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Who’s behind the screen?

So. When having a sort through my blog to make it more self-guidable (I’ve had my good old categories menu for a wee while now, but managed to de-grandma-ify myself for a moment and pull up my old pages as well, like the easily guided ‘contents‘ tab…), I noticed something: I talk a lot about me, but haven’t done a classic ‘get to know me’ since I was 16, and gosh, I’m nearly 20 now…

Instead of digging up just the basics, today i’m presenting you with the Bloggers’ Showcase questions as shared by MorganPrince and LifeAt139A, to truly expand on my old, basic ‘Get to know me’ post back in 2015. However, if there are any specifics you want to know.. feel free to drop me an email, tweet, or private message on any social network you so wish!

The Basics

What’s your name?

Lauren

Do you have any nicknames?

Yup. Laur and Bee are the most common, but there are a lot of references in conversations leading to ‘kitty girls’, inspired by RuPaul Charles or ‘duckie’ being a favourite of my once-Notts based boss.

How old are you?

I am 19 years old, edging on twenty after the summer passes.

What are you currently doing with your life, and what’s your favourite part about that?

Currently, I sell soap for a living! I am a supervisor at Lush, meaning all day, everyday, I smell amazing and get to talk about ethics I strongly believe in. I am also a member of the management team which means I also do some of the admin, boss a few people around, and co-ordinate the shop’s social media.

In September, I’ll be stepping down from my management responsibilities and actually transferring to a whole new Lush store as a part-time Sales Assistant, so that (health permitting) I can return to college to study English Literature, History and Law.

The best bit? Oooh, I can’t name just one thing! I absolutely adore working for Lush for so many reasons; It’s a great company, but also I work with the best team. I seem to spend my days laughing which is just so, so amazing for me and my mental health. I adore every moment I spend at work. The working freedom also means I can happily attend my (many) specialist appointments, and have even had a fair chance to travel this past year.

Bloggers’ Showcase

Who are you?

A gay icon… A unicorn sent by the gods… An eth- Hah! I’m just kidding. I have two moods; Immense overconfidence; Crippling self-deprication. Anyway! I’m a youth who writes things and pops them online. Being pansexual and suffering from Chronic Illnesses, I identify as both queer and disabled… something that once made me anxious, but I now find empowering. I am also a plant-eating human (vegan) who loves to travel as much as health permits.

How did you discover blogging?

My internet pal, Meg, was someone I saw post blogs all the time, and I was in envy of her style and intrigued by learning about her chronic illnesses, being a spooning myself, so read them. From there on in, I would read her posts and follow any bloggers she suggested, and so my journey begun!

Why did you start blogging?

I don’t know the spark that got me going, and if I’m honest I hadn’t ‘branded’ myself as such, so it was very wavy to begin with. What I did know was that I had a passion for writing and politics, so wanted a place to express myself and maybe even make a difference. I used writing as an escapism for negative thoughts whilst doing my GCSEs, so shared that. It took me a while to find my niche (and audience), but now I thoroughly enjoy putting content out there and all the lovely messages I get re: posts. I am even more passionate about said issues now (all categories can be viewed if you scroll to the top of my page) and really feel the writing life is for me. It’s super validating when brands want to work with me… I still feel like a silly teen on the internet.

What do you find most challenging?

About blogging or life in general? When it comes to life, I am battling chronic illness and mental health issues on-the-daily, and it’s damn consuming. Blogging wise… I’d probably say the same. When it comes to mental health, sharing the darkness that consumes me online is terrifying. I’ve spent such a large part of my life pretending to be okay, and.. well… not being. I’ve been ashamed of what’s in my head, but I don’t need to be, so it is totally empowering… just scary, too. Also, worrying; Mostly about what people think; Overthinking. Do the audience like this? Will the brand be happy? Am I good enough? Unfortunately, overthinking is a part of me. My friend Siobhan and I have this saying about me… “The last ingredient is paranoia.”

What is your favourite topic to blog about?

Oh, that’s hard! I love talking about anything I’m passionate about. Doesn’t narrow it down much, but I don’t think I could choose an individual category. I do love sharing my poetry and creative writing work, but there are so many in my drafts that I don’t have the confidence to post.

Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

To begin with, I think it was clearly for fun. I just sort of… wanted a blog. As I said, Meg inspired me, but it was just for fun. Now, I definitely have goals. Blogging has become such a huge and important part of my life, so opportunities to take it further mean the world to me.

What is your favourite things about blogging?

I’d probably have to say networking! I have made some wonderful pals and acquaintances through blogging and I hugely appreciate that. I have also had a drastic confidence increase and I would say working at Lush and blogging play an equal part in who I am today.

Have you ever been to a blogging conference and what do you think of them?

I’ve been invited to a few but never have I been! I’ve been to a few blogging events with brands and did love them. I am consider going to one I have been invited to, soon, but I’m not sure. I do work full time and chronic illness steals most of my spoons.

What are your 3 best posts?

Gosh, how do I interpret this? Statistics? My favourites? My most important/empowering? I’ll try and put all of these things into work.

So, this time last year I wrote a piece on my then-favourite TV show, Ackley Bridge. I wrote this post on sexuality in the show, and it was shared by one of my favourite actresses of many years, Sunetra Sarker ; who happens to be in the show too!

I also wrote a piece of creative writing, spontaneously, reflecting back on an abusive relationship. The writing actually helped me feel some closure and I got such a wonderful response.

I’m not going to lie, the past year has been amazing for my blog. I’ve been incredibly proud of all I’ve been doing and feeling super blessed to have worked with brands! I’ve also got my own domain in this time.

The post where I feel this really took off is here. Honestly, though, it depends on what content you like to pin it down.

Describe yourself in three words.

Expressively beaming child.

Are you a tea and biscuits kind of person or a coffee and cake girl?

I do love my tea and biscuits, but coffee and cake prevails.

What’s your idea of a perfect night out?

Hah! I’m not really a kind of ‘night out’ gal, but if my body holds up… it can be fun sometimes. I have to say, I was going to use ‘I prefer nights in’, and describe that in detail as a cop out, but I can’t now you’re after both…  SO:

It would have to be somewhere at least slightly cheesy; The ’00s pop and musical bangers in G.A.Y are what I live for, and the whole concept of reflex gets me, but I wasn’t a fan of the actual venue. I’d only go out with people I know I am comfortable with and people who get the fact I can’t do as much as other people.

What’s your idea of a perfect night in?

As I mentioned, I’m much more of a night in person.

By myself, I love to be with my dogs and love watching RuPaul’s Drag Race or compilations of my favourite queens; Katya; Adore Delano; Alaska; Jinkx Monsoon; Bianca Del Rio… to name a few.

Otherwise, I do love a good old Disney night with my best friends, Izzy and Claire.We had a fabulous night in recently, watching The Lion King 1.5, singing, having ‘deep chats’ and ordering a takeaway. I mean, doing anything with these girls makes me life drastically better, but that’s an example.

And… Of course, something that I value a lot and makes my heart fuzzy; I’m super excited for a night in with my girl on Thursday. Whether we watch films or talk deeply, I am more than excited for snuggles and being in her presence for a while. I cannot wait for the end of her exams so we can spend 90% of the summer doing this.

What would your best friend say is your best quality?

Positivity and loyalty. I have been described as a ‘green‘ personality type by a lot of my friends, and it’s pretty accurate. I’m a very emotional person and feel deeply about others’ needs. I am also a massive clutz and much more wordy than about merely laying down the facts (reading my work, I’m sure you could guess that).

And if you’d like to see my face..

https://instagram.com/p/BjC2JTPBQ_b/


So, there it is. Now you know me (I hope) better than before. If you do have any other questions about that girl behind the screen, feel free to hit me up on social media (see separate page) and I can answer them directly or on the FAQs page!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Bank Holiday!

Love always,

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