A while back I decided to do a Q&A and loads of you tweeted me lovely questions. Thank you so much to everyone who took part, I was so nervous no-one would ask me anything!

Erika (@TheWeInMe) asked,

‘If you could only choose 1 thing-one sentence of support-to say to someone struggling with mental illness what would it be?’

I would say that recovery isn’t a straight line. You’ll have good days and bad, ups and down, but in the end you will get better. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, whether that be to your loved ones, a counsellor, or your GP. You are not selfish for telling other people what you need, and it’s OK to not be OK. Be kind to yourself.

Oops, that’s more than one sentence.

Joe (@themanicmedic) asked,

‘If you had control of all the penguins, how would you take over the world?’

I love this question! I would command the penguins to do a giant flash mob to ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain. This would undoubtedly be the cutest thing ever, and would eventually become the most successful viral video the world has ever seen. With the vast amount of money I would make from this, I would start to solve the world’s problems one at a time, and quickly be elected Prime Minister. My cabinet would be the penguins, and we’d travel the world together using the power of sheer cuteness, whimsy and joyful dancing to bring peace to every nation.

Laura (@lauradavis_96) asked,

‘What and when were you diagnosed with and how did the diagnosis make you feel?’

This is a tricky one as I’ve never really been formally diagnosed. I’ve always known I have emetophobia, but didn’t really know I also had OCD until my counsellor suggested I might. I was in denial initially, until I realised she was right. Having a label for it and a better understanding of what I was going through was actually a huge relief. Throughout counselling, everything clicked into place and I realised that I’m not alone which was a huge comfort. Finally I understood myself better, which is definitely the first step to recovery in my opinion.

When I saw my GP he didn’t officially diagnose me with anything, but he prescribed anti-depressants. I have also been prescribed beta-blockers for anxiety. So to an extent, as far as my doctor is concerned, I have depression and anxiety.

Depression is a serious illness so I’m careful not to throw the word around lightly. To be honest, I’ve always wondered whether it was just a series of very shitty events that made me feel the way I did, rather than an actual medical reason. All I know is that my medication is helping me and that’s all that matters.

Hannah (@hannahrainey_) wondered,

‘What is your greatest achievement? Something you’re really, really proud of yourself for?’

To be honest, surviving last year and coming out of it stronger than ever. I sought out the help I needed, took some huge, scary steps and put myself through a lot of pain, all the while learning to trust myself to do what’s right for me. I learned to put my needs first and gained the strength to open up to those around me.

I learned that the right course of action is sometimes the hardest, but in the end you’ll only come out stronger than before.

I’m proud of Geek Magnifique, and the amazing people I’ve meet through blogging. I’m proud of myself for following my dreams and landing an amazing job.

But most of all, I’m proud of myself for not giving up.

‘If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?’ 

– Rich (@RichBiscuit21)

It’s a tough one. Probably my Grandpa, as I never got to know him, but I’ve been told he was the loveliest man.

Possibly my Dad, to try to right some wrongs and repair our relationship.

Or maybe Louis Theroux. Because, well, Louis Theroux. *Heart eyes*

Charlie Brooker is also very high on my dream dinner party guest-list as I reckon we’d really hit it off. I think we have similar views on the world, and I’d love to pick his brain as I think he’s an absolute genius. He’d be amazing to chat to, and he suffers from emetophobia like me, which makes me like him even more!

Kat (@thekatway) was curious to know,

‘Who made your profile picture? And what good things have come from being a MH advocate so far?’

My profile picture (below) was made by the supremely talented, and wonderful, @AlohaLolaCards – check her out!

Cartoon image of me

The best thing about being a MH advocate is when people tell me I’ve helped them. Knowing that I’m helping people to feel less alone is a wonderful thing, and I feel honoured to have met all the incredibly courageous, inspiring people I have through blogging.

Mel (@melreylaw):

‘Do you ever get comments from people who think social media jobs are easy? What’s your response?’

I definitely get a lot of, ‘So what do you actually do? How is that a full time job?’ as people just imagine I’m sitting on Twitter all day. I explain that there’s a lot of planning and strategy that goes into it, and that my role encompasses many other things, for example writing blog posts and email marketing. To be honest, I’ve learned it’s easier just to say I work in marketing! Less questions that way. That or I joke that I’m a ‘professional tweeter’ and have a laugh about it.

And finally, another lovely question from Laura:

‘Name five things you’re grateful for.’

  1. My friends and family. Of course this includes my wonderful husband!
  2. Having a home and stability.
  3. Doing a job I love.
  4. Animals.
  5. Pizza.

Puppy eating a slice of pizza

Liebster

I was very excited to be nominated for this by the lovely Hannah Leanne (find her blog here!)
I’m still a blogging newbie, and this sort of thing was a first for me, so thank you very much for including me!

The whole idea is to discover new blogs and spread the word about your favourite bloggers. Plus, you’ll get to learn a bit more about me in the process (you lucky things!)

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Thank the blogger for your nomination and include a link to their page.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that have been provided by the blogger that nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 of your own bloggers to take part.
  4. Ask them 11 of your own questions.

Here we go!

1. What is your most prized possession?

It’s so hard to choose, so I’ve listed a few:

  • A beautiful framed photo of my grandparents when they were young. They look like the stars of an old black and white movie, and I’ve loved that picture since I was a little girl. Now it sits proudly in my living room.
  • A heart necklace my grandmother made.
  • My engagement and wedding rings.
  • My laptop as it houses all of my photos.

I sort of cheated a bit there didn’t I?

2. Why did you start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing, and have blogged in various forms since I was a teenager, originally on Livejournal, followed by a brief but shameful foray into the emo world of Myspace blogs. Seriously, I’m truly embarrassed by the things I used to not only write, but publish for all the world to see. I have all the original blogs saved on an old hard drive, maybe one day I’ll dig back through the archives and do a little nostalgia post! Now though, blogging for me is less about dumping every ‘profound’ thought onto a page and hitting publish, and more about building my brand (pardon the slightly douchey turn of phrase!), and having my own little place on the internet. I want it to be fun, but I also want to talk about the things that are important to me, and hopefully meet interesting people along the way.

3. How long have you been blogging for?

I started Geek Magnifique in May 2015, but see above for a more detailed history of my blogging exploits!

4. What is your favourite film?

How can I even answer this? I’m obsessed with films, and I find it impossible to narrow it down to just one favourite. So you’re getting another list (sorry).

The Parent Trap (remake). Hands down my favourite movie as a kid, it still has a special place in my heart.

The Dark Knight. The day I told my husband this was in my top-five films of all time was probably the day he decided he was going to marry me. Not even joking. Christopher Nolan can basically do no wrong in my book, but this is, IMO, his best film. Visually it’s incredible, the sound design and Hans Zimmer’s score are perfect (something which can be said of all Nolan’s films), and while the acting all-round is amazing, Heath Ledger was nothing short of spectacular as the Joker. I could write an entire essay on this movie, but I won’t. I can practically hear your sigh of relief. 10/10 and all the gold stars for this one.

The Social Network. Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. David Fincher. Aaron Sorkin’s razor-sharp screenplay. Jesse Eisenberg (so good in this movie he gets a second mention). Whether or not the film is entirely factually accurate, it adds real human drama and depth to arguably one of the most incredible success stories of our generation. Captivating, entertaining, and set to a fantastic soundtrack by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I obviously had to include a Star Trek film, and this one has always been my favourite.

– I had to include a girly film in this list, and it’s a real toss-up between Notting Hill, 13 Going On 30, and Morning Glory (an unfortunately named and sadly underrated Rachel McAdams film – definitely worth a watch!)

Once again I cheated terribly at this question, I apologise.

5. How old are you?

28, aka a reluctant member of the ‘late-twenties’ club. Genuinely had a little cry in Costa on my birthday. So that’s where I’m at with this adulting malarkey.

6. What is your most treasured memory?

My wedding day.

7. Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time?

Writing a book and visiting Scandinavia.

8. What was your last purchase?

Disclaimer by Renée Knight. I haven’t started reading it yet, but it has an intriguing premise.

9. Do you have any pets?

Sadly no, but I desperately want a kitten.

10. What is your favourite type of blog to read?

Lifestyle.

11. What is your favourite season?

SUMMER!

So now I have to pick my own questions…

  1. Which country would you most like to visit and why?
  2. What has been the biggest challenge for your blog so far?
  3. What are your blogging goals for 2016?
  4. If you could keep any animal as a pet, which would you choose?
  5. What is your favourite TV show?
  6. What is your dream job?
  7. Would you rather be covered in hair all over, or feathers?
  8. What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
  9. What’s your worst writing habit? (eg. overusing exclamation marks -guilty!)
  10. If you could speak another language fluently which would it be and why?
  11. If you could be exceptional at one other thing, what would be it?

I nominate:

Dollface Blogs
Being Heather
Ella Renee
Little Thoughts
The Creative Geek
Almost Chic
Emily’s Recipes and Reviews
Issy Belle Fox
Christopher George
Cate in the Kitchen
Jess and Josh Cook