Interview with Brigid P. Gallagher from “Watching the Daisies”

Interview with Brigid P. Gallagher from “Watching the Daisies”

Interview with Brigid P. Gallagher from “Watching the Daisies”

Meet Brigid from Watching the Daisies  

All about your BLOG:
Tell us about you lovely BLOG.

  1. What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?
    My blog is called Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow. It is also the name of my memoir. I have an illness called Fibromyalgia which has forced me to slow down considerably.
  2. What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
    I was writing my memoir and following a great blog by Catherine Ryan Howard. In June 2015, I traveled to Dublin for a self-publishing conference and Catherine was one of our tutors. I followed all her advice and my blog was born in February 2016!
  3. To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?
    My blog was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2016 and 2017. However, I am thrilled on a daily basis when people find my posts helpful and give me generous feedback.
  4. How would you describe your own blogging style?
    I aim to inspire readers and keep my posts positive. I also like to inject a little FUN.
  5. What excites you most about blogging?
    It is wonderful to connect with other bloggers and readers from around the globe. I am thankful for the awesome support that runs throughout the blogging community.
  6. What platform do you use and why?
    I use WordPress as it is easy to use. I am still a bit of a technophobe and help is always available from technical support.
  7. What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
    I blog on a variety of topics – self-healing and natural medicines, gardening, travel, Nature, walks in Donegal, thankfulness, creativity and crafting, self-publishing.
    I try to keep within these categories.
  8. How often do you blog per week or month?
    In 2016, I blogged daily but since then I write one or two posts a week.
  9. Do you have any wisdom or tip/s regarding blogging to share with us?
    Treat others as you would want to be treated. Respond to comments and thank your readers. Take time to follow other bloggers. I spend around 20% of my time writing my posts and 80% replying, reading other blog posts, linking to others on social media.
  10. Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it?
    I have been posting in Senior Salon for nearly two years, and I link to Old House in the Shires monthly gardening posts.
    They are a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests, and awesome friendships are formed.

All about YOU:
Tell us something about you, the real YOU.

  1. What do you like to do other than blogging?
    Gardening is my passion, and I find it great therapy. I love to sing and I am a member of our church choir. In winter, I attend a weekly women’s group where we learn a variety of new skills including decoupage, calligraphy, vegetarian cooking… I have been a fan of yoga for many years and attend a class throughout winter and spring. Cooking is another joy and I love to try new recipes. I also love to travel and explore other cultures.
  2. Where do you reside?
    Donegal on the north-west corner of Ireland. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty voted “The Coolest Place on the Planet.”
  3. Are you an indoor or outdoor person?
    Definitely outdoor.
  4. Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession?
    I retired in June 2016 from teaching organic horticulture in schools.
  5. Or are you retired? If so, what do you do besides blogging?
    The list above!
  6. Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why?
    I am happy being 60+ My self-esteem is much better than my youth. I feel good about ME.
  7. What makes your day a good and happy one?
    I always write a gratitude list at the beginning of every day, and give thanks for all its blessings at bedtime.
  8. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Intuitive, kind and creative.
  9. Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself.
    I wanted to be a doctor but God had other plans! After spending 13 years in the life assurance industry, I followed my heart and retrained in natural medicines. I was one of a small group of natural medicine therapists in Scotland in the late 1980’s.
    I facilitated LOTS of self healing classes including community projects, a women’s prison, Stirling University Open Studies and Summer Schools from 1993 to 1999.
  10. Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?
    Despite succumbing to ill health in 2003, life is full of blessings. I have learned to slow down and I appreciate each and every minute of every day.

Last but not least:

  1. Please share with us your social media links, in order for our readers to follow you!

Interview with Brigid P. Gallagher from “Watching the Daisies” and you can find her

Blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com
Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/author/show/16119226.Brigid_P_Gallagher
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
Amazon: https://amazon.com/dp/B01N3M9VJ0
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/watching-the-daisies-brigid-p-gallagher/1126231153
Kobo: https:www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/watching-the-daisies
Facebook: https://facebook.com/watchingthedaisies/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/watchingthedai1

What are you waiting for, I know you want to do the 20 + 1 Interview Questions
I look forward to hearing from you! 

 

 

32 Comments
  • Suzanne [Globalhousesitterx2]
    Posted at 03:16h, 02 August Reply

    Yes, it was lovely to read more about you, Brigid. A blogger I enjoy following! Great idea Esme to highlight other bloggers.

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 05:49h, 02 August Reply

      Hi Suzanne. So good to see you and glad you’re following Brigid. How about you let me know if you would be interested to also doing an interview. I would truly love to have you.

  • DGKaye
    Posted at 18:08h, 01 August Reply

    Nice to see Brigid featured here today. <3

  • Carol Taylor
    Posted at 21:08h, 21 July Reply

    A lovely interview and nice to get to know you, Brigid, a little more… I do love the colours of that dress lovely and vibrant…:) xx

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 09:09h, 22 July Reply

      Thanks, Carol – Yes, lovely and fitting in the garden scene with all the flowers

    • BRIGID GALLAGHER
      Posted at 10:05h, 22 July Reply

      Hi Carol. This is a very rare photograph. I do not pose too often. 😉

  • Masha
    Posted at 15:07h, 21 July Reply

    Thank you Esme for posting this wonderful interview with Brigid. I always enjoy reading her blog, I think we met sometime last year and we started to follow each other. So nice to meet you Esme and to get to check out your Salon here. Thank you

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 16:05h, 21 July Reply

      Hi Masha, Thank you so much for your kind words. I truly hope that you will participate in the weekly Senior Salon events. If you follow me you will get the email 2am PDT on a Monday to let you know that the doors opened and will remain open till Friday at 8pm PDT for you to add your post link. I look forward to seeing you there. And also, would you like to do an Interview? I would truly love that, what do you think?

    • BRIGID GALLAGHER
      Posted at 10:03h, 22 July Reply

      Hi Masha. Thanks for popping in. Senior Salon is a lovely place to meet up with other bloggers. 🌼

      • EsmeSalon
        Posted at 10:06h, 22 July Reply

        Thanks for the shoutout Bridgid, Masha Hope to see you there on Monday

  • Robbie Cheadle
    Posted at 06:23h, 21 July Reply

    I enjoyed reading this interview with Brigid, Esme.

  • Vashti Q
    Posted at 14:35h, 20 July Reply

    Lovely interview! I enjoyed learning more about Brigid. Interesting questions and answers. Thank you!

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 17:04h, 20 July Reply

      Hi Vashti, Nice to meet you and thanks for popping in. I love your about page. Would you like to tell us a bit more through an Interview here??

    • Brigid Gallagher
      Posted at 03:26h, 21 July Reply

      Hi Vashti. Thanks for popping in and commenting. Happy weekend.

  • Clive
    Posted at 08:00h, 20 July Reply

    I ‘met’ Brigid through the Senior Salon and we now follow each other’s blogs and are Facebook friends. Her blog – like the lady herself – is lovely and I recommend it highly.

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 10:15h, 20 July Reply

      Yuppy. Glad to see Senior Salon slso help bloggers to connect. 👏👏

    • BRIGID GALLAGHER
      Posted at 13:38h, 20 July Reply

      Bless you Clive. You are kind. Senior Salon has been a great meeting place. I have made some terrific friends. 🌼

  • Osyth
    Posted at 06:32h, 20 July Reply

    A lovely set of answers to Esmé’s questions, Brigid – you are a fascinating and inspiring woman and I am glad to learn a little more. And amused that you only do Yoga classes in winter and spring – I guess summer and autumn provide ample exercise opportunities in the garden and walking the divine coast that you live on 😊

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 06:52h, 20 July Reply

      Hi Osyth, happy to see you here again. I know you did a G…uest Post, back last year, but how about you also do an Interview?? Would you be interested???

    • BRIGID GALLAGHER
      Posted at 13:35h, 20 July Reply

      Yes. The garden is my yoga class for part of the year and this year swimming in the sea has been an added joy. A rate treat. 🌼

  • Brigid Gallagher
    Posted at 04:46h, 20 July Reply

    Thank you Esme. A great start to my weekend.

  • BRIGID GALLAGHER
    Posted at 04:38h, 20 July Reply

    Thank you Esme. Such a great start to my weekend. 🌼

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 06:48h, 20 July Reply

      Thanks for taking part Brigid. Enjoy your weekend and I trust you will have many more comments here. I will approve them through the day during my coffee and lunch time at work.

      • BRIGID GALLAGHER
        Posted at 13:40h, 20 July Reply

        I will post it to my blog on 1 August to get more eyes on it. Meantime I have shated it on social media. 🌼

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 06:48h, 20 July Reply

      Hope you have fun my friend

  • Stevie Turner
    Posted at 04:06h, 20 July Reply

    Enjoyed reading Brigid’s book and this interview. Thanks for sharing.

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 06:47h, 20 July Reply

      You’re so welcome and thanks for popping in Stevie. Always glad to see you here.

    • BRIGID GALLAGHER
      Posted at 13:31h, 20 July Reply

      Thank you Stevie. 🌼

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