Link Love #3

Hey gang! How are all we all doing on this lovely morning? Here are some fab links you can get your teeth into on your commute…

  1. Lauren’s post about dealing with a chronic illness I could totally relate to.
  2. This idea for a kindness advent calendar.
  3. I have definitely had all of these thoughts whilst on the tube, especially no 48!
  4. I also loved this post also about commuting in London….
  5. Madeleine Shaw’s tips about how to survive the festive season are well worth a read.
  6. I loved these 50 ideas for how to practice self care.. something I need to remind myself in this festive period!
  7. Finally, If you have 1 minute it would be amazing if you could sign this petition to fund more research into Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

I’m loving these sunny winter days we’ve been having and the evenings have been great to catch up with all the blogs I love to follow (and I’m A Celeb of course!)


What have you guys been reading recently?!

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Link Love #1

So I’ve been reading some incredible things across social media and blogs recently. There are some seriously amazing writers and people out there and I’m all about sharing good work! I know I rely so much on people sharing what they love on social media, so I thought I would create a series of posts containing all the writing I’m loving at the moment.

I’m not sure how regularly I’ll post all my link love but you can be sure that when it does arrive it will be everything I have been loving recently!

So here goes, # 1!

  1. This post from Elle Next Door who describes what it is like to live with Coeliac Disease so perfectly. I would never be able to express this in such an articulate way. I read it and could relate to every word. Please have a read!
  2. Sophie Cliff’s post about needing a duvet day. I am often a culprit of trying to keep going with everything all the time, I know I often need a duvet day but don’t let myself have one because of the guilt of being unproductive. This has reminded me that it’s important to give your body & mind a break every once in a while!
  3. Hannah Gale’s post about how women treat other women in regards to their bodies. This post is just so needed in the current society we live in and I could not be happier to share it for you all to read!
  4. Lauren Rellis’ post about how suddenly health can become such a priority. This was a post I can really relate to and it really made my morning when it landed in my inbox. It always amazes me how the internet can remind me that people feel/think the same things and that is so comforting!
  5. The story of what it was like to be on Air Force One on 9/11 had me avidly reading earlier this week. It gave definitely gave me chills.
  6. Amy’s description of what a Sunday Well Spent looks like had me dreaming of Sunday already!
  7. This description of what people with chronic illnesses hear when certain phrases are used is well worth a read even if you don’t know anyone with a chronic illness.

Let me know what you think of all these posts, and what would you suggest I get reading this week!?

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Why I have a love/hate relationship with blogging

I just want to clarify one thing at the start of this post. The negative views I’m stating of blogging are not my own. I do not see blogging in a negative light or believe any of the stereotypes surrounding blogging.  I am explaining how I feel about blogging in light of these stereotypes.

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. There is no doubt about it.

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I love it. And I also hate parts of it.

I hate that it seems to be an oversaturated market. I hate that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people doing the same thing. It makes you feel like you are just adding to the white noise, that there is little point in writing and that you are not unique. It’s hard to find your place in a world where everything seems to have been done already, and at that, with prettier photos and a glossier blog.

I hate that there are stereotypes of blogging, which I do not feel I fit into. I do not believe the stereotypes but know a lot of people who do, and I wouldn’t want to be boxed into the beauty/fashion blogger that people assume all of blogging is about. I know a lot of people who wouldn’t consider writing about those things worthwhile (me not included) and I know I would be automatically judged for having a blog and assuming I’m a bit “dipsy” as I would only be writing about beauty, fashion or other materialistic things. (Again, not my view, but I know the judgements people make.) It frustrates me as blogging is about so much more than fashion and beauty now. There are literally hundreds of online magazines about ANY topic you want. Hundreds of individual voices, viewpoints and ideas at your fingertips that you can use to enrich your life. So, yes, the stereotype annoys me, as people do not realise what they are missing out on!

It also frustrates me that that there seems to be a massive gender divide in blogging, and that it is seen as girly. Blogs are just as much for women as they are for men and not all blogs are aimed at females that’s for sure! I think this is for another blog post though…

I also can be so disappointed in the generic nature of some blogs. The same campaigns. Similar posts. The same Instagram photos. Yes I love to see your photos, but I also love a bit of individuality. A different voice, sounding above the others is what I want to hear, not the same generic comments about the same beauty product. I need something unique.

However, I do think the crux of my issue with blogging is that writing down my thoughts, and writing the things I care about that people can read, scares me shitless. I am terrified of the judgements of what I am writing about and how I am writing it. It scares me that I am giving a little bit of myself to people and it scares me that I have taken the step of sharing it with people I do know.

I have felt so much anxiety at each stage of sharing this blog. I questioned whether I should start writing again, what to write about and whether to share on Twitter. Sharing on Facebook is so out of my range right now!

But I’ve decided to force myself to be confident, and say yes to blogging. The pros of writing my thoughts down and building this blog far outweigh me questioning myself, and what other people might think of me. I’m excited to document the fun things I’m doing and be able to look back on it in a year and remember everything. I’m excited to raise awareness for some of the issues that concern & interest me. I’m excited to be part of a community that is so supportive and full of similar women with similar concerns. I am excited, as cliche as it might be, to build a voice for myself. That’s what I love about blogging.

So, sorry, you’re stuck with me spamming your Twitter feeds for now ❤

 

Dear Diary: practising gratitude

So. I’ve been really into reading up on all things gratitude lately. (See my previous post Book Review #1 – The Gratitude Diaries for more info and such). I think gratitude can have a massively positive impact on your outlook on life. I like to think of myself as a positive person, and I think gratitude can only add to that.

After reading The Gratitude Diaries I’ve started a gratitude diary. I write 3 things at the end of each day that I am grateful for. These have ranged from being grateful for my mum cooking me a delicious meal (go mum!) or being able to use my legs and walk. Anything goes! It really does help alter your perspective of your day into looking at the silver lining and the good aspect of your day, rather than the negative. I think it has even been proven that you always remember the thing that happened last. So if the last thing to happen to you at any given time, maybe a horrible end of a holiday or awkward end to a phone conversation you are more likely to dwell on that than the lovely holiday you just had. So I think writing 3 things I am grateful for at the end of each day means that positivity sticks in my mind!

It’s amazing how easy it is to think of things to be grateful for. We live in a world where I know I take so much for granted, like having easy access to buying food, unlimited water and warmth, that I forget how lucky I am. This gratitude diary helps to remind me of that, and even on bad days I can still think of 3 things I am grateful for. Okay.. so quite a few times I have been grateful for my cats.. but still, it’s a positive thought!!

Following in the same footsteps as my gratitude diary I have decided to have a weekly post on here called “Living Grateful”. This will be where I write what I am grateful for that week, hopefully with some accompanying photos – if I can remember to take any!!

Hopefully this inspires you to start your own gratitude diary – let me know if you do and how you get along 🙂

Have a lovely Saturday everyone!

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Why I started blogging

Hello all, how is your Saturday going? Here’s to hoping we have some of that heatwave weather back soon. I am currently sat on a balcony in rural south west France listening to the rain which is very therapeutic, but HELLO, summer, where you at?

Anyway, I thought I would fill you all in on why I started blogging…

For starters, I have been a massive follower of a few blogs for a while now. I really look forward to the emails that come shooting through to my inbox with the latest blog posts. They definitely brighten up my morning commute or are a perfect break from studying. I’ll do a post a bit later on with my fave bloggers so you can check them out too and they can bring you the same amount of joy they bring me!

I’ve been following these blogs for nearly a year now and I decided to have a go and re-starting my own blog (I have tried a few times now and pretty much given up once the summer is out as I have run out of time!) I figured that if I enjoyed reading blogs so much, I would enjoy writing one.

I’m not a massively creative person, but writing is something I enjoy and something I miss about studying History at University. I figured that a blog would be a great creative outlet for me, and also give me the chance to get into taking photographs a bit more. I also want to be able to document my life on here. I think we live in such a busy world now and I know I often forget what I’ve been up to, or forget the little things in my life that bring me so much joy. I hope this blog will be a place for me to document my life and bring you guys along for the ride too…

I want a place to spread a little bit of happiness and gratitude. This is going to be my little corner of the internet to do just that. There has been so much negativity in the news & world lately, I want to try and do my little bit to counteract that!

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Book Review #1 – The Gratitude Diaries

Hello! I read The Gratitude Diaries back in February and it was a bit of an enlightenment moment for me to be honest. I cannot say enough how much I LOVED this book! It’s by Janice Kaplan and is divided into 4 sections, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. In each season she focuses on different areas of her life to practice gratitude. Topics she focuses on include marriage, family, money, her career as well as health and connecting with others.

Kaplan writes from a very relatable place and it is a very easy book to read. It demonstrates how gratitude can profoundly impact how we view ourselves, others and our world, and the importance of being mindful and aware of our surroundings to avoid life just passing us by. She writes a gratitude diary for the year, writing 3 things each night for which she has been grateful for that day. She finds that re-framing her day to be grateful has a significant impact on her relationships, her health and the way she views money. This has completely inspired me so I decided to start my own back in February and I am loving it (more on that in a later post…)

Please see image of me attempting to take a photo of the book and my cat being vain and thinking I was trying to play with him. So please see photo of cat and book. (Isn’t he cute though.)

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I really loved it and could not recommend it more. (I’ve actually been hassling several family members and friends to read it for a while now. Soz. But not soz.)  I might have to go and give it a re-read around about now…

Let me know if you give it a read and what you think!

Dear Diary: I like coffee

I actually like coffee.

Who knew.

I didn’t that’s for sure.

I got through my entire undergraduate degree and the GDL without coffee. Yet ask me to get up at 3.20am to go on holiday, and nope. Can’t handle it. Must. Try. Coffee.

I tried an espresso in the main square in Dubrovnik. And I actually LIKED it.

Massive shock. Thought I hated it.

A month on and I’m still drinking it.

Within the month I’ve found out that 3 espressos make me shake so I haven’t done that again.

Drinking coffee = successfully adulting (maybe)

(I will maintain adulting is a word, despite the red squiggly line underneath it – looking at you wordpress).