Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Cara, I’m a children’s mental health nurse from the south of England and I’ve also struggled with my own mental health for many years. Outside of that I love animals (especially cats!), tattoos and travelling.
How did you get into blogging?
I had written a couple of guest posts for Time To Change and found it to be really cathartic, but I didn’t think much more of it than that. Eventually I joined twitter and discovered this amazing community of people with their own blogs and that inspired me to start my own. I thought it might be something that wouldn’t go anywhere and that I would end up giving up on, but it’s been such an amazing journey so far!
What made you want to open your Etsy store?
I have always been creative and I find it really helpful for my own recovery. I wanted to try and make things that would help and encourage people in their own recovery and to spread a bit of positivity to those who need it. One of my favourite things is seeing the gift messages people write when they are ordering things for somebody else – some of them are so beautiful!
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
In terms of my nursing career, I won a national award in 2016 giving me a scholarship to work in another country, so I went to the Philippines and worked in a psychiatric ward for a month. With regards to my blog, starting it in the first place feels like a big achievement! But I’ve also just been shortlisted for the MHBA which I’m super proud of. Making my first 100 sales on Etsy was also amazing because I was amazed when I even had one!
What do you do when you’re not working?
Crafting, the gym, horse riding and writing are my main things. I also like to spend time with my friends and my boyfriend, watch sitcoms and have LOTS of holidays!
What’s next for you?
Who knows? I’m currently writing a book that I’m really hoping will get picked up (keep your fingers crossed for me!), and I would love to write more feature articles. I hope that my blog will continue to progress and grow – making money from it has never been a priority for me but I would love it to reach and help as many people as possible. I hope to keep adding more items to my shop and I’m planning to start making clothes in the future.
What advice would you give to anyone starting out?
Be yourself! Something that draws me to peoples’ writing is getting to know them and feeling their personalities shine through. Don’t worry about trying to fit into a blogging mould, just be genuine and unapologetic. Ask for help when you need it, there’s a wealth of information out there and people who are happy to share it! And most importantly, engage with other people. Make friends. You won’t regret it!
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