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Bloggers Uncensored: with Tarryn Christy

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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 Tarryn Christy.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello. My Name is Tarryn and I am a South African, Cape Town based blogger. I come from the recruitment and law industry and I have recently branched out into the construction industry because my family and I own a construction, maintenance and plumbing business. I am incredibly passionate about motivating, helping and encouraging those around me and this is why I have my blog.

Why do you write?

The main reason why I started writing was because I wanted to motivate and help people. I tend to write quite a lot of motivational and inspirational content because that's what I feel passionate about. I love helping people, encouraging them and pushing them to be their best selves.

Why did you start blogging?

I started a blog so I could have a little space to share my motivation and inspiration. My blog is my own little space on the internet that allows me to share my thoughts, ideas and aspirations not only for myself but for everyone else around me.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

Everyone is incredibly supportive. I have yet to come across a mean blogger. Everyone I have come into contact with has only helped me, supported me and shared my content. In the blogging community everyone genuinely wants to help one another.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

The most underrated bloggers in my opinion are lifestyle bloggers. Because a lifestyle blogger doesn't specifically have a niche, I do feel they tend to get overlooked by different brands because they don't stick to just one niche or topic.

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

Not everyone is going to like you and you aren't always going to be someone's cup of tea no matter how nice you are and that's ok. Someone else's opinion of you does not define you and even when they say something mean always keep your hand held high and never second guess yourself.

What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom to me is getting to do what you love every single day. Not allowing someone else's opinion of you affect you and believing in your capabilities and abilities no matter what others have to say.

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

A person's mental health is something we need to take care of just as much as we would take care of our bodies. I recently wrote a blog post on why it's important to take a personal day because honestly we are not robots and we need a break. This includes taking a mental break. When someone speaks out about dealing with mental health they are immediately looked down upon and this I don't agree with. If anything, mental health should be the one thing we should always take care of first. Life is hard and we live in a time where everything is fast past, on the go and always busy. Its ok to need a day or take some time to get yourself together and care for your mental health.

Anyone dealing with mental health should never be ashamed.

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

My advice on this would be "just take it one day at a time". You are doing the best you can and that's more than enough.

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

Find someone you can speak to and understand that the person bullying you is dealing with their own internal battles and insecurities but this still gives them no right to pick on you. Make sure you are speaking to someone about the issues with bullying you are facing and stand your ground. No matter how hard it is. You matter and no one should ever make you feel bad for being who you are.

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

I would rid hatred. When people hate they lose all focus on the good things in life. Also, we need to learn to love more and be more accepting of people. We are all human.

What else do you feel strongly about?

Women keeping their independence. Even though many of us are married or in relationships I fully believe that we are still our own person with our own dreams, goals and aspirations and we should strive to continue reaching our personal dreams and goals as well as keeping our independence.

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

Love or money?

Love. Money comes and goes but you rarely find real love.

Work hard or play hard?

Work hard. I'm a huge believer of always being the hardest worker in the room.

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

Right side up. For some reason I always think placing it upside down makes it dirty. I have no idea why.

Chocolate or sex?

Can I be honest? This is a hard one. They're both great. Can I have both?

Plan everything or wing it?

Plan everything. I'm an incredibly organised person and I struggle with just winging it. I like to be fully prepared at all times.

Happiness or money?

Happiness. I believe that if you are happy and do what you love and get happiness from doing it, the money will come.

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Love, Han


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