Bloggers Uncensored: with The Opinionated One
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 The Opinionated One.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Born and raised in North Carolina, I grew up in a sweet and southern home with my mother, brother, and grandparents. After high school, I moved to Fayetteville, N.C. to attend college. There I met my husband, Jonathan. After graduating, I became a journalist and stayed in the area. I now work at the college I graduated from as a marketing assistant and graphic designer. I manage my own blog, YouTube channel, and freelance site.
Why do you write?
Being a writer by trade, I write a lot of different things. On my blog, you'll find everything from religious beliefs, to mysteries, to lifestyle posts. If I had to choose one to focus on, it would be lifestyle!
Why did you start blogging?
Blogging is a creative outlet for me. My boss, who worked at a newspaper for decades, told me that she would get sick of writing and couldn't imagine doing it just for fun. But I like to research and write about solutions to common problems, most of which I've dealt with myself!
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love that everyone seems so supportive of one another. I've made friends and found new content that I love thanks to the blogger community.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
For me personally, I find it hard to find opportunities to work with brands. Most brands are from the UK and aren't ready to work with Americans. I wish there were more US-based companies ready to work with bloggers.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Change your oil regularly in your car if you don't want to pay for a new engine!
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means having the opportunity to speak your mind (to an extent) and live a happy life without fear of penalties.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
There's still so many that don't understand it. It is hard to understand something you haven't experienced or witnessed. I do think more and more people are speaking up, though, which is amazing.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I believe that some feminists take things a bit too far, but there are some people like that in every group. That doesn't make feminism wrong. I hope that stigmas around women in the workplace will subside and that women will get the same pay ad promotions as men with equal or lesser education.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
You're not crazy. You are still so strong. It takes much more for you to get out of bed, get dressed, and have a good day than it does for someone who isn't fighting. You're worth so much and you've got a friend and supporter in me!
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Bullies are typically bullying you because they are insecure with themselves and want to make you feel lesser so they feel better. I recommend reporting the bullies in whatever means necessary. Then, if possible, call them out on it. I did that once and the bully never spoke rudely to me again.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
I would end the stigma associated with mental health. As a Christian with anxiety disorder, I've had to leave church because of the hate directed toward me because of my disorder and the limitations it put on me.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Confidence for plus size people. Some people just won't ever be confident in their looks, and that's ok. They need to be confident in their words and actions. As a plus size person myself, I used to be so scared to speak my truth for fear of being judged, fear of being called lazy, and more. I actually had a friend tell me she didn't think I would get a good job or get married because I was fat. That's insane to me. No one should be made to feel that way, regardless of their size.
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?
A happy medium between the two!
Happiness or money?
Happiness! There's something about a genuine connection with someone that outshines money!
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