Hiya friends. I mentioned this on my Twitter, but today’s happy talk is comin’ a wee bit late due to a family emergency that occurred last night. Everyone’s totally okay and there’s no need to worry! I was at the hospital ’til midnight last night though and I’m definitely exhausted today. Very grateful everything turned out alright though, and I’m very happy to be resuming business as usual on the blog even if it is a little delayed!
Today’s happy talk is with Katy from Something Different. Her blog is a mish-mash of all sorts of things; she does reviews, talks about mental health, shares playlists, records vlogs and more. I love her blog because it totally feels like her space. Katy’s personality totally shines on her website which is honestly something I look for in a blogger. If it feels authentic and has character I’m totally into it. 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.
It has been one hell of a ride! My mum died in 2013 and I was 15 at the time, just starting GCSE’s. It took a big toll on me but I had to push it aside to be able to pass my exams. I haven’t really dealt with it properly. I was put into counselling and it didn’t really help. Four years on and I have just started on medication. This year has probably been the worst and best for my mental health. I did try and commit twice but I realised it doesn’t solve my problems and I needed to get help. Two months after that I met my boyfriend and he makes me happier than I have ever been and it hit me that if I had ended my life, I wouldn’t have met him. I hope that now I can get better. I wouldn’t be who I am without my mental health and it makes me who I am I guess. I do want to get better but it’s helped me to become more independent and to take care of myself more.
2) How do you keep yourself content day-to-day?
I keep myself busy. I hate not being productive some days and there are days where I just want to lay in bed and not face the world. I make sure I tackle each day and try to learn something new to keep my brain active.
3) Looking back at times you’ve struggled, what would you tell your past self to help them out?
You will get through this. I know times are tough and mum isn’t there to help but talk to dad. If you don’t, he won’t know till you’re 18. Please please please try not to cry. You’re beautiful and wanted. Everyone cares about you so much and they want you to have a future ahead of you.
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, making YouTube videos and Jack make me happy. I’m lucky to have someone there for me 24/7 and if you don’t have someone like that, your friends will be there for you, all you have to do is reach out. I just find something to write about I guess. I love writing stories and obviously blogging and I just sit at my laptop and start typing what comes to mind. If singing, dancing, walking or writing makes you happy, find some time each day to do that activity. It helps a lot as it builds confidence in yourself and makes you happier.
5) How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling down?
I tend to eat which I mean isn’t bad but isn’t good at the same time. I also make sure I do something I like or I talk to someone. It helps me overcome the bad feelings and also helps me chill out. I take a mental health day when I feel like that. I sit downstairs and watch Netflix and just have a day helping myself become happier.
6) How has blogging contributed to your happiness?
As I said above, I love writing and I also like entertaining people so blogging has really helped me a lot. I didn’t used to blog as much as I do now but the community has helped me to become a better blogger and person altogether. It also has helped me write for other people which I love!
7) What inspires you, both for blogging and in your personal life?
My mum inspires me so much. She fought hard till the end of her life and it struck a chord with me that life is short and you need to do as much as you can because it’s a short life we live. She inspired me to write and make YouTube videos and 2 years later here we are and I still love it.
8) How have your friends and family supported your mental health journey? What helped and what did not?
They support me so much and I cannot thank them enough. They understand what I am going through and help me as much as they can. They’re literally my saviours.
9) What are your goals for the future, both for yourself and your blog? How do you go about achieving those goals?
I think my goals in my personal life is to finish my course at Uni and get a Film Production Degree whatever grade that may be, travel and just live in the moment. For my blog, I would love to be able to reach a point where I help people daily.
10) What makes you feel most alive?
Music and my boyfriend. Music gives me that push to try and outdo myself at some things, it is my saviour for all those times I was alone and I felt no one was listening to me. It also helps me concentrate. My boyfriend makes me feel so happy and alive, I haven’t felt that for a very long time. He makes me feel loved and just so I can be myself.
If you want to see more from Katy, check out her social media below!
‘Til next time,
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