I absolutely love doing the Warrior Queen of the Month features! Today I’ve got a wonderful blogger to introduce you to in interview form! If you’re interested in being featured as a Warrior Queen of the Month click here. You have the option of a guest post or an interview.
1. Give us a little background about you and your blog.
My name is Emerald and I am 25 years old. I began blogging in 2010 and became established as Sweettartbeauty.com in January 2012. My blog originally started as a way for me to share my love for beauty with like minded people. But after becoming ill in the fall of 2010 I wanted my blog to be something more. I wanted it to reach the disabled community and show that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. We love fashion, beauty and more just like you. We just have to do things a little
2. What have you overcome that changed you the most?
Having an illness that affects my muscles forced me to see the world differently. I went a long time without the ability to speak well. Then the muscles in my legs became weak and I had to begin using a wheelchair and walker to get around. Going through this has changed me a lot. Prior to becoming ill I was focused on my appearance and pleasing others. I wanted so badly to be liked but I couldn’t see how I needed to change my personality to attract the friends I wanted. Now looking back I can see things that I needed to change. I can truly say going through this illness has forced me to mature. I still have a long way to go but I can see that I have made positive changes.
3. What advice do you have for others who may find themselves in your position?
Never give up. Things may seem hard but with prayer anything is possible. Find a support system and cling to those you can trust. Also, remind yourself everyday that you are beautiful and strong. It can be easy to feel down or feel sorry for yourself and that’s okay. Just don’t allow yourself to sit in that depression. I wish I could share everything I’ve gone through but just know this isolating yourself is the worse thing you can do. Force yourself to be around others and you’ll see just how fast your mood will rise.
4. When do you feel the most like yourself? What about the most beautiful?
I’m still struggling with this. I feel most like myself when I’m with my family. They still treat me like nothing has happened and that warms my heart. They also make me feel beautiful. Since becoming ill I have put on a lot of weight due to depression and medication. When I look in the mirror I see a monster but my family and friends remind me that I am beautiful each day and this keeps me going.
5. What makes you feel brave?
I’m not brave in my own strength. Prayer and my trust in God helps me to feel brave at my most darkest times. I know in my heart that I can not accomplish anything without putting God first in my life.