Bloggers Uncensored: with Boss Babe Chronicles
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 Boss Babe Chronicles.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Mariam, and I'm a full-time teacher who took up blogging earlier this year. I am based in the Middle East, which I love, and I enjoy meeting new people, travel and snacking. I'm the oldest of 4, which makes me a bit of a natural leader, and I would rather stay in than go out most of the time.
Why do you write?
Writing is a creative outlet for me. I don't sing, can't paint or draw, don't dance all that well, so for me writing is a bit of a talent. Not everybody can put their thoughts into words, however, when I sit down at my computer, words just flow out of me. Writing relaxes me and it is something that keeps me grounded and happy.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I want to make blogging a side business, with the hopes of it being my sole business one day. The possibility of me being a self-made entrepreneur one day excites me and gives me something to look forward to. I chose to write about personal development mostly because I believe that I give pretty sound advice, and I truly want everybody to live their lives to the fullest. The internet is very saturated with personal development blogs as it is, but I believe that if I can inspire just one person, then my blog is doing what I wanted it to do.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
By FAR, the blogging community, especially on Twitter. I spent the first month of blogging not on Twitter because I thought it was pointless, but literally a day after joining, I met so many wonderful bloggers, some of who I call friends today. The blogging community was a very pleasant surprise to me and I love interacting with everybody.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
I don't know if I hate it, but blogging is HARD WORK. Maybe I hate people who claim that it isn't. Haha.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
They deserve WAY more engagement than they have.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
That not everybody is going to like me, that it is okay to live my life different than what society has outlines, that being selfish isn't a bad thing when done correctly, and that if I want to be good at finances, I have to learn how to do that myself.
What does freedom mean to you?
Being able to live your authentic life unapologetically. My heart aches for people who can't be themselves because of whatever reason.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Mental health, unfortunately to this day, still has a stigma attached to it. People don't realise that mental health is just as important as physical health, yet so much more powerful. In my profession, I see many students who have mental health issues not being dealt with properly by their parents because of fear of "what the society will think".
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I feel that feminism is finally being looked at as a real thing, in most places. In my place of work, women and men are paid the same and get treated the same way. Feminism still has some way to go, because I feel that women still to this day are expected to marry and pop out babies and cook and clean and that's not what every woman wants. And that's okay. Society just needs to come to terms with that.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
This is a tough one because where I live, homosexuality is considered a criminal offense. I personally believe that people have the right to love who they fall in love with, but it is definitely something that I don't see being acceptable in many parts of the world any time soon.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
You are not broken, nor are you less worthy than others. Seek help, get treated, and don't be afraid to speak up because there are far more people who are battling mental illnesses than you realise.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
It is not your fault. You are a victim. It is not your fault. Be brave, and speak out about your perpetrators to whoever will listen. And don't stop speaking out until they hopefully get dealt with.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
What else do you feel strongly about?
Human and animal rights are two areas I'm very passionate about.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
You can't play hard without working hard.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Chocolate or sex?
Sex, I'm more partial to salty snacks.
Plan everything or wing it?
Plan for 80%, wing the other 20%.
Happiness or money?
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