Creative Corner: Karalee – Tales of Belle blog

Hey there and welcome back to Creative Corner where you’ll be getting to know a cool creative. Here you’ll learn a little more about them and their passions.

Today on the blog, I’d like to introduce you to Karalee Shotola. Karalee’s the creative behind the blog Tales of Belle – “Beauty & the Books”.

Originally from Texas; she now resides in Roskilde, Denmark. Tales of Belle was established in 2016 and is a beauty, books and lifestyle blog.

Karalee’s content is focused on reviews of cosmetics, skincare and books. On the blog, you’ll also find lifestyle posts featuring anything from recipes to blogging advice.

Karalee – Tales of Belle blog creator

What inspires you to write/blog and where do you get your ideas from?

I am often inspired by things that happen during my day such as experiences I have had. Other times I will be inspired by other bloggers and posts they wrote, and I will be sure to give them credit in the post I write.

Besides blogging, what else do you enjoy doing/what are your hobbies?

Besides blogging, I enjoy reading, playing video games, watching Netflix, cooking, and baking.

How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently? Are you using any apps to assist you and which ones?

I am a full-time master’s student and a mother to a 4-year-old daughter, so time management can be tricky.

However, I set time aside in the evenings to work on writing posts, promoting on social media and interacting with other bloggers.

The only app I really use is the Notes app on my phone where I keep a to-do list of what I want to accomplish for my blog that week.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is failing whether it is failing one of my master’s courses, quitting blogging, not finding a job, etc.

I want to be successful in my life, therefore, I fear failing.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose and why?

I would love to teleport.

I am from the US, and I currently live in Denmark. It is so expensive and takes so long to fly back and forth to visit my family in the US, therefore, I would want to teleport so I can be there in just a second.

I could also easily travel to countries I want to visit like Japan, Norway, and France.

Who are some of your favourite bloggers and why?

My favorite bloggers are Jenny in Neverland. Jenny has been blogging for over 6 years and she often shares advice and tips about blogging, which I find helpful.

Another one of my favorite bloggers is Shenanigans of a Gamer Mom. Rei is a lifestyle blogger, mother, and gamer like me and I love reading her posts.

Mack Marie is another favorite blogger of mine. Mackenzie is a food, travel, and lifestyle blogger and I enjoy reading her posts about the latest restaurant she ate at or places she has traveled to.

What is your day job and what is your favourite thing about it?

I do not have a job, but I am a full-time Child Studies master’s student.

I love being able to do my own research. I recently completed my first-year master’s thesis on the portrayal of dyslexia and children in children’s picture books.

What do you do to keep fit?

I do not have a car, so I walk everywhere whether it is taking my daughter to kindergarten, shopping for groceries, going to the mall, visiting the harbor, etc.

I also cook dinner most days of the week, which is better than eating out.

Besides that, I do not do anything extra like going to the gym to stay fit.

What would you say is the biggest challenge facing young women today?

I think the biggest challenge is the lack of equal opportunities; whether it is in education, jobs, positions of power.

In some countries, girls are less likely to receive an education because the education of boys is prioritized. The girls will work or stay home to support their family instead of going to school.

In jobs, women often receive less money than men for the same position.

We also live in a patriarchal society, so men often hold positions of power such as CEO of a company or a president or prime minister of a country.

What is the most difficult challenge you’ve ever had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

One of the biggest challenges I faced was being accepted into a master’s program.

After I graduated from my bachelor’s program in psychology, I moved to Denmark and it was difficult finding master’s programs in Denmark that were offered in English. Most of the programs were taught only in Danish and the ones that were taught in English were in a topic I was not interested in like business.

I overcame this challenge by expanding my search to master’s programs that were taught by distance, and that is when I found the Child Studies master’s program at Linköping University. My program is mainly taught online and I only have to visit my university in person 5 times throughout the 2 years of study.

And that’s a wrap!

I hope you guys have enjoyed your time with Karalee and me today. I had a good time.

To Karalee, thanks for the interesting interview and for spending time with us here on the blog. I wish you all the best with your future endeavours and may your blog continue to be a success.

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Show Karalee some support by heading on over to her blog – Tales of Belle and checking it out!

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See ya soon…

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