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Bloggers Uncensored: with Surviving Millennial

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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 hear your favourite bloggers' honest, uncensored, thoughts about real life topics. This week's blogger is Surviving Millennial.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Stephi, the blogger and person running Surviving Millennial. I work part-time while spending the weekdays working on my content creating. I'm (currently) 20 years old, rapidly approaching 21, and I'm working towards being a freelancer. I'm driven by creativity, without it, I don't know what I'd be doing.

Why do you write?

I write because I find it the best way to express myself. I'm better at writing something than physically telling a person. Writing also allows me to put all these ideas, no matter how crazy or sane, onto paper - or a word document - whether it be fiction or non-fiction. Just seeing my creation out of mind and onto something I can read? It's a feeling I hope I'll never get used to. Writing is a part of me that needs to exist.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I missed it. I used to have a blog to go a long with a business I was going to run, which unfortunately never got going. There was quite a gap between two blogs, but towards starting Surviving Millennial, I was realising I was missing being able to run something like that. I wanted it back again - only this time, being able to write about anything and not just one set topic.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I love how welcoming the community can be. Most of the people I've met through blogging are just lovely. It's almost like an online friendship, except you know more about what they blog than their lives - I'm too awkward to try making friends, okay!

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

While this'll seem like the complete opposite of what I just said, one thing I'm not a fan of about the community is how hard it can feel to be involved. I feel like I'm a socially awkward person, I'm awful at making and keeping conversations. So when it comes to getting involved in the community, it isn't easy. For the last few months, I've felt more like an outsider looking in than anything. Whether that's my own doing from not getting involved as much, or what, it just kind of sucks.

One other thing is when drama starts, bloggers tend to group together and will just start shitting on or attacking a blogger. That's the part I wish didn't happen. It reminds me of the bullies beating or bullying someone back in school. We've got to be better than that.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

Kat from indierella.com. She's an absolute sweetheart and I love her content and social media posts.

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

Hah, well.

- Whether or not you have people in your life, you need to learn to rely on yourself.

- You want it? Earn it. You're not going to get something handed to you. Life isn't so simple or easy.

- Friends won't always be your friends. Sometimes it's okay, sometimes it's a shock.

What does freedom mean to you?

'Freedom' to me means being able to express yourself. Without regret. (This excludes hatred, harassment, or any negative expression.)

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

There should be far less of a stigma when it comes to mental health. If your kidney get's ill, people take it seriously, but because your brain - one of the most important organs - is ill, people seem to think it's all "in your head" or fake. Would you tell someone with asthma it's all their lungs? No? Well, why the fuck should you have that attitude to the human brain?

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

I am a feminist, I want equality for everyone. But if I'm honest, I don't tend to keep up with it or related topics in the news. I'm not entirely certain on how it get's portrayed, and I really should research it's history.

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

As long as both (or all) parties give consent, love who you want. It's your life and nobody should be able to say you can't love the person you're with. It's 2018 so if you're homophobic, fucking get over it. It isn't any of your business, whether it's a stranger, your neighbour, or a direct family member. Their choice. Their life.

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

Please don't ever give up. No matter how it affects you, please don't. While it may not feel like it, there will always be at least one person who will miss you when you're gone. It's worth fighting, no matter how weak it makes you feel, it is always worth fighting.

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

If you're being bullied in school, and you had any experience like myself, schools will most likely not give a shit. They'll do a poor-ass job. But one thing I've learned from experiences and friends, if you mention going to the papers, or even Ofstead, shit get's done.

If it's through social media, don't be afraid to report it to the social media themselves. If it is a good or at least decent site, they'll be fully against bullying and harassment.

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

Xenophobia. It's beyond stupid. We're all human.

What else do you feel strongly about?

I wish I could give examples, but I don't know what I feel strongly about until I get started. Funny how your memory can be.

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

Love or money?

Love, we can work together to build our empire later.

Work hard or play hard?

Work hard. We can have fun when we're not working.

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

Right side up.

Chocolate or sex?

Sex. Unless there's body chocolate involved...

Plan everything or wing it?

Plan everything. I'm too much of a perfectionist!

Happiness or money?

Money. Financial stability will give me happiness.

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Love, Han


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