in a position where I can take a step back and work part-time without a significant reduction of income.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
In 5 years, I believe the subject of mental health will be less taboo. People in the public eye will talk more openly about their battles with mental health. People will have more access to mental health resources (I hope!) and workplaces will have better strategies.
Who do you follow to stay updated on all things blogging and/or mental health? Share their links below!
Great question! Connecting with other bloggers and reading their content is something I really enjoy. The mental health blogs I enjoy reading are:
About the Author
Thanks, Malinda, 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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