Why did you start blogging?
If you are new here, I started blogging because I thought it was a great way to freely express my passion for writing & just have a creative outlet. I didn’t really have a place to do that before & when I was furloughed from my job & the world flipped upside down, I needed a constructive distraction from everything. Plus, I felt like minimalism was a topic of interest ever since Marie Kondo & The Minimalists stepped on the scene. And I wanted to share my experience with the journey.
What is your favorite topic to write about?
Clearly, I love writing about the minimalism movement. And this has expanded into self growth & self improvement type of topics. I just love writing about my experiences on certain issues that could help someone else. I absolutely love receiving messages & emails telling me my writing & my perspective on things helped them get through certain struggles & obstacles. It seriously makes my day & makes me feel like I have a purpose.
Do you have any blogging regrets or mistakes you wish you avoided?
I wish I hadn’t of gotten caught up in the numbers game of it all. Of course, it’s important to set goals & half of the milestones are pertained to follower count & engagement. But I was stressing over how I posted things & how I sounded. And funny thing is, once I let go of the stress & just let my creativity run wild, my followers started flooding in like crazy. And I never want to sound conceited, but the other day I gained 100 followers in just a few hours on Instagram & all I can say i did was I stayed true to myself & let go of the notion of perfection.
Who do I look up to in blogging?
There are so many bloggers I admire & support. If it weren’t for some of them, I wouldn’t be where I was today. To name a few, Olivia Lucie Blake, GrowingWithSpawn & Delicate & Brutal were the OG’s when I first came on the blogging scene who I quickly admired & have gained a sort of friendship. There are so many genuinely amazing bloggers out there & it would probably take days to list out all them.
Another blogger / Youtube influencer I’d like to mention is Payton Sartain. Her blogging advice video, that I will include here, is the most authentically real explanation to getting started in this niche. I recommend everyone watch it.
How do you overcome FOMO when it comes to having stuff?
FOMO when it comes to material things is something I had to adjust with time & growth through this minimalism journey. As a teenager I envied a lot of people & what they had. Although, I myself was privileged in many ways, I always wanted MORE. And it’s a rather poor habit to have. Through learning about minimalism, I gained an understanding the best things in life aren’t things. They are experiences & relationships with people. But I also don’t obsess over the need to travel all over the world at once & envy where people have traveled to either. It’s a general consensus of being content with the simple parts of life & what you do have. I feel like I could go more in depth with this in a future post.
What is the best way to grow your blog?
As Payton says in her video, I feel like I can’t personally tell you the ways to be a successful blogger. Your talents will shine when you work hard. I honestly work my ass off with my writing & improving my craft. I spend hours watching videos & listening to seminars. I just really put my time into it because I have the time & it’s something I absolutely love.
Do you have people in your life who don’t understand why you blog & find it strange?
Oh, I’m 1,000% sure there are people out there who question & even make fun of what I do. But views are views right? I think when people don’t understand something or it’s different than the usual route, the easier thing to do is to question it & even criticize it. I don’t let that bother me at all. I’ve found plenty of people in this community who DO get me & plenty of people in my life who DO support me, so that’s all that truly matters. Why would I give up on something that makes me feel alive?
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
Ugh, I miss traveling so bad! There are so many places I’d love to visit. Besides a few states I’d love to revisit like New York, California & Oklahoma to visit my grandma, I would LOVE to visit London or anywhere in the UK really. I’d also love to go to Hawaii again or visit Greece! oh my gosh, there are just so many.
What is one thing you have learned during lockdown?
Well, the US isn’t in complete lockdown where I am. But it still sucks. I’ve learned to be kinder to myself. I hate when my life is out of my control. And finding peace has been a struggle. But I’ve really grown as an individual, worked on my priorities, appreciate my family & soon to be family. And I’ve learned to just let life BE for a second. If you want to know more about my thoughts on 2020, click here.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
Don’t revolve your entire life around a boy in high school because they ain’t shit.
What shows have you been watching lately?
The Bachelor : This season with Matt has the most annoying women. But it’s like a train wreck & I can’t stop watching. Which of the women do you love to hate? I’d go with a tie between Anna & Victoria.
The Challenge on MTV: It’s an oldie but a goodie. We are obsessed with it.
Wanda Vision: This show confuses the hell out of me but I love it! As I’m writing this episode 4 hasn’t dropped. BUT I’ve heard it’s going to be mind blowing.
Welp, that will be it for the questions this time around. I hope you enjoyed reading through my answers. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Valentines themed posts are starting Monday!