Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series, featuring Heather!
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 Heather!)
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 eleventh installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Heather, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: https://diffusingthetension.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-spencer/)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Heather Beard! Deep down I’m a basic white girl who loves fall, coffee, and Disney movies. Really though, I love a lot of things. I’m a mega nerd, and I’m proud of it. I’m a gamer, crazy about Spiderman, and don’t get me started talking about theme parks. I know quite a bit. I’m married to my wonderful husband, Justin, and we live in small town Mississippi. I am a (crazy) cat lady and we have a fat cat named Mandy Lynn.
I am a night owl, and most nights you can find me curled up working on my latest art project. Actually, I have a fine arts degree with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in art history. I love photography and I have a little side hustle called Heather Beard Creative. I love to write. You might not know, but I have a lot of short stories hidden away on my computer and I’m currently editing my first novel. I’m a bit of a mixed bag, but I guess that’s what makes me special.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
I originally started blogging in college as part of my 3D Art I class. What blogging had to do with 3D art, I’ll never know, but once I started I fell in love with telling my story. I found myself being a bigger part and wanting to play a bigger part in the mental health community when I started going to therapy again. I wanted to talk about my experiences. I’ve never been afraid to share my struggle; all I want to do is help others. In my now personal blog I shared more of my journey, my struggles, and of course more of my art and photography. Blogging for me became a really great outlet, and it’s one that I hope to keep up for years to come.
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
From my experience it’s finding an audience that cares about what I’m putting out. That and finding the right time to post. I hate being in people’s faces, but I’ve never understood why so many others have great success and I don’t. To be honest, I know my way around social media analytics and marketing, but somewhere along the way I’m falling short. I hope that I’ll find success in my blogging life soon.
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
Awareness. The rest of the world only knows fragments of what the rest of us face, and very few are willing to learn and educate themselves. I still think that there is such a stigma around “mental health” as a whole, and the ones who choose to speak up and speak out are often shut down.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
- I nearly went blind in my right eye from a really bad infection in High School. Thankfully we got it controlled in time and I have both eyes.
- I collect postcards! I try and get a postcard from everywhere that I visit and I like asking for them from others too.
- I’ve had a bucket list (or “Set LIst” because I love music) going since I was either a Sophomore or Junior in High School (can’t quite remember. I know it’s one of those for sure!) I’ve marked off quite a few items and I hope one day to do them all!
- I have a pen pal that I’ve been talking to since I was about 13. We met on a forum for kids, talking about one of our favorite TV shows at the time. I love her like she was my own sister. In 2011 I finally got to meet her. We still talk, and her friendship is one of my most cherished that I have.
- Not to toot my own horn, but I can actually sing very well. I’m just way too afraid to sing for others (husband excluded)
What is your favorite book and why?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – First I loved how the book was written from the point of view from a diary. I felt like I was stepping into the main characters world (in the movie his name is Charlie so I’ll refer to him as that.) I related so much to Charlie, he saw and he understood. He didn’t have to say much, he was a silent observer blooming among a room full of others. It is a beautiful coming of age story and I strive to read it every year. It makes me laugh and it makes me cry! It’s so quirky and written so well. It perfectly captures the feeling of growing up. I could go on and on about this book.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
Depending on the situation, I’ll get a bath bomb and sit in my tub and soak for awhile. Sometimes I’ll sit and read and other times I’ll set my iPad up and watch a few episodes of my favorite animes. Other times I’ll cuddle with my cat and my husband and take a nap. And never ever doubt the power of comfort food!
What makes a person brave?
Your feet moving when you don’t know why, lifting your voice when everyone tells you no. Holding fast to what you believe in. Standing up, head held high despite being scared to death. I think it varies for everyone, but that’s how I see bravery. Those are the moments where I feel bravest.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
- Passionate – I put my heart into everything that I do. I put a little piece of my soul in every piece of artwork that I create. I try to live a meaningful life. A life without a passion for something (or many things) is kinda boring.
- Creative – I’m an artist. I’m never not thinking of something, or a way to do something differently. There’s always something new that I can make, draw, or write about. I keep a running list of ideas and projects that I want to do. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever finish it.
- Adventurous – There is no mountain too high, no ocean too deep, and the World is my oyster. I want to see and do everything that I can. I want to experience life to the fullest, even if that’s my own state. Seriously, I love to travel, thrills, and even a small trip to a different state to eat their food is an adventure to me. I could make life really boring or I could find the joy in the journey. It’s something I’m still learning, but it’s a skill worth learning.
What is your biggest flaw?
I can be extremely stubborn. Sometimes I’m so thick-skulled that I won’t see logic because I’m bent on getting my way, or that something needs to be done a certain way. My husband coined a term “Heather Logic” for a reason.
What is your greatest strength?
I’m really compassionate. I’m not beyond sitting with a friend or family member that’s hurting a cry with them, or be furious with them. I’ve hurt so much for complete strangers that I’ll spend all of my emotional energy on them and not save any for myself. I can often feel what others are feeling, it’s like an extension of my being.
What is your best childhood memory?
It’s really hard to choose one because there are quite a few that come to mind. I think for this interview I have to say my mom taking my siblings and I to Blockbuster every Friday night. Sometimes we would all select a movie to watch, my brother and I might pick out a game to play (long live The Wind Waker), and I look back on those nights with fondness. Watching movies together has always been a big thing that my family did together. I still love doing it now, and I can’t wait to do it with my kids.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I really hope that my blog grows to more than just a platform for me to share my thoughts. Moreover, I hope that it becomes a source of hope for others. I would love to share more content about myself, my struggles, and my adventures with a larger audience. I hope once it grows it will be that boost for me to write more consistently.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
My hope and prayer is that the mental health community has grown. I hope that those who are a part of it can be open about their journeys, and what they envision for their futures. I hope that the rest of the world embraces those who struggle and educate and learn to lift the rest of us up. We certainly can’t keep doing it alone.
Who do you follow to stay updated on all things blogging and/or mental health? Share their links below!
About the Author
Hi there. My name is Heather Beard. I’m a Graphic Designer, Artist, and Photographer.
I’m an alumna of the University of Memphis and have my BFA in Fine Art concentrating in graphic design and a minor in art history. I love photography, painting, and hand drawn typography. Also, I am passionate about my work and I put my heart in everything that I create.
I love to watch and listen. I try to see every color possible and find beauty in the smallest things. Plus, I love my family and friends and I would not be who I am without them.
I married the love of my life, Justin, June 6th, 2015. My Husband is a gospel preacher, currently preaching at the Highway 15 Church of Christ in Pontotoc, MS. I am originally from Collierville, TN.
I love to read and am never not reading something. Books and music are two of my main sources of inspiration. I love to curl up with my cat and take naps, and I love to watch Netflix and cook with my husband. Also, I love to run and I dream of traveling to Italy one day! I am a total homebody and I love to be with my family.
My art and photography reflect my passions and feelings and I’m happy to be sharing them with you. Thank you for your support!
Thanks, Heather, for participating in my interview series, Meet the Blogger! I loved your responses, and I truly appreciate you taking the time out to answer my questions. Best wishes on all your blogging endeavors!
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