Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series! This series will be coming to an end soon, so make sure to search my site for “Meet the Blogger” to catch up on post installments.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers? I try to follow as many as I can because they have so much wisdom to pass on. (Including bloggers like Chloe!)
That’s what gave me the idea for this interview series. I wanted to glean as much knowledge as I could from those much wiser than me.
This is our thirty-first installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Chloe, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment about Tranquil Trekker here.)
Meet the Blogger: Introducing Chloe
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m Chloe, better known as Nyxie online. I’m in my late twenties, live in Northern Ireland and I’m a proud cat mother.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
Since relapsing into anorexia nervosa in late 2018, I’ve found my life going in an entirely different direction than I once thought. Instead of being a successful health and safety officer, I found myself extremely ill both mentally and physically, which left me with little choice but to leave work after 6 months on sick.
I’ve since relied on the Mental Health community for help, inspiration and support. I began writing again in March 2019 and started a blog. There I post twice a week about everything from anorexia nervosa recovery to meditation and yoga.
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
The daily upkeep and constantly having to ‘explain myself’ to people who don’t understand what I do. People assume that you’re doing nothing at home, while I push myself to get up regardless of my mood or condition, in order to write and maintain my blog.
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces?
Trolling and ‘civil war’ among each other. Although there are other external threats to the mental health community, I think we need to be more mutually understanding, compassionate and supportive towards each other. I’ve come across hostility and trolling within the last few months. None directed at me, but regardless, it’s made me pull back from the MH Twitter in order to avoid drama.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
> I loved art all through primary school and up until 5th year in high school. I was drawing while in my highchair at my grandmother’s house. Everything had to be about art and what I could draw next. Then I went to GCSE art and found myself hating it because it wasn’t what I wanted to do, so it ruined the whole experience for me.
> If I could visit anywhere in the morning, free of charge and not overly stressful i.e travel, I would go to Finland.
> I enjoy history and always have done. Specifically gruesome history because I’m deep and dark inside.
> Although I can tolerate all music (other than R&B & Country) I am partial to a bit of heavy metal.
> I love video games. There’s nothing better than sitting down to play some Pokemon!
Related Meet the Blogger post: Introducing Mackenzie
What is your favorite book and why?
I always thought of it as “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, but it’s recently changed to “How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig. It’s beautiful, the story is gripping from page one and I just love his writing. I read that book in two days and I regret nothing.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
Lately I’ve been trying to concentrate on a difficult jigsaw. It takes my mind of everything that’s whizzing through it.
Failing that I go to the shower and put on some good music. I find the isolation of a shower, and the heat, so soothing. Sometimes I’ll shower up to 3 times a day just to get away from my over-thinking mind.
What makes a person brave?
>Carrying on when all hope is lost.
>Asking for help.
>Cutting toxic people out of your life.
>Opening up and being vulnerable.
>Admitting they have a problem.
There are so many things that make people brave, and it might be different for everyone.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Determined: I could very easily spend all day napping and watching Netflix. But through a mixture of anxiety and determination, I find myself getting up everyday and heading straight to my office to work.
Compassionate: I care a lot about other people. More than I care about myself. It’s both a blessing and a curse.
Interested: I’m constantly learning and I love that about myself. I love learning new things, whether it’s about my own conditions or about the world. I just love to be able to say “I’ve read about that.”
It can also be taken that I’m interested in people and human nature. If someone needs to talk and they choose me, I’m there, interested and listening 100%.
What is your biggest flaw?
Self doubt. I grew up with immense self doubt, not helped by my parents. I’m constantly second guessing myself, doubting my ability and choices, hating myself, second guessing the words coming out of my mouth etc. It’s debilitating and exhausting.
What is your greatest strength?
I’m not overly sure. [I honestly have no clue what to put here. I don’t think I have any strengths.]
What is your best childhood memory?
I remember very clearly going down a hill near my grandmother and grandfather’s home in tractor tyres. We had really heavy snow that year, which is unusual, and my grandad got us all set up with tyres and bin liners.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I hope that it’s still going and maintaining, or exceeding, it’s current traffic levels. I have a goal of paying my mortgage fully each month using only my blog and I hope to get there by August 2020 at the latest.
In 5 years I would love to be able to say that the bulk of my income comes from writing, podcasts and possibly sponsored content.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
I hope to see the stigma around mental health decreasing, and the understanding increasing. I would also love to see more paid mental health writing for MH bloggers/writing as it’s hard to come by.
Cara Lisette for all things anorexia recovery related.
Matt Haig because he’s an amazing writer and advocate.
Selfloveliv because she’s amazing!
About the Author
Nyxie’s Nook is a blog focusing on mental health awareness, eating disorder recovery, wellness, and self-development. The blog was started in March 2019 in a bid to raise awareness for mental illness such as Anorexia Nervosa and Anxiety, two such disorders I suffer from. However, what started out as a hobby, quickly turned into something much, much more!
Nyxie’s Nook has become a place to talk about all mental health issues and the struggles that come along with recovery. I cover a variety of subjects ranging from general wellness right up to more specific recovery related content. I not only aim to cater to those in recovery but to people in all walks of life.
Socials include: www.twitter.com/nyxiesnook
Thanks, Chloe, for participating in my interview series, Meet the Blogger! I loved your responses, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. Best wishes on all your blogging endeavors!
Are there any questions you would have asked Chloe? What other bloggers do you follow?
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