1} Tell me about something you love and why?
I love sewing. I have been sewing since I was about 14 years old. I started to get interested because I could make new and weird clothes for myself which no one else would have (think bright blue cheese-cloth flares with green ruffles around the legs - yes, really) and because I could make gothy capes and skirts. Over time it became my creative outlet as I realised drawing/painting wasn't exactly my forte. Then I became more interested in vintage and retro clothing, which was often quite expensive and/or didn't fit my hourglass figure. Sewing dresses was a cheaper alternative and I found I could get very creative with retro/vintage patterns!
2} What is one think you do that makes you feel like ‘I could do this forever,’ when you do it?
Being genuinely relaxed and stress-free. Or playing stupid addictive Candy Crush on my phone. Or drinking tea.
3} What do you love about yourself?
My boobs! Ok, I realise this question does not specifically refer to physical attributes. But this is honestly the first thing that came to mind. I really do love mine. But, if we're talking more about mental attributes, I do love knowing how strong I can be and what I can endure, whilst also knowing how completely capable I am of falling to pieces (I don't love that last bit).
4} What advice would you give to someone who doesn’t believe he/she is beautiful?
I don't know that I would give advice. I know what it's like to truly believe horrible, mean, bad things about yourself. I suppose I could say I know how they feel. I wouldn't tell someone they were beautiful if they honestly believed they weren't. I would probably empathise with the feeling of being ugly, whilst not supporting it.
5} What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about confidence?
Act confident. Sometimes acting as though you are confident, really does make you confident.
6} If you were your own daughter/son, what advice would you give yourself?
I would make it come with a magic wand so I could turn it into a rainbow unicorn covered in glitter. I do not want a mini-me.
7} A verse, poem, sonnet, ancient-old proverb that inspires you to love yourself and others?
No particular group of words has inspired me in such a way. Which is not to say I don't love myself, or others.
Well, that feels like a sour note to end on. Remember I do love something about myself at least!