Blogger Interview With Shelly

Blogger Interview With Shelly

I hope you enjoy this interview with Shelly– she is such a lovely person inside and out and I am so glad I have gotten to know her better through blogging. I was super excited to post this interview and I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.

  1. Thank you for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about. 
Thanks for having me on your blog!
I’m just a girl trying to figure out life and have chosen to share it with you all. My blog initially started as a mom blog, since I had just become a mom, but I realised that writing about parenting just wasn’t my thing. So now I’ve rebranded my blog to be a lifestyle blog and I cover mental health, work life and your typical day to day things.
2. When did you create your blog and what pushed you to take this step?
I launched my blog on May 27, 2020 after spending 2 weeks just writing about whatever popped into my mind. I actually started it because I was having a tough time at work and needed an outlet.
3. I really like the name of your blog “growingwithspawn.” How did you come up with the name?
Hahah that name though… I call my daughter ‘spawn’ or ‘spawny’ because of an inside joke my husband and I have. Since it was supposed to be a mom blog, I decided to name it Growing With Spawn. When I rebranded, I didn’t change the name because it is still about growth, I am a millennial and I am still learning about life even though I am now a parent.
4. As someone who has a lot of things going on how do you find time to balance all that and continue blogging regularly?
To be honest, I’m not really sure! Writing is fun for me, so it doesn’t feel like work at all. And having the pandemic restrictions just means that I spend a lot more time indoors than usual. I write when I’m bored, when I’m excited, when I’m happy, etc
5. What are some tips you would give to readers who are struggling to balance working, parenting and blogging?
I would say that they should prioritise their parenting first, job second and then blog last. Blogging should be fun, so if you do it when you have other things on your mind, it will feel like a chore. Also, you don’t make money from it that easily so of course work is more urgent. I would also say to be prepared to write at any time of the day. Sometimes my inspiration come when Im soaking in a tub, or when I’m cooking. Those are the times I usually blog the most actually! And blog in bulk! I wrote a post in it a while ago which might help some people.
6. On your blog you talk about your experiences with mental health such as your experiences with anxiety. Has blogging affected your mental health in any way either positively or negatively?
Blogging has actually been a rollercoaster ride for me. In the beginning stages, I was learning a lot so I was excited to experience every milestone. Then I got addicted to the stats and had to take a step back to reevaluate my approach. I’ve found that I need to constantly be learning and evolving so that I don’t fall back into that obsession. It’s been good to express myself though. I find that I am not nearly as stressed as I used to be.
7. What advice would you give someone who is currently suffering from anxiety?
Breathe. Speak to someone (preferably a professional. Write down everything in your mind whenever something new starts to bug you. You would be surprised how small the thing becomes when it has been narrowed down to a single word or sentence!
8. In what ways has being a parent changed your life?
Life has changed for the better, to be honest. I think the biggest changes came when I got postpartum depression and had to see a psychiatrist. It was then that I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety that dated back to when I was a teen! So now I am chilled, happy and definitely more patient lol
9. What is your favourite food?
Pizza pizza pizza!!!
10. What is your favourite TV show to binge-watch?
I have been a hardcore Grey’s Anatomy fan since it first started! But I just fell in love with Netflix’s Bridgerton. I think that one stole my heart 😀
11. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Jamaica! Those beaches look so cool! And I love to see people dancing reggaeton.
12. What is your spirit animal?
I don’t know what that is lol
13. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?
Waking up before sunrise and going for a swim then being scolded by my mom and asked to get out for breakfast. So my sister and I would get out of the pool and climb a tree instead. My mom was cool enough to bring the food to the tree! Lol
14. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
I just wanted to say thanks a bunch Pooja for having me here. I’ve loved your blog since I fist found it and it is such an honour to be interviewed by you! You kinda rock.
If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Shelly’s blog by clicking here.
If you would like to be interviewed please send me your name (optional), the name of your blog and a link to your blog via email to insomniacwithanaccent@gmail.com
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Blogger Interview With Kristeena

Blogger Interview With Kristeena
It was a wonderful experience to interview Kristeena and I really hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did!
1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about. 
I’m an engineer/scientist by training and a wife and mother of 3 girls. My blog Taking the Tee (takingthetee.com) is really about my day-to-day life, but from a perspective of dealing with anxiety and the ups and downs that come along with adulting. The color of my skin, who I choose to be with, my career…these things have made life challenging, but I do find that some amazing things have come from some really unfair and crappy situations. And it’s how I deal with them and the anxiety they cause that allow me to grow.
2. When did you create your blog and why did you decide to create a blog?
I created the blog not long after moving to Boston as a therapeutic way to channel everything going on. I didn’t share it or let anyone know it was up, but it was an outlet and a way to store my experiences and lessons learned.
3. Your blog talks a lot about mental health and anxiety. When did you first realise you had anxiety?
When I was in college I started having panic attacks, mainly triggered by big tests and my fear of flying. Over time, I was more aware of other ways that anxiety could show up and that the panic attacks were usually the worst case.
4.Why is it important for you to share your experiences with anxiety and has blogging helped you with your mental health?
I mentioned that it’s been therapeutic writing down my thoughts. I can acknowledge them in full, then tuck them away and try to move forward. But I’ve also realized that so many people deal with anxieties everyday. It’s not unique and it’s not unconquerable.
5. In what ways has having children this affected your anxiety? 
I’ve definitely dealt with postpartum anxiety that is heightened those first few months after having my daughter and the twins. But I would say that being a mom has actually helped overall. While there is more to worry about with 3 little ones, there’s also that drive to be strong for them. That doesn’t mean not panicking, just not letting panic and worry take over.
6. What are some things you do to help reduce your anxiety?
Working out is a huge help for me, and I lean on my faith as well. And I’m a huge advocate of therapy, whether it’s talking to someone, drawing, writing, ax throwing, whatever.
7. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with anxiety?
To give yourself grace. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and I think talking and sharing are the biggest enemies of anxiety. Not only does it help to acknowledge what’s going on, but you never know what other benefits await.
8. You are a scientist which is so amazing! What advice would you give to people, especially women, who would be interested in that profession?
Thanks! I really love it. I’d say network and connect with people who are where you want to be. And don’t self-sabotage! Statistically we have a tendency to sell ourselves short when speaking about ourselves and applying for new positions. We’re so much better!
9. What are some of your long-term blogging goals?
I’d love to increase followers of course, but I think my main focus is just to stick with it. It’s easier said than done sometimes.
10. What is your favourite food?
Guava duff – I’m half-Bahamian and it’s an amazing dessert that I can’t have often
11. What is your favourite movie?
Crash
12. Are you more of a dog or cat person?
Dog, which is funny because I currently only have a cat
13. What is a hobby apart from blogging that you really enjoy?
Weightlifting
14. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers. 
Thanks so much for the opportunity Pooja. Here’s to a better year everyone!
If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Kristeena’s blog by clicking here. 
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Blogger Interview With Rida

Blogger Interview With Rida

I want to thank Rida for this wonderful interview and I hope you guys enjoy her answers as much as I did!

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about. 

I am 33 years old living in Georgia (USA) with a gracious husband I have known for over 10 years, and two amusing, creative toddlers. It is because of them, my days are never dull. Although I have been on this earth for 33 years, it wasn’t until a year ago that I realized that I have complete control over my life. It just clicked. All the rules I was following, the life I was leading was dictated by choices made because other people or society gave me the impression that this was how I should be or how I should act. So, I started writing my blog Meovermommy (now Revivingreality.com) to take back my life. At first my posts were to express the thoughts I was having during this pivotal moment and then the Pandemic took hold. I shifted the blog gradually to be less about me and more about others. I began interviewing other people and sharing pieces of their lives that were/are life-altering and how they are choosing to push on. From death, divorce, health issues, etc.

  1. When did you first start your blog and why?

I started blogging February 2020. Writing helps me relieve stress. When the words are swirling in my heart or my head, it’s therapeutic to write. Putting those words down on a public platform hopefully will connect with someone else who may have the same feelings I’m having.

  1. Your blog is very uplifting. What helps you stay hopeful when things aren’t going well?

Faith and gratitude. When things aren’t going well, my faith reminds me of what’s to come and what I’ve already overcome. Gratitude keeps me grounded in the moment. Reminding me of the lovely “little” things I may have forgotten.

  1. Why did you choose to blog and what is your favourite part about being a blogger/blogging?

My absolute favorite part about blogging is meeting different people and the intimacy and vunerability they have in sharing a piece of their lives with me (most of the time, a complete stranger). Also, knowing that it can provide a bit of comfort to share their stories makes me feel like I am doing some good. For this, I am so grateful.

  1. You talk about the importance of being honest and sharing the bad along with the good. Why do you think it’s important to share everything especially right now with a lot of people online- especially on social media- trying to look like they have the perfect life?

I’ve seen how social media has caused moments of low-feelings or even depression in those that I love. Many people forget that social media is just the highlights. It’s just to show those rare moments where you thought it worthy of a photo.

I wanted a space to showcase reality, show that everyone has something to overcome, and you are not alone. No one has it perfect, but you can control the life you live.

No matter what social media portrays we are ALL dealing with stuff. Mundane stuff, hard stuff, ugly stuff. BUT, you can get through it. Keep pushing.

  1. How has being a parent changed your life?

Parenting has shown me the areas where I still need growth. It has shown me that I need to work on my patience. My children are 2 and 3 and I have to continuously remind myself that they have not been in this world for long. Things I think they should know or remember, doesn’t come as easily to them.

  1. What has been your favourite post to write so far?

The interview posts are my absolute favorite. I could read them over and over. I don’t think I will ever get tired of doing them.

  1. What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?

My goal is to do more interviews and stay consistent. I hope to do in-person interviews once the Corona virus is under control.

  1. What is your favourite food?

Pasta, Pasta and more Pasta. I could eat it every day.

  1. If you could be anyone for a day, dead or alive, who would you choose to be?

I would be Prince. 1. Because I would love to play multiple instruments and sing on stage. His energy was everything. 2. He led such a private life. I am curious to know what things he did for fun, where he traveled, etc.  I think I would need more than one day in his life. LOL

  1. What is your favourite TV show and favourite movie?

My favorite TV show is Martin and my favorite movie is The Wedding Crashers. I like to laugh and I can watch these repeatedly.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything that you would like to share with the readers.

If I can leave one thing with the readers —- Everyday won’t be sunshine but don’t forget to soak up the sun whenever you see it shining.

If anyone would like to share a story or testimony, please feel free to reach out to me at Ridajenay@gmail.com

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Rida’s blog by clicking here. 
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