Bloggers Uncensored: with Rebecca Lombardo
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 Rebecca Lombardo.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I just turned 46 years old and I've been happily married for nearly 18 years. I grew up in a large family with 4 brothers and a sister, all older. We have 3 cats that are basically our children. I love to read, write, watch movies/tv, listen to music, photography, and sports. I'm a published author and a podcast host with my husband.
Why do you write?
Writing is therapy for me. It helps me purge negativity from my brain.
Why did you start blogging?
I was a survivor of a suicide attempt and I knew I wanted to try to help others so they didn't have to experience what I did. Plus, as I previously stated, it helped me process some of my emotions.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
Camaraderie. Everyone is very supportive.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
It's a little over-crowded.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
No idea on this one.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
You can't spend all your time trying to please others because you never will.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Being a mental health advocate, I've seen the role mental health plays in society first hand. It seems to go in waves. Celebrities coming our and talking about their own experiences can be helpful, and it does help with the stigma that we all face. There is still a lot of work to be done about awareness and understanding where to draw the line between what's real and what is fake.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
This is another area where I think we are making improvements but we have a long way to go. I strongly feel that even if someone is in a situation I may not have interest in participating in, it's their right to do it as long as they aren't hurting anyone.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Stay strong and learn to take care of yourself. Even if you know you've got a job to do, be careful and know your limits. Know that you can't always trust what your brain tells you about being weak or useless. You're dealing with a brain illness and it's not always going to tell you the truth. Self care is vital and finding a good support network can make a huge impact.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Animal cruelty. We need laws that protect these amazing creatures more.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or 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?
Happiness although cash would be nice!
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