I have recently been tagged by the kindest, hard-working and amazing mother, Courtney, a blogger at https://unfilteredmamasite.wordpress.com/, for the Liebster Award. This is a tag that was designed to help new bloggers become discovered and connect with the rest of the blogging community. The rules are as follows:
- Recognize who tagged you and promote their blog on your blog
- Answer all questions asked of you
- Create 11 NEW questions
- Tag 11 people with under 200 followers
Questions from Unfiltered Mama:
1. What type of blogger are you? How did you get to where you are right now?
I am a mental health, advice giver, give you my thoughts and knowledge kind of blogger. I just have something that I talk about with my friends, boyfriend, family, social media, anything that inspires me to think about motivation, encouragement and try and connect it to my recovery journey for my depression.
2. When do you find the time to blog?
Well, currently it’s summer. So I have nothing else really to do. I try to blog as much as I can right now or write ideas down or type them up in my phone. When I’m away from my computer or don’t have much time, I type what I can in my memo pad in my phone and touch back at it when I have the time. I also have my wordpress app on my phone and tablet.
3. Out of all your published posts, which one is your favorite? Why?
Ooh, that’s hard. I really like the one about body image and wearing your illness. Those two are my top favorites because I always hated the way I looked because I would compare myself to other girls. My body wasn’t as big in certain areas as those, my face doesn’t look like that. She’s so pretty, why can’t I have that body, etc. And it just brought me down. Until I had that conversation with that friend that I briefly talked about in my post, I was feeling a bit confident in myself so I tried understanding that I am me, I am pretty great and I am beautiful, just the way I am. Wear Your Illness, is a favorite of mine because I hated hiding my illness, hiding a part of who I am, so opening up a little about it made me feel stronger and like I owned my depression. And it gives room for people to understand that the stigma of these mental illnesses aren’t what they think they are. They can ask questions, which I want them to want. I really want to create shirts that say “I am _________” on the front and on the back it says “Ask me about it! 🙂 ” with a little hashtag on the bottom that says Wearyourillness. I think it’s a great way of owning your illness, overcoming it and spreading awareness of it!
4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time, besides blogging?
Well since it’s summer, I enjoy being with my friends, my boyfriend, sometimes working (I work in a great environment), dancing, listening and learning from Ted Talks and watching New Girl.
5. Is you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Oh golly, I would go to Hawaii and Alaska on a cruise, and to London, England. Maybe visit Europe too (I’ve been recommended by some European friends that I have).
6. Are you a book reader? What book would you recommend everyone to read?
Unfortunately, I am not a book reader. But I do have some books that I read and loved, Zodiac by Romina Russell and Fallen by Lauren Kate. I’m stuck reading “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini and “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst. All the books that I listed I would recommend.
7. Have you had any negative experiences with blogging? What did you do to overcome it?
I’ve actually haven’t had any negative experiences with blogging. But If I did, I wouldn’t really let it bother me. I’ve had some things negative experience with peer counseling on some mental health apps, so I’d probably handle it the same way… maybe a little better. Just breath, stay calm and don’t let anyone’s negativity bother you or change you.
8. Where are you from? Favorite place to go in your town?
Well, I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania. I never really left my house to go anywhere in my town. My favorite places to go when I was a teen in high school was dance practice in a town 30 minutes away. Now as an emerging adult, I moved to Mechanicsburg, PA (which is 45 minutes from the town I was a teen) and I really love going to 2nd and Charles which is in Harrisburg and my old college which is about 10 minutes from my house.
9. What has surprised you the most about blogging and its large community?
What surprised met he most about blogging was how helpful it can be for someone who has a mental illness and is struggling. It’s another outlet and I encourage anyone really to blog or write to help release that stress. Something surprising about the large community is that everyone is so supporting, warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful. I’ve talked to so many other bloggers and I loved it.
10. What are your long-term goals for your blog?
My long-term goals for my blog would be to be shared by a lot of people and people coming back. The only reason why I made this blog was because I have this huge dream of reaching out to as many people as I can and helping as many people as I can. And right now, I felt like I couldn’t help as many people since I’m still in school to be a counselor and a mental health educator, so I thought to myself “how can I help others right now?”
I wanted to volunteer more, I try peer counseling on mental health sites and maybe a blog will help. So here I am! I really just want to spread love, encouragement, hope and motivation to people who think it doesn’t get better, they are alone and struggling. And if that’s 1 view or 10,000 views, so be it. I don’t want to be famous, I just want to help.
11. Name something you can’t live without and explain why.
One thing I can’t live without, gosh. Just one? I really hate these questions because I’m so indecisive. I can’t live without my social support. Which includes, my friends, family, s.o., God, community. (I think I finally beat the system with this answer, it’s one answer but many parts in that answer, whoop whoop!!). When I was going through my hardest part of depression, I didn’t have much of a support system, so I struggled alone. I felt like no one cared and no one would be bothered if I was here or not. And it’s one of the worst feelings ever, I never want anyone to feel that way, ever. No one deserves that. So I have amazing friends, family and an amazing boyfriend that support me, and it feels really amazing to finally feel connected to people and loved.
To continue the chain, I nominate the following bloggers for The Liebster Award:
- Andolina – http://lessonsfromastudentmom.com/
- Nicole – http://therusticbelle.com/
- Rene – http://blackgirllostkeys.com/
- Noelle – http://www.ndswithdegrees.com/
- Brianna – http://briannafae.com/
- Caitlin – http://caitlinwren.blogspot.com/
- Kristen – https://prokindproject.wordpress.com/
- Michelle – http://micheledaniellek.com/
- Chloe – http://www.anxietydepressionandme.com/
- Lena – http://lenafordonline.com/
- Chloe – http://toomuchtooyoungblog.wordpress.com/
My questions that I ask to be answered are:
- What is your story?
- How is your recovery/self-love journey going?
- What’s one thing (or person) that always encourages/ motivations you?
- What’s 5 things that make you happy?
- What inspired you to blog/write?
- What are your future plans in life? (from career, to decisions to the blog)
- What’s your favorite mental health organization and why?
- What do you hope your blog will accomplish with the community or with others?
- What’s your opinion/thoughts/feedback on 13 reason why? (If you watched it)
- What do you do when you are going through an episode, crisis, attack, etc?
- What is some advice you would give to someone who might be struggling with a mental illness?
I want to thank Unfiltered Mama again for the nomination, it was a lot of fun, answering and thinking of the questions! I hope everyone tagged has fun answering mine! 🙂
Keep it dorky!
With lots of love,