Hello lovely people! Time for “Creative Corner“.
Here, you get to meet creatives from all walks of life!
This week we’re having a chat and getting to know blogger Chloë, who’s a 22-year-old Belgian blogger. She has recently graduated as a digital marketer (congratulations!) and is excited to start her very first job.
Chloë’s blog, Life Through My Dark Brown Eyes, covers all things lifestyle, travel and mental health, with a few recipes in between.
Chloë’s been blogging for almost three years and says blogging is still her greatest passion.
Her blog is called Life Through My Dark Brown Eyes, for the simple reason that she gives her views on life the way she sees it through her “dark brown eyes”.
Get to know this alluring blogger more below…
What inspires you to write/blog and where do you get your ideas from?
My blog, to me, is my personal and creative outlet. It is my space to get creative and share the views that I have on the world with my audience. My readers inspire me because I always try to write posts that might help them solve a problem. If only one person is helped with my words, I feel like I have succeeded.
My ideas come from different places: sometimes it’s things happening in the world, sometimes it’s from following the community and seeing what others write about, sometimes it’s things that randomly pop up in my head during the day.
Besides blogging, what else do you enjoy doing/what are your hobbies?
I’m a life-long learner and I love it. Besides blogging, I enjoy attending online courses and reading about digital marketing. I’m also a huge fan of YouTube and love wasting time on watching videos by my favourite YouTubers.
Other than that, I try to go to the gym two to three times a week/do a home workout and go for a run.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently? Are you using any apps to assist you and if so, which ones would you recommend?
I always try my best to schedule my blog posts beforehand. My post days are Monday and Thursday, so I always try to write on Sundays and Wednesdays, so that I can revise what I’ve written on the day itself before it goes live.
For my social media management, I use Hootsuite, which allows me to schedule my Twitter and Facebook posts. This way I schedule posts for up to a month beforehand, so I don’t have to constantly worry about tweeting, etc. This way my posts still get promoted, even when I don’t have the time to be online.
Hootsuite really is a life-saver for me when it comes to social media.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?
“Don’t let your fears get in the way of what you want to achieve”.
I can’t really remember who told me this, but this piece of advice has majorly helped me in overcoming certain parts of my social anxiety. I still have a long way to go, but compared to a few years ago, I’m doing much better. If I really want something, I’ll go for it and challenge my anxiety if I have to.
Sometimes this works out and sometimes I still have to take a step back, but I’ve improved a lot over the past few years. I’ve learned to speak up and stand up for what I believe in.
And even though it sometimes means confronting someone with shaky legs and a shaky voice and overthinking it for weeks afterwards, I’ll still do it if it brings me one step closer to reaching my ultimate goal.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose and why?
I would choose becoming invisible. That way I could still sneak around other people after I’ve just left the room, to see if they are talking about me. Yes, I know, that is my social anxiety talking.
I constantly have the urge to know what other people think about me, whether they’re talking behind my back or not. I constantly want to please people.
Yes, I am aware that this is so wrong and is only killing me from the inside, but I am working on this.
Who are some of your favourite bloggers and why?
I absolutely love Koral from The Unsanity Blog because she is such a wonderful person.
Another great blogger is Vada-Leigh from Ramblings of a Neurotic Writer. She writes about lifestyle and travel, but also offers really useful e-books and courses on how you can improve your blog! Above all, she’s a sweetheart too.
A third one I really love is Nele from The Navigatio. Not only does she have a banging travel blog, she also writes e-books for bloggers and on how we can improve. These books are so well-written and detailed, and I simply love reading them!
I could name more bloggers that I like, but these three are definitely some of my favourites.
What have been your biggest achievements so far; in blogging and life?
My biggest achievement in life so far for me is graduating a Bachelor’s, Master’s and postgraduate degree all with first-class honours.
I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, not at all, but this is something really important to me. In college/high schools, my teachers told me I wasn’t fit for university.
I was absent a lot of the time, but that was mainly because I was being bullied – a problem they didn’t want to see. Succeeding in all of my degrees and never having to resit any of my exams really are my biggest achievements, especially because I got to show these teachers they were all wrong.
When it comes to blogging, I would say that my biggest achievement so far is when I was asked to do a review of a book related to mental health. It meant that the author, Jacqueline Pirtle had read my blog and deemed me the perfect person to review her book.
This was a huge deal to me because it was the first time I was asked to do something like this. It gave me a huge confidence boost.
What did you want to be when you were younger and what are you now? Are you enjoying it and why?
When I was a child, I really wanted to be a veterinarian. I ended up graduating as both a translator and a digital marketeer, so quite to opposite.
Nonetheless, I absolutely love what I’m doing. I get to work on my blog on the side, while hopefully working a job in a field that I’m passionate about – digital marketing – really soon.
I finally feel like I’ve found my purpose and what I’m actually good at and I would love to turn it into my career.
What would you say is the biggest challenge facing young women today?
I still read too many stories online about girls that speak up about their (sexual) assault experiences and still being blamed for it.
I spoke a young woman the other day, someone I had never spoken to before, and I was only the second person she opened up to about her assault. She told her best friend, but the girl blamed her for it and not the guy. It made her close down and a year down the line, I was only the second person she told it too. She just wanted to be heard.
Girls and (young) women are still too often blamed for the assault that happens to them.
We should not be blaming them. We should be listening to them and offer advice. Only that way more of them will open up and only that way more of these predators can be put behind bars.
Our society needs to change, not only in this aspect but also many others.
What is the most difficult challenge you’ve ever had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
Thinking about this question, I feel as if I’ve never really faced anything big.
The only thing I can think of is doing an exchange semester and having to provide for myself for five months.
During a normal academic year, I would always go home during the weekend. But in the Winter semester of 2017, I moved to Germany for five months and only went back home for Christmas for two weeks.
This was the first time I had been away from home for that long and on my own, so in the beginning, it was definitely a challenge. Luckily, I have always been a really independent person, and quickly adjusted to the new situation.
I made new friends during this time, lived in a shared flat with two others and did all the things my mum would usually do for me, like my own laundry.
The reason I overcame this so quickly, was because I held onto the thought that it made me an adult. I would prove to everyone that I was perfectly capable of taking care of myself. I ended up enjoying myself so much during that time, that I would love to move abroad again, but to work this time, not to study.
I’d love to be living in London one day, and I was planning on doing that as soon as I graduated at the end of April. But Coronavirus kind of got in the way. I will now wait for two years before I go, that is if nothing else comes in the way.
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Thank you, Chloë, for the lovely chat today and I wish you all the best for the future. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
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I hope you’ve had a jol and I’ll see you next time when we meet the next brilliant blogger.
P.S Check out my interview on Chloë’s blog.