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Q&A Response

  1. I’m curious to know what do you find positive and/or negative about blogging from your experience?

There are so many things that come to mind! One major positive, though, would have to be the ability to express myself as well as use it as an outlet for my creativity. Another positive from blogging is that I discovered it’s one of my strengths and passions. One negative is probably how I have a tendency to take other people’s opinions of my writing very personally, such as negative comments.

  1. How did you start blogging and editing professionally?

I actually started writing on Allwomenstalk as a user and built up a following before it occurred to me to find out if there were any job vacancies for writers. Luckily there was, so I began writing for them professionally, and have since then also become an editor and manager of the community section on the website! So basically I have a couple of different roles which I work under every day or so.

  1. What are some of your best and worst traits/qualities?

A few of my best qualities would have to be that I’m very caring, kind-hearted and thoughtful. Some of my worst qualities is that I’m extremely stubborn, take most things very personally and can get quite defensive.

  1. What’s one thing you struggle with?

Physical intimacy. I find this very difficult to do in itself, but it’s also when I’m most vulnerable and so that makes it even harder for me. I must admit I have a tendency to avoid this in relationships as it’s a fear of mine which I’m going to focus on trying to overcome.

  1. What’s one of your proudest achievements?

How far I’ve come in my career. It might not sound like much of an achievement in comparison to what other people have done, but I’m really proud of myself for finding a way to turn a great passion of my into a career and for finally discovering what it is that I love doing as well as where my strengths lie.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to live in many different places for many different reasons, but right now my focus has been on Melbourne. For me it’s like the most ideal place to live, as it’s not far from home in NZ but it also offers so many opportunities and a fresh start.

  1. What do you think is one of the most important things in life?

Obviously the answer to this will depend on each person, but since you’re asking me I would have to say knowing who you are and owning your identity. For me this means having a deep understanding of yourself as well as having self-respect, self-confidence and self-love.

  1. What’s the best way to gain more self-confidence if you’re insecure?

The best advice I can give you for this situation would be to take the time to understand what your insecurities are, and then focus on finding ways to overcome them which will then lead you to self-confidence.

  1. Describe your style

My style has changed a lot over the years! I used to be extremely girly and would wear pink head-to-toe, but in the last few years I’ve definitely gone more edgy, sophisticated, feminine and even a little preppy! My style is a lot of things, really. I love wearing leather jackets, boots, high waisted skirts, off-the-shoulder tops, playsuits and bodycon dresses.

  1. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

I actually don’t have a bucket list and have never thought to make one! Personally I don’t really have really specific things that I want to do like what you might find on a typical bucket list, instead I have general goals which I’m working towards and hope to happen one day in the future!

  1. Where do you want to travel to?

Pretty much everywhere! For me it doesn’t get much better than going right around the world and seeing as much as you can while you’re able to!

  1. How do you feel about social media?

Don’t particularly like it, to be honest. In the past few years I’ve taken a huge step back from most forms of social media in an attempt to separate myself from it. In many ways I would rather go without it, just focus on myself and living my life without social media being any kind of part of it.

  1. What are some ways to separate yourself from negativity?

Set boundaries! I’ve struggled with this so much in the past, and as a result I ended up feeling so overwhelmed and mentally drained from being around a constant negative source. If it’s a person, you need to set boundaries to ensure their negativity does not start to affect you; it’s your job to protect yourself from all kinds of negativity in this world.

  1. What are you career ambitions and/or goals?

This is a good question! To be honest the answer to this has been changing over the few years as I try to establish what it is exactly that I want for my career. I would love to keep blogging, writing and editing as I feel these are my strengths as well as my passions and interests.

  1. What’s one thing not many people know about you?

I used to play soccer when I was younger and actually stuffed up my ankle really bad during a game. This was probably when I was about 8 years old or so (still in Primary school), and I’m about to turn 21 and my ankle is still stuffed! It means that my left foot is not as flexible as my right, it can also start hurting after a long day of walking and I can only wear certain styles of shoes/heels, otherwise my left foot gets very stiff and awkward. I would have to have surgery to get my ankle fixed, but I’ve been putting it off as I’m just so terrified of anything to do with surgery! The thought makes me feel physically weak. To be honest I don’t know if I will actually ever get it fixed.

  1. Best piece of advice you’ve received?

Your happiness is most important.

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