Bearded Backchat with Lisa from The Contented Family
Bearded Backchat is a chance for me to interview PR people and fellow bloggers. This week is Lisa from The Contented Family.
Lisa is fairly new to the blogging world, but brings a wealth of writing experience with her as she writes about positive wellbeing in families over at The Contented Family.
Who are you?
What is your “day job”?
Freelance writer – writing blogs and copy for other people.
What is your blog called and where can we find it?
The Contented Family – thecontentedfamily.co.uk
What’s your blog about?
Promoting positive wellbeing in families. I run workshops and coach mums (mostly mums) helping them to manage stress and anxiety practically in a family situation.
The idea is that if we look after our own mental health and show our children how we are truly happy they will follow suit.
The blog is my own personal journey to apply these tools and techniques to my life – actively seeking happiness in the everyday madness of motherhood (I have 3 children under 6 so there are lots of maddening moments)!
Why did you start blogging?
I love freelance writing but wanted to write for myself.
I am passionate about preventative steps we can take to maintain our healthy mental well-being I wanted to share my own transformative journey, I used to be a mum who struggled with everything and never felt good enough now I am one who struggles less but always knows I’m good enough.
Why do you still blog?
Well, I only started in November so if I had given up already then it would have proven to be a bad choice!
How has blogging changed since you started?
I am still learning what it’s like now. I hope it hasn’t changed since November!
Would you count your blog as a job or something fun to do in your spare time?
Definitely a job – even though it’s not a money earner itself at the moment. I use it to promote myself and the other services I offer.
Although I don’t spend as much time on it as I would like because I am busy with my other commitments (workshops, coaching, freelance). Over the next year, I would like to see the balance tip in the direction of The Contented Family.
Where do you get the inspiration to write a blog post?
Each year 1 in 4 people suffer mental health issues. Mothers are specifically susceptible; In fact, more women will suffer from post-natal depression than the combined number of new cases for men and women of TB, leukaemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.
Our culture is so focused on curing mental illness we don’t stop and wonder if in some cases we could build resilience against it.
The Contented Family want to reach out to people and provide them with the tools and techniques to be truly happy. If we take care of ourselves and our mind when we are well then we are stronger and more equipped to deal with challenging times ahead.
If you could recommend three other blogs to read, what three would you recommend and why?
Finding Joy – this was my first blog that I started following a few years back when I was going through quite a dark time. I find her posts really inspirational and have cried several times reading them. She made me feel like I wasn’t alone.
I also love Cardiff Mummy. She is local to me and so I enjoy the local references and her writing is beautiful.
I also follow Peaceful Parents Confident Kids – this site is solution based and has some great ideas that I try to apply in my own life. A recent post The first day of school – A lesson in not projecting fears resonated with me and my middle child just started school.
What is the single best thing that has come about as a result of your blog?
I wrote an open letter to a mum who I met in a public loo, she was in the middle of a mummy meltdown and I just gave her a hug. I had hoped she would read it but never dreamt she actually would but it was shared so many times that eventually she did!
She wrote me a lovely little response in the comment section of the post and told me that she had gone on that day to have a nice time, proving that those moments of crazy parenting don’t last long.
It really meant the world to me that she read it and that she felt I really helped her that day. A small act of kindness can go a long way.
What would be your perfect blog post?
I would love to be offered something awesome to review that I can include my family on so that we can have lots of contented moments.
What can you recommend to other bloggers to increase the traffic to their sites?
I am really new to this blogging for myself business. Even when I ghost blogged as part of my freelance work once the post was done so was my job.
The best thing I have done so far is starting to make connections across the blogging community. I have found they are a lovely bunch of supportive folk that will answer your questions happily, getting good advice is key.
Which brands do you enjoy working with?
Only one so far – Jack Cherry. I did a review on the anti-bullying comic which was a great experience.
Everyone has that one company that they have always wanted to work with but have never quite been able to. Who is yours?
Butlins! I applied but I know I am new to the game so wasn’t surprised I didn’t get in. You have to be in it to win it though as they say!
What is your own personal favourite post on your site?
Why my kids never make me happy. I just really believe in the message.
We rely on outside conditions to bring us joy but unless we can find happiness in ourselves we will never be satisfied.
Our children are a condition and they will always make their own choices. Quite frankly, they are the last people we should be relying on to make us happy!
Whose blog would you love to be featured on or write a guest post for?
Finding Joy Because her blog was my first blog crush.
Lastly, if you were to interview another blogger, what question would you ask that I haven’t asked here?…
*awesome clever question* Do you think you will still be blogging in 10 years time?
… And what is your answer to that question?
Yep as long as I haven’t worn my fingers away on the keyboard before then!
Thanks, Lisa, for taking part!
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