Before this little blog was born, I had a ‘very similar but not under my name’ blog for a good ol’ while, so I feel qualified at this point to look back at my blogging journey and see how it’s evolved over the past years.
When I look back, I feel pretty proud of all the stuff I’ve put out there, consistency is something, for the most part that I’ve kept up to. Obviously, not everything will still be as appropriate as it once was, but I’ve always tried to speak from the heart and be genuine along the way.
Blogging is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m sure I’ll continue at it for many years to come, but that’s not to say that it’s always felt super easy. There’s vulnerability hangovers, a comparison to the rest of the blogging market, and niggling thoughts at the back of my mind that maybe I should follow a different path.
Above all that, has been my passion for writing and a willingness to share and connect to others.
When times feel tough, or I crave comfort and light, I turn to typing on an empty page and things always feel a tiny bit better.
I sometimes worry that I don’t have a blogging ‘niche’, a go-to USP that I could use to describe what I want to achieve online, but I guess in the end, it’s just me. Sharing my story in my own, individual way. Whether that’s talking about what’s made me happy lately, life-stuff I want to work towards, or a bit of a heart-to-heart.
In the past I’ve tried to follow other’s lead, giving tips or advice that I don’t feel quite qualified to publish, or writing up things that I find labouring to talk about. I definitely feel like I’m over that part now, and I really do enjoy putting out these blog posts twice a week for you all, and well, for me really.
Who knows what will happen in the next few years, but one things for sure, if you need me, I’ll be here.
It’s been quite a while since I did a book post, and because reading is such a love of mine, I thought it was about time to show you what books I’ve been digging into recently. Hopefully here you’ll find some recommendations that you’d like to read!
Elizabeth Gilbert- Big Magic 5/5
I know I’m super late to the party with this one, but once all the hype had died down, I decided to pick it up and see what it was like. Honestly, I was not disappointed! It’s up there with one of my favourite books of the year, and probably my favourite of the ‘self-help’ genre. If you’re a creative, you absolutely MUST read this because it’s packed to the brim with great advice and inspiration. I know for sure I will be definitely re-reading it again when I get stuck in a funk and need some creative direction. Read this one if: You want to learn more about creativity, or you need a creative boost.
Emma Cline- The Girls 1/5
Okay, I’m kind of cheating here because I didn’t even get halfway into this book before I decided not to finish it (which to be honest, isn’t something I do often). It was just too weird. I feel like I have a weirdness scale and this was pushing it too far, to the point where I actually wasn’t looking forward to reading it in an evening and it felt like a chore. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO SPEND IT READING BOOKS YOU DON’T LIKE. Right?? Read this one if: You’re into that kind of stuff.
Lucy Dillon- Where The Light Gets In 4/5
I’m not a big crier when reading books, but boy did this make me bawl! Yes it was kind of predictable, but it was such a lovely gem of a book that you just have to read it. I took to all the characters immediately, and it was filled to the brim with emotion and heart warming goodness. I even still think about it now, a few weeks later. Read this one if: You want a super cosy read to enjoy on these Autumnal evenings, with a great story behind it.
Lindsey Kelk- One in a Million 2/5
I’ve read Lindsey’s books for years and I was a massive fan of the ‘I Heart’ series, so I’m always super excited when she releases a new read. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed by this one which makes me sad to say. It was a bit too fluffy, I’m never that interested in reading about social media in a fiction book, and it felt a little flat. I probably had my hopes up to high as I am such a fan of her previous work, but this one didn’t cut it for me. Read this one if: I’d recommend her other works!
Megan Hayes- Write Yourself Happy 4/5
I actually included this in a creative writing post I did last week, as this book really gave me the inspiration and motivation to share something a bit different than I usually do, and write more than my usual gratitude lists. I completely loved going through a different chapter and writing every night, and I was super sad when it eventually finished. Plus, the design of the book itself is beautiful too. Read this one if: You journal regularly, and want to up your game.
Kevin Kwan- Crazy Rich Asians 4/5
After seeing rave reviews about this online, I wanted to pick up a copy (originally so I could watch it in the cinemas after, but I didn’t make it in time!). In this book you dive deep into the super rich and luxurious life of a massive family in Singapore, and I have to say it was really fascinating. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before, but I’ve heard people liken it to Gossip Girl, which I thought I’d mention. I got completely sucked in and loved devouring it every evening! Read this one if: You want to go watch the film, or read something different than you’re used to. Actually, just read it. It’s good.
Sarah Vaughan- Anatomy of a Scandal 5/5
I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s not like something I usually read, as it’s a court case thriller involving a member of Parliament. It gripped me the whole way through, I literally stayed up past midnight reading this because I was hooked that much. I’ve passed it onto my mum and I’m making her read it! Read this one if: You want a book that grips you until the very end. One to devour over a lazy weekend, I think.
I spend so much time creating photos that I’m proud of on Instagram, yet it’s not something I mention that much here on the blog (which is probably where the other half of my time goes!).
I definitely want to shout about it more in the future, and I know whenever I’ve shared ‘before and afters’ on my Instagram stories (saved in my highlights) they have always gone down really well, so hopefully you’ll like this too.
Instagram is a wonderful place for escaping into a different reality, but as it’s social media after all, I love hearing and speaking myself about the stories behind the squares. So, let’s get into the photos I’ve chosen for today’s post…
The idea I had originally for this picture, was a picture of me eating candyfloss, against a pink wall with my pink jumper that I already had on. However, this house was the only pink thing I could find when I was at the seaside, and the candy floss just didn’t work properly. By chance I bought this at the sea front as a back-up prop for the photo, and it fit perfectly! It didn’t smell too great though so I didn’t sample it after.
I knew I wanted to make boots out of leaves, but I couldn’t get the placement right at all and it wasn’t working! It also took me quite a long time to make them because apparently, I find boots quite tricky to draw. When I found out the weekend hashtag project was on perspective, I had the legs on the wall idea. I added in the clouds and grass afterwards to add to the upside down-ness! This is still one of my favourite photos I’ve taken even months afterwards.
Before we went on holiday I already a donut picture in mind, so on one sunny morning I headed off to a local bakery and picked up said baked good. I tried it with me in a bikini on the beach which was the original idea I wanted to go with, but it was taken from behind and I just didn’t want to put my bum and upper thighs on the internet, laid bare, literally! I saw this yellow wall in the same afternoon, and got Dan to take a picture of me because I liked my outfit that day, thinking I could use it for something later. Deciding to just put the two photos together to see what they could look like, and I was so happy with the outcome!
Did you enjoy seeing Behind The Instagram? Let me know and I could do a part 2 🙂
I really love creating monthly goals for me to focus on throughout the next few weeks, and I always feel so productive when I achieve them, they really keep me on a positive track. With that being said, it’s time to check in for October’s goals and what’s in store for November…
Listen to my body more. Kind of a tricky goal to measure, but I feel like I really did listen to my body a lot more this month, and I kept reminding myself of this goal in particular. When my body felt tired, I didn’t push it in my workouts and rested instead. When I was craving specific foods, I let myself enjoy them without feeling guilty about it. I really want to keep this up!
Re-do our bedroom. FINALLY this happened! I’ve been wanting to do this for months on end, and we ordered two ladder shelves for our bedside tables, put some of the prints in storage so it feels less cluttered, and Dan put the TV on the wall too. I can’t say how nice it feels to actually like our bedroom again and enjoy spending time in there without seeing things I wanted to change. A more minimal, less busy space works so well for me and I definitely hope I remember that in the future.
Declutter and change up my Autumn wardrobe. Another goal ticked off the list! I re-organised my wardrobe at the beginning of the month, took bags to the charity shop, and now I have a dedicated space to summer, and winter clothes. It looks so much better! I’ve also purchased a few skirts that I can wear both for work and outside, and a new winter coat/jumper/tights. I’d say I’m very satisfied with how it’s looking at the minute.
Mantra work. I’ve always enjoyed using positive affirmations and mantra’s in my everyday life, but most days I forget about them to be completely honest. I really want to make it part of my evening routine where I sit and read out some mantras, and use my crystals alongside that to bring a sense of calmness before settling down to sleep.
Complete my festive shopping. Most years I leave it till at least December to start buying gifts, but I want to change that this year and hopefully I’ll feel a lot calmer when the time comes. I already have a list of what I want to get, so it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge!
Start learning the piano! I spent a while learning the keyboard in my pre-teenage years, but it didn’t amount to that much and I wasn’t in love with it. However, after spending time having fun on my stepdad’s piano, I think it’d be great to learn playing it. He’s a great piano player and he says he would happily teach me, I’ve ordered a beginners guide too on Amazon so I’m hoping this should be a fun goal to work towards this November.