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Bloggers Uncensored: with Autumn's Mummy

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! If this is your first time reading a BU interview, this is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers to follow! This weeks blogger is Autumn's Mummy.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Laura and I live in Kent with my husband, my 3 year old daughter and our kitten. When I'm not at work or looking after my family, I enjoy pole fitness/pole dance and going for walks in the woods or by the sea.

Why do you write?

Writing is something I've enjoyed since I was really young. I used to spend hours in my room writing and illustrating stories. It gives me the ability to be heard, which isn't always easy as an introvert!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging after my daughter was seriously ill shortly after she was born. She could easily have died and required surgery when she was only a few weeks old. Meanwhile, I was very ill myself as I didn't receive the proper care I should have done after giving birth. It all took a huge toll on my mental health. Writing a blog was an integral part of my recovery.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I have met so many amazing people through the blogging world that I wouldn't have met otherwise. In various difficult situations I've had over the last couple of years, I have received such an outpouring of support and love from the community.

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

Unfortunately, there are always backstabbers who snipe behind people's backs.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

Some of my favourites are Midnight and Lace, Rice Cakes and Raisins, and Tartan Tights.

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

Even if it's difficult, sometimes you need to put your own happiness first. Also, following your instinct is SO important.

What does freedom mean to you?

To me, freedom is many things. It's the ability to make your own decisions, it's feeling the breeze or sunshine on your face, it's a day with no commitments.

What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?

Raising awareness of mental health issues is so important. We're making good progress, but there is still a long way to go. I hope that within my lifetime, mental health issues will be treated equally with physical health issues. It seems ridiculous that there are huge waiting lists for people who urgently need help, yet someone wouldn't be left waiting for days with a broken leg, let alone months or years.

What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?

Feminism is important, but there are a lot of hardcore groups that I don't necessarily completely agree with. Unfortunately, these seem to be what I see portrayed the most in the media.

What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?

I completely agree. There is so much bad stuff and hate happening in the world, that the more love we have in the world the better. I think we still have a way to go, but again, I think we're moving in the right direction with how 'love is love' is portrayed in society today.

What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?

Don't be afraid to seek help. Don't be ashamed. It's okay not to be okay. It may seem like you'll never get out of this, but there will be brighter days, weeks, months and even years.

What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?

I'm fortunate to not have much personal experience of this, so it's difficult for me to advise. However, I'd suggest reaching out to at least one person you trust. There's power in numbers and hopefully with courage, you can reach out to the right person and get the issue resolved.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Cancer. Enough said, I think.

What else do you feel strongly about?

Child abuse and animal cruelty are the first things that come to mind. I have strong opinions about a lot of things (although I'm not rude about it!)

Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:

Love or money?

Love wins every time. I can be happy without much money, but I couldn't be happy without love.

Work hard or play hard?

Both! Work hard, play harder if possible!

Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?

I put mine right side up. I'm not sure which is the right way - do people put their upside down? I didn't know this was a thing!

Chocolate or sex?

Sex, although I do love chocolate!

Plan everything or wing it?

Plan as much as possible, then wing it the rest of the way.

Happiness or money?

Happiness of course, although I wouldn't complain if £1,000,000 just appeared in my bank account.

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Love, Han


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