5 QUESTIONS WITH DIMI DYAKOVA

 

5 questions with guest interviews


Hello! My name is Dimi and I am a 22-year-old university student living in London. I am a blogger, writing about a range of topics- from giving tips (sometimes on topics I shouldn’t be giving advice on, i.e. cooking), to discussing student life and providing travel ideas as well as book, film and music recommendations. I also like to talk about youth culture, sustainability, preserving our environment and social equality – all topics close to my heart.



Blog: daringwithdimi.wordpress.com 

 





1. What’s your favorite thing about being in your twenties?

 


The freedom. Even though you are no longer a teenager you are still young and free and have the chance to do whatever it is that you set your mind to. You get to explore your options and are open to so many possibilities. Of course, with freedom comes uncertainty and I’m not going to lie, I am not a big fan of the latter. However, what I try to keep in mind is that our life is just beginning, we are in a position where we are slowly but steadily getting to know ourselves, our capabilities and strengths and with time, we find peace and settlement in an area, an interest or a job that we love…and I’m excited to find that.

 


2. Do you consider yourself an adventurer? Why or why not?

 


I do. I think I always have been – as a kid I used to run around free in fields with friends until dark, building tree houses and playing hide and seek. Over the years the games turned into travels - especially considering my move from Bulgaria to the UK, which resulted in a number of midnight summer adventures and beach trips during my visits back home. That gave me an opportunity to truly feel the ‘teenage freedom’ everyone talks about and I am so eternally grateful I had that opportunity. Now that I am in my last year of university, I am not thinking of giving up my adventurous side regardless of the fact that I am slowly entering the ‘adult world’ – I think I’m going to hold on to the child adventurer in me for a long time.

 


3. How would you define a long-lasting, healthy friendship?

 


One with no expectations or rules. A friendship built on trust, loyalty and love for the other person. As I mentioned, I moved to the UK a few years ago and I’m not going to lie to you - I was quite worried that this would result in deterioration and loss of my friendships with my Bulgarian friends. However, what happened was quite the opposite. Even though we are unable to keep in touch all the time and we sometimes even go months without talking to one another (simply due to leading busy lives) the friendship not only seems to last but it is so strong that no time spent apart makes our later encounters awkward. It is as if we’ve hit ‘Pause’ but when we meet/ message after a long break, we just press ‘Play’ and everything goes back exactly to how it was.

 


4. What is your daily routine as a blogger?

 


I am afraid I don’t have a daily blogger routine simply because I do not blog daily. Instead, I aim to post once a week or so, and consequently, I normally dedicate only a day or two for writing a blog post. I *can* however walk you through what happens on such a day. I normally have a few ideas already jotted down on a notebook and so I either refer to my notes, or I simply start writing a piece on a topic I feel inspired by. This is what happened with my most recent blog post called ’10 Easy Ways to Live More Sustainably’ – I have been meaning to write about this topic for a very long time. Environmental preservation and sustainable living is truly something close to my heart and on the day, I simply felt the need to put all my thoughts on paper and say how I feel. It was liberating. And that’s what being a blogger is like.

 


5. Do you have a personal advocacy? How do you get more people involved in it?

 


Funnily enough, I unintentionally just spoke about it! If I have to pick one, it would be eco-friendly living and being mindful of our environment. This ‘vocation’ all started in November 2018 when I dared myself to go vegetarian for a month. I did it because prior to this I had always been really touched and felt emotional every time I saw what is happening to our environment and animal kingdom. It is devastating to see the atrocities happening every day and so I decided to do my research and figure out the best way to help preserve the Earth.


After countless documentaries and personal research, I reached the conclusion (supported by a number of research papers and scientific research) that cutting down on animal consumption would be the best thing to do. And over time, I suppose, sustainable living became my personal advocacy. In terms of how I get more people involved in it, I simply try to have open conversations with friends and family about how to live more sustainably. I have now extended it to my blog and hopefully my readers too will consider it and give it a thought. However, it is worth mentioning that I am very much against pushing of opinion. It is all about communication and providing the facts – from then on, people are free to make their own decision.

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