Sunshine Blogger Award
I was thrilled to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Jazz from another bipolar blogger! Be sure to check out her blog, she writes some wonderful posts and does a lot to raise awareness of mental illness and share her experience. For someone who has only been blogging since the end of June, being nominated for this is just wonderful, and I feel so, so lucky to have gotten some incredible support from the blogging community.
For those not in the know, the Sunshine Blogger Award is a way of recognising some incredible bloggers, and celebrating their inspiring creativity and all the hard work that they do. Because trust me, this shit ain't easy.
There are some rules…
To thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, and provide links to their blog(s).
Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.
Nominate another 11 bloggers and then ask them 11 different questions to the ones you were asked.
Write the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Awards photo within the post.
Right then. Onto the questions!
Where would you like to be in five years time?
I would love to have graduated from the open university, and be making a dent into a career in a field related to medieval history. Possibly curation or preservation, but I haven't entirely decided! I would love to still be living in London (although lets be realistic, I'll probably still be living in a house share), and to have built this blog up into a nice little side earner where I've continued to share my experiences of living with mental illness, and pointed at all the cool things I like.
2. What do you think is the best strategy for getting more visitors to your blog?
Genuine interactions on social media seem to do wonders for me. If people like you, and engage with you on platforms like twitter, they're more likely to want to read your content because they know you and want to support you.
3. What kinds of things really make you laugh?
Stupid puns. The worse the better. I've been known to message my friend Phills demanding he tells me a bad joke. He is the king of bad jokes. I also have a really dark sense of humour, and so find things funny that I probably really shouldn't. C'est la vie.
4. What are your blogging goals? Short term and long term?
For now, I enjoy having a space where I can highlight things I love, like Give Face Cosmetics, and where I can talk openly and candidly about what it's like to live with mental illness - I struggle with BPD, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. Long term, I would love to build this up into a place where I can work with some really cool companies, continue raising awareness and having honest, candid conversations, and earn a little bit of dollar.
5. Who is your best friend? What do you like about them?
My best friend is Sophie - I met her on my first day of A Levels, because we were in the same tutor and literature class, and we instantly clicked. We are essentially the same person, and have even been mistaken for sisters. I love her work ethic, her strong sense of right and wrong, her stupid jokes, her inability to be serious 99% of the time, the fact that we love the exact same things, and that we can spend hours together in complete silence whilst reading books and eating good snacks.
6. What is one thing that has made you feel strong? What is one thing that has made you feel weak?
When I look back on how far I've come, I feel pretty goddamned invincible. When people don't believe me when I say I'm doing good because of my history, that makes me feel weak.
7. How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling down?
I try and remember to be gentle with myself, and not expect too much, and hold onto the thought that the down period won't last forever. I text Phills and let him know how I'm feeling, I make sure I'm taking my medication and staying hydrated, and I try and get out of the house for a little bit. If all else fails - bed, duvet, comforting movies.
8. Who are some of your favourite bloggers?
Caroline Hirons and Ruth Crilly are my go to gals when I want to read good, informative, no nonsense blogs that also make me laugh. I've been following Sophia from The Tattooed Tealady for years, and Jemma from Dorkface's blogs always make me happy. I also love Ruth from Ruth In Revolt for good pep talks and resources, and Emily from Yes Whale is my favourite book blogger. I love so many more, but they are some definite highlights.
9. What is your favourite quote?
'My current situation is not my final destination'
10. What has impacted you most in blogging? How?
Finding other bloggers who are so open and honest about their mental health, and who are working so hard to show the ups and downs and brutal realities, because it's so refreshing. It showed me exactly how I needed to gear some of my content, and that the more stories we have out there the better it is for everyone.
11. What is something we don’t know about you?
I danced for 18 years of my life, and was in all the top grades! I did ballet, tap, modern, street jazz, musical theatre, contemporary - so many different styles. I was on track to make dance into my career, until my mental health went tits up and I had to rethink everything.
Wasn't that fun?! Thank you again to the gorgeous Jazz.
Ruth - Ruth In Revolt
Emily - Yes Whale
Kate - Kate Days A Week
Soph - Soph Isobel
Hannah - My Mental Health Recovery Road
Yes, I am well aware that is only 5 people. But I have to run out of the door to catch a coach, so needs must etc etc.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Why did you start blogging, and what makes you continue?
If you could only read three books for the rest of your life, which three and why?
TV Show or movie you turn to when you need to watch something comforting?
If money was no object, where would you go in the world?
Is banoffee pie a pie or a tart?
Best thing about the blogging community?
What did you want to grow up to be when you were little?
How do you stay organised?
Favourite snack and favourite drink?
Tell us an interesting fact!