It’s pretty crazy to think we’re 6 months into the year don’t you think? New Years feels like only a few weeks ago, yet in terms of my lifestyle, I feel like I’ve grown a lot these past months. Let’s sit down and talk about it..

 

I’VE LEARNT THAT REST IS ESSENTIAL

I’ve always been someone who advocates self-care, but after looking at my own habits, I can see where I’ve been slipping up a little bit. I can easily spend my days off work cleaning the entire house and dashing back and forth around town to see family, but that isn’t necessarily what I always need. Sometimes I just need to sit on the sofa for a few hours, WITHOUT scheduling tweets or editing photos. I never thought I was one of those people that were always ‘on’ but I struggle with switching off a lot more than I thought. I think because I enjoy sharing my life online through Instagram and this blog so much, that sometimes I don’t realise how much energy it takes up. I’ve learnt that the only person who can put yourself first, is you.

 

I’VE LEARNT THAT I’M MUCH MORE CAPABLE THAN I THINK

There’s forever been a part of me that lacks confidence slightly, I can get lost in a hole of overthinking and doubting myself, without giving myself credit for how far I’ve come. I can worry that I’ve over-estimated my capabilities, and that there’s no way I can do this or that. These past six months I’ve realised that I am so much stronger and much more capable than I give myself credit for. And that feels pretty damn awesome if I say so myself. I have to say, positive affirmations really do help a lot with this.

 

I’VE LEARNT THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘BAD’ FOODS

This is one I’m still working on. After a lifetime of bad eating habits, I’ve been working on my mindset when it comes to food and nutrition. I think we’re all brought up to believe certain foods are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ when really, it’s all just food. Sure, some makes you feel better than others, but let’s not put so much gravitas on it. I really want to get Laura Thomas’ book ‘Just Eat It’ which I know is going to help my journey with this. It’s definitely not a quick, easy journey to change thoughts that have practically been ingrained, but slowly I can feel the cracks starting to slip and it feels so good. Now I can happily eat chocolate when I crave it, without feeling guilty about it (well, nearly).

 

How’s your first six months of the year gone, have you learnt anything?

 

I always love reading other peoples book recommendations, they probably are the number one thing that influences what book I read next, so heres another post on what I’ve been reading recently..

 

Girl boss 4/5

I’ve watched a few episodes of the show Girl Boss, but like many others I found the girl a bit annoying, so I didn’t bother continuing it. I wanted to give the book a try though because I’d heard good things about it, and see how it differed. Turns out, I loved this book! It was funny, relatable and honest, and Sophia’s personality shone through the pages. Plus it’s one of those reads where you end it feeling like a bad-ass feminist.

Nine perfect strangers 3/5

I’m pretty sure I’ve read all of Liane Moriarty’s books, so when a new one comes out I always get it immediately. I really enjoyed the whole book apart from near the end when it just got a bit too far-fetched for me. It was all a bit weird and I didn’t think it needed that particular ending. If you want to read any of her books, I’d definitely recommend starting with Big Little Lies (it is amazing!) and What Alice Forgot.

Dear Lily 3/5

I loved Drew Davies last book so I picked up this one, and I enjoyed it just as much I’d say. I loved that it explored the ‘sister’ relationship which is something obviously very close to me, I kind of guessed immediately where it was going but it was still a nice read that I’d recommend. A laid back book that you can just zone out with, and get through it pretty speedily.

How Do You Like Me Now 3.5/5

I very nearly gave this 4 stars, but there were some parts of the book I found the main character, Tori, rather annoying and made poor decisions (if you’ve read this, you’ll probably know what I mean). Overall though, I did really enjoy this book and I liked how the story ended up. I’d love to read a sequel to this, as seeing what happens next would be really interesting now I’m invested. I also really liked how honest this book was, it didn’t sugarcoat parts of reality in terms of the conversations you have with yourself, something I think we can all relate to.

 

WHAT I’M READING NEXT:

  • I’ve just picked up I Heart Hawaii which I think is the last in the Lindsey Kelk series. I love love love all of the ‘I Heart’ books so I’m really excited to read it! Although I’m positive it will make me want to go on holiday IMMEDIATELY.

 

What have you read recently?

 

Over the past year, lots of my favourite blogs have stopped publishing. Maybe they’ve lost the passion for it, or they just don’t really want to be ‘online’ anymore. But this post is here to tell you why I’m personally, not giving up on blogging.

Writing has always been my true love. My number one way to express myself. And it still is.

There’s just something so comforting and therapeutic to me about sitting down and typing out my thoughts. It feels calming, heck, it feels like coming home. I started blogging not for anyone else to even read it, I just wanted to put my thoughts and feelings out into the world.

I still think blogs have a massive place in this online world. There’s something immersive you get about reading snapshots into someones thoughts that may not always come across in an Instagram caption. It feels like you’re being let in to a private part of their world. An online diary of sorts.

Plus, as we all know, our blogs are the only thing we have that are actually ours. They can’t be shut down immediately (unless you don’t pay your domain renewal).

More so than ever, I feel like I’ve come back to a good place in my blog. I write what I want to say. I publish what feels good to me, whether anyone is going to pop by and read it or not. (It still blows my mind that people actually read it, so thank you!!!)

So that’s me.

Promise I’m not going anywhere!

 

Would you ever give up on blogging?

 

I feel like as humans (which I’m pretty sure we all are), bettering ourselves or at least trying to, is something we’re doing all the time. I know I for one am super guilty of doing this, always looking to the future and setting myself goals and aspirations I want to hit, focusing on the future self I want to become.

But by all this looking forwards, I think we can miss the present moment.

We forget about the things we’ve accomplished. The people we’re grateful for. Things we do everyday that we can take for granted.

So, right now when you’re reading this, let’s slow down and take stock.

Look around you and see what you have. How lucky and privileged we all are to be here, in this moment.

You are the person that’s come this far. Don’t forget that. It’s all you! Pretty amazing really.

Here’s to not just looking towards the future, or back to the past, but looking at where we are right now.