Being inspired is probably, if not is, one of my favourite feelings. It’s like a colourful buzz that surronds my days and I feel like I could achieve whatever I want, the world is my limit and life is sweeeeet.

One of the hardest parts of the deal can be trying to hang on to it, so I’ve whipped up this post for you (and me to look back on whenever I need it) in how to make sure it sticks around…

 

LOOK AROUND

The things that inspire me the most are usually outside. Nature, walking, seeing communities in their everyday haze, and slivers of sunshine. Walking the dog is always one of my favourite parts of the day, and I always use it as a time to step back from myself, and see the bigger picture. Whether that’s from a personal situation that’s clouding my gaze or a worry that is pointless thinking about, I always feel lighter afterwards.

I would say at least half the time I come back after being outside I usually have some kind of blog post idea lingering around..

FIND YOUR PASSION(S)

What sets your soul on fire?

For me, that’s wellness, self-care, slow-living, mindfulness, yoga, authenticity, blogging etc. But recently I’m starting to become more and more interested in different topics too, such as travel, feminism and plastic comsumption.

The great part about it is that it doesn’t have to be just one thing, it can be whatever floats your boat.

Once you’ve find your bag, work out a way to do MORE of that.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

The easiest, or hardest tip I have in this post, is practice. Act as if you are already inspired.

I truly believe the things that you think will determine your actions, and that determines your behaviour/life and so on.

Act how the inspired you would. Chances are if you believe it, its so much more likely to happen. Manifest that inspiration and see where it takes you.

How do you get and *stay* inspired?


I mentioned in this post the podcasts I had started listening to recently, but now it’s been a few months and I just cannot get enough of discovering and listening to them.

I have them on whilst I’m cleaning, cooking, working, walking. I’m addicted! They are perfect for people like me who get easily distracted doing jobs, and needs to have something to focus on so my mind doesn’t wander too much.

I still love From The Heart by Yoga Girl, and What She Said by Lucy Sherif so would still definitely recommend having a listen to those, and heres what I’ve discovered in the mean-time…

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

I’ve seen this spoke about so many times, I decided it was time to give it a go! I honestly didn’t think I would be that into it, but it is SO funny. Granted, it’s the rudiest thing ever (!) so make sure you have your headphones firmly in place, but the episodes are short and just the perfect length for when I’m walking the dog. I just have to remember that I probably look a bit weird laughing to myself.

LADIES WHO LUNCH

I’m a massive Ingrid Nilsen fan, and I always appreciate how in-depth she goes into issues important to her on social media, so I knew I would like this podcast from the get-go. She’s joined with her friend Cat Veldes, and each week they cover various topics such as self-care, letting go, and the desire to belong. It has me nodding along for sure!

DESERT ISLAND DISCS

This is another hugely popular one, and again I’m surprised how much I enjoy listening to it! Every episode is with a different celebrity, and the music they love along with snippets of their life story. I really loved the Ed Sheeran, Jack Whitehall, and Matt Smith episodes. They aren’t too long either so they don’t get boring and things get wrapped up nicely.

 

YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME

Olivia’s podcast is freshly squeezed, in that it’s only a few weeks old but I’m loving it already. I was already a big fan of Olivia’s Instagram and found her very relatable on her Instagram stories, so I was super happy to hear she was venturing into the podcast world. I can’t wait to hear more from this series! It makes me feel creative about my own blogging business, and to focus on my dreams.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

Jen’s podcast is fairly new to me, but I’ve indulged in every episode with a cup of tea and it’s been a bloody great time. She seems like the loveliest lady and is SO knowledgeable about the blogging/content industry that it makes me want to invite her to my house and quiz her on all her amazing knowledge! (I’ll provide cake of course). After every episode I feel inspired and motivated to work on making my dream life happen.

 

What podcasts do you listen to?

 

Truth be told, I was never an ambitious kid and because I had no clue of what I wanted to do when I was older, up until a few years ago I didn’t feel passionate about anything in particular.

Fast forward to when I discovered this blogging thing, and the journey started. In today’s post I wanted to talk about ways to find your passion, and what to do next once you’ve found it. Which is usually always the hardest bit, isn’t it?

 

HOW TO FIND IT

  • Explore different things.
    We never know what our passion in life could be until we’ve tried it. So try everything (well, most things). Try the things you’ve always wanted to, and try the things that you’ve been curious about but didn’t quite know how to start. It’s a process of elimination, and open your eyes up to lots of different new exciting worlds.

 

  • What sets your soul on fire?
    What makes you get out of bed on a morning? Apart from your alarm, obviously. Asking yourself questions such as what your dream job would look like are super helpful, and you’ll discover what you actually *want* to do and spend your time on. We are have those topics that we feel so passionate about we could talk the hind legs of a donkey, that’s your thing.

 

  • Take the pressure off.
    Remember, this may take a while and that is totally okay. For most of us, we aren’t going to hop out of bed on a morning with a overnight miracle, so take it easy. It will happen.

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT

 

  • Dedicate time to it.
    To get a master at something, you have to put the time in. Schedule specific parts of your week where you can hone your craft, and practice practice practice.

 

  • Let it surprise you.
    We like to think that we know what’s going on, but really, life always has a way of surprising us, and don’t forget that. If your passion is yoga, try different classes. If it’s blogging, pause and ask yourself what kind of content you want to create more of. We don’t always have to have it all together. It’s a beautiful thing to never stop exploring.

 

  • Make it long-term.
    Most likely, you want to make this into your full-time job and create income from it. For me, I’m as far as knowing that I want to blog full-time, but I don’t have an exact plan of a timescale on how long it’s going to take (that’s something for me to work on in my own time).
    But I know that whether it’s in 5 or 10 years, it will happen because I am extremely passionate about it and I will make it happen regardless.

 

How did you find your passion? 

 

I asked quite a while ago if you wanted a post dedicated entirely to how/why I started to approach brands and lots of you said yes (thank you!) so that’s what I wanted to discuss today!

THE WHY

The reason why is quite simple, I wanted to take my blog to a place where it could earn me income, start broadening my content and make partnerships with great brands. I also got to the point where I was fed up with getting random e-mails in my inbox from American brands I’ve never heard of and didn’t even look real if we’re being honest.

I’ve been lucky in that the majority of my sponsored posts have landed in my inbox, I haven’t needed to go out and search for them. (Massive tip here is making sure you have an email address on your social media so they know where to reach you.) But with other companies, I was the one who got in touch and asked them if they wanted to work with me.

You may be thinking, why does a big company want to work with a blogger who doesn’t have a 100k following? Well, for one, you are creating content that people engage with. Whatever the number count, you are getting recognition, your posts are being read and that should only increase with time.

 

THE HOW

What you need to do in this instance is TELL THEM WHAT YOU CAN OFFER. Google how to get in contact with their PR and a relevant email, tell them who you are and what you do. Detail a blog post in which you want to include their products, and mention important figures such as your monthly blog views, unique visitors, social media following.

Be polite, and don’t expect a reply. 98% of the e-mails I sent out didn’t get an reply or probably even read. But it’s worth it for the few that might politely decline or, for the one who e-mails back saying they would love to work with you.

Blogging isn’t a job for me, but that would be the amazing end goal. So I want to do as many positive steps as I can so that someday I might get there, and that includes widening my horizons and seeing what I can do.

I hope this post has helped you if you were wondering how to start approaching brands. It’s nerve-wracking to put yourself out there but like the good old quote says nothing amazing happens inside your comfort zone.

 

Have you ever approached a brand before?

 

I’m a massive ‘what if’ kind of person. I’ve always been a very deep thinker, but over the last few months that seems to of been magnified and I can spend days, even weeks thinking about how a situation could of been worse, or imagining a scenario that makes me stop living life the way I want to.

This is something I’m working on,  so I wanted to share what I’m focusing on to combat this incase you needed it too.

 

It doesn’t change anything

Worrying doesn’t change a situation. We all know this of course, but we still do daily. Not only is it a massive waste of our valid time, but it also affects our bodies and minds negatively. We break out, we lose sleep, our bodies feel stressed and anxious. It can damage our relationships and our general wellbeing if we let it get to that stage.

None of these things have to happen, and they won’t if you change this thinking pattern.

Instead, be pro-active about the things you can change. If a work situation or relationship issue is causing you stress, address this in the best way you see fit so it can be let go of. You don’t need to carry it around with you. Once you have found a solution, you can be free from it.

 

You can’t control life

For someone who loves control, admitting this is scary and leaves me feeling vulnerable. But it’s SO true. There is a no rule-book for life, you don’t know what’s going to happen, and not everything is in your control.

Accepting this fact will make your life so much easier, and you will feel more liberated. ‘We can’t control the waves, but we can adjust our sails’.

People have influence- Don’t spend too long around dwellers!

I’m sure we all know a few Negative Nancys. Sometimes they can feel like a drain to be around if everyone you meet they tell a tale of woe, never mind how they never even ask how YOU are!

The company we keep is detrimental to our mental health, so make sure you surrond yourself with positive and inspiring, enthusiastic people. That way you don’t come away from feeling drained, and stuck in a loop of negativity.

And if you can’t cut all ties completely, remember that their thoughts do not have to be yours. You are the only person who can control how you live, and if you want that to be positively, it can be. It’s your decision.

Do you every worry about ‘what if’?