About a month ago, I posted 5 things I like about myself.
It was an exercise I had been nomitated into doing, and I thought it was a great way to give my own self a little pat on the back. We all need that from time to time, right? And if we can’t like stuff about ourself, how can we expect others to like them too?
One of my nominees, Sandra from What Sandra thinks had trouble with the challenge, which didn’t surprise me, at all. It was in fact one of the reasons I wanted her to try it out.
Sandra is a wonderful woman. I haven’t known her for a very long time, but I’ve been following her blog for a while, and I had the chance to start having private conversations with her lately.
Through our discussions, I discovered a warm and loving woman, very caring, and always wearing her heart on her sleeve. I love having a chat with her, and I really admire her way with words. Sandra writes fiction stories that leave you wanting more, and beautiful, sensual poetry too!
But the downside is that Sandra can’t see for herself, how amazing a person and an artist she really is. Chronic back pain that doctors can’t seem to cure, yet, personal struggles, and poor self esteem are slowly dragging her down a negative spiral.
I find that sad. Really sad that a gorgeous lady with such promising talent can’t see what I see.
So I asked a couple of fellow bloggers to help me out! I sent them a short series of questions about Sandra, to show her what people thought and liked about her. I had initially planned to put all of the feedback in one post… But the answers were so lengthy that it was impossible to keep it all together.
Instead, I decided to ask them to post their own self-interview, and to let me link them in this post. Throughout the evening, a couple of posts will add to this one, as a kind of virtual group hug! I really hope Sandra will feel all the love that was put into this little project, she wasn’t aware of.
The posts are starting to come out… Here we go!! Keep the love coming, Lovelies!!
Dear Sandra, you should have seen this a while ago… I am sorry it took me so long to wrap it up. I hope all the good words will warm up your heart and put a smile on your face. Life sure isn’t easy or perfect, but people care greatly about you! I hope you’ll feel it!
One of the lovely people who accepted to work with me on this, is Miriam from Out an’About. Miriam couldn’t publish a post of her own today, so I am attaching her “interview” to this. If you know Sandra too, and want to join the cyber group hug, feel free to write a post about her, and let me know in the comments… I’ll link you in with great pleasure 🙂
If you don’t know Sandra yet, pay her a little visit, you won’t regret it!
Enough said, now… Here’s what Miriam had to say 🙂
-How did you discover Sandra’s blog?
I can’t quite remember how I discovered Sandra’s blog, but I was early into blogging and hadn’t as yet followed many people. Straight away I connected with her honest, straight forward, no bullsh*t writing. Her no holds barred style somehow struck a chord with me and was refreshingly down to earth.
– How long have you been following her?
I’ve been following Sandra since early 2016. I’d been blogging for less than a year and really enjoyed finding her space, her poetry and musings and connecting with her.
– What do you enjoy the most about “What Sandra Thinks”?
There’s a lot I enjoy about Sandra’s blog. The scope and variety of her writing amazes and impresses me. I remember her early Friday Fiction posts, which I always looked forward to. Secret Admirer was one series that I got particularly addicted to. She had me so invested in the characters she created that I couldn’t wait for the end of the week to come around.
I loved her posts on music and her sensual poems which sparked the romantic in me. I often laughed at her Perks and commiserated with her Moody Mondays. Sandra has a way of both making me laugh and then tugging at my heartstrings, sometimes in the same post. And, I’ll be honest, there’ve been many times when I’ve wanted to shake her out of her down moods, but at the end of the day she’s honest and that’s what having a blog is all about, voicing our truth.
– What do you like the most about Sandra herself?
I love the fact that she’s herself and doesn’t try and be someone else. She’s honest, seems to have a wicked (if somewhat self deprecating) sense of humour and I’ve got a feeling she’d be a fun and loyal friend.
– What would be one of your favorite posts from Sandra?
There are so many, I wouldn’t know where to start. But for anyone who hasn’t read her Secret Admirer series, here’s the very first post that she wrote.
I also really enjoyed her ever so seductive story on The Massage
I’ve enjoyed so much of her poetry.
“Pushing clouds away
You have mastered the weather
… just to give me sun”.
She can say so much with so little words.
– What would you tell Sandra, if you two were talking over a cup of coffee?
Ah, that endless cup of coffee! I know how much Sandra loves her coffee, not to mention her sweets. I think I remember promising her a wickedly rich chocolate cake many years ago for her birthday.
Anyway, if we were chatting over coffee, I’d tell her that life is not so bad. I’d tell her that it’s never to late to go after what you want. I’d tell her that sometimes when we think life sucks it’s really just the way we’re looking at it. There’s always, always something to be grateful for, even when we think there’s not. Mostly, it’s the way we look at life. Even when things seem hopeless, we can choose to focus on what we HAVE, whether it’s our health, our phone or computer (that allows us friendships and access to amazing bloggers!) or that sinfully delicious food, chocolate and coffee!
Sandra’s always so hard on herself so I’d tell her the truth, that she’s talented, that she’s a great writer and artist and an awesome person. I’d tell her that she needs to start being her own best friend.
– What do you wish for Sandra, in the future?
Sandra, I hope that whatever you do in the future, you find love, happiness and contentment. I wish you a life filled with friends, laughter and a job where you feel fulfilled and valued.
I hope that your blog continues to grow, as it deserves to, and that your shop skyrockets in success and you make an exorbitantly huge amount of money so that you can do whatever your heart desires, travel to the most exotic beaches in the most gorgeous islands and live the life you want. Don’t laugh, it can happen!
I know it’s cliché and you don’t like cliché but you only live once, so go after what you want my friend. Life is yours for the taking.
P.S. Big big big big thanks to the people who participated to this. Thank you for your time, your patience and your kindness! I really appreciate your generous involvement! Muuuah!!