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 Tiffany!)
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 thirteenth installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Tiffany, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: https://diffusingthetensioncom.wpcomstaging.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-the-perfect-whisk/)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Tiffany. I am a Pediatric Nurse, wife, mom, and grandmother. I am Founder of Gloria’s Loving Touch, Inc. a non-profit organization that provide clothing for those in need and assist with the grief process through grief support groups. Gloria’s Loving Touch and my blog site was born of my pain, the grief I felt when I lost my Mom and Grandma 4 months apart.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
My blog site is called http://4youiwill.blog. It is based on me being the caregiver for my Mom who had Lung Ca and my Grandma who had Dementia. What I went through, what they went through and tips on what makes life easier for those who are walking in those shoes. Caregiving without adequate resources cause depression, anxiety, isolation, etc. I want to reach out to others in need and put a community of caregivers, family and friends together for support.
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
Unfortunately, my blog hasn’t made it to success yet. I am still trying to figure out how to get the exposure and a time schedule to put out enough content.
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
I think the biggest challenge the mental health community faces is not having adequate insurance to seek treatment. I needed grief counseling badly, severe depression and the sessions were at minimum $100 each.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
I never discussed books with anyone other than my mom, so nobody knows that I love to read, and I have shelves of books that need to be read!
Most people don’t know that I used to horseback ride and go white water rafting often.
I’ve only had the actual discussion of me being an empath with a couple of people. Most would agree if it were brought up though.
I am a very open person and love to talk. I’ve found that by having open discussions about myself, many go through some of the same things.
What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is WOMEN ARE ROSES by LaNette Kincaide. The book is written by multiple women. It’s unfiltered and pure truths speaking on real life situations they’ve each gone through. So many women need to read this book. It shows them that they hadn’t gone through things alone, incest, rape, bad relationship, abuse of all types, etc.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
When I’m feeling down, I do one of two things, I spend time with my grandbaby, or I watch Frasier which makes me laugh no matter what!!!
What makes a person brave?
Doing the right thing even if you don’t want to do it.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
I describe myself as loving, selfless, and sad. I love people most of the time unconditionally. It takes a lot for me to turn away from others, sometimes too much. I spend too much time worried about others and feeling their pain. I go out of my way to help just about anyone to include strangers.
It’s a blessing and a curse. A lot of times it seems to be a coping mechanism when I don’t want to think about the things stressing me out. It’s easier to help others. I am sad most times, but it’s hidden. My life forever changed when I lost my mom. There’s nothing anyone can do to help me with that, but I cover well as do many going through the grieving process.
What is your biggest flaw?
My biggest flaw is being way too kind to people. People tend to take of advantage of my kindness. I am currently teaching myself to say no without giving a reason. It’s difficult to re-teach me a personality trait.
What is your greatest strength?
My greatest strength is my love for my family. It’s what keeps me going. When I feel like giving up or realize that I am not taking care of myself, I remember that I must stay healthy for my granddaughter. I can’t see her being without me to guide her. She keeps me strong and motivated.
What is your best childhood memory?
It’s difficult to pick out one memory but one thing for certain it would revolve around the time that my grandparents were alive and me, mom, and my little brother lived with my Grandmother. I was going into 3rd grade when we left the state.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I want to have my blog known and passed on by word of mouth by the medical field and family caregiver community, especially those who are caregivers for Cancer and Dementia patients. I would also like to have an online support group for caregivers of all ages.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
Unfortunately I don’t see much of a change for the mental health community in the next 5 years. People seem to have no respect for those with mental health issues and if there is no change in the insurance and ability to pay for treatment, there can be no improvement, especially when we are talking about the homeless community. Even professionals such as doctors, CEOs and nurses are shunned for MH issues. I do appreciate the fact that social media and bloggers are bringing these issues out in the forefront though.
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Thanks, Tiffany, 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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