What a great start to my new concept of acknowledging and celebrating inspirational women around the world each month. The great feedback from this new concept has given me the push to continue. Last’s month inspirational women of the month was the lovely Isobel Palacios. If you have not read it yet, you definitely should.
This month is dedicated to Nodreen aka Style With Substance. The content that is posted on style with substance really resonate with me. The concepts she talks about from fashion to advice to law attractions is just mesmerising. The details she puts in the videos, I believe everyone can relate to no matter who you are or how old you are!
So without further ado, lets get on to the interview:
1.How did you find your passion?
My passion for YouTube is somewhat of a family thing. I have three siblings, two of whom joined before me and pretty much showed me the ropes. But I’d say that the pivotal moment for me was during one weekend, where I found myself sucked into a black hole of recommended hair, beauty, fashion and lifestyle videos, loving every single minute of it. I knew after a few weeks of being a passive watcher that there was a space for me to give YouTube my steer and since posting my ‘How To Buy A House’ video, I haven’t looked back since.
“Style With Substance for me represents being multifaceted and not being put in a box in this day and age”
2.What difficulties did you fall into when creating your passion and how did you overcome it?
I can’t say I did experience any real difficulties. Naturally not having a huge social following before I started YouTube meant I had to start pretty much from scratch, which means posting videos that only get 20 views over the course of a few weeks. Growing pains I call it! But there was nothing more thrilling than doing that and knowing that absolutely everyone watching was a complete stranger to me. For me the really difficult thing was not posting too much, especially in my first few months as I had an abundance of ideas, but only 50% of which would actually be interesting to watch lol!.
3.How do you remain positive?
I remain positive by trying to fill my environment and my circle with just that, positivity. I don’t watch the news (hard as that has been over the past few weeks), my close friends and family, I consider to be incredibly positive, and I watch and read a lot of uplifting and faith building content. I think in life there will always be an opportunity to wallow in a negative moment, which is why I believe positivity is a choice that we all have to make daily.
4. What inspires/motivates you ?
I get inspired by almost anything. It could be something as simple as a few motivational words in a good personal development book, watching a well edited and shot YouTube video, a really insightful conversation with a good friend, or simply a pretty post on Instagram.
“I like to think of myself as a woman with substance too”
5. How do you get out of a funk/rut?
It’s not easy to get out of a real rut, but I often find that to notice a change you have to make a big one. Monumental action is what I use to get out of a funk. I take one BIG action, or switch up an instrumental part of my daily routine to really knock my socks off and wake me up again. For a smaller rut, think glass of wine, face mask, my favourite candle and a good nights sleep.
6.What is your favourite quote?
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo Da Vinci – I live by this.
“I’m just a normal 21st century woman, like you, trying to tell her story.”
7.Who are you most inspired by?
I am inspired by other YouTubers, my mother, father and siblings, the authors that have blessed my life with such incredible knowledge and wisdom and frankly, anyone who has ever presented me with a new perspective or way to view life.
8. What is your favourite book?
This was a tough one and I might cheat a little. All time favourite has to go to ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. That’s my go to, if I ever want to reset my thoughts and get me back onto a more positive wavelength. It is also the book that introduced me to the law of attraction and essentially changed my life. However, I have to give a special mention to ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki and the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.
9.When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?
Very recently. While I haven’t spoken about it in detail (more to come in a future video on my YouTube channel), quitting my full time job and deciding to follow my dreams has been the scariest thing I’ve ever done and also contemplated doing. Now that I’m living my truth, I almost can’t remember any other way of living! I do miss the tea breaks and canteen chats though.
10. What is something your proud of?
I am most proud of the commitment I’ve shown my channel if I’m being honest. This is hands down the only thing in my life I’ve built from the ground up and stuck at for several years. The fact that it is now making me a living is a bonus.
Thank you Nodreen for participating in the inspirational women of the month interview. Make sure to check her out via Youtube.
Be Bold, Be Strong, Be you x