Bloggers Uncensored: with The Creators Tribe
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my latest and favourite blog series that I've created. This series is an opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics. This weeks blogger is Laura from The Creators Tribe.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a computer engineer with a passion for writing. I'm also an aspiring digital nomad. A few years ago, I realised the 9-5 type of job just wasn't for me, that it was sucking the life out of me. So I made a decision to change. Initially I went on the same road I had taken in school - computer engineering and programming. And while I love technical stuff, I felt something was missing. So I started writing.
Why do you write?
I always loved to write. I find I can express myself perfectly in writing. When I talk, I sometimes feel the need to censor myself, I start thinking about what others will think. This never happens in writing. It's the perfect form of expression for me.
Why did you start blogging?
Because I felt I had a lot to share. And because I love writing. I was encouraged by a friend to share my story with eating disorders, and I did not want to share it on my personal social media, so I decided it was time to start a blog.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
The support and encouragement. I've met some really amazing people since I started blogging.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
The hate that is shown towards sponsored posts for instance, the whole idea of "I'm not gonna read that post of yours because it's not authentic/genuine, you just want the money", when in the end more than 50% of the bloggers want to earn money from blogging.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
I honest have no idea, I've come to a point when I don't even look at someone's number of followers. If I like their content I follow them, I don't look at their stats.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Doors will shut in front of you when you least expect it. People will turn their backs on you for the most stupid reasons. Which is fine. They are people you don't need in your life, so let them go (even though at first you'll feel lonely and miserable, know you're making room for the people who matter). The doors that shut were leading you to paths you weren't meant for. Which is fine, you're meant for better.
What does freedom mean to you?
Being able to travel whenever I want, wherever I want.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I feel society is slowly making progress in how it views mental health issues. I still see a lot of prejudice and misinformation, unfortunately. As someone who battles anxiety and depression, I can tell you I lost count of the times when I heard I need to just snap out of it, or I shouldn't be so sad or so scared. Each time I try to explain these are real issues and it's not as easy as cheering up, I get these weird looks, as if I'm the one who doesn't know anything about it. But I also see a lot more awareness, and more people willing to learn and understand mental health issues. We are on the right track, but there's still progress to be made.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I have to admit I was beyond happy when Emma Watson took a pro-feminist stance. Probably because I grew up with her, reading Harry Potter and watching the movies. But also she portray's feminism and women's rights in a very balanced manner, I think we need more of that.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Like with mental illness, society is definitely making progress, with more and more tolerance towards LGBT and more. Unfortunately, it also depends on where you live, because as much as some countries will be tolerant, others will be unbelievable intolerant. I am from Romania, which is a pretty conservative country. Here there are still people who think if you are a single parent there's something wrong with you (something that always get's me, as I was raised by a single mum). I don't wanna deviate from the subject, but you can imagine what those people think about same sex couples. The idea of 'Love is Love' is not something they heard of.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Don't isolate yourself. And don't hide your feelings from everyone. While you may not be able to talk to anyone about your problems, there's definitely someone who is willing to listen.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Focus on the things that matter in your life and on the people who love you. You are not a bad person, you are not worthless. Surround yourself with people who see your worth. And also, seek help - it is not a sign of weakness, it is your right.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
What else do you feel strongly about?
The legalization of cannabis for medical reasons worldwide.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Love. I can always earn money with my work. Love is a bit more tricky to find.
Work hard or play hard?
A balance of both.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up.
Chocolate or sex?
Chocosex. That's a word, right?
Plan everything or wing it?
Plan. I didn't study engineering for nothing.
Happiness or money?
Happiness. I'll admit I am happiest when I travel, so it's hard to have one without the other. But happiness it is.
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