I have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Fairy Kissed Daisy Her blog is always open and honest and she’s very supportive and friendly, so you should really go and have a look at her blog and give her a follow on Twitter!
Here are the rules of the award:
1. Put the award label on your blog.
2. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, include links to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog or twitter etc)
So let’s dive straight in with the questions I was given!
1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I think my favourite thing is having a place where I can share everything and anything. Before blogging, I always had lots of thoughts swimming round in my mind and lots of photos that I wanted to share but I didn’t know where. Facebook didn’t really seem like the best place to put them, but having a blog and my own little corner of the internet works really well for me.
2. What would you say is your biggest achievement (outside of blogging)?
I have a few! One of the main one’s would be recovering from an eating disorder, because that was honestly one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do and even though I’m still not 100% where I would like to be in terms of being comfortable in my own skin, I’ve still managed to ditch the binging, purging and restricting.
Another big achievement was facing my fear of flying when I travelled alone to Costa Rica when I was 18 years old. Some people are born travellers and hopping from one country to another comes easily, but I’m not one of those people. I’m a home bird and making this journey on my own was a big deal. Facing four long plane journeys was extremely challenging and I’m so proud of myself for managing it.
I’m still terrified of flying, but I make myself do it because I don’t want to deny myself the experiences that come from travelling. But the only way I can describe how scared I am is that I truly believe that when I step on an aeroplane that I’m not going to reach my destination. It’s that bad, and it’s horrible.
3. Where would you move to if money wasn’t an issue?
I would stay in England because I’m quite fond of this country, and I don’t think I would adapt well to living in another country. But I would move closer to the seaside. If I had enough money, I would live in a bungalow by the sea. I would have a sea view, a beautiful garden and live within walking distance of a town. It would probably be in Devon somewhere.
4. What do you look for in other people’s blogs, what makes you click to follow?
I love photography blogs, travel blogs, and any blog that can teach me something new. I’m really not a fan of beauty blogs, and if the only things I can see when I scroll through the page is product reviews and makeup tutorials then I probably won’t follow. I’m just not interested in makeup and beauty.
I adore travel blogs that make me feel as though I have been on the journey with them. I love blogs that talk openly about mental health and teach me something new about a problem I have never heard of.
I love bloggers who are authentic and clearly write about things that they are passionate about and not what will get them the most views.
5. Favourite Disney Princess and why?
Ariel. I love the ocean and growing up I dreamt of being a mermaid. I have toyed with the idea of writing a book about mermaids, but I’m still trying to cement the plot.
6. What’s the most recent lesson you have learnt?
Intuitive eating isn’t about eating what you want, when you want. Intuitive eating has been one of the key elements of my eating disorder recovery, because it’s a great way to heal my relationship with food and my body. But for a long time, I thought that it meant just eating whatever I wanted whenever I felt like it, but that’s not the case.
I’m reading a book that has a step-by-step guide on becoming an intuitive eater and it’s more about listening to your body properly and knowing what it wants. I now only eat when my body tells me it is hungry, and I stop when it tells me it has had enough. It feels good to really listen to my body and feel like we’re on the same team again, instead of me fighting hunger all the time in my desire to be thin.
7. Favourite candle scent?
It changes depending on the time of year! At the moment, I’m really enjoying a candle by WoodWick that’s called ‘Fireside’. It literally smells like a fire that has been burning away for a few hours. It’s really cosy and nostalgic!
1. What made you start blogging?
2. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to do/overcome?
3. What is your favourite blog post you’ve done and why?
4. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably? What happened?
5. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?
6. What is your favourite memory from 2018 so far?
7. Do your friends and family read your blog?