You guys it’s less than a week till Christmas… I cannot believe it’s already upon us! I’m having such fun having family over for the holidays, listening to Christmas music, doing all sorts of wintery things. It’s been a blast, and I can hardly wait for the days to come.
This week’s happy talk is with Julia from The Glass of Class! She is such a sweetheart- I remember when I first started blogging she was the first person who told me she liked my content. I’ll never forget how happy that moment made me. Anyway! Julia posts about all sorts of topics on her blog: beauty, fashion, DIYs, lifestyle and more. I love her content so much and I hope you check it out too!
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.
My mental health has had its ups and downs. I found out I had depression early last year and at first I got really scared, because it’s different when you sit in your house thinking you’re depressed to when a doctor actually tells you that you should be taking antidepressants. It created a chain of positive change around me though. I have grown so much as a person since then it’s unbelievable. I’m still learning how to put myself first and not let others dictate my life, but I can already see a difference in my attitude. I also don’t need to take antidepressants anymore and I love my therapy sessions. It’s so nice to have someone to talk to about virtually everything and not being afraid they will judge you!
2) How do you keep yourself content day-to-day?
It can be tricky. I don’t think it’s possible to feel happy and content every day and it’s perfectly fine. There will always be days when you feel sad or annoyed for no reason, especially during the *very special* time of the month, but it’s important to remember it’s only one day or a couple at most. Bad days don’t last forever. Neither do good days. And it’s the beauty of life. To make the bad days slightly more acceptable I treat myself to some chocolate or binge-watch one of my favourite TV shows.
3) Looking back at times you’ve struggled, what would you tell your past self to help them out?
DON’T STRESS. I cannot explain enough how much stress affected me at that time. I had my dissertation to write and loads of other assignments, but at the same time I had to move out of my shared accommodation, move in with new people so my social anxiety was kicking in a lot and I felt like I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I wish someone had told me to stop for a second and relax. And to stop trying so hard to please everyone.
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?
Blogging makes me happy! It helped me discover so many passions I had inside me like marketing and photography. I am trying very hard to turn my passions into an actual job now and hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, I am employed! I think that if you’ve got a dream, you should put your head down and work hard to make it happen. Living a dream is a dream in itself, isn’t it?
5) How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling down?
I have a chilled day. Usually I’d sit in my bed, watch some TV, play the Sims 4, maybe do some drawing and read a book. I’m most likely to have a bath and a pamper in the evening if I’m feeling down. In general, I just try to relax and not think about anything or stress.
6) How has blogging contributed to your happiness?
I had no idea what it would be like to be a part of the blogging community. It turned out to be so welcoming and supportive! I have met so many people who go out of their way to help you out. And there is always someone messaging me if I’m feeling down or to congratulate me on my achievements. I also try to do the same. This community is amazing and I’m very happy to be a part of it.
7) What inspires you, both for blogging and in your personal life?
I find inspiration in other people. There are so many blogs out there who look incredible and have a very interesting content and they always make me think of what I want my blog to be like. It helps me find out what people like to read about and what’s the hot topic at the moment. So many amazing bloggers to get inspired and learn from.
8) How have your friends and family supported your mental health journey? What helped and what did not?
I’m so lucky to have a strong support system. Both my family and friends are always there for me if I need to talk or cry. I can always rely on them and know they will support me no matter what. I have no idea what I would do without them.
9) What are your goals for the future, both for yourself and your blog? How do you go about achieving those goals?
My goals for the future… I definitely want to find a job I’m happy with. It’s so important to me. I want my blog to grow steadily. I want to finally officially adopt my cat and make sure she’s fully mine and provide everything she needs and more. To do so I need to find a job first so my goals interchange with each other. Hopefully soon enough I’ll be able to move out again, I can’t wait to have my own place to decorate and call home. I’m not pressuring myself too much though. Organic growth and small steps will take me where I need and want to be. I’ve got my goals and I know I’ll get there one way or another. Even if I have to change my route 100s of times.
10) What makes you feel most alive?
Being able to breathe again after having a blocked nose! Haha just joking. I feel the most alive when I travel, I think. When I’m standing on the beach looking at the beauty of a sea. When I’m looking at some amazing views. Or even when I walk around London and see the very famous spots. It gives me this feeling of extreme peace like everything is where it’s supposed to be.
Thanks for talking with me, Julia! If you wanna see more from her, check out her social media below:
Happy holidays friends,
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