Q&A with Wild Bear

August 05, 2015

WOO!! Internet high fives for my first ever guest post on clarabellasecrets. I have the lovely Elena (aka Wild Bear) doing a Q&A for me today. Thank you to Elena for offering to be my first guest blogger and I'm positive that my blog readers will enjoy reading your answers as much as I did. Once you've all read this post, make sure you check out her blog and follow her on all of her social media for updates on bunny rabbits, bears (just kidding) and upcoming projects.

What made you want to start writing your own blog?
I’ve been blogging since my awkward Myspace days, when I’ll admit it was mostly incoherent whinging. As much as the content was a bit rubbish then, it did teach me to use writing as a form of therapy, communication and entertainment, and now it’s second nature to me. I actually blog for a living for a pet insurance company, but that hasn’t stopped me from blogging for myself too.

Where/How do you find inspiration for new blog posts?
I don’t think my blog falls very neatly into any particular genre, because I find inspiration everywhere! I’ve blogged about everything from body painting to mental health; I just go where the wind takes me!

What have you learnt from being a blogger?
I’ve learned that life is what you make of it. I know that sounds a bit trite and oversimplified, but there is such a broad spectrum within the blogging community, from adorable small blogs to huge, almost corporate behemoths. 

Name three things that always make you smile
Firstly my animals, because they are a huge part of my life. I have nine rabbits, several fish and a dog called Buffy and I couldn’t live without them. Second is the blogging community. I know that’s a bit cheesy, but whenever I’m feeling rubbish or unsure, someone gives me a little boost or pep talk, and makes such a difference. Finally, going for a good walk. A little endorphin rush does wonders for your mood, if you can manage it.

Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years?
My word, what a question! In an ideal world, in five years I’d like to be totally self-employed, selling my artwork and writing and the blog would continue to document my endeavours and my life! Ideally of course I’d love to see more readers. I love my little readership, and I value every comment, bloglovin’ follower and tweet immensely. 

Who is your favourite fashion designer and why?
I really love Alice Temperley because her designs are so romantic and feminine, which I suppose might seem an odd choice given that my look is fairly grungey! I used to love Luella before they went bust. 

What are your five top things in your makeup bag right now?
I love my “Undressed” palettes from MUA. I have two and I use them constantly, whether it’s to fill in my brows, for a wider colour range for contouring or as eyeshadows, as intended. I also love my Maybelline powder as the colour is spot on, and my Maybelline Baby Lips balm in Peach Kiss and my foundation is actually Maybelline too (the Liquid Satin). Finally, I have a Barry M contour kit which I use most days, though I’d like to try something else as the colour isn’t quite right for me.

What is your favourite part about blogging?
I use my blog to organise my thoughts, and it’s been really useful for me over the years. Writing is a huge tool for me and I don’t know where I’d be without it!

When you’re not blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to make stuff. I draw, paint, sew and make jewellery. In fact (this is a tiny exclusive here) I’m planning to launch a little collection later in the year. IT’s really exciting, but I’m just getting organised at the moment.

Where is your favourite place in the entire world?
My workshop. They say home is where the heart is, and my heart is there. It’s where my reading nook, desk, worktable and fish tank are, as well as all of my musical instruments. I walk through the door and I can’t help but smile.

What advice would you give to a new blogger starting out?
Don’t be scared of making everything perfect from day one. You’ll find your feet as you go along. I always thought I had to have a very strong personal brand right from the start, and all it meant was that I spent ages trying to hone my identity and not just writing!

Thanks so much for having me! For more about me, and my future projects, come and find me at Wild Bear!

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