Happy Talks

Happy Talks #9: Emily Florence

Happy Tuesday!  Only three days until Friday the 13th; so crazy it’s happening in October this year!  I wonder what spooky things may happen on the day of… anyone have anything fun planned for the day?  Would love to hear about it in the comments.

This week I’m talkin’ with Emily from her blog Emily Florence.  She is a bit of everything blogger from the UK.  Some of her more popular topics include mental health, feminism, and travel, but you can find much more on her site as well.  Let’s see what she has to say!

1) What has your mental health journey been like for you so far? You can tell us as much or as little as you like.

A rollercoaster. It’s sounds cliche I know but if you plotted it on a graph, Alton Towers could genuinely use it as an advert for the Smiler.

2) How do you keep yourself content day-to-day?

It’s a struggle and I don’t always succeed. Coming home and switching off from the day, feed my kitties and curl up on the sofa with my other half and watch random Netflix shows or listen to him making music. Coming home to my little family every day keeps me sane.

3) Looking back at times you’ve struggled, what would you tell your past self to help them out?

I know I’m a walking cliche but THIS WILL PASS. It will hurt like a bitch and you’ll want to give in but it will pass.

4) What are the things that make you happy, how do you pursue them, and what would you tell others who are trying to pursue what makes them happy?

Writing and being creative make me happy. The buzz when I write a blog piece I’m proud of & when I get involved with other bloggers and twitter pals. I like to create and to feel a part of something. Creating and belonging. My advice would be to look at other people who are doing what you want to do. If they can do it then so can you! This helps remind me my dream is actually achievable and never stop moving towards that goal.

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5) How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling down?

Take time out. It’s okay to switch off from life and from adult responsibilities for a while. And it’s okay to say no to social plans. If I can’t cope, I need time to do nothing. I can’t pour from an empty cup.

6) How has blogging contributed to your happiness?

I love the blogger community. Having all these “strangers” who just get you. They know the struggles and they offer just the right amount of support. I wouldn’t still be blogging without it. And also it’s an outlet for me. Like writing my post about my morning routine featuring anxiety just gave me somewhere to pour all that frustration, and when people read it and say ‘me too!’ I don’t feel so alone.

7) What inspires you, both for blogging and in your personal life?

Other people. Seeing fellow bloggers and friends achieving their goals and doing what they love. And when people relate to my blog post or praise me for something I’ve done makes me want to push myself more. My other half is an inspiration as he just grasps onto what he loves to do and goes for it full throttle. He also always pushes me to do things and helps prop up my motivation when I feel like giving up.

8) How have your friends and family supported your mental health journey? What helped and what did not?

Very few people IRL know about my mental health struggles. My other half does and though it feels like I’m a burden on him and he doesn’t always “get it,” he doesn’t give up on me and doesn’t let me use it as an excuse not to be the best I can be. Sometime this feels like it’s not helping when all I want to do is hide from the world but I know that he sees me without my mental health issues and just wants the whole world to see me as that girl too. My best friend knows as well and she’s always there for a chat and I know when I’m feeling crappy I can drop her a text and she’ll listen without judgement. Though I do feel bad for cancelling so many plans with her.

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9) What are your goals for the future, both for yourself and your blog? How do you go about achieving those goals?

Freedom. The freedom to speak my truths. The freedom to change people’s views and help them see other people’s struggles. The freedom to create. I would love to make a living from either my blog or another creative pursuit because I crave that freedom in my life. When I’m older and have kids (if I do) I want to be at home with them not working 9-5 in an office. To achieve this I make sure I do something creative every day. I work hard on my blog and everything else i do so I can move one baby step closer to my goal everyday.

10) What makes you feel most alive?

Talking and interacting with other people. This sucks when my anxiety hits and makes it hard to do but when I’m feeling okay and I can just chat away to anyone and laugh it makes me feel alive and connected in a way that nothing else does.

If you want to see more from Emily, check out her social media below:

Blog: Emily Florence
Twitter: @EmFlorenceBlog
Instagram: @EmilyFlorenceBlog

See ya next time, and have a safe Friday the 13th!
– Shannon

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