Hi everyone and welcome back to Chronic Coffee Chat! I hope you’re sitting down with your favorite beverage, ready to read this week’s Chat. If you’re not, just know that there’s still time to brew a coffee or something. This post isn’t going anywhere.
Today we’re featuring Kat of Chronically Composed, who lives all the way across the pond from me! One of the coolest things about Chronic Coffee Chat has been connecting with other bloggers from around the globe. Even though we may not have geography or even illnesses in common with all the bloggers, we all share a common experience through our chronic illnesses. Anyway, enough introspection. Let’s meet Kat!
I’m Kat, I live in North East Scotland, with my husband, 2 Bengal girls (Fergie & Jessie) and our 2 dogs Bubba and Hamish. My hobbies would include photography (even though I’m a complete beginner!) and capturing candid shots, but also starting to capture landscape/scenery too. I enjoy crafting, and have picked up knitting needles for the very first time and taught myself to knit! But most of my time is spent with our fur babies, as we are training both our dogs to be Gun Dogs/Working Dogs. Hamish is only 6 months old, so we are starting at the beginning with him! Find me at my blog, twitter, and Instagram.
Q: What inspired you to start blogging?
A: I started blogging when I was at quite a low point in my life due to my chronic pain, and mainly just writing down my thoughts. But what made me publish my thoughts, feeling and experience’s was the thought of someone else going through something similar to me and not knowing where to turn. I want to help people in a similar health situation, but at the same time provide knowledge to others of Chronic Illness.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about blogging with chronic illness?
A: For me the hardest thing would be finding the time to write everything down. I tend of have sporadic ideas on the next blog post, but then my idea does turn out the way I had thought it would in my head. Keeping my thoughts and feelings real and not scaring people away is a fine line too!
Q: What one thing do you wish other people knew about your illness?
A: I would love for people to understand that none of my chronic illness’s are going to go away. No matter what treatments’ your friends sisters cousin has had in the past that cured her of everything, it’s not going to be the same for me. I wish it was the case, but unfortunately these conditions will be with me for life.
Q: What’s your favorite form of self-care when times are tough?
A: My go-to form of self care, when the world just needs to leave me alone for a little while, is to curl up with my cosy blanket, probably with a massive cup of tea and get lost in either a book or a crime drama (my all time fave is Criminal Minds).
Q: Do you have any big goals for the year? If so, what are they?
A: My main goals are to try and keep walking every day (a must when you have 2 dogs!) but to try and go a little further when my back allows me to. I also want to get myself on a course and learn something again, either for my career or personally. I miss learning new things, so that’s a big goal for this year.
Thanks again to Kat for joining us— I hope you are having great success with your goals this year!
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Have a happy weekend everyone!