Bloggers Uncensored: with GHV Life Transformation Coach
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 GHV Life Transformation Coach.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Grace Hahn, I'm half Korean, half Spanish, born in Mexico City, raised in the USA and living in Mexico again since High School. I was a language teacher for many years but 20 years ago was hired by the President of the International Olympic Shooting Federation as his Executive Assistant and Interpreter/translator.
Why do you write?
I've always loved writing, journaling, anything having to do with pen and paper! For the past 20 years that I've worked in the Olympic Movement, people have kept saying: "I would kill for your job! You have so many stories! You should write a book" or something to that effect.
Why did you start blogging?
So I started blogging this year because, after 38 years as President of the ISSF, he retired and is now "only" member of the International Olympic Committee, so work hours are a bit more manageable and I kept hearing those words: I would kill for your job! I thought people might want to know what it's like to travel in sports world for a living.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love that, in general, bloggers are pretty solidary. That's surprised me a lot! Many bloggers are very generous and I find people like that more and more each day.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
Bloggers who follow and unfollow you and think you're not smart enough to know when that happens. Why even follow me? It's an exercise un futility!
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
I love Gallop Around The Globe a small blog but really great content! No Ordinary Nomad is soooo small but I really like these two Scots because they do the kind of travel I would never do, for example climbing Everest!! I like their writing, and their style.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
That loyalty isn't necessarily a two-way street, I've learned that in work and in relationships. I've learned that most people are two-faced. These are things I've learned the HARD way.
What does freedom mean to you?
Having enough money, time and health to do what I'm passionate about: travelling, writing, helping animals.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
It's horrifying how ignorant most people are of the topic. One of my dear friends is India's first Olympic Gold Medal winner and he's very involved in the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Mental Health program because athletes have hidden that most of them are deeply depressed after an Olympic win... they feel lost and see no future for themselves. I had a deep depression for a couple of years and I know it's a condition that most people hide. People don't get help because they fear being judged.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Feminists today are sometimes shooting themselves and all of us in our collective feet! I think a good example of a feminist is Mrs. Obama. Educated, poised, smart as a whip, walking the walk with class.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Love is love. I've known couples of all configurations who are truly in committed wonderful relationships. But the truth is, many people are using "love is love" as an excuse to cheat, be abusive and cover it all with "Hey, that's on sex, but I LOVE you!" and stupid crap like that.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Get help! First go online where you'll be anonymous, find out in your area who's considered a great psychiatrist or therapist (if your insurance covers it or you can afford it). If you can't afford it, go to the nearest University's Psych department and make an appointment with a therapist. But DO something. It's hard to take the first steps, I know it so well, but you won't regret it. Get a friend whom you trust and have them hold you accountable.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Tell your parents (if you're a minor) or teachers in private. Have them DO something or THEY will be held accountable. Sometimes you have to scare people into helping you! If you're an adult, amass proof and go to the police documents to all involved. NEVER take that shit passively because bully's feed on that passivity.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Violence of any kind! From child and animal abuse to war.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Animal rights. Cruelty of any kind bothers me but animal cruelty hits me to the bone.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
At this point in my life, money.
Work hard or play hard?
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Happiness or money?
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