Thank you to the lovely Lisa Mae for nominating me to complete the Liebster award! I don’t think I’ve seen many of these posts in recent years, but remember them being very popular when I first started blogging four years ago. I hope you enjoy reading my answers and check out who I’ve nominated at the bottom.
1. What advice would you give to your fifteen-year-old self?
Don’t worry about the future; your panic disorder will not rule or ruin your life and you will find happiness, I wish I could share my latest YouTube Video with myself. I’d also tell myself that teacher’s don’t know everything, it’s OK not to be ‘good’ all of the time, and be more confident. Plus, those girls really aren’t all that!
2. What is your proudest achievement to date?
My proudest achievement to date is most definitely gaining my Masters degree with distinction. I’m still super proud of it and I did it 5 years ago.
3. Tell us about something great that happened to you this week.
I went to the #jet2sunchester even in Manchester on Saturday and got to see lots of my lovely blogger friends, it was such a great event and great day had by all.
4. How is 2016 looking for you so far?
2016 is definitely looking up. Some people very close to me have had serious health issues and thankfully have had positive results. It really makes you realise that life is both short and precious and not to take it for granted.
5. Do you ever get sick of your blog?
I don’t get sick of my blog, however, I do sometimes get frustrated with it. I get frustrated when I put a lot of effort in and don’t seem to see any rewards and by that I mean investing a lot of time in a post or video and having little response. It can make you question if it is really worth it.
6. What do you do if you’re in a blogging rut?
I felt that I’d ended up in a blogging rut a few months ago, in that I was putting pressure on myself to post three times a week, but feeling like I didn’t have the content or the time to do that. I took the pressure off myself and committed to posting once a week. This was so much more manageable and it’s rekindled my love of blogging. This has meant that I feel able to up the number of times I post per week quite naturally.
7. Do you have a friend that you couldn’t live without? Why is that person so important?
Wow this is a tough one. If I’m completely honest, I couldn’t answer this question in regards to a friend, simply because I know that the people I couldn’t live without are my parents and my partner. Both my parents and partner have supported me through so much in my life, that I wouldn’t be who, or where, I am now if it wasn’t for them. Clearly without my parents I wouldn’t even be here!
8. What is your main life goal?
This is another difficult one. I think my main goal in life is to be happy and healthy, if you have both of these things, can you really wish for more?
9. If you could win the lottery, how would you treat the people closest to you?
As I’ve gotten older, I have come to realise that experiences are greater than ‘stuff’, therefore I would provide experiences for my loved ones that a lack of funding has stopped them from pursuing. Potentially a once in a lifetime holiday, visiting a friend or family member far away etc.
10. Do you have a favourite charity or cause? Tell us about why they’re amazing.
There are two categories of charity that I would usually give to or feel passionate towards and they are any cancer related charities or animal charities. More and more people seem to be being diagnosed with cancer or know someone who is, I think the money for patient support and research is crucial. Animal charities are also close to my heart, simply because they give a voice to the voiceless. We adopted Cassie from a rescue and she’d had such a bad start in life, if it hadn’t been for Blue Cross, we’d never have found our little princess.
11. Share a piece of invaluable life advice that you’ve picked up.
I picked up a piece of advice a good few years ago that I still stick to today, “If a person doesn’t add value to your life, remove them from your life”. I take this advice in terms of the people in my life, people I follow on Social Media and even places I spend my spare time. Removing any ‘drama’ from you life makes for a much happier one.
I’ve nominated the following bloggers as they’re great women who I enjoy spending time with in person as well as reading their blogs, I hope you enjoy their blogs too!
- Bee from Queen Beady
- Lucy from The Fashion Fictionary
- Lucy from Lucy Earnshaw
- Sophie from Sophie Cliff
- Jennie from Life Styled by Jennie
- Caroline from Notes From Caroline
- Emma from Paper Planes & Caramel Waffles
- What advice would you give yourself if you were just starting your blog?
- What is the best blogging opportunity you’ve had?
- Where is your favourite place in the UK and why?
- Where is your favourite place abroad and why?
- If we were all at a dinner party, and you were hosting, what would you cook?
- If you could only use three makeup or skincare products ever again, what would they be?
- What’s the best advice you could share with your readers about life in general?
- What are your top 3 blogging tips?
- If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you visit and why?
- What is your favourite novel and why?
I look forward to reading your answers.