Sarah Gray, Shy Girl

Hello babes and welcome back to my blog — it’s been a while, I know but yagirl has had way too much on her plate (I’m going to be a senior in high school, let me live). Nonetheless, I am beyond stoked to be back and doing what I love most: blogging!! My summer is as jam-packed as ever, I’m flying out to Thailand tomorrow for a service trip, following with a 6-week long NYU program, and then I’m going to South Africa and London! So yes, crazy, but also super incredibly stimulating…which means I’ll have tons of new content out. I’m planning some cool, new videos and posts so stay tuned, you haven’t gotten rid of me quiiiitttee yet.

Before my lengthy hiatus, I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite Youtubers: Sarah Gray, she’s a bubbly and positive Canadian college student whose personality effortlessly exudes a positive aura, plus she knows how to glow (priorities). What I admire about her most though, is her obvious distinction from other Youtubers, she keeps her channel chill, relatable, yet all the most interesting with her Discover Weeklys, minimalistic and dewy makeup looks, and rookie (yet enticing) vlogs, so I’m so happy to have whipped up a quick interview so you guys can get to know this hip chick!

How has making a Youtube channel helped you grow personally?

I think for the most part is has helped my confidence. It take a lot to be able to put yourself out there so in that sense it has really helped. It has also helped me realize that are so many avenues that you can take with creativity. Youtube is a great outlet and that has also helped with personal growth.

You clearly have a super raw and personable approach to the beauty and fashion scope, how do you stay true to yourself and not let external influences change your look?

This one is a tough one because people often ask me for advice a long a the lines of this question and I always find it difficult to answer. It really has to come from within. From a young age I always had a strong idea of who I was and what I liked and in that sense I didn’t let other influences control those parts of me. However, as I get older I’ve just gotten into a routine of constantly reminding myself that theres only one of me and thats pretty special and its something I’d like to remind everyone to tell themselves. Life is short and you only have one chance to truly be yourself, so why would you waste that?

Do you have any future plans to progress your channel?

Obviously with anything that you work at, you always want to make it better. Youtube and social media isn’t my end goal in life but I don’t want to let it fall to the way-side. I think right now I’m going at a pretty good pace to be constantly improving without putting all my other goals in jeopardy. If anything, I’d really just like to share more parts of my life on Youtube.

Obviously it takes a lot of guts to put yourself on the internet, has your experience in doing so elicited any sort of uncomfortable response? If so, how did you cope and what’s your advice on someone doing the same?

In my experience, when you put yourself out there on the internet,  the relationships in your personal life are the ones that are the most affected. Its a confusing platform to understand for some people, and most times people don’t try and put the effort in to understand it. That can be tough to cope with and my advice is to remember that you’re doing this for yourself and no one else. Even if you’re getting unfavourable opinions or criticism from people in your personal life, it really isn’t about them. Its important to take those criticisms and learn from them but know that you are staying true to yourself.

Balancing a social life, work life, education, and Youtube is hard work, how do you consistently keep things fresh and stimulating?

 I think the key word here is balance. I try not to put tons of pressure on myself because the quality of your work, whatever it may be, when you’re stressed isn’t as great. I do a lot of yoga and meditation and that really helps to keep my grounded. I keep myself surrounded my things that inspire me and that usually ignites my lust to inspire others.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from a mistake?

That its okay to make mistakes and to fail! I know everyone says it, but it really is true. You need a balance of success and failure to be progressive, no matter what.

Favorite quote, film, song?

 My favourite quote is “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. My mom used to say it to me all the time when I was younger and now that I’m older it really resonates with me. It reminds me that no matter how hard something seems, if you want it bad enough you’ll achieve it. For songs, I’d say anything by Radiohead. They’re my favourite band and anytime I hear something from them, it makes me feel small here on Earth, which sounds very cheesy but its a very important feeling/notion. It means you know your place and that you are just a piece of a very large puzzle. And being able to contribute to that puzzle is an incredible privilege.  For films, I would say most films by director Terrence Malick. I like films that take me out of my own head.

A… what’s a fun fact?

I read The Economist everyday. I’m a sucker for economics.

Thank you so much, Sarah for letting me interview you (even though I was hecka janky with timing) 🙂 Don’t forget to check out her Youtube and cool Instagram @graymatsen!

I’ll be back.

xx Brenda

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