Hello everyone! Thank you so much for sending in your questions for the Q&A! I received so many great questions and I’v been trying to think about how I’ll answer each one of them! As I mentioned in my previous post, I love doing Q&A’s to celebrate milestones because it’s a great way to interact with your readers on a more personal level, and discuss topics they choose and want to hear more of. Thank you all so much for 600 followers on this blog. I had no expectations when I started this blog (which seems like a lifetime ago), but it really has become a passion of mine. There used to be months at a time where I would not post on WordPress, and I’m sad now that I wasted those times. I feel so much more consistent with it now, which I’m thrilled about because I love blogging so much! Connecting with all of you makes it all the more fun. Seeing where everyone is from and the different perspectives that come as a result of that is truly intriguing to me! Those of you who have been around for a while with me, thank you so much for the continued support and love, it means more than you know! And for those of you who are new, WELCOME and I hope you stay for a while! I know this number is not extremely mind blowing considering the current state of social media (and the unimaginable amount of followers people can reach), but to me I couldn’t be happier and I can’t wait to grow! So thank you all again and enjoy the Q&A!
dessertpot: What do you like most about college life? I think the biggest transition I went through when going from high school to college was making my own schedule and planning out my days. When you’re in high school, you’re on a strict 8-3 schedule with (in my case) 7 different classes. You wake up, go to school, have some after school activities, come home to do homework, go to bed, and wake up to the same schedule almost everyday. That’s basically all you know up until 12th grade. Then you leave for college and your schedule is much more lenient and you have time to fill. I really love that aspect of college. Some days I have three short classes and others I have only one. Everyday can hold something different or new and it’s a great transition into adulthood. Even though college is getting a bit tiresome and I’m looking forward to graduation, I’m trying to enjoy these days because they are so fleeting.
hudapervez: What motivates you to keep blogging and what are some thing that you follow a blog? Besides the fact that I love blogging in and of itself, my subscribers are what help motivate me. I love posting something new and waiting for comments and opinions. The feedback from my readers is always so positive and helpful. I really appreciate that too since there’s so much negativity (especially online) nowadays. Cyberbullying is something that really ticks me off and it wouldn’t be tolerated on my blog, so I’m extremely lucky that my friends on this blog have been nothing but sweet and loving. As for the second part of the question, I’m assuming you mean what are some things that make me want to follow a blog? I normally find new blogs to follow through comments of other posts from various bloggers. I think it’s a good way to connect because you know they are active on WordPress if they are liking and commenting. So, activity is important to me and having a blog that looks aesthetically beautiful. If they’ve branched out and done something different than the automatic WordPress blog formats, I’ll give them a follow for sure!
Joy the Witch: If you could create your own makeup/clothing brand, what would you name your brand and what kind of items would you sell? Love this question! Partly because I’ve been working on a personal brand for my Graphic Design class and this is sort of a similar idea. For my brand in class, my tagline is “genuinely unordinary” because genuine means real, authentic, and true. I’d love to play off that word in a clothing/makeup brand. I’d make sure my clothing didn’t come from any sweatshop and would always be approved by me. It would be inspired by the California lifestyle and have a variety of different sizes so anyone could find a kick ass outfit in my store! It would be feminine, beautiful, and edgy with lots of black suede. If I could do a makeup line, maybe I’d call it Sage Cosmetics? Or Genuine Cosmetics? I don’t know, I’m just spitballing here, LOL! But it would be completely cruelty free and vegan! I would design all the packaging for it and it would probably be full of very wearable eyeshadow shades with earthy tones and be paired with a bold lip now and then. I would also throw in the perfect black liquid liner pen that would never allow for mistakes! One swipe across the eye and you’re done!
floatinggold: In your group of friends, what role do you play? What would be some of the most annoying things about having yourself as a roommate? Two questions in one, I’m all for it! In my friend group, I’d like to think I’m the positive one, LOL. I try my best to spread positivity, even if my friends are having a bad day. If anyone needs advice or just someone to vent to, I’m always more than happy to be that person. I truly love helping people when they need it, even if that means being extremely honest. I’m a no BS type of person, so I’ll call it like it is. Honesty is a big thing with me, so I try to be 100% real, especially with my group of friends. As for the second question, I really really hope I’m not an annoying roommate, haha! But I think one thing that could be seen as annoying is that I’m a bit OCD about organization and being clean. I really don’t like when there’s dirty dishes in the sink, but we all slip up with that, even me. But I don’t usually let things sit there for too long unless they need to soak in warm water. Everyone has a specific way they like things organized, so my apartment would probably look a lot different if I lived alone. But I acknowledge I live with two other people so it can’t be completely organized all the time. Plus they’re two of my close friends so I really don’t have much to complain about!
Sarah: What blogging struggle have you been most pleased with once overcome? Hmm, this is a super interesting question. For the first few years of blogging, up until recently actually, I didn’t really know what I was doing and I was VERY inconsistent. As I mentioned in a previous question, there would be times where I wouldn’t post for months at a time. Mainly during my sophomore year of college, there was a point where I forgot I had a blog! It wasn’t extremely important to me and I only posted when I wanted to. I mean, I still post when I want to, but I try my hardest to keep it frequent since my audience is larger now (which I love!) What I learned is that everyone wants consistency and for you to be active and involved. Right before I went to Europe, I got super discouraged when I would put so much time and effort into a post and I would get almost no activity or feedback on it. It seemed like I was writing to no one. I asked questions like: I wonder if changing my blog URL means my readers can’t see my posts? I even reached out to a WordPress employee for help because it didn’t make sense that I went from so much activity to zero. But what I realized was that it was ME who changed. I became less active compared to my first few months of blogging and readers weren’t going to find my blog out of the blue. I decided to change that and reach out to others so that I could share my advice and gain some new ones as well. Once I started liking, commenting, and following others, I started building a community that I now love! Sharing thoughts and opinions on the topics I (and others) write about is seriously so fun and I’m glad I conquered that struggle of feeling like no one was listening or cared about what I had to say. Show others you care and they will care about you.
sarahscupofteablog: Do you find it challenging to balance everything like school, social life, and blogging? How do you find a balance? At times, definitely! As a senior, my school schedule has been fairly light this year. I have a couple of challenging classes, but nothing compared to other heavy semesters I’ve had! I’ve been trying to branch out a lot with my social life. Finding new things I like, and sometimes don’t like. Blogging is always something that makes me happy and brings me joy. I love having a little break between classes or after homework that allows me to talk to people that I have so much in common with, on a platform that is so inviting. Unfortunately, there are weeks though when I have more work to do than normal, so my blog usually suffers. Right now, school is my number one and it makes me really sad when I don’t have time to post. I’ve used a planner every year so if things get too hectic, it helps to write things down or talk to a friend if you’re feeling overwhelmed. My roommates and I usually have a day every week where we can just sit down and talk to each other, it’s really great! I’m rambling now, but to answer your question, homework comes first, then if I have time after that, blogging, then hanging out with friends! I don’t normally go out with friends during the week, so I save it for the weekend! It’s a good system and it’s been working for me.
hopelesswonderer: How do you do your day to day makeup when your having a really bad skin day? Wow, I actually think about this A LOT! In your comment you mentioned how you want to wear makeup to cover up but don’t want it to worsen what you’re going through. I seriously relate to this so much it’s crazy. If you’re a new reader, you should know that I’ve had skin issues since I was 14…I’m 21 now. It’s been a long struggle that I totally understand can make you feel depressed and like you’re not beautiful (which is a lie). When I’m having a bad skin day, I avoid all the products I know have a tendency to irritate my skin and make me break out. For example, I will definitely not use the Benefit Hoola bronzer because it makes me break out every freaking time. I don’t believe it’s hypoallergenic, which I think is the problem. I noticed once I switched from using normal foundation everyday to a tinted moisturizer, my skin got much more clear! Foundation is very heavy and a tinted moisturizer provides some coverage while still being much lighter. So I would use that, a translucent powder, a bronzer I know won’t make me break out, and honestly I’d probably skip the blush. When I’m breaking out I don’t love wearing a lot of eyeshadow or a bold lips. Those things can get messy real quick and that doesn’t mesh well when you’re breaking out. Go for a super clean look with some simple mascara and maybe some eyeliner! Once you’re done for the day, take off your makeup asap and allow your skin to breathe. Lastly, if I’m breaking out I love using the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush. It’s extremely soothing and I personally think its green color takes away some of the redness from my face. Sorry this answer was so long, I’m just really passionate about this topic and I hope it helps! xx
Natalie Vinh: Have you ever been in love? What did it feel like? This is quite the difficult question. A very good one, but hard for me to answer. Yes, I believe I have been in love. I think the best way to describe it is with a lyric from Passenger: “Love comes slow and it goes so fast” (Let Her Go). That’s exactly how it was for me. I was in high school and it took a while to get into a relationship. We dated for three and a half years (most of that long distance) and ended up breaking it off this January. It feels like it went so quickly with so many amazing times but now it isn’t there anymore. It’s been pretty difficult this year, so me and the idea of love aren’t exactly on the best terms right now. I’m trying to see it as a single season in my life and having so much time alone will end eventually. I’m looking forward to my future and waiting for those amazing times with someone again. I pray about this topic a lot and I know that it’s worth waiting for. I’m just a very impatient person, haha. So to answer your question, it is amazing, almost indescribable, and absolutely worth your thought and time.
crazy4you: What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t been able to? Hmm, this is another hard one because for most of my life my answer would be to go to London. But I was lucky enough to go there and many other places this summer, so I guess it’s checked off my list. Recently, I’ve been trying to imagine my dream career, but haven’t exactly hit the nail on the head yet. Since I’m months away from graduation, I keep getting the question: what do you want to do? What are your plans after graduation? And honestly, I can’t imagine exactly what that will be yet. I would love for blogging to be my full time career, so I guess that’s something I haven’ been able to do yet. I want my job to be something meaningful to me and something I will never get bored with. Am I crazy for wanting my career to just be tons of fun?! Sorry, I can’t answer your question with another question, LOL. I’ve never been the type of person who’s like, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go skydiving!” or “I want to climb a mountain!” I’m afraid of heights and mountains freak me out. So yeah, I’ve really wanted my dream career to be more clear, but haven’t exactly gotten there yet.
Those are all the questions I received, thank you to everyone who sent me them! I had a great time answering them and I hope this helps you understand me a little more! I have all the blogs of those who submitted questions linked in their name! Check them all out, they are such kind and thoughtful people! Thank you all again for 600 followers, you all individually mean a lot to me. Here’s to 600 more friends! Talk to you all soon! xx