10/12/2016

Meet the Blogger Behind: Flight & Scarlet

Good morning everyone and welcome again to my weekly Wednesday series where I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new blogger each week. This week we are meeting 23 year old Sareeta and her blog Flight & Scarlet. She just redesigned her blog and it looks pretty darn good so if you enjoy her interview below click on over to her blog and check out some of her content there.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I have always loved writing and journaling, and this blog was born from the same need to write for the purpose of reflection. I was going through a lot when I started it — my family joined a strange religious group and I was coming to terms with my sexual assault. I mostly started it for me and had no intention of sharing it with anyone! I only wrote once a month (ish) until I came across Heather Armstrong's blog at dooce.com in October, which then inspired me to write much more regularly. (Seriously, go check her out and start at the beginning of her archives — she is hilarious!) After writing about sorts of random topics for a few months, I realized I was passionate about gender equality and queer issues. So, I read up a lot on it and starting writing more on that, narrowing my focus and really getting down to business.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
I love the feeling when something I have written helps another person. I recently read a comment where the person said I shared something that they needed to read and that I am helping others in having shared it. It was a hard piece to write, about my sexual assault, and it meant the world to me that I was helping someone else in doing that. That's what's driven me to keep blogging and to keep writing about what I write about.

3.       What main topics do you blog about?
I write about feminism, LGBTQIA+ issues, sex and consent, as well as race and culture. I write to make feminism more accessible to everyday people, because when I first came across feminism I found it incredibly elitist and aggressive. It made me feel stupid for not knowing all the fancy stuff everyone else seemed to know. I ended up coming across the topic later on and it was made accessible to me... and suddenly I realized feminism isn't so bad! So my blog is about making that possible for anyone with access to the internet, not just academics with tons of experience reading philosophical and theoretical essays.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?
I like watching shows on Netflix, seeing movies, reading books, going for walks, playing board games, and playing with my kitten. (Cat - he's now over a year, but he's still my baby!) I also love singing and acting when I have time :)

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
I went to Fiji when I graduated high school and I learned so much about the world and my family's heritage. It was the most amazing experience, and I would love to go back!

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
Sort of both! I write because I love to so it's a hobby, but I'm trying to turn into a source of income too.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
I would love to be a full-time blogger, helping others learn about feminism while also learning more about it myself. I would like it to also become a platform for me to create an organization that goes to high schools and universities to teaches consent properly, and gender equality in a way that isn't preachy — I really care about young people when it comes to feminism! And with it being so elitist, it isn't accessible to them right now. That's something I want to change.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
Feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes I don't stick to my to-do list and then I find myself reading all sorts of articles and blogs that tell me what I should be doing and it just becomes too much. It's really hard to just take it one step at a time!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Sign up for Elite Blog Academy — it's changed everything for me! It as helped me take things one step at a time, which is really important. If you can't afford EBA, then that's my tip for you, aside from saving to take the class: take it one step at a time! Just a year ago, I had maybe 3 followers on WordPress.com — I wasn't even self-hosted yet — and no Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page. I had I think 20 followers on Pinterest, most of them my best friends. It really is a lot of hard work, but worth it if you can remember to focus. After that, as long as you never forget WHY you started, you'll get through the hardest of times!

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
White Collar, Sherlock, House of Cards... and I'm pushing it to four, but Stranger Things on Netflix is incredible. (And if you're a superhero fan, definitely watch Jessica Jones and Daredevil on Netflix!)

11.   What is something about you or that you think makes you unique?
I think the things I've experienced in my life have made me unique, and they've made me who I am. When I was about eleven, my family had a house fire, and that taught me that materialistic pleasures are short-lived and family is what's most important. I was sexually assaulted when I was seventeen and didn't realize it until about a year ago. I've been dealing with major family struggles over the past three or four years as well. I don't want to get too into it, but if you read my blog, you'll see — I'm in no way better than anyone for what I've been through, but I've learned a lot and have gained I think a unique perspective of the world.

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
Not really anyone in particular — or maybe I should say, too many. But any woman who has started from a place of challenges and difficulty who has made it to where she never dreamed she could go inspires me to do the same. Basically, every time I hear a success story from someone who had dreams and never gave up, I look up to that person!

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?
Consent: You Didn't Get It From Me is the hardest post I have ever written, especially because I knew other people would read it. It was scary to publish — I literally had to make myself forget what I was really doing when I hit publish! I even ate a whole bunch of chocolate afterward... shhhh.

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
Summer, because as a teacher it means I get at least one month off, even if I teach summer school in July! Yay free time, amirite? ;-)

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
I've been through a lot — from realizing I was sexually assaulted, feeling like I lost my family, and feeling like I'm living up to the whole lost twenty-something thing (but at least that's supposed to be normal, right?). I started this blog for me, in order to sort through all of that, and I'm really enjoying sharing my stories. But my favourite part is seeing that others find value in what I have to say too :) I would love if you would join me and let me know what you think!

Thank you Sareeta for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Sareeta by following her on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

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