Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series!
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 Laurie!)
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 twenty-second installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Laurie, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: www.diffusingthetension.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-teagan)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
I am am married and have 6 kids. (Editor’s note: Wow!!) Four of the kids have grown and left the nest. We still have 17 year old twins at home with us. I have three grandkids and am waiting for our foster care license to come through so that we can help other children in need.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
I started dabbling in attempting to blog off and on because I love to write. I also have been told writing about what I have been through will help others. This year I started actively writing and have started being more open about my mental health history. I struggle with chronic depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder with some mild Ptsd.
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
I struggle with self confidence so I have a tendency to want everyone to like it and be able to put out something everyone wants to read. Well not everyone is going to like the same thing. I have to try to remember that on the days that no one comes to read or comment that doesn’t mean it is a failure. Even if one person comes across a post that helps them than I have helped someone. That is my ultimate goal. To be able to help someone else and to be able to help break the stigma to mental health issues.
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
Oh boy, That is a tough one because there are so many needs. I see the numbers rising for children needing mental health help. The ages of suicidal ideation is becoming younger. Then I see posts about the statistics on Veteran and Police suicides and realize the mental health crisis is becoming worse. I do have to say I have seen the emergence of the Mental Health First Aid kit by the National Alliance of Mental Health and have taken the course here in my home state. My teen daughter has been struggling with friends being depressed and suicidal and wants to take the course to be more prepared.
Then again personally my biggest challenge is the reality that so many people are dying and this summer I lost one of my nephews to suicide. It hit too close to home that with all my experience with mental health, my education in psychology and my Mental Health First aid course someone in my family died by suicide.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
Hmmm… 1. That when my mother was pregnant with me she was told I was going to be born just a deformed piece of tissue since she had just had cancer treatment back in the 60s. they did not expect me to even be born, They truly thought she’d miscarry. They definitely did not expect me to be born a human fully developed baby who was healthy.
2) I’m not truly a snob or witchy person but am really really uncomfortable in social settings so often get perceived and labeled as such.
3) I have always loved to read and write and took a college course to write children’s books.
4) I have in the past struggled with bulimia
5) I have spent time in a psychiatric hospital for a nervous breakdown
What is your favorite book and why?
Just one? LOL. My favorite as a youngster was a book about the dionne quintuplets. Then I progressed to Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm and Little House on the Prairie. Now as an adult I am not sure I can choose just one at the moment. I have an account on Goodreads I try to keep track of the books I’ve read.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
Sometimes I just need a nap, Sometimes spending time with family is a big help.
What makes a person brave?
To keep putting one foot in front of the other in spite of what is happening. Don’t give up, Don’t quit.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Caring~ I want to fix everything for everyone
Introverted~ I struggle with social occasions, I really need a certain amount of alone time to decompress regularly.
What is your biggest flaw?
My self confidence, it leads to a lot of negative thinking and stress in relationships and keeping me stuck.
What is your greatest strength?
Perseverance, I haven’t given up in spite of the many times I felt that was what I should do.
What is your best childhood memory?
Being with siblings at a family park and summers with my aunt and both maternal and paternal grandparents in the country.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I would like to see me publishing articles that are making a difference. I’d like to think that by then I had enough solid material that I could write an eBook or actually publish a book to help children or other adults. I would hope that in 5 years my blog has been monetized to bring in an income.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
I would really like to see the numbers and suicide statistics go down. I would hope that in 5 years we have implemented better systems to help those in need.
Who do you follow to stay updated on all things blogging and/or mental health? Share their links below!
Melissa @ Leaving Busy
Chelsea Clark (for blogging) – Her Paper Route
Kate Doster (for blogging)
There are so many more that I follow through Facebook or their blogs. I should probably make a list and post it on my blog one of these days. I’m always afraid I will leave someone out and unintentionally hurt feelings though.
About the Author
Seeking Serenity & Harmony is my goal and I am constantly looking for ways to be more productive and save time.
Not known for good chicken math and also known as a crazy chicken lady.
Why I blog is that I want to help others by sharing content that is educational, uplifting, inspiring, and helps healing. At the age of 52, I received a BA in Liberal Arts and minored in early services and psychology.
My goal is to share, care, and support. I am over the hill and still finding myself. Join me on the journey.
Thanks, Laurie, 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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