Bloggers Uncensored: with NOAKES-ISMS
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! 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 that you can start following! This weeks blogger is NOAKES-ISMS.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Occasional pop star, selfie taker, LFC supporter, future winner of MasterChef, dabble in Trip Advisor and coffee lover.
Why do you write?
For me it's a way to brain dump. I walk home and start speaking to myself and I am writing an article in my head. I suddenly get a topic and have to pen my thoughts. I also do it as a platform to express my views.
Why did you start blogging?
To connect with others and come together on different subjects. Share views and have a platform for my random thoughts.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
The love and support they give each other. When bloggers are sad or in need of help and advice or support with their blog everyone clubs together.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
The competitiveness and the way that some people take the "like for like" culture too far. I created my blog not for the likes, and the sponsors, but to write and some people force too much of the share culture on others.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
That you need to stick to who you are. People will try and knock you down and mold you and change you. Sometimes your personality doesn't fit certain environments but you need to be true to who you are.
Sometimes people are laughing at you and not with you. It is easy to get caught up in jokes and when you are the center of the jokes, you need to know when it is with you and at you...
What does freedom mean to you?
Not being judged for what you say or do. Having free speech. Having the ability to say what you want even though it may not be the popular opinion.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Wow, where do I start. I myself have been in some dark places before. Long story but something happened to me as a child that hasn't directly affected me but when I was 15 I hit a wall, the pressure of exams and my past caught up.
I do like how much people talk about mental health now. Bloggers, influencers and celebrities talk about it and give it the time that it deserves. I am a big advocate in men speaking out about mental health, we need to not be shy and share our feelings more.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Love is just simply feeling that warm feeling for someone. It isn't racist. It isn't ageist. It doesn't matter what gender they are, if they even define themselves as a gender.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
People love you. There is a lot of support, your lover, friends and family all around you will pick you up and help you get through it.
You're not on your own. There is a lot of people out there struggling so find someone you can speak to, that actually understands what you are going through and give you tips.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
From someone who was constantly bullied every day at school I would say that, number one, you are not alone. There is plenty of others that have and are going through the same as you so don't feel like you're alone. That there are people who you can turn to and ask for help from. Number two I'd say that it's hard to sometimes know when a joke has been taken too far and when 'banter' becomes bullying, so if you feel uncomfortable don't shrug it off. Speak up.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Homelessness. Everyone should have a bed.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Plastics. I just do not understand why big corporations need to carry on wrapping small items in so much plastic. It is so much easier for each people to do a little bit to help too.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Money...Love...Money...No, Love. I've decided, Love.
Work hard or play hard?
Both. But, I definitely work harder, my biggest problem is switching off, checking emails on holiday etc.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right way up.
Chocolate or sex?
Can I have both ;) I would have to choose sex.
Plan everything or wing it?
Plan everything. I'd like to think I'm organised but I also have the good quality of being able to wing things and make it look smooth.
Happiness or money?
Happiness. I am a strong believer in money can't buy happiness but helps.
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