From time to time I get emails from people who’ve read this blog. I’ve been a bad person in that, I’ve never actually responded to any of these emails. I’m sorry!
When I set up this blog, not thinking, I connected my personal email address containing my full name to the account. I just… sort of… left it there thinking that no one would ever email me. Truthfully, I didn’t really expect anyone to ever read my blog, so I really didn’t expect anyone to email me.
That being said, I have been sent questions, comments and so on, and not wanting to respond with my full name, I just stored these emails in a folder in my inbox. Since I’m headed on a sneaky holiday this week and in the midst of packing, I thought I’d answer some of these questions.
What is your name? The name I go by day-to-day is actually ‘Vee’. Obviously it’s a nickname, but it’s my name, so I’m sticking to that.
Why the anonymity? When I created this blog I thought that, if anyone ever read it, I wanted them to judge me for my thoughts and not for my looks. So, that’s why I’ve never given a face to my blog.
Will you ever show yourself? I’m not too sure. I’ve definitely thought about. For now I’m just appreciative of being able to speak freely without worrying about people knowing who I am.
What’s up with your mom? She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer late last year. Luckily enough, it was caught early and multiple surgeries and eight weeks of chemotherapy later, she was recently declared fully cancer free. We’re extremely thankful that she’s once again healthy and regaining her strength. If I can add one extra PSA on the end of this, I would say that her experience this year has served as a huge reminder to look after yourself, your health and the importance of advocating when you know something is wrong.
What did you study? I have a Bachelors Degree in Marketing/General Business with a Minor in Economics.
What industry did you work in? Up until the end of 2018, I was working in a sports industry for nearly a decade. It was a real ‘boys club’ type of place and wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences. In the coming weeks here I’ll start a job in publishing.
What are your skills? Most of the work I do circulates around two main subjects: dealing with the media (public relations) and digital marketing.
With respect to the media, I’m well versed in dealing with journalists, answering questions, providing statements for subjects people don’t necessarily want to be quoted for, etc…
With respect to digital marketing, I specialize in accelerating a company’s digital platforms to meet KPI’s and improve digital reach. Whether through social media management, email marketing or website creation, development and content management, I use analytics and data to ensure the widest range of people possible read a specific message when I write it and post it.
I also dabble in graphic design.
Can you check out my blog? Absolutely. I created a page called ‘Introduce Yourself’ for people to introduce themselves and their blogs to me, and to the community who reads this blog. I respond to, and check out the blogs of everyone who leaves a note on that page. I encourage everyone to check out the comments to potentially find new blogs/pages there as well. Introduce Yourself >
How long have you been blogging? I started my blog on January 8, 2019.
What is your blog about? The best way I’d describe it is ‘a little of this, a little of that’. It’s basically what comes to my mind each day.
What have you been diagnosed with? I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder, which I see as a very basic diagnosis to allow doctors to categorize something that really does affect everyone so differently. My anxiety flares up in times when I’m stressed or things are unsettled. When everything is calm, it can almost feel as though I don’t have anxiety at all. I have, at times, completely forgotten about it when life has been going well.
Do you take medication? I do. I take clonazepam. I’m a strong believer that if medication can be of benefit to you and make your life easier/better and make it easier for you to cope, then there should be zero negative stigma towards taking it. I’m not ashamed of taking medication to help with my anxiety. That being said, I’m also trying to take appropriate steps to combat my anxiety naturally as well.
Have you told people you’re seeing a Psychiatrist? There are people in my life who know and people in my life who do not know. As I’m sure everyone has experienced, there are some people who are open to therapy and what it can do for a person and there are others who aren’t. There’s no shame in therapy, I just don’t feel like trying to change the opinions of those who do not believe in it. Their beliefs are their beliefs for a reason. So, I don’t tell them.
What religion do you follow? I do not follow any type of religion. I respect everyone’s right to believe what they choose, and all I hope for the world as they respect my beliefs as well.
What do you look like? I’m shocked at how often I’ve been asked this question. Some of it I think comes from natural curiosity and some of it might not necessarily come from a good place. But, for those who are wondering, here’s the most boring description ever: I have blonde hair, blue eyes, a small nose, big mouth, two ears, yatta yatta.
Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read my blog over the past six months. To everyone who’s written me a nice, kind or sweet email, thank you. I’m very appreciative of your kind words and I’m sorry that I’ve never written you back. To everyone who’s left kind and supportive comments, thoughts and messages on my posts, thank you. Your support has kept me going through what has been the most difficult year of my life thus far.
Alright, that’s it. I’m off on a holiday. Anything else that shows up on this blog this week is a post scheduled from my drafts folder that I wrote a while back and just never shared.