We are back and we are better!! Kicking off with April’s latest edition on Inspirational women of the month, we’ve got the lovely Georgia, who I had the pleasure of meeting and enjoying a nice conversation filled with cakes and hot chocolate.
1. Tell me about yourself/what is your brand?
My name is Georgia, I identify as a writer, producer and mental health advocate and founder of world of self care. All of my projects work around the themes of mental health and with the affect of making people feel uplifted and inspired, whether that’s through producing a show which I love the topic of or writing an article about body positivity or about self care; they all work together. My brand world of self care brings people together to explore the themes of mental health and self care and self love through creative art activities, so it might be through making a self care jar or writing a letter to yourself.
2. What fundamental advice would you share with someone ?
Take time out in your week. In your week try and take time out for yourself, not to sit on your phone or watch tv, actually be with yourself and be comfortable sitting in silence with yourself and with your body. That would be my ultimate advice. Be comfortable with being on your own and looking at yourself in the mirror and loving yourself.
3. What is your favourite quote?
I don’t know it off by heart but I know its has to be a Brene Brown one for sure * checksphone*. She’s got so many quotes I love but it has to be ‘’ Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen’’. Because it really does, it takes a lot of courage to speak about yourself and live your truth especially with trauma or things you’ve been through but it starts by showing up and acknowledging it and being honest with yourself and not hiding it.
4. When was the last time you overcame fear and how?
Well I overcame my fear of my photoshoot on Thursday, that was scary. My photoshoot was for Curvy Kate, it was about how you see your body and how your friends see your body and what bit about your body do you like and what you don’t like and it was about exploring that. So we had to wear different types of underwear and it was scary because I’m a size 16 and I got rolls, fat, scars and stretch mark and I got like everything and I am not very comfortable with my body, my boobs get on my nerves sometimes like I love them and I hate them but, I wish I was a different body and I would like compare myself a lot to my friends and I was so scared because it was a shoot and there were makeup artist and cameras and yeah I was scared stripping off in front of these people, like I was so scared. But, as soon as I took off the dressing gown, I felt at peace. I felt so confident and that just came from me acknowledging how I feel and being like ‘ you know what, no anxiety! I am not listening to you today.
*We had a moment where we started discussing our favourite parts of our bodies*
5. Who are you inspired by?
Erm, I am inspired by a lot of people but I’m also inspired by myself. *laugh* I’ll start with the people. I am inspired by people like Grace Victory, Sonny Turner, Oprah, Brene Brown and also my mentor Sade Brown. Just amazing people who’ve started stuff out of nothing. But, I am also inspired by myself because of how far I have come and like I dropped out of school at 14 and I was really depressed and ill and started self harming and now I am doing a degree and I got my own brand so, I look at where I was and I’m like wow! I’m inspired by you. So I’m inspired by my old self.
6. What advice would you give your future self?
I’ll tell my future self to slow the fuck down! I’m trying to think, I am only 20 and I’m like I need to do this, I need to do that, I need to get married at this age or I need to have my business plan by this age but I need to slow down, like everything going to turn out fine in the end and you just need to love yourself more because it’s a struggle that we face…Even though on Instagram and Twitter I give out self care advice, it is a struggle; some days I feel completely shit and I can’t get out of bed but, it’s ok and just be fine with that and love myself for it and love my body like my body is not going to be the same one day to the next; one week I will be bigger than the next and in 5 years time I could be really big or really skinny like whatever! my body changes, I am a women. I just need to carry on loving myself.
7. What is one thing you’re most proud of?
I am most excited for the self care festival that I’m going to produce and I’m just excited about myself and like taking over the world *laugh* It’s got to a point where I do feel comfortable with myself and I’m excited to grow even more so that I can inspire other people and be more confidence in living their best selves.
Can you believe this will be the 3rd month of inspirational women series! Time really does fly by when your inspired by these amazing women. If you didn’t catch last month edition, click right here
I am so happy to introduce you all to a really good friend of mine PETA RAMIA * screams*. I first spoke to Peta in a spiritual facebook group and through our short conversation, we found out that we were already following each other on social media and had so much in common ( coincidence I think not).
Peta Ramia is a inspirational writer and founder of PetaRamia.com, which focuses on self improvement, self care and healthy motivation in all aspects of living. Peta is now more passionate than ever and covers a wider range of topics such as Lifestyle, Beauty, Self Care and Wellness aimed for women. Aside from blogging, Peta recently has started sharing her life on Youtube. She loves the simple things in life and inspiring others.
So lets crack on…
What is your brand?
My brand is essentially me, Peta Ramia. I am a blogger and youtuber who is sharing my journey and insights with the world. I’m not really quite sure where this is going, but I’m as passionate as ever creating all my own content and inspiring others. I’m just going with it and having fun! A lot of bloggers often have too many expectations, and want to be successful, which can take a long time, as well as strive to be like other bloggers, but the key is to write about your TRUE passions, show your readers vulnerability and your true self, which naturally people are attracted to and always be authentic!
What does your self care routine look like?
Being alone, taking a shower or bath in the dark with candles, pampering myself and also dressing up a bit with music on, dancing in my room! Lol and distracting myself from any problems or negative thoughts. I also love to read my own angel cards, and journal the messages I receive. Taking this time I need really helps me recharge my battery that life and other people can drain from me.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop caring what people think, don’t let fear hold you back from important things in life, and you are beautiful the way you are.
How to over come low-self esteem?
Focus on the things you generally like about yourself, enhance them and take your time to make those beautiful features really pop out. This helps distract you from the things you don’t like about yourself.
What’s your favourite quote?
From the movie Pursuit Of Happiness, Will Smith says to his son, “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” It gives me goosebumps EVERY time!
Who are you inspired by?
Ralph Smart from Infinite Waters youtube channel. His videos are so inspiring and they are such wake up calls to reality. He covers a lot of topics about spirituality, and I think anyone can be inspired from at least one of his videos.
What positive affirmations do you tell yourself?
It’s from a poem I wrote a year ago, and still resonates with me today:
Embracing my quirkiness,
Accepting myself for being the quiet one,
I’m happy knowing I don’t need to be loud to be heard,
I hear myself.
To me, being spiritual means;
Finding happiness from all of the above,
But most of all;
What is your ideal get away?
On an island somewhere, or in a cabin deep in the woods, away from society and with my loved ones, making connections and fun memories.
What is your favourite book?
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz- that was when I first starting learning about the importance of health, the truth about processed foods and why exercise is so important. Also Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell- I always hid my spirituality away from others, but this book opened up a whole new world to me, and made me come out of the closet!
When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?
A month ago when I released my first youtube video! Was scary but at the same time, so much fun and people loved it! You would be amazed what you can do and how great you are, by facing your fears and just going with it. Life’s too short!
Thank you Peta Ramia for participating in the inspirational women of the month interview. Make sure to check her out blog and youtube page!!
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.