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Bloggers Uncensored: with Colleen Denise

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my latest and favourite blog series that I've created. This series is an opportunity for you to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored thoughts about real life topics. This weeks blogger is Colleen Denise.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Colleen and I am nineteen years old. I am a junior in college and I'm majoring in journalism & new media with a minor in marketing. Writing has been something that I've taken with me my whole life. Some of my strongest priorities is family and work/school.

Why do you write?

I used to write anything and everything when I was young. When I was seven I would write about all the boys I liked in school. When I was eleven I would write about how much my sisters annoyed me. It became a way for me to just, empty my mind whether it be serious or silly. It's truly been a way to express myself. I've always been really shy and so writing was just easy for me because I was in a more comfortable state.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I used to read so many blogs and I would always think of the kinds of things I would write if I had my own blog. Finally one day, I was like "Colleen, why don't you stop saying what you would do, and just start doing it." I love to create content and be creative and so blogging is my way to show that and I love it.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I love how you can be whoever you want to be without judgement. Since I've started blogging, I've seen more support on anything I have to say than I have from people in real life around me. It's amazing that people have an interest in what I have to say and that there are people who actually like to hear what I'm talking about.

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

Maybe I'm too new, but there really is nothing I hate about the blogging world. I think it's a really supportive community and just like anything in life, you get what you put into it.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

Since I'm new to blogging, all I've ever seen is more popular bloggers. I can't wait to start connecting with more people because I think there are so many amazing writers out there and numbers define nothing!

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

People aren't always who they say they are. I've had so many people come in and out of my life including friends and family. I've had friends drop me as soon as they found someone better and it hurts, but it also teaches you to only depend on yourself and be independent. I love how independent I am so I wouldn't change anything.

What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom to me means doing whatever that makes you happy as long as you aren't hurting anyone to get that happiness.

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

I think mental health is extremely important and needs to be taken more seriously. I've always lived by the thought that you never truly know what is going on in someone's head and so nobody has any right to judge others for their mental health. There are a lot of people, mostly older, more old fashioned people, who don't really believe in mental illness which is sad to me. I wish people would be more open minded and understand that no-one chooses to have a mental illness and we need to be more supportive and help those around us who suffer.

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

I am 1000% a feminist. I think feminism has kind of been altered to be this "man-hating" club. However that isn't the true meaning, and I do not believe their is one gender superior to the other. I believe in everyone being treated the same. I hate when I hear women say they aren't feminist. How could you be against your own gender? I want to have kids one day, and if I'm lucky enough to have a daughter I will raise her to be strong, independent, and kind. I will teach her that she can do anything she wants to do.

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

To me it's really simple, love IS love. Everyone deserves to love whoever they want and that's it. I'm not too sure why society has such a hard time understanding that? Stop being ignorant.

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

It't not your fault and you are never alone. You are so brave for asking for help. I truly believe that time heals everything and whatever is wrong right now can't last forever. Things will get better.

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

As someone who has had people in my life be bullied, I want to give the same advice I gave them. It get's better. Also, most of the time, the bully is just jealous of you. Never change who you are because you're afraid of people seeing the real you. Everyone is unique in their own way and if someone fails to realise that, it's their personal problem.

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

Hatred. Hatred would fix 70% of the problems today. If we just learned to be kind to one another and treat everyone with respect, the world would be so much less chaotic. We should always treat people the way we wish to be treated.

What else do you feel strongly about?

I have really strong feelings when it comes to bullying. I've never been bullied and I think that's because when I was in high school, it wasn't as bad. I mean, of course kids got bullied, but it was the bullies that were always being seen as the wrong ones. I feel like with the younger generations, bullies are praised and that's wrong. I just get confused by the whole topic. I never understood how big of an ego a person could have that made them feel entitled to making fun of someone else. Like is it really that hard to just be nice? I think we focus a lot more on people getting bullied and helping them, and that's great but why aren't we doing anything about PREVENTING the problem? Why aren't we sitting down bullied and giving them a harsh reality check?

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

Love or money?

Would it be wrong to say money? I guess if you're saying money from like a work perspective, then money. That's what the "girl boss" in me feels at the moment. But if you're talking about just having a bunch of money handed to me, then I would probably say love. I'm kind of a hopeless romantic who pictures having a fairy tale marriage.

Work hard or play hard?

Work hard now, play hard when I've done everything I can do.

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

Upside down because then they won't drop and break. I'm clumsy.

Plan everything or wing it?

This ones tough. I want to say that I'm a planner, but in all honesty, I work better under pressure and when I wing things.

Happiness or money?

Happiness. What's the point of having money if you're not truly happy?

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Love, Han


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