Welcome back to our Get to Know the Blogger series. I have been speaking with Maria about her blog Mrs Enchanting World.
Thanks for taking part! Can you tell us a little bit about what Mrs Enchanting World is all about?
My blog is full of healthly lifestyle, fitness, motherhood, breastfeeding and fertility treatment topics, which were pivotal to my journey. I struggled with long term infertility and had to lose 10% of my body weight, whilst undergoing fertility treatment. I champion the invisible as I was one of them, until in July our miracle baby girl arrived. I also celebrate the art of breastfeeding and aim to make the journey that little bit easier for us mums.
How long have you been blogging for, and what made you get into blogging to start with?
My blog started in March 2018, when I won the Mrs Enchanting World International pageant title, as a way to champion my platform – long term infertility awareness. I struggled to conceive and needed fertility treatment, which left me feeling isolated, angry and terrified. I was determined that no other woman would suffer in silence unnecessarily, when undergoing fertility treatment.
From there I was blessed to fall pregnant and shared my story of health, fitness and motherhood. I now review venues and products for their breastfeeding friendliness, so that women can feel more confident breastfeeding in public.
Do you have any particular topics you like writing about most?
I absolutely love supporting my chosen causes, who I am honoured to be an Ambassador for; Dorset Dogs, Fertility Network UK, Project Code Red, Swim England and Aspire Channel Swim. Sharing their stories and encouraging others to get involved is so very rewarding.
Favourite Social Media Platform?
I love Instagram, not for the beautiful images, but for the community and support that is offered. The ladies undergoing fertility treatment, or struggling with breastfeeding really have each others back and make the 3am tears that bit more bearable! It is also my new favourite way to shop, truly a social network for advice, sharing and encouraging.
What are your favourite things about Blogging?
Seeing the impact it has on others, but also myself. When I publicly shared that I had issues with my fertility, it opened the gates for others to unload their struggle. It was a real feeling of coming together and looking after each other. I really wasn’t alone after all and nor are they. I have also been blessed to see people inspired to donate their time to my chosen causes, or make a healthy change to their lifestyle. There isn’t a better compliment than that!
Are there any aspects of the industry you don’t enjoy as much?
Yes, the competitiveness, the rejection and the reduction of a human to no more than stats. When an organisation just doesn’t reply to you after inviting you to collaborate, or you are told your numbers aren’t good enough, it can be a real confidence knock. But I try and have faith in my writing, my purpose and the wave of positive influence that follows.
What has been your highlight so far?
Meeting other bloggers and finding them to be encouraging and welcoming, especially when I have Lily in tow!
Can you share a post with us that you are most proud of?
I have two (sorry). I am proud that I found the courage to share my raw and honest feelings about infertility, that is still a massive influence on my life and interactions with people today. Secondly I am proud to have started Dorset’s first breastfeeding friendly directory, which is growing and in-line for a new digital platform soon. Watch this space!
Out of the events you have attended with the Bournemouth Bloggers so far, which has stood out for you and why?
The Lush Bournemouth event for sure, they absolutely spoilt us with an interactive and engaging event. They had thought of everything and I even met my blogger sister through their buddy activities. But most of all, they made me feel totally normal and welcome to breastfeed Lily in the middle of the event. I can’t thank them enough for the confidence they gave me that night!
If you could work with any one brand on a collaboration, who would it be and why?
Oh gosh, it is lame to say, but I am already working with the brands that mean the world to me. Being asked to represent organisations like Swim England and Fertility Network UK, by sharing my story is a true blessing.
What is your favourite thing about living in Bournemouth?
The beach! It is so easy or have a healthy lifestyle with such beautiful walks, all the way along the South West Coastal Path and with the outdoor fitness equipment along the route.
Do you have any advice for thinking about writing a blog, or just starting out blogging?
Pick what lights your fire and run with it. Don’t try and be the next big lifestyle blogger, there are plenty of those already, tell your unique stories and make them useful. Then you can’t go far wrong. Finally be authentic and people will trust you.
Who are your favourite bloggers and/or YouTubers?
I adore https://uberbarrens.club. She is honest and speaks for the whole infertility community. She is working really hard to break the taboo of infertility and I really admire her!
I also love http://breastfeedingworld.org who share images and stories of breastfeeding to normalise the art.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I see myself still trying to make a difference, but also chasing around a much bigger Lily. I have so much I can’t wait to teach her.