I had the amazing pleasure of meeting with the person behind a_ray_of_positivity the other week. She is a teacher, of the little cute reception children. Definitely not something that I could so but how amazing is she? In amongst all the time keeping little hands and minds occupied and educated a_ray_of_positivity is on a mission to create a space to help others through mental difficulties with her amazing words of wisdom and quotes. We spoke about a variety of subjects, and how having recently surpassed 1K followers how a_ray_of_positivity will continue her journey and what the future holds. Read on for more of what we spoke about.
Thank you for taking some time in your busy day to have a chat with me.
Ah that’s ok.
An amazing way to celebrate hitting 1k followers.
So I have some questions, but in general it is a bit of a chat about how your page came about, and things is that ok?
Yes of course.
Then I will get it written up, and will send you a copy before it goes live on my blog site.
That sounds amazing.
First of all, can you tell me about your page. When did you start it? and how did you come about the name for it?
I started it previously during May in lockdown last year as I decided to raise money for mind, and run and walk to start with 100 miles and then a week in up it to 200 miles- I ran 41 miles and Walked 159 and raised over £1000 🙂
That is an amazing achievement.
Thank you so much 🙂 I had been thinking for a while to start a positivity page but didn’t know how to go about it- a few of my friend refer to me as a ray of sunshine. and so, having read a card from a friend saying exactly that I started it in February:)
First using other quotes I’d found online and then after I found that a few people shared it and it had taken time with making it pretty for my page… my best friend said you are always sending me positive quotes and sharing them why not do your own and use your thoughts and so I did 🙂
I like that. Listening to what your friends are saying are your strengths.
Excuse the essay 🙂
I love essays, so don’t worry about it
And so, from that I created a logo that I placed on each post that I had taken the time to write myself :)You will see on my page where it started to be me 🙂
I took a look, they are lovely quotes, and I think it is nice when they become more unique and personal to the person who is running the page.
Thank you ☺️ that means a lot- I had a wobble about two weeks ago when I became quite vulnerable on here as I felt why would people want to listen to my thoughts and feelings you know and actually that’s when people became more aware and engaged with my page.
I would definitely agree- I think being honest and showing vulnerability allows people to relate to what you are posting and feel like their feelings at that time are also valid 🙂
I have battled depression and anxiety on and off since I was a teenager so wanted to try and create a page to be honest and open and allow people to relate to my thoughts- which they seem to which is amazing.
The wanting to create a safe place for others is a theme I am finding in speaking to others who have pages. I think it is an immensely powerful thing and instils a lot of hope when they can see the progress in others.
It’s really helped me mentally too ☺️
The reason for me wanting to create a safe space to direct and encourage people to look at accounts is for similar reasons. True experiences, real stories of hope, and encouragement are sometimes more valuable that people realise.
I totally agree- I think it’s a lot about having empathy and understanding for others who have been through similar things, that they aren’t alone- and during lockdown I feel like that’s been a very common theme for myself included.
I was going to ask why this page is important to you, but I think you have answered that. Is there anything you wish to add for the importance of keeping your page active?
It’s also for me to raise awareness that whatever you are feeling is ok to feel- not everyone is ok and not everyone is struggling you know 🙂
That is true, I also think it’s hard for people to admit they are struggling,
Ultimately, I’m just a woman sharing my thoughts and feelings and hoping that people can relate to me -you know.
I would like to think many people would say you were more than “just a woman”.
Thank you that means a lot- I’m also very good at not taking compliments.
Right now I’m in a very good headspace but I have battled in and off for years and special quotes have helped me throughout- ones that I’ve found or ones that I have been sent- and if my friends themselves are going through a hard time the first thing I will do is find a quit to help them get through the day and if a quote I have written can be that light- the ray as you will to get them through
It means the world just to know that people are ultimately relating to what I have to say and that I am helping people by what I am writing, for example being able to have a place on your blog 💛
Likewise. This is the reason I am using my blog, to allow people behind the images to have space to be related too.
Yeah no I totally get that- it’s such a fantastic thing to be doing and I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and hear what I have to say.
While you have been keeping your page going would you say that keeps you motivated? Even through the difficult days?
Knowing that I can make someone’s day better with the things that I post- that means everything- I’m not just writing for me- you know, I’m writing for all the people who are struggling to express how they are feeling- but my post may well be the catalyst to help them to speak out.
Sometimes it’s just something small to make you think- but I always try and write how I was feeling below to help others to know what made me choose to post what I have posted. If that makes sense.
Yes that makes sense, I think it is a brilliant way to put it all into context and a spark of realism into what people are reading.
Thank you so much- sometimes I think I waffle too much, but I guess through that my followers get to know what makes me tick a bit more,
Waffling?? have you read my blogs??? Now that’s waffling!
Yes, they are beautiful written with how you feel in that moment 🙂
I over analyse myself constantly.
The fact that you recognise that you do that is a brilliant strength, the important thing is knowing what the next step is in managing it?
We are too harsh on ourselves at times, it’s how we react to that harshness that’s important.
Yes, definitely I think I’ve taken from my page- is that is ok to just be me- with no airs and graces- most of the time I am very bubbly and upbeat- but sometimes I do just need some time to myself and it’s realising that no the depression is not coming back but that I just need some time for myself 🙂
Definitely, and important lesson for all.
Talking of taking things from your page. What would you say are your best hopes for the future of your page?
Just to continue to help people with who are battling with mental health- who through reading my posts know that they can get through it and be all the stronger and more empathetic to others as they do, and like my favourite film- “pay it forward” share positivity and kindness with others around them to make the world a much more positive place xx
If that makes sense.
Yes, that does make sense. Paying it forward is a great concept to go by. I hope that it is something that you can continue to get across on your page.
I don’t think I have any other questions for you. Congratulations again on hitting 1K followers, I see you’ve flown past that now. I am sure it won’t be long before you hit another milestone and continue to spread your beautiful positive quote to many more followers.
Thank you so much! I know it’s madness. But so lovely.
‘Paying it forward’ what an amazing saying. It is something that I have heard before but never really considered in on a non-physical level before. Sure, I have heard of paying it forward when it comes to helping out the person in front of me in the supermarket when they need a hand, or paying it forward to help someone out when they need something practically doing for them. Paying it forward with support and kindness. It makes sense, being kind and supportive to others, passing that same level of kindness on that you would expect, one day if you needed it, someone would give back to you. All of the quotes on a_ray_of_positivity Instagram page are written by herself, so head over and get a glimpse into the wonderful work that has gone into this page. To take some time out and allow yourself to just think, and who knows, maybe just one or two of them may open that opportunity to reach out and ‘pay it forward’ to someone you know.