Women Leading – Talonted Lex

I only very recently came across Lex’s blog, I think it was towards the end of 2015. The first post I read was this one, which made me feel a lot of emotions, but most of all I liked her honest blogging – the best kind. She once did an awesome Twitter come back to a sexist tweet that may or may not have been retweeted over 3000 times (including by me).

She also met her husband on Twitter, which is my kind of love story.

Lex regularly blogs about having rosacea and reviews beauty products with this in mind. I’m excited to see what lies ahead for her.

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Which social media platform is your favourite and why?
This is a really tricky one for me as I’m totally social media obsessed. I think I’d have to say Twitter because it provides so much information and news as well as the connection to so many likeminded people. I have met some of my best friends on twitter, including my husband so I’d be lost without it! Pinterest is a close second and I probably go on it about 5 times a day for a pinning binge!
Why did you decide to start blogging about rosacea?
I was always frightened to show my face on my blog as I didn’t think anyone would want to take advice from a beauty blogger with a skin condition! But when I finally started talking about it, I wanted to address my skin before anyone else pointed it out – in a way I wanted to take control of that conversation so I could manage it the way I wanted to. It was only then that others started coming forward to share their experiences. I never expected my rosacea to become such a big part of my blog, but as it effects every aspect of my life I suppose it was inevitable!
What has been the best thing so far to have come from your blog?
The emails and comments I get from people all over the world thanking me for writing honestly about my rosacea. People have told me it’s made them feel less alone, less like a freak, more hopeful for the future and that is just incredible. I have cried countless times reading messages from people who haven’t ever found anyone else who understands what they’re going through. Knowing that I can help in some small way is the most amazing feeling.
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
I struggle with discipline, especially since going freelance as I’m my own boss for the first time in my life and I’m not great at getting myself in gear! But since I’ve started bullet journaling I have found it a lot easier to get into a routine of setting and achieving goals. It is so satisfying to tick things off a list every day and is a great way to keep me on track.

You can subscribe to Lex on Youtube here or follow her rosacea blog series here.

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Women Leading – Daisy

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I first met Daisy on Twitter and after one look at her bio I knew I wanted to meet her.

Business minded, ambitious, honest and very positive, Daisy has become a very good friend of mine and I feel very lucky to have met her. I’ve never met anyone who works as hard as Daisy does or who consistently maintains such a positive outlook. I find her very inspiring and what I really admire in her is that she focuses on her own sh*t.


Daisy, what do you enjoy most about being self-employed?
I like being in charge of my income. It’s always been important for me to have various income streams. If one disappears then I’m covered with other work. I also like being able to pick up my laptop and work from anywhere I fancy. Sometimes I work from a co-working space in Sheffield or Cambridge, while I’m travelling or simply sitting at my home office.

Being self-employed gives me freedom and allows me to work towards my dreams.

What has been the highlight of your blogging career to date?
I’ve had so many exciting experiences due to blogging. The other year I was invited to Palma for lunch by Thomson Airways. The aim of this trip was to experience their new 787 Dreamliner, it was such a fun day and I felt very lucky to be a part of it.

Blogging has also given me a lot more confidence. It’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone and I’ve met a lot of amazing people through it.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about setting up their own business?
Don’t over think it, the sooner you start, the better. If you have fixed costs each month ensure that you’re in a financially secure position (save 6 months rent or have at least 2 income streams) and just go for it. If you’re lucky enough to be living at home then take advantage of that and put 100% into your business. I’d also recommend using social media to build your audience from today.

I’m happy to answer any questions about setting up a business, just drop me a message on Twitter.

What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?

Routine. The more you do something the more it becomes a part of your daily life. This can be applied to fitness, work and pretty much every aspect of your life.Having a clear structure to my day helps me to feel in control. I have processes in place for meal planning, cleaning and gym sessions. This helps me to stay focused and organised when it comes to getting my work done each day. I’m currently working at waking up a little earlier each day. I put my alarm clock back by 15 minutes each week. I’m now waking up at 6:45 and it’s giving me much more time to get things done in the morning.

You can follow Daisy’s journey on her blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.
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Women Leading – Nazia

Nazia is a Doncaster based activist. She runs a local youth group and volunteers for many charities, which has included The Real Junk Food Project. She is a trustee for DRASACS – Doncaster’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service.

She is an energetic campaigner – she even took a trip to Yarl’s Wood detention centre last year.

The world needs more people like Nazia; they get shit done.


Tell us about one activist highlight from 2015.
The things I do are so different to one another, so it’s hard to pick one. The demonstration at Yarl’s Wood detention centre was definitely one of them! It was different to things I’ve taken part in before, actually being outside the detention centre to show your solidarity with the people inside! Knowing that they could see you, and when they tried reaching out to us with messages written on paper and clothing, and shouting to us, saying “Help” or “We are not animals” – it was heartbreaking. Individuals have been detained there for anything from weeks to months to years. We plan to show our support again in March.
What do you enjoy most about living/working in Doncaster?
I always feel like Doncaster has a nice balance between Town & City. I lived in city for a while whilst studying, and even though I enjoyed my time out there, I couldn’t see myself living there permanently. Doncaster has many things you can get involved in, yet there is still the feeling of a community. Secondly, the people I’ve met – particularly the youth. They are so inspiring, and give me hope – the time and effort they put into helping others.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to become more socially aware and active?
Find out what is going on in your area (social media is great for this), and go along – people are always so friendly. There are so many wonderful things happening in Doncaster, lots of people trying to make a difference! I can never get to all the things I want to, but it’s great that there is so much activity taking place!
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
I’m not the best at discipline – but I find the more I do, the more organised I am! It definitely helps if you feel passionate about certain things & enjoy doing it. I’m often involved in so much because I love doing what I do, and I love variety. You have to be careful not to take on too much, and say no sometimes. This is something i’ve had to learn to do, and prioritise a few areas I want to focus on.
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Women Leading – Style Creative

Fran blogs about leading a creative life and self-expression at Style Creative. She’s someone who emanates style, freedom and creativity through her outfits, art and personality.

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I’ve gotten to know Fran through a number of blogger lunch, dinner and drink meet ups that she’s organised in Leeds, and after every meeting I feel energised and inspired.


What do you enjoy most about the blogging community?
I think the social aspect of blogging is a very important part of being a blogger. We are so well-connected virtually, but rarely meet face to face unless it is through events. This was why I started organising the Yorkshire Bloggers meet up every two months. It’s a great way for local bloggers to meet without the prerequisite of reviewing a product or a brand. Besides, there are some things only other bloggers will understand, so the opportunity to catch up over lunch and chat with like minded girls and guys about the varied, yet often difficult world of blogging, is something us bloggers absolutely need every now and then!
To you, what is ‘style’ really about?
To me style is more than just fashion, and more importantly, cannot be defined by what you spend. Quality of an item is important – even when you are an avid thrift shopper! This, along with the cut and fit of an outfit and the ability to pull a look together will make you look better “turned out” and arguably more “stylish”.
For me it’s more playing around with a look, and not following a trend but wearing what makes you feel good. I do think I have a signature look – which helps define your own sense of style over time. I definitely don’t get it right all the time – but that is all part of the fun!
Why do you think creativity is so important?

There are few things that make me happier than splashing paint around on a giant canvas. With a paintbrush in hand, I am restricted by nothing other than my imagination. I did a recent blog post on creativity recently because I am a firm believer that creativity lies in everyone and we should encourage ourselves in our own way to break free of our own creative ruts. 

This may be through creative outlets like painting or designing, or just by finding inspiration in everyday things, following fashion, starting a blog, crafting, writing or music. It’s so important to find an outlet where you can be just be you and channel your thoughts, without restriction. One day you might look back and wonder I wish I had spend more time doing what I love. Life is just too short to think these things

What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?

I am definitely not as disciplined as I would like – life just gets in the way and often chaos ensues!

However, I agree discipline is a good thing. If you have goals you have yet to achieve or just keeping more organised day to day you need a certain amount of self-discipline. I think one of the best ways to introduce this is by taking small steps to making changes that will lead to that one big goal. Every day you get a step closer to this goal. it could be committing to making blog design changes with the end goal being a complete revamp or even working towards a new job which starts by taking a course or updating your linkedin profile. The only way to become more disciplined is to be truly realistic as you set these steps. Oh, and lists – I swear by lists!

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Women Leading – Frassy

This is Audrey, a writer and photographer who blogs over at Frassy.

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I first discovered Frassy early on in 2015 and immediately wished I’d found her years earlier. The reason I religiously read Audrey’s blog every week is that she reminds me, every time, that I don’t need anyone’s permission to be anything.

I admire her transparency and honesty so much, and I’m so happy to be able to share this interview with you!


Audrey, if you can narrow it down to just one, what has been your favourite thing to date about the blogging community?
I am not as active now as I used to be in the blogging community. I am lucky enough to have most of my favourite bloggers as real-life friends, so our internet friendships transgressed into something more profound. Most of my closest friends, who I have now known for years I met via my blog, and for that I am infinitely grateful.
They are by the far the biggest gift the internet has given me and rather than ‘liking’ each other’s instagram photos, we might call one another at 1am after a terrible date. I love that, I love seeing my friends produce this beautiful content online but to also know their very inner lives.
It is this duality that actually inspired me to be as honest as I professionally could be in my own content, so I guess, the friendships born from the community are undeniably my favourite.
 
What is your book about?
I am actually writing 2 books; the first is called ‘An Ordinary Thing’ which is essentially a series of short stories each with a focus on an ordinary thing. I have written about all kinds of seemingly mundane things; a bench I had sex on in Paris, a coffee mug with the word ‘jumbo’ bizarrely painted on it to an old silk tank that I’ve worn braless for about a decade now. I have always been fascinated with the life that exists within the things we use or walk pass or collect in our homes.
So I used some of my own experiences tied to things, embellishing them to the point of fiction to spin a collection of stories. I think even the most boring objects can have an incredible tale if we look close enough.
As for my second book attempt, the title is the twisting of a REM song; ‘Shiny Sad People’, another collection of short stories based loosely on some of the sad but fascinating characters I have met. Again these are embellished and entirely fictitious. I think sadness can be beautiful but I am struggling to explore this in the way I know I could. We will see. I am not sure most people want to read a collection of sad stories though.
 
Who is currently your favourite author?
Oh this is so hard, books are my bloodline and by far my biggest source of inspiration. But I have just finished Marina Keegan’s ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’, which blew me away in the way great books do.  
Her way with words is one I hope to achieve in my own writing. She is a gem of a woman, and as I finished her book I felt so sad she died so young. She would have won awards of all kinds, I am sure of it. 
 
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
Slowly! So many people make grand promises to themselves, a long list that eventually suffocates them. I think it is best to absolutely prioritise and make one thing a goal. If you have just one tiny thing to get done every single day, it is a lot easier to tackle.
We can’t do it all and modern society so often seems to shout at us for not achieving everything. I think this is sad. Instead we should think carefully about where we want discipline in our lives and be selective as to where to channel this determination. Usually this can only be one or two, at most three things. 
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