This blog series is me wanting to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.
This blog post is about the wonderful and talented Jenna Farmer. Jenna writes two blogs, one is A Balanced Belly, the other The Bloglancer. It is through The Bloglancer that I became inspired by Jenna.
For those who don’t blog, it can be extremely difficult when you start out. Everything is so new and while there are so many wonderful bloggers who will help, Jenna goes above and beyond. She inspires me because she is so happy and willing to help others by sharing the information she has learnt on her blogging journey. She wants others to succeed, she wants others to know their value and worth, she wants all bloggers to be taken serious. She also set up a fantastic Facebook Group on Pitching Motivation to help others and for others to share their tips and successes. She truly is an inspiration to me and I am sure others would say the same.
Here are some questions I asked Jenna to get to know her a little better.
What makes you smile?
Time with my two dogs- Bella and Stevie- and getting lovely comments on my blogs. Being recognised as being helpful is so important to me.
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
Ooh, that’s a good question. A magazine editor? I definitely want to do more freelance writing for magazines so being in the shoes of an editor would help me perfect my pitches!
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Publishing my first book- Managing IBD- with a publishing company last year.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?
Show people you’re writing! Up until the age of 25, I wrote completely in secret and wouldn’t even take the creative module at University I wanted to in case anyone laughed at my work! Now, it’s the opposite- I share everything left, right and centre. I often wonder where my career might be if I started then rather than now.
What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?
I have always felt that we should have a ‘purpose’ something we’re meant to do. For me, all my jobs and writing link to the idea of helping others. Whether it’s how to write a blog post or dealing with a crohn’s flare. As long as I feel like I am meeting my purpose, I’ll keep going!
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