A General Q & A

General Question and Answer Blog Post

After feeling inspired from the numerous “Question and Answer” or “Get to Know Me Tag” videos on YouTube, I decided that I might try doing one myself; however, with a slight difference that mine certainly will not feature me talking to a camera, instead, I will answer the questions in a blog format.

I titled this Q&A as a “General” one given that if it works I may do more but based around different topics. For now, however, I will stick to answering the questions I was asked on my Instagram story; if you didn’t know I put one up for my followers to ask anything they wanted to know about me (anonymously). I must admit, I did receive a lot of questions which surprised me! It is so easy to just flick through stories on social media without actually processing the information. Thus, the fact that individuals took the time to engage with my content made me feel good. After all, no one likes to be ghosted.

My General Q & A

1. What is your dream job?
Notably, a very difficult one to start on. I don’t think I could give you a straight answer as to what my dream job is, however, I can narrow it down. Part of me has always “dreamed” of being a writer; I’ve always had that vision of sitting in my own apartment with a cafetière writing poetry as a published author… Who knows. Equally, I have always wanted to do something which is mental health-related. With my own history with mental health, it is something I am very passionate about and therefore, would love to use my voice to help others. Or maybe I will set up a bookshop that serves vegan food and call it a day.

2. Pick one: Coffee or tea?
This is so hard. I think I would have to say tea. I cannot go a day without a cup of tea.

3. Favourite clothes shop?
I am a real sucker for MONKI and Urban Outfitters. In terms of online shopping, I love the new sustainable activewear brand TALA as well as ASOS. I am trying my hardest to move away from buying clothes all the time as I know how dreadful the fashion industry for polluting the environment. For example, I avoid buying from brands such as Primark and H&M who are the worst offenders in terms of fast fashion. Recently, I have been doing my research into looking at brands with a better ethos; though I know these brands tend to be more expensive. Equally, I do like looking for clothes on Depop; a secondhand website where you can sell and purchase clothes. Buying secondhand is a great alternative for getting new wardrobe pieces without contributing to fast fashion. I  think as long as you are being conscious of what you are buying, that is the main thing.

4. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I would not say I am particularly either, but I am more inclined to say a morning person. Nothing gets me up quicker than a cup of tea in the morning.

5. Do you believe in a full recovery from anorexia?
Another hard question. Part of me would love to believe that a full recovery from anorexia is possible; believe me, I would do anything for it. However, I don’t think you can ever completely, completely get over an eating disorder. Instead, I think there comes a point where you are able to live with it or overcome it to the extent that it does not affect your everyday life the way it used to. For me, I do not think I will ever be 100% free from anorexia, but that does not mean to say that I will not fight for it. I am always sceptical when someone says they are “fully recovered” because though you may be a healthy weight and not exhibiting any restrictive behaviours that do not mean to say that the thoughts are not under the surface. I try and be realistic with myself and hope to myself that I will able to put my anorexia behind me one day. I will never give up hope.

6. What’s your greatest goal at the moment?
Getting my degree.

7. Do you consider yourself recovered yet?
This is very similar to the fourth question, however, I do not consider myself “recovered”. I am in the process of recovery and I think I always will be.

8. What do you look forward to the most in the future?
I love this question. It is hard to pin it down to one thing but I guess I look forward to the idea of having a family and also being successful in my career – whatever that might be!

9. Are you a dog or a cat person?
I love both. But having two cats I have to say cats 

10. How many tattoos do you have?
Currently, I have two.

11. If you could eat lunch with one famous person who has passed away, who would it be?
Technically cheating, but either David Bowie or Sylvia Plath. What an iconic duo.

12. What is the last book you read?
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

13. What is your star sign?

14. Biggest pet-hate?
Probably will have to go with slow walkers. I really cannot abide walking below a certain pace.

15. What’s your worst example of procrastination?
Anyone knows me well enough knows I spend all of my time with my cats. Literally, I spend hours with them so they probably are my worst form of procrastination.

16. Favourite song?
I definitely can't choose one. But the songs that hold a lot of meaning to me are:
Asleep – The Smiths
Bloodflood – Alt J
Stuck In a Moment – U2
St. Purple & Green – Wolf Alice

17. Last film you watched?
‘Love & Friendship’. It’s an adaptation of Austen’s ‘Lady Susan’ and I highly recommend it!

18. What was your favourite subject at school?
Definitely, Maths since I’m doing an English degree….

19. Best Harry Potter film?
‘The Goblet of Fire’. I was five years old when I saw it at the cinema!

20. What is your biggest fear?
Probably heights or spiders. Being vegan, I don’t exactly agree with killing spiders, but I can say that I’m really not a fan.

I love how random this list of questions turned out to be. If anything, I hope you found it pleasurable to read.

Lots of Love,
Is xxxx

She is Back

Reflecting on my archived blogs, I realise how much both I and my life has changed over the past 4 years. It is strange to envisage myself typing into the same website that I do now without any idea of the way events would unfold. However, I am grateful for that time between 2015 until now as it has seen me change into a much different, dare I say, better person. Academically, I have seen the back of GCSE’s, A Levels, and most recently, the first year of my degree. As satisfying as it is to reel off the list of my educational milestones, I know those achievements did not come with a lot of tears, stress and caffeine. Though I know my time spent in education is far from over, I am glad I have made it this far. 

It only gets harder from here.

It is a luxury having the time to think about my blog; given the neglect, I inflict upon it as the academic pressure creeps up. Ideally, this Summer provides me with a healthy amount of time to experiment with my own writing and take a break from essays! Mind you, I was not naïve to think an English degree would not require a hefty workload.

So it is definitely refreshing to have the time to read for pleasure again. After all, isn’t that what led me to want to do an English degree: a love for reading? Though my degree has introduced me to fascinating new writers, I have been meaning to tackle my own excessive “want to read” list on Goodreads.

So what can you expect from me over the next few weeks? Months? Years? 
Not that I want to be contained by time but I suppose I hope to see myself getting my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick *fingers crossed*. Ultimately, over the next few weeks, I aim to be more active on this space and provide more nuanced content. Further, I wish to develop my writing and see where it takes me. As pretentious as that sounds, I am in a firm believer in following the path that life intends you to. So for now, I sit back and wait. Stop tying myself down to things I cannot fulfil. Rest before the stress, excitement and anticipation of my second year at university. As well as take time for me? Perhaps.

This post serves as a comeback from my absence since March. So I leave it here to hold myself accountable. This will not be a project which I leave unfinished; I intend to make use of it. Hence, I will end on a quote from a beautiful author, Clarice Lispector. Thank you, Warwick, for leading me to her work.

“no, it’s not easy to write. It’s as hard as breaking rocks. But sparks and splinters fly like flashing steel”. 

 Lispector, Clarice. The Hour of the Star. Penguin Modern Classics, 1977.

                                      Isabella Clark ©