Bloggers Uncensored: with Rockin' It Whimsy
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 Rockin' It Whimsy.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I became a first time mother last summer at 34 years of age with my darling girl who is now 8 months old. Motherhood has been a wonderful life-altering experience. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2012, and had been living with symptoms for 3 years by that time. That was a roller-coaster experience, but it was not fun. I want to save the world. Id the world really that bad? Yes and no. Am I up to the task? Yes. While it is a major undertaking, I believe that anyone and everyone can play a part in this, no matter how big or small that part may be.
Why do you write?
I always say that writing is my treasured adversary, because in school I was a math person and had to work extra hard to get where I am at my writing today. I'm the type of person who likes to face challenges with lots of determination. Even though math comes more naturally to me, I still love to write. Communication is important, in my opinion, and the conveyance of ideas is beautiful.
Why did you start blogging?
It is awesome to have a corner of the internet to call my own where I have the opportunity to help others. When I see a problem that needs solving, I feel compelled to help. Blogging provides many opportunities for that to occur.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
It is a very positive environment. I love going on Twitter and seeing the content on my news feed. You get back what you put in. Plus, you meet lots of interesting people and learn lots of interesting things.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
You have to take care of yourself. No one is perfect, so betrayal can come from anyone. From those you thought were supposed to love you to even you being the source of betrayal. Taking care of yourself is not only about protection, but also learning, growth, and love. Resilience is key. People are capable of so much, and that can be negative or positive. Good thing I'm an optimist.
What does freedom mean to you?
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
There's a lot of stigma, ignorance, and judgement out in the world. Thankfully though, we also have some pioneers who are stepping up and showing us what compassion is all about. Movies are not helping though.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
There was a time, not long ago, when I saw feminists as too rash and would never have called myself one. Then I decided to open my ears, heart and mind, look past what I saw as mob mentality. Feminism is an idea - a movement. It can mean different things to different people. When you have two opposing sides, the waters between can get muddy and make everyone bitter. But as long as there are two opposing sides we will need feminism. To me, this idea is about respect, opportunity, and compassion. Not about who can do it better, because everyone is different. No two people, no matter the gender, will have the same capabilities.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I love: love. Carry on.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Advocate for yourself, learn as much as you can, and find someone you trust. Recovery is not a straight road. It has ups and downs, but each time the down time comes around you can be better prepared to face it.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
What else do you feel strongly about?
Not letting the bad guys win.
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?
Still haven't decided.
Plan everything or wing it?
Happiness or money?
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