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For today’s post I wanted to do ‘a day in the life’ but I thought I would focus this one on social media, how and when I use it! It’s something that we all do at some point in the day, and it really interests me how we all use it differently, depending on the individual.

MORNING

I would say the morning is when I’m most on social media, especially if I’ve logged off early the night before, there will be quite a bit to catch up on. I tend to go straight on my phone as soon as I wake up, which is a bad habit I really want to fix! It’s just too tempting because I have it next to my bedside table.

I go on Twitter, post to Instagram and watch some stories, then spend a few minutes on Pinterest. The morning is also where I get the majority of blog reading done, for some reason I much prefer to read them in the morning as to the evening. I go through my Bloglovin feed and read some of my favourites whilst I’m having my breakfast.

LUNCH

At this point I’m usually at work, and it’s probably been a few hours since I’ve been offline. I tend to have a quick stroll on my lunch break but nothing too time-consuming- maybe a tweet or two!

AFTERNOON

After I’ve come home from work, the afternoon is where I get a post written for my blog or make any Pinterest images I need to for a post I’ve got coming up. I love writing in the afternoon if I get the chance, maybe it’s because I have snacks and tea to look forward to?

EVENING

Along with the morning, the evening is where I spend more time online. I post on Instagram twice a day, so in the evening I put another picture up and spend at least an hour of my evening (in total, I’d say) engaging with other people and scrolling through Twitter and Pinterest.

I tend to either log off at 9pm, or at least incorporate a good hour or two without my phone at some point in the evening, even if I’m watching TV with the fam. I also watch a few Youtube video’s before I read and then head to the land of nod…ZzZz…

 

Social Media Tips

  • Schedule tweets in advance so you’re never caught short. I always do mine on a lunch break or when I’m a passenger travelling.
  • Use an app to plan Instagram photos in advance, I use the Later app.
  • Don’t forget to log off when you need to. YOU come first!
  • Don’t moan about engagement if you’re not engaging with others yourself.
  • Remember not to take it too seriously, especially if you don’t do it for income. It should be fun at the end of the day.

 

Do you go on social media at regular times like me, too?

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December is always my favourite month of the year, so I can’t wait to catch you up on what I’ve been up to this month!

 

L’OCCITANE BLOG POST

I started the year publishing a sponsored post with L’occitane that you can read here and I was so so happy to work with another well-known brand that I adore. It makes me feel even prouder of my little space here on the web, and I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a full year yet since I revamped and started Natalie Leanne. Let me know if you’d like a blogging journey post from me? It would definitely be something I’m interested in writing about.

 

EARLY CHRISTMAS WITH MY SISTER

Because I won’t be seeing my sister on Christmas day, she came down the weekend before Christmas Eve for an early celebration! We went for dinner, saw family, opened some presents and watched the Strictly final with some apple crumble. It was the most perfect day and so so nice to see her.

 

OUR FIRST TREE

This is the first year we have lived in our new home together, and it was SO fun buying a Christmas tree and decorations. I think we picked some really good ones that some up both of our personalities and vibe and I’ve loved coming home and putting the lights on whilst cosying up on the sofa. Bliss.

 

CHRISTMAS 

I honestly had the best Christmas this year. I’m not going to lie, I did think it was going to be quite stressful as I had a super busy day visiting different sides of the family, but it all worked out perfectly and I got plenty of time to sit back and chat with my loved ones.

 

NEW YEARS

We rang in the New Year with my sister and brother in law, in Aberdeen which was really fun. We actually saw the most amazing firework display, and it felt so wonderful to see it in with family and festive cheer. Definitely a great way to start 2018 I think.

 

Do you have a favourite moment of your month?

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I wrote a post last year about being kinder to my body which you might want to read before this one, but in today’s post I really wanted to chat about particularly listening to my body.

I am a big believer in our bodies sending us signals of what we are needing. Over the past years I’ve always, always fought against it. Even when I felt poorly, I would still go and workout just because I didn’t want to put on weight. I would under-eat. I would over-eat to get some kind of comfort.

This was so so silly of me, and I could of really been harming my body. I’m glad I can look back on this and finally be out of that negative cycle, but as with everything I have my ups and downs and emotions come and go.

It is still very hard for me to listen to my body at times, and I do sometimes feel guilty when I slow down, even though I know its needed for my physical and mental health, but I’m sure I’m not alone here. I know my yoga practice won’t disappear if I don’t do it for a couple of days. I know my body needs sugar sometimes. I just need to keep working on it, at the end of the day I’m doing it for myself, no-one can do it for me. It’s all a process.

Sometimes we just need to give our bodies a break.

It feels kind of strange to be writing this because I usually talk about things when I am ‘out’ of that situation, and when I can offer my advice after my experience. But for this post I just wanted to acknowledge something I’m working on, incase you wanted to join me and we can do it together.

 

Things I’m trying to help me with this:

  • Noticing how I wake up on a morning and assess how my body feels. Tired? Sluggish? Energetic?
  • Being more mindful in my everyday life
  • Taking a slower yoga practice
  • Noticing when I’m full, or if I’m hungry or just emotional
  • Distracting myself when I’m craving a lot of chocolate- but also, letting myself have some too
  • Accepting we all need rest days
  • Being kinder to myself and using positive affirmations, I’m more than just a body

 

Do you struggle listening to your body? Do you have any tips for me?

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There’s endless reasons why you may want to start a blog, but I wanted to highlight a few good ones incase you haven’t plucked up the courage to hit publish… yet.

 

You have something to say

I wouldn’t advise to start a blog just because they seem to be ‘popular’ and you want to hop on the bandwagon. I mean, you do you, but if you have something to say, that’s a great reason to join the Blogosphere in my opinion. If you are passionate about a certain topic, whether that be makeup, books, or mental health, a blog is the perfect opportunity for you to share that with other people, and a space where your passion will thrive to even greater lengths.

 

You want to connect with others

Absolutely my favourite thing about blogging and social media in general is connecting with other like-minded people. There is nothing better. It’s not always applicable to meet online friends in real-life if you don’t live close to one another, but having an online space to come together and share your journey is a really beautiful thing in my eyes. Especially if like me, you often can feel lonely, it’s lovely to chat to people out there that can offer you encouragement and support when you need it.

 

You want something of your ‘own’

I totally get why you might want to start a blog for a place of your own. It was definitely one of the reasons behind why I started mine. Maybe that’s why I loved having a secret diary as a child, that feeling of having something that is only yours and doesn’t affect anybody else. A place to write your thoughts and feelings that only you can see (or you can post for the internet, like I do now). It’s feels so nourishing to me that I have an outlet for my creativity and mind, I must say I don’t know what I would do now without if I didn’t have blogging in my life!

 

Why did you start your blog? Or do you want to start one but haven’t done it yet?

 

It’s only been in the last couple of months that I’ve really enjoyed listening to podcasts, I never thought they were for me and would rather read a book or watch some Youtube. However, they are the best essentials for when you’re travelling. And if you get easily bored of the 5 same songs that are constantly on the radio, give these podcasts a go..

 

YOGA GIRL

I’m a massive fan of everything Rachel does, and a regular viewer of her Instagram stories and the grid. My sister bought me her book for Christmas when it came out a few years ago, and I loved every bit of it (so much so, I’m actually reading it again this month- just because). When I found out she did a podcast I was really intrigued, and although some of her episodes are motherhood based (she’s a new mama), I still listen to every one and find them so interesting and engaging (it’s definitely at least five-ten years until I pop any out!). I just love how honest and real she is, and that’s one of the reasons why she is such an inspiration to me. I LOVE PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE REALNESS OF DAILY LIFE!

 

ESTEE LALONDE

I feel like I had to mention The Heart Of It podcast because the last episode I listened to when writing this had me feeling all the feels. It was the episode where Estee interviewed her mum, Kelly, and they had such an open and frank conversation about mental health, growing up, and the struggles that they have faced together. I immediately texted my sister telling her she needed to listen to it too. I’m not a fairly emotional person when it comes to films, books, podcasts etc. but I definitely had a few years in my eyes after that one. Every podcast episode is about something totally different but all kind of similar in terms of being a women in her twenties, definitely worth a listen to.

 

WHAT SHE SAID

If you’re a blogger, I would highly recommend giving Lucy’s What She Said a listen to. Every episode is with a different creator and all share their stories about why they started a blog, what changes they’ve made, and their best tips and tricks in the blogging world. It’s like listening in on a really lovely engaging conversation between two people who really have a passion for writing, and after every episode I feel like I have more knowledge in the Blogopshere than I did before. It also makes me want to jump on the laptop and get creating which is never a bad thing is it?

 

What are some of your favourite podcasts? Have you listened to any of these?