Blogger Babe: Lindsey Allen

1. Year, major, major you'd have in an alternate universe

I am a second year psychology major, and in an alternate universe I would love to major in neuroscience, actually. I know it’s quite the opposite of psychology, but I find the structures of the brain and the associated neurochemicals absolutely fascinating.

2. What's your position on the HCCP team?

I am currently the head of the PR team, and I totally love it. We have some pretty exciting events up our sleeves for the rest of the year – so stay tuned!

3. How did you get involved with HCCP?

I got involved with Cal Poly’s Her Campus chapter because one of my best friends would always rave about it. After listening to quite a bit of raving I decided that I needed to see what this community was all about.

4. Tell us about the HCCP retreat and what your role in that project was.

When Aja asked me to coordinate a team bonding event I happily obliged. I planned the whole thing from start to finish – which included scouting out a location, planning a menu, going shopping for groceries and supplies and of course, rallying the troops. We had a total blast, and I can’t wait for our next team-bonding event! I think any time you can get a group of like minded and intelligent  ladies together, it’s inevitable that it’ll be a good time.

5. How did the retreat align with the values you blog about?

I love to create an environment (albeit online) where people with similar interests and passions can come together and connect with other creative and passionate individuals, and that’s exactly what I tried to recreate for our HC girls with the retreat.

6. Give us some more details on your blog. How often do you blog? What are your favorite topics?

When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what kind of content I wanted to create or present to the world, so I decided on a name that represented my current state, Building a Vision. And quite frankly, it still represents my current state. I am constantly building my vision and my perspective, and I am always going to be accommodating new things into my worldview. I believe everyone should. As human beings, we are wired to grow, explore and learn and I fully intend on taking advantage of that instinct. So my blog name represents exactly that: my growing, increasing or building of knowledge, experience, perspective or vision.

I strive to blog three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), and lately I’ve been writing about topics that we unconsciously deal with on a day-to-day basis – for example, authenticity, gratitude, and self respect.

Most of my readers are women age 18-24 – but I welcome everyone who visits my site!

7. What do you do when you need writing inspiration?

Beach. It does the trick every single time because it’s my happy place. There’s absolutely no where else I’d rather be.

8. Where are your fave places in SLO to write and/or photograph?

I love writing in Kreuzberg and of course, at the beach. My ideas just seem to flow better in places like that. As for photography, I always seem to find beauty in the little things that I come across in my everyday activities – so no particular place really!

9. What's one of your all-time fave posts from your blog?

I honestly don’t have a favorite. For me, my writing pieces are so personal that it’s hard to choose just one. If you are looking for a place to get to know me a little better, I would start with the travel section on my blog.

10. What are some of the cool things that have happened to you because of blogging?

Blogging has brought a lot of really awesome people into my life – real and virtual. I regularly connect with blogging babes from Australia and Europe and often have coffee dates with local California bloggers. The community that you step into when you start blogging is absolutely amazing.

11. Are there any down-sides to blogging? Anything you didn't expect?

I truly love blogging – don’t get me wrong – but it is extremely time-consuming. A lot of people don’t realize how much time it takes to put together a meaning and useful post and to get it all working smoothly on the back end of your website. If there are any ladies out there that are looking for a learning experience, I highly recommend blogging. You learn coding, photography, graphic design and even a little accounting when you run your own blog.

12. Where do you see your blog going in 2015?

I have some partnerships lined up for 2015 so that’s extremely exciting. So, with the partnerships and my growing audience, I just see it becoming and even greater place for creative expression and collaboration with (and for) my audience.