During some soul-searching I found Victoria at GreatHERday (seriously, such a cool blog- check it out). I wrote a guest piece for her website, about friendships ending (also, check that out if you haven’t already), and I like to think that we have formed a friendship of our own. Having someone quite impartial to talk to has been refreshing, and Victoria is, as you’ll see from her Q&A, inspiring, amazing and simply put, fucking fabulous to the max! No question was too personal for Victoria, who dished the gossip on her wonderful blog.
I want to thank Victoria for answering my questions so honestly. If you want to read some funny, yet powerful, blog posts, definitely jump over to her site and enjoy… just finish reading this post first!
Question 1: Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I am a dopey, dramatic and driven lassie from a little town near Loch Ness which means I pretty much grew up with the Loch Ness Monster. In fact he is actually a distant cousin of mine.
This may come as a shock to many of my readers. I came from an abusive childhood, experienced homelessness and attempted suicide. Unfortunately this left me with on-going depression. Isn’t it ironic that a person with depression writes for a blog named greatHerday? One day I will write a book
It turns out that greatHerday came to me on one of those days where the duvet was at replacing point
Why should anybody have an average or even a bad day if they can actively ‘promote’ their day?
What can you
Question 2: I love the name of your blog… tell me, what’s been your greatest Herday?!
Oh god, every day is a greatHerday obviously. I cannot pick just one…
Sipping cocktails at Miami Bayside with the love of my life.
Getting an offer accepted on our current house, we live in a mansion (that often falls to bits) but is still incredible. Isn’t it amazing how life can turn itself round?
That big ass ring on my finger and the big ass epic man that put it there.
Question 3: How did you first get into blogging?
Depression? I know, probably the strangest answer. I was so depressed, life was becoming unbearable and everything was closing down on me. All the strengths I once had were a thing of the past. Every day I looked in the mirror and seen a person that I did not recognise. The greatHerday idea saved me from what could of been a very dangerous place. There was absolutely no way I was going to allow myself go backwards. I attempted writing for my partners website and then found out that I could string a sentence or two together. Then I started getting greatHer feedback. The combination of releasing all of the activity in my head gave me a point in life that I couldn’t find before.
Question 4: You’re an empowering woman, working for yourself
and doing something creative. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in life?
My sense of humour and Rose Gallo Zinfandel.
My ability to look at some of the horrendous things that have happened in my life like they never happened to me. Often, I am asked how I coped with some of the terrible situations I was in. I can answer these questions easily because it feels like I am talking about somebody else.
The ability to turn the most horrific scenarios into ones that I can laugh at.
Efficiency, I am an extremely efficient person. If you ever need a counsellor or a personal shopper – I’m every woman. I can adapt like a lizard.
Question 5: How would you describe your style?
Style? As in fashion?
Style in writing? Fun, sarcastic, comical and
Question 6: What would be your ideal working environment?
Question 7: How do you manage to run your blog efficiently, alongside the day-to-day aspects of life in general?
Question 8: How do you want to develop, both personally and professionally, in the next year?
I live in a house, a very big house in the country so there are no bloggers within a 30 mile radius. Ultimately, I would like to get chatting with more bloggers. It’s important to say that I also had the idea of doing some blogging collaborations but getting to know bloggers and having them come to our home for a weekend. A ‘Blog N Breakfast’ idea. My house sits on a hill with lovely views and is the perfect place to write, I want to share this with others who would like to go away on a budget for writing inspiration and relaxation.
Question 9: What was your biggest failure and what did you learn from that?
Question 10: Tell me about your proudest achievement?
Question 11: Who has impacted you most in life, and how?
Question 12: What is your greatest achievement when it comes to blogging?
Nailing social media. When I first got diagnosed with depression, I left all of my social media and cancelled all of my personal accounts. The privacy has done me the world of good therefore bring greatHerday to the social media platform was very scary for me. Even though I do not boast as many followers as TalkTalk, I have achieved a lot on a personal level.
Question 13: What do you do in your spare time?
Mostly I drink wine and pose for nude portraits. Not really, although I do drink wine… My hobbies including visiting historical locations, watching cookery programmes and binge watching box sets. Although, I love a spontaneous journey.
Question 14: Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
Fabulous and Us obviously. I am not just saying this for the sake of this interview. It is a very empowering blog, it helps me with my journey. I also love HurrahforGin due to the pure comic nature of the blog. Gin is also fantastic.
Question 15: What, or who, inspired you to start your blog?
Question 16: What do you find the most frustrating aspect of modern life?
Women hating and slating other women. This is beyond ridiculous, we should stick together like a tribe. I see far too many women being cruel to other women and it makes me so damn mad. Love girls!
Question 17: Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your life journey?
Nope, however a second cousin of mine was in The Corries, who wrote the famous ‘Flower of Scotland.’ Therefore I got a flower tattooed on my leg, which I refer to my very own flower of Scotland ;).
Question 18: How much time do you spend blogging?
There are people who work 24/7 that work less than me. I blog in my sleep. Even when I am not writing, I am researching, on social media or checking the website. I am more obsessed than a fat kid is with cake.
Question 19: Is blogging your profession or a hobby?
Both, I spent too many years putting money in other peoples pockets for absolutely no satisfaction. Imagine having a hobby that you love which pays? That is one way to make every day a greatHerday.
I’m sure you’ll agree that Victoria is pretty damn special and definitely a blogger, and a fellow go-getter, to watch!