#MeetTheBeauties ││ TheShaylaEm

Hello Lovelies and welcome to this week's installment of #MeetTheBeauties. Today is all about TheShaylaEm

1: Tell us a bit about yourself.  

Well, I am a civil engineer by day and a blogger by night.  I grew up in a town about an hour outside of Charlotte, NC and I currently reside in Columbia, SC.  I love writing and I love reading.  When I'm not working and blogging, I enjoy crocheting baby blankets.  Nah, I don't have a child of my own, but it's one of my favorite things to do.  Any other time, you can find me out and about or just being cozy - depending on the day and the mood I'm in.  

2: What is your blog name and how did you come up with it?  

My blog is called The Plus Diaries.  I have so many diaries (or journals, whatever you want to call them), so that is why I have "diaries" in the title.  I have notebooks from when I was a teen, and probably earlier, full of stuff and boy have I grown.  "The Plus" is because I am considered plus sized.  Even when I lose weight and get down to the size I want to be, I will still be considered a plus size woman.  The Plus Diaries is just my life, on a bigger scale.  Once I made that connection, life got a lot easier.  

3: How long have you been blogging? 

 Well, I've been writing for years.  However, The Plus Diaries did not get their official start until May 2013.  Woah, that's been a long time!  

4: Who/What Inspired you to start a blog?  

I was inspired to do a blog because I felt like I was always hiding.  It has taken me years to get comfy in my own body and I'm still not there yet.  However, the more I write, take photos, take risks with clothing, and enjoy wearing makeup, I take off more of my shell.  I feel like this process of not hiding would have eventually happened, but doing this blog has definitely sped up the process.  

5: Do you have a tip you can share for bloggers?  

Be yourself!  There is no need to write one thing and then run into one of your readers in public and they think you are the polar opposite of what they have grown to love on a screen.  Even if you are having a bad day and had planned to write - write!  Believe me, people will respect your honesty.  

6: Tell us a random fact about yourself. 

 I'm an only child.  No, I'm not spoiled

7: How do you find inspiration for your posts? 

 Everything around me inspires me - people, places, and things.  Basically, all of the nouns.  I'm constantly paying attention to what people wear, say, and do around me.  Even during my day job, my boss tells me "you're always observing people".  Those observations (whether in real life or online) become my posts.  

8: Describe your Dream Holiday;  

My dream holiday involves me being back in Australia for a week at the beach.  I want to stay on the beach so I can people watch and enjoy all the beautiful animals I can see.  

9: Out of everything you have blogged about so far, do you have a faviourite post? 

 I do have a favorite post.  It's called Body Prison and it can be found at this link (http://bit.ly/2imrSgy).  I wrote it in June of 2013 and although more mature, I still read it because there are parts of it that are still true today.  

10: What are your links, where can we find you?  

You can find me on twitter: https://twitter.com/TheShaylaEm
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshaylaem/
bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/plus-diaries-14886591
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theplusdiaries 
and of course at my blog The Plus Diaries at http://theplusdiaries.blogspot.com!

Quick Fire Round;

Boat or Plane? 
Flats or Heels? 
Massage or Nap? 
Fizzy Juice or Fruit Juice? 
fruit juice
Sun or Moon?
Night in or Night out? 
night in
Mcdonalds or KFC? 
Neither, but if I had to eat, it would be KFC
Starbucks or Costa? 
Chocolate or Sweets? 
Dvd or Streaming? 

Photos Of Shayla by Casey Brannon of Casey Brannon Photography in Myrtle Beach, SC. & Header plus backstage pass Created by TheShaylaEm

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