I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I really wanted to write a little piece about it on the blog, as I’m sure someone out there has experienced something similar in regards to social media.

Lately, for me, I’m just seeing way too much of the stuff that I dislike or don’t relate to, or simply find really upsetting. So here’s what I’ve done about it because things have got to change, and being mindful in the content I consume is something that’s very important to me.

 

UNFOLLOW/MUTE

There is always a few opinions about whether it is ‘acceptable’ to unfollow, which of course I think it is, you do you. There isn’t a rule to abide by if something is affecting you negatively. But if that feels too harsh, mute is a god-send. Plus, I’m pretty sure they don’t know that they are muted either.

Sometimes I don’t want to offend or upset anyone, but their tweets are a bit too much for me to read, so I mute them and I can carry on seeing more positive stuff that inspires and uplifts me. You can also ‘ban’ particular words on Twitter which is something I’ve done recently and worked well.

SEEK OUT

Ah, this next bit is the good stuff.

Seek out the things that feel good to you. Go on a follow spree of new amazing accounts on Instagram, find some new blogs to read on your commute, and engage in people who you find motivating!

The internet can be a super positive place if we use it well. Bask in the internet inspiration you surround yourself in. Let it spur you on to keep doing your thing.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST + BE KIND

If you get mid-way down an article that’s gone viral, but you don’t like the vibe it’s giving, stop reading. And if you spend a few mornings on the Daily Mail, don’t judge yourself! But next time, try and catch yourself in the habit if it makes you feel icky.

If you want a day offline, do it.

It’s so important to look after ourselves. Have you ever thought about how many things we are reading every single day that might influence our lives without us knowing it? Lets keep it the right stuff.

What steps do you do to consume content mindfully?

This is a bit of a random blog post, so forgive me for it not being the most coherent. I was just sat outside thinking about blog posts to write, whilst enjoying the sunshine and cracking on with my embroidery, and decided I wanted to whip up a little post about a new found love of mine: being crafty!

Granted I’m not at the stage where I’m re-upholstering side tables (although that sounds dreamy) but I’m loving unleashing this creative side of me.

I’ve never been amazing at Art but painting is something I’ve been doing A LOT of, and finding it so therapeutic.

I’m not at the stage where I can draw *and* paint, so I usually pick up a few ‘painting by numbers’ (which funnily enough I loved doing as a child) and I work on them every few days so they last a decent amount of time too. I’ve shared them here on my Instagram if you would like a look.

I’m also really enjoying embroidery. I bought this set off Etsy and fell in love, so recently I decided to make my own (a family friend let me borrow their kit, thankfully) using a design I took off Pinterest. I can’t show you the full thing yet as I’m giving it away as a small gift, but I’ll post it (again to my Instagram) soon.

I think my love for it is down to how soothing and simple crafting is, but that at the end you have something that YOU did, that’s beautiful. You created it. You gave life to it. And to look at it when it’s finished feels pretty damn sweet.

So, what’s next on my list? I’m thinking some more embroiderys as gifts for my favourite people, and I’ve also been thinking about doing something to our decking area at home, I’m not sure what I actually want to do yet, but the place definitely needs jazzing up.

Do you enjoy doing crafts?

 

Having a blog has always been a huge part of my life, as really, it’s my passion. The more I do it, the happier I feel. Although I’m not at the point where I can take it full-time as a career yet, I use that as a goal and inspiration to work towards.

I post 3 times a week and in this post I’m going to be talking about how I fit it in my everyday schedule.

 

Use your commute.

If I’m not driving and a passenger, I always use this time to schedule my social media. I personally use Buffer and even though you can only schedule 10 tweets in advance, it keeps me going for a few days. You can also use this time while you’re travelling to get caught up on your latest podcast episodes. I love putting in a podcast and going for a long walk.

 

Always be ready. 

By this I mean always have something readily available for you to store post ideas in. Whether that’s a small notebook you carry around with you, or using the Notes app on your phone like I do. For me, inspiration always hits when I’m usually doing something else, so I make sure to type a few words about it so I can come back to it later. If not, I’ll definitely forget about it!

 

Prioritise.

At some point, you’re going to have to prioritise your blog if you want to spend more time on it and build it into something substantial. We all know this of course, but sometimes it can mean missing out on a early night or using your ‘lazy afternoon’ to get ahead of your blog schedule. I really do think that the more time you put into your blog, the more it shows. And because I love doing it, I don’t see it as a chore anyway.

 

Stay updated.

Personally, I love using my lunch breaks at work to catch up on my favourite blogs. These include those from Sophie, Amy, Hannah, Kayte, and Sophie. I love staying up to date with what’s going on online and spending half an hour with my favourite reads always makes me feel inspired to blog myself too.

 

Do you do any of these things?

 

I absolutely love reading, so I thought I’d pop in today with another post about the books I’ve read recently.

JILL MANSELL- *4.5/5*

It’s been a good few years since I last read a Jill Mansell book, and I thought it was about time I indulged in another, after all they are one of my favourite reads! This was the ultimate heart-warming book, I couldn’t put it down despite it being quite a large one, and I just fell completely in love with this story.

 

ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST- LAURA JANE WILLIAMS *5/5*

I’d seen this book everywhere last year, but never gave in to the hype, until now of course! This book is all about what Laura learned when she gave up her full-time job for a year and became a nanny, and what the children taught her.

It is absolutely fantastic and I would recommend this to everyone! It’s sweet, funny, endearing and sometimes a kick in the b*lls. Definitely a must read.

 

WHAT ALICE FORGOT- LIANE MORIARTY- *4/5*

I’ve read and loved two of Liane’s books, so I wanted to download another on the Kindle.

I went for What Alice Forgot, which is about a woman who falls over at the gym, and wakes up thinking it’s 10 year’s earlier. I couldn’t put it down because I was just so interested to hear what happened next, plus it was a book that kept me guessing too.

It didn’t live up to Big Little Lies which was my favourite book of hers so far, and I still haven’t watched the TV show because the book was just SO GOOD and I don’t want to ruin it!

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE- *5/5*

I heard great things about this book, so when I saw it in Sainsbury’s I popped it into my basket. It is a chunky book, so I was a little intimidated at first, but also excited to get stuck in. This is my favourite fiction book I’ve read so far! Guys, it’s so so good. I lapped up every page.

 

What have you read recently? What should I read next?

 

 

 

Please be aware that this post sounds like I don’t ever just sit, scroll Instagram and watch Gilmore Girls which I definitely do! But recently, when I have a bit of time free, I’ve started to spend it a bit more wisely than I previously would.

Of course there are times when I just lay on the bed and watch my Youtube subscription feed, but 80% of the time, I try to put my energy to better use and enjoy some of the hobbies I’ve picked up over the last couple of months.

So, what do I do?

Get out for a walk

I’ve been on a mission to up my steps a bit more recently, and that combined with my new love of podcasts means that when I can fit it in, I’m always taking the dog outside or just nipping for a walk to the park solo.

I love the fact that I’m moving my body more, which feels fab, plus I always love getting fresh air! Promise you it feels better than just sitting on the sofa, although sometimes that feels amazing too.

Craft and paint

I’ve really picked up the art bug lately and I’m just loving how creative and inspired it makes me feel.

On an evening whenever I’m watching TV with the family, I’m usually working on my cross-stitch, and if I have a spare hour in the afternoon I’ve really been enjoying painting too!
Bake

I’ve yet to master cooking, but I’ve been enjoying baking so much these days that I just have to mention it.

I tend to go for healthier versions of my favourite sweet treats and I swear by Livia’s Kitchen recipes, although being 100% transparent here by telling you that not all bakes go that well!

Baking for me is starting to feel very theraputic and rewarding, and that combined with the fact that I then have snacks for the week is perfect.

 

How do you spend your free time more meaningful? I would love for some more tips 🙂