Another blog tag! I was nominated for this one by Ellie from Ellie’s Little World (her post is here). Since InvincibleWomanOnWheels is based on honesty, reality and “what you see is what you get”, it only felt right to participate in a tag about being unapologetically yourself. Now, onto the rules!
The Be Unapologetically You Tag rules:
Use the Be Unapologetically You banner in your post. It can be your featured image or not. It’s totally up to you.
Include the link to this blogging tag in your post.
Answer the 7 questions in this tag.
Nominate between 5-10 bloggers, link their blogs, and tag them on social media to notify them.
Most of all, have fun!
And now onto the questions!
Question 1 – Introduce yourself and your blog while sharing one trivia about you that not that many people know.
My name is Emma, I’m 25 and a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. I run the InvincibleWomanOnWheels blog you are reading this post on, as well as doing my full-time job. In terms of trivia, I’ll tell you one thing that may not be entirely clear from the blog, I’m actually a West Yorkshire gal. Yep, it may not be clear from my accent (those who follow my Instagram and see my stories will know how I sound) or the areas I blog about (mostly London and Birmingham), but Yorkshire blood runs through these veins.
Question 2 – What topics do you love geeking out about that you would say are topics that give you bliss?
The main topic is MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). I watch any promotion I can every time it’s on the tv and attended live events around once a month pre pandemic My other major love is music, I’m an avid CD collector (I probably own over 200) and attended live gigs once a month or once every couple of months pre pandemic.
Question 3 – Do you blog about them? Why or why not? If not, would you like to blog about them one time?
Yes, I blog about my passions. Venue wheelchair accessibility reviews for live events/gigs form a big part of the blog. I even have an MMA travels section and a Cage Warriors (my favourite MMA promotion) section where I discuss my experiences attending live MMA shows as a wheelchair user.
Question 4 – Would you say that you are living life by being unapologetically you? Why or why not? If not, what would your life look like if you were unafraid to share more about the things that make you happy?
Mostly yes, I love what I love, I am who I am and I say what I say and make no apologies for it. If you ask me a question, you need to be sure you want the honest answer because that’s what you’ll get. I sometimes still have a habit of apologising for things that aren’t my fault. Those things are mostly access related issues where I feel like a burden for requesting equal access, but I’m getting better at not apologising for requesting what I am entitled to.
Question 5 – Permission to geek out & be unapologetically you: share with us one thing you fangirl or fanboy over and how you became a fan of it. It can be anything. Your love for soy candles, your favourite food, a boy band or an underrated film.
Those who know me personally likely have an idea what I’m going to discuss here *laugh*. It’s time to talk MMA! I cannot fully explain how in love with this sport I am. I’ve backed out of social events just to watch the fights alone, I’ve taken devices to a friend’s birthday party just so I could watch the fights (with her permission), I’ve spent hours on tiny coaches travelling the country to get to shows. I just love the fights, ok? Whenever you want to ask me about the fights, be prepared for a long chat. Because I will tell you 1000 different details about 1000 different fighters, the details of the fight schedule for the next quarter of the year AND like 4 different funny stories from attending live events. As for how I got into the sport, I believe my brother used to watch it a little when I was younger, but I couldn’t watch because time differences meant it was on too late. Then, when I got university I COULD watch because of my flexible student schedule, so I decided to see what it was all about. But the love for the sport really kicked into hyperdrive when I attended my first Cage Warriors event and with what was going on for me personally when Cage Warriors came into my life.
Question 6 – What do you love the most about being a fan?
The thing I love most is that I can be a fan without having to think about accessibility first. I mean OBVIOUSLY accessibility comes into it, I wouldn’t be writing my access reviews if it didn’t, but MMA is one of those things where I “buy tickets first, worry about access later” because I genuinely believe there WILL be a solution. MMA is also one of the few topics where I’m genuinely excited to not know or understand everything and am still ok with just shrugging my shoulders and enjoying it for what it is. Any other topic and not understanding something would frustrate me to the ends of the earth.
Question 7 – Share a fun or unforgettable fan experience.
I mean basically every time I go to Cage Warriors is an unforgettable experience. However, I think my favourite would be being put in a chokehold by Molly McCann (a UFC fighter) at a Cage Warriors meet and greet (she had my permission, don’t worry, pretty sure there’s video of it somewhere but I can’t add it into this post). It’s at moments like that that I realised Cage Warriors and MMA meant something more to me, it had to, being put into a chokehold is not your standard meet and greet experience) But the reason I love MMA so much is because it gives me stories like that, stories where you need all of the context to be able to explain what happened without someone looking at you like you’ve got 3 heads. To me, those are the best stories.
Now onto who I tag to complete this post next:
I tag the following people:
Alex @ The VI Critic
Michelle @ Boomer Eco Crusader
Artie @ Artie Carden
Helen @ Crispy Confessions
Cassie @ Cassie The Hag
I hope you enjoyed a slice of me being unapologetically me and I look forward to everyone else’s answers.
Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)