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 Tsvetty from Mental Health Memo!)
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 nineteenth installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Tsvetty, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: www.diffusingthetension.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-hazel)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
Hi all! My name is Tsvetty and I run a blog called Mental Health Memo. I write about all things under the umbrella term of “mental health”. I got inspired to create my blog because of my lived experience with anxiety and mood disorders that I’ve been dealing with since I was a toddler. At such a young age I felt very lost, scared and ashamed that nobody was like me. So I wanted to be someone to guide others on the difficult path of poor mental health. Aside from that, I’m also currently studying Social Work and Psychology which helps me to balance out my views and provide professional advice. But I’m not just my illnesses so other things about me that have nothing to with mental health are: I have 2 dogs, I speak 4 languages, I’m a huge foodie, my name means flower in my language, and I’m really good at board games.
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
I’m a mental health blogger who also works in the field, and has lived experience with mental health!
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
I think the hardest thing is simply not having enough time and energy. Obviously traffic, content and monetization can always be improved and fixed. But if you don’t have the time or energy to do any of the stuff you need to do to fix them, then there’s no real solution. It’s something nobody can really help you with because you have to time manage and motivate yourself. This becomes even trickier when you’re juggling a million other things at the same time (school, work, kids etc) as most of us are. I try overcoming this to the best of my ability by having a very thorough plan of my days, weeks and overall month. Having everything already planned out helps me to stay on track and not get overwhelmed or forget things. In terms of motivation, I try to get inspired by others and by life and allow myself to take breaks so that I don’t desensitize myself to theblogging world and end up hating it.
What is the biggest challenge the mental health community faces currently?
I think our biggest challenge is ignorance and making sure everyone with mental illnesses all over the world is being supported. I think in first world countries there have beenbig advances for mental health (some more than others, but overall a step forward) and so it can be easy to live in our bubble and forget that there are other places in the world where these strides have not yet been taken, and where mental health is still taboo and mentally ill folks are still suffering. As much as we can, and whenever we can, we have to work towards educating others and pushing for change in places that are less progressive in their views of mental health.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
1. I was two grades ahead at one point in my life.
2. I’ve been in a French school since age 11.
3. I have a weird phobia of metal and rust. I hate touching doors, locks, keys, zippers, anything metal. It just grosses me out and I feel contaminated after. Also I hate the smell of metal. It’s why I don’t actually wear much jewelry. If something is rusted you can best bet I am not going anywhere near that thing.
4. Horror is my favourite genre ever.
5. I only learned how to tie my hair into a ponytail at age 15. I just really don’t know how to do hair y’all. It’s confusing and it hurts my arms.
What is your favorite book and why?
I don’t have one! I’m like that parent that says they don’t have a favourite child. But in my case I actually mean it. I’ve been a bookworm from a young age and so I’ve gone through a lot of books in my short life. And I simply just can’t pick one! There were so many incredible series and books and I think they’re all unique and have a place in my heart. So sadly, I really can’t give much of an answer on this one.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
It depends. Sometimes I actually put in an effort to do something like yoga, meditation, painting, or exercising. Then other times I just like to sit in the emotion and be alone. Other times I like to drink and eat my favourite food. It depends on if I’m feeling tired, mad, sad, or something else. I just go with whatever feels right for me that day and I try to not take it out on others as best as I can.
What makes a person brave?
I think most people would say “someone who follows their dreams and stands up for themselves”. And while I totally agree, I also think there are different types of brave. Yes, it’s really brave to fight for your dreams and believe in yourself. It’s also brave to put your needs, goals and life aside to be a caregiver to someone. It’s brave to give up on something you love because it’s not right for you. Of course, it’s brave to cry. It’s brave be kind to others without knowing how they’ll treat you back. It’s brave to be quiet and simply listen. I think there are all sorts of brave, and I think everyone is brave in their own unique way. It doesn’t have to be some big macho thing.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
1. Smart. It’s one of the things I take a lot of pride in. I think that I’m really sharp, quick-witted, well-spoken and efficient in learning new information. I’ve always gotten good grades but have also understood things far beyond a textbook. My intelligence is definitely something I love about myself.
2. Resilient. No matter what happens, I always pull myself up and keep going. A lot of people have said they would not have lasted long if they went through the same things as me, and I take that as a huge compliment.
3. Caring. My love for others has no bounds. Sometimes this is also my biggest flaw because it lets people take advantage of me, but I’ve been trying really hard to learn to embrace that part of myself instead of trying to destroy it for my own protection. Like I said before, I think it’s really brave to care about others, so it’s something I’m trying to take pride in.
What is your biggest flaw?
I definitely have a lot so I’ll just do the first one that comes to mind. I often close off and become aloof when I’m hurt, and therefor make it really difficult for others to communicate or fix things with me. It’s definitely something I’m working on but it’s a deep rooted defense reflex of mine.
What is your greatest strength?
Always working on myself and improving. I’m always looking at other peoples’ character traits and ways of being and try to incorporate anything I admire in them into myself. I don’t think I’m ever NOT working on bettering myself in some aspect. I think it’s no fun if I think I’m perfect the way I am. Besides, I can always strive for better!
What is your best childhood memory?
If I had the ability to remember something from more than 5 minutes ago then I’d be able to answer this question, but sadly I do not have such a skill. I literally remember almost nothing from my childhood. For the sake of not leaving yet another question without a definite answer, I’ll say having newspaper sword fights with my brother.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
Hopefully much bigger than it is now and finally bringing me in some income (let’s be real). Blogging is so much fun for me so I really want to make it into a job for myself that can also support me financially so that I can continue to do it. I have also always wanted to make Youtube videos because I think it’s easier for me to express myself verbally rather than on paper. So hopefully I’ll be making videos by then too!
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
I see it being bigger as it becomes more normalized to talk about it, and hopefully much more progressive! But it’s also already such a nice community that I hope it doesn’t change TOO much.
This is gonna sound lame but I stay updated on mental health stuff via scholarly sources at school for my profession (I know it’s super nerdy). Of course I read other bloggers’ stuff but in terms of actually keeping myself updated and fact checked, I use academic sources. Some bloggers that I like though are:
And of course Jen, who graciously let me do a guest post for her! Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my blog, and I hope you will give it a peak.
About the Author
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Thanks, Briana, 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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